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Weekly Roundup: Open Book: Toronto

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An update of the interviews and features on Open Book: Toronto this week.

On Writing, with John McFetridge

"I met Elmore Leonard once and he said that you have to write a million words before you find your own voice and I said that sounded like a lot and he said, “Well, you can start selling stuff before then.” Seriously, I’d have to say the best advice is really, “Write the book you want to read.”" Read more

The Proust Questionnaire, with Kyo Maclear

"To draw like Cy Twombly, dance like Pina Bausch and sing like Amalia Rodrigues." Read more

On Writing, with Pietro Corsi

"I myself landed in Halifax at the end of spring in 1959, and have never forgotten that day. I first saw the city from the bow of a Greek ship, The Olympia. It may have been six o’clock in the morning but it was still dark and the view was blocked by thick fog banks that floated above the rippled waters just ahead of the ship’s bow." Read more

The Proust Questionnaire, with Susan Glickman

"I like where I live, in a tall skinny old house in a friendly Toronto neighbourhood with as many dogs as trees. But I would love to be able to travel more often; not just travel through places but actually live in them for months at a time." Read more

Open Book's writer-in-residence, C.B. Forrest, talked about the spiritual, mental and physical achievement of finishing that first book and writers who only release one book into the world and no more. He also interviewed Linda Wiken and Erika Chase and disclosed is favourite rejection story. C.B. also discussed being lost in translation and write a piece on a politician relating to middle class artists.

To keep up with C.B. Forrest, visit his writer-in-residence home.

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