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The Dirty Dozen, with Jeanette Lynes

Mixing the traditions of British romanticism with postmodern innovative is no small task, but it's one that Jeanette Lynes tackles with flare and wit in Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak & Wynn). Taking inspiration from the titular Romantic-era poet, Jeanette fuses Clare's pastoral world with a deep exploration of the 19th century poet's fascinating life, creating a poetic biography that is a pleasure to read.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Shawn Selway

It's difficult to imagine the feeling of being taken from the people you know and love and isolated in a strange and unknown place. Such was the case with the evacuation of over 1,000 Cree and Inuit tuberculosis patients from the Eastern Arctic to Hamilton, Ontario between 1950 and 1965.

Kid Lit Can, with Susan Hughes: Sex, and drugs, and rock and roll: Writing edgy YA (Part 1)

By Susan Hughes

Drugs, gambling, sexual harassment, suicide, sexual abuse, physical abuse, cutting, death, sex, drugs, body image issues, bullying, STDs, abduction...between them, YA authors C.K. Kelly Martin, Don Aker and Cheryl Rainfield have touched on all these difficult themes.

Why do they do it? How far can they go when writing for teens? Do they ever have to hold back? What’s the most challenging part about writing for teens? And what tips will they share?

I’m so pleased that these three popular YA authors have agreed to answer all these questions and more in today’s and next month’s article. Read on!

Video of the Week: Open Book/RBC Taylor Prize Video Series with David Halton

Open Book is thrilled to partner with the RBC Taylor Prize to present an exclusive series of videos with the incredible 2016 finalists.

Our first video features David Halton, author of Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War, which tells the story of his father, widely considered to be Canada's all-time finest war correspondent.

David speaks about finding readership, his father's (dramatic!) dinner with Ernest Hemingway and tells us about his reaction to being nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize, as well as much more.

It Began With Degrassi-Themed Walkie-Talkies: Part One of Desert Pets Press in Conversation

Desert Pets Press is a brand new chapbook press that launched their first season in Fall 2015.

The Dirty Dozen, with June Hutton

When Lila Sinclair arrives in a rough frontier mining town in 1922, the wild events that welcome her beg to be reported. The trouble is that Lila's dead uncle's newspaper has shut down and the only person who can help her revive it lives in neighbouring (and forbidden) settlement of Lousetown. Determined to get the paper running again, Lila braves danger, stigma, tough business negotiations and more to see her dream realized.

Inspired by real historical figures, June Hutton's Two Gun & Sun (Caitlin Press) is part history, part Western and part story of a woman finding herself (and love) in a tough, unpredictable environment.

Poets in Profile: Majlinda Bashllari

Majlinda Bashllari published her first poetry collection in Albania in 2007. Less than ten years later the Toronto-based poet has released her first English language collection, Love is a very long word (Guernica Editions). The collection draws on both the lyrical nature of the Albanian poetry tradition as well as modern, innovative techniques, to explore the tension between love and freedom.

Today we welcome Majlinda to Open Book to take our Poets in Profile questionnaire, in which we ask some of our favourite poets to explore how they came to the craft, the poems that shaped them and what they get from the writing life.

Open Book Recommends: Black History Month Reading Guide

This February marks the 20th Anniversary of celebrating Black History Month in Canada. Throughout the month, Canadians will be honouring the legacy and contributions of black Canadians at events across the country, and here at Open Book we are offering avid CanLit fans a reading list featuring books written by some our our country's talented black writers.

The Black History Month Reading Guide features some excellent books from indie publishers, all written by black authors across many genres. From non-fiction, to poetry, to picture books and novels, there is something on this list for every reader's taste.

Well, hi.

Well, hi. How’s it going? What you up to? Are you having a good evening?

I’m talking to you from Open Book: Toronto as the Writer-In-Residence for the month of February. I’ll be taking you through the month of love with some interviews, a few ideas that I’m turning over, and my ambitious reading program that will probably never be started or completed.

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Video of the Week: Open Book/RBC Taylor Prize Video Series with David Halton

Open Book is thrilled to partner with the RBC Taylor Prize to present an exclusive series of videos with the incredible 2016 finalists.

Our first video features David Halton, author of Dispatches from the Front: The Life of Matthew Halton, Canada's Voice at War, which tells the story of his father, widely considered to be Canada's all-time finest war correspondent.

David speaks about finding readership, his father's (dramatic!) dinner with Ernest Hemingway and tells us about his reaction to being nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize, as well as much more.

The RBC Taylor Prize rewards the finest non-fiction writing in Canada. The 2016 winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced on March 7.

Stay tuned to Open Book to hear from all of the nominated authors on Open Book in the coming weeks: Ian Brown, Camilla Gibb, Wab Kinew and Rosemary Sullivan!

Open Book thanks the RBC Taylor Prize for the creation of this video series

Writer In Residence

February 1, 2016 to March 1, 2016

Jess Taylor »

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. She founded The Emerging Writers Reading Series in 2012 and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. She's released two chapbooks of poetry, And Then Everyone: Poems of the West End (Picture Window Press, 2014) and Never Stop (Anstruther Press, 2014). This October, her first collection of short stories, Pauls, was published by BookThug. The title story from the collection, "Paul," received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess is currently at work on a second collection, a novel, and a continuation of her life poem, Never Stop.

You can contact Jess throughout the month of February at writer@openbooktoronto.com

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