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Weekly Round-Up: Open Book: Toronto

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Open Book: Toronto

In case you missed it, here is an update of all the interviews and features on Open Book: Toronto this week.

As part of the Five Things Literary series, debut novelist Rebecca Silver Slayter, author of In The Land of Birdfishes (HarperCollins Canada), reveals five interesting things about Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She tells Open Book about literary feasts that happen one weekend a month at a 19th-century farmhouse in Middle River, the Cabot Trail Writers? Festival and more in this interview.

Hilary Scharper, the author of Perdita (Simon & Schuster Canada), reveals her favourite reads in a WAR Series interview. A lover of classic literature, she explains the astonishing merchandising that occurred after the publication of Goethe?s The Sorrows of Young Werther, tells Open Book about the list of seven ?horrid? novels she plans on reading next and about the "Victorian Donald Trump" in Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend. Read the interview here.

In a special feature, Open Book interviews Assistant Curator of European Art Sasha Suda about Disbound and Dispersed, a lecture series that explores the living history of illuminated manuscripts. She reveals a bit about her career path and discusses how ancient books continue to fascinate us today. Read the interview here.

Author Dorothy Ellen Palmer explores why Sherlock Holmes remains so popular in 2013, despite first appearing in a story as far back as 1887. Check out her thoughts on this subject here.

Author and journalist Dalton Higgins discusses his changing book-buying habits in his article "Remixing My Book Consumption Habits." He voices his concerns over the changes occurring in Toronto libraries, with their self-service kiosks, and he explains the reasons he doesn't buy many books. Read the article here.

Ian Kyer, author of Lawyers, Families, and Businesses: The Shaping of a Bay Street Law Firm, Faskens 1863-1963 (Irwin Law Inc.), takes part in an On Writing interview. He discusses his new book, his writing habits and he explains how he keeps his writing fresh and engaging. Read the interview here.

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