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Weekly Roundup: Open Book: Toronto

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An update to some of this week's news and features on Open Book: Toronto.

Three Proust Questionnaires
This week, Open Book: Toronto published Proust Questionnaires with Aga Maksimowska, Kateri Lanthier and Kerry Kelly. These three amazing writers share with us their inner thoughts and worries. If you've ever wondered what went on in your favourite writer's head, this is the place to find out.
The Proust Questionnaire was not invented by Marcel Proust, but it was a much loved game by the French author and many of his contemporaries. The idea behind the questionnaire is that the answers are supposed to reveal the respondent's "true" nature.

Floating Life: A Photo Essay By Moez Surani

Moez Surani is the author of the poetry collection Floating Life (Wolsak & Wynn). His work has also appeared in The Walrus and he serves as the Poetry Editor for the Toronto Review of Books.
In this special feature, Moez takes Open Book on a tour of his travels and how they impacted his writing process for Floating Life. Read on to hear from Moez in his own words. Read more.

On Writing, with Aili and Andres McConnon

If you've never heard the name Gino Bartali, you'll want to read brother-sister team Aili and Andres McConnon's new book, Road to Valour: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation (Random House Canada). It tells the story of Bartali, who was not only a celebrated Italian cyclist who famously drank, smoked and caroused before races (think badboy Lance Armstrong of the 30s and 40s), he was also a secret war hero who smuggled documents for persecuted Jews in the frame of his bicycle.
Aili and Andres talk to Open Book about the amazing Bartali, the process of writing a book as siblings and why competitive cycling is the one of most hardcore sports in the world. Read more.

At the Desk: Deni Y. Béchard

Deni Y. Béchard is a Canadian writer based in both Montreal and Cambridge, Massachusetts. His most recent book, Cures for Hunger (Goose Lane Editions), is a memoir which follows Deni's discovery that his father was not the man he'd always thought but in fact a daring and mysterious criminal. It was a discovery that threw the family into a life of constant movement, which Deni discusses in his edition of our At the Desk series, talking to Open Book about the gratification of writing anywhere and everywhere. Read more.

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