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Video of the Week: Book Trailer for Cathie Borrie's The Long Hello

If you need a good reason to call your mom today, check out the evocative trailer for Cathie Borrie's The Long Hello (Simon & Schuster). Borrie spent seven years caring for her mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, and The Long Hello is a memoir that grew out of that experience.

You can also hear more from Borrie by reading her Proust Questionnaire on Open Book.

The Proust Questionnaire, with Cathie Borrie

Caring for aging parents is a difficult right of passage that many of us will go through at some point in our lives.

The experience is often a struggle, but not without its emotional rewards, as author Cathie Borrie explores in her memoir, The Long Hello (Simon & Schuster Canada). Cathie details the emotional journey of caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. She shares the beautiful and intimate dialogue that develops between them, illuminates on her childhood memories and depicts the struggle to maintain a life outside of her caregiving duties.

On Writing, with Wanda Praamsma

Wanda Praamsma is a writer of poetry and literary non-fiction whose work has appeared in Ottawater, 17 seconds, Feathertale and the Toronto Star.

Wanda's first book of poetry, a thin line between (BookThug), is a verse-novel that weaves together her own Dutch-Canadian family's past and a young woman's exploration of her own being and creative life. Poet Sadiqa de Meijer praises the book saying, "Few books are so gracefully themselves: a thin line between accomplishes an atmosphere that seems enigmatically familiar, complex and unassuming."

CBC Announces Canada Reads Line Up with New Host Wab Kinew

This year's CBC Canada Reads theme is "One book to break barriers", so it makes sense that the show's new host is activist and broadcaster Wab Kinew (who also happened to champion last year's winning book, The Orenda by Joseph Boyden).

This morning, Candy Palmater, guest host of CBC's Q, announced the celebrity panellists and their chosen books for the 2015 edition of the popular literary battle.

CBC Canada Reads 2015 panellists and books:

  • Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, defending Ru by Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman)
  • The Dirty Dozen, with Craig Davidson

    If you are finding yourself in need of goosebumps, Nick Cutter's The Deep (Simon & Schuster Canada) has got your covered. In The Deep, a new disease threatens the entire human race. The disease causes victim to forget — starting with small things, like your phone number, until finally your body forgets how to function. A potential cure is found deep in the Marianas Trench, but communications from the research team, stationed miles below the ocean's surface, have suddenly stopped.

    This is Nick Cutter's second such edge of your seat thriller, after 2014's terrifying The Troop.

    Video of the Week: Elisabeth de Mariaffi on writing her thriller, The Devil You Know

    Elisabeth de Mariaffi's debut short story collection landed her on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. She returns this season with the psychological thriller, The Devil You Know (Simon & Schuster).

    Check out this video to hear from Elisabeth about the novel, which follows rookie crime reporter Evie Jones, who is covering a case that is disturbingly similar to the cold case murder of her childhood best friend.

    Elisabeth talks about women, fear, true crime and violence, including the real life cases, conversations and anxieties that led her to write The Devil You Know.

    The Lucky Seven Interview, with Alan Mallory

    If you think your last family vacation was a little stressful (Who sits where in the car? How to agree on a restaurant?), consider what it might be like to undertake one of the world's most gruelling mountain climbing adventures — as a family.

    That's what Alan Mallory and his family did in setting out to climb none other than Mount Everest. After returning home from their successful trip, Alan wrote The Family that Conquered Everest...and the Secrets to their Success (General Store Publishing House). Part adventure story, part family memoir, it also contains ideas from Alan on personal development and leadership.

    New Poll! What is Your Favourite Format in which to Read a Book?

    Maybe your tiny hands can't support the weight of a hardcover, or maybe you love reading by the subtle light of an e-reader so as not to alert the enemy to your nighttime location. Whatever the case, all book lovers know that the method in which you read a book can add to your reading enjoyment.

    So tell us your favourite! Are you a paperback promoter? A e-reader evangelist? Do you only read unbound manuscripts? Tell us how it is by answering our newest poll, and if you've got more to say, share with us on Twitter at @openbooktoronto.

    And most importantly, happy reading!

    2015 RBC Taylor Prize Shortlist Highlights Modern Memoir Writing

    Non-fiction fans have a great new recommended reading list today with the announcement of the shortlist for the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize. The prize, which rewards the finest non-fiction writing in Canada, consists of a $25,000 prize purse for the winner and $2,000 the remaining finalists. 2015 will mark the 14th iteration of the award, which was founded by Noreen Taylor in honour of her late husband, Charles Taylor.

    The Proust Questionnaire, with Vera Tarman

    It's okay, you can tell us — did you overindulge during the holidays? It just feels good to kick back and chow down on those sweet treats sometimes. But why is it that we reach for food as comfort, as social bonding, as emotional proxy?

    Video of the Week

    Video of the Week: Book Trailer for Cathie Borrie's The Long Hello

    If you need a good reason to call your mom today, check out the evocative trailer for Cathie Borrie's The Long Hello (Simon & Schuster). Borrie spent seven years caring for her mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, and The Long Hello is a memoir that grew out of that experience.

    You can also hear more from Borrie by reading her Proust Questionnaire on Open Book.

    Writer In Residence

    December 1, 2014 - January 1, 2015

    Chantel Guertin »

    Chantel Guertin is the bestselling author of Stuck in Downward Dog, Love Struck, and the first two instalments in the Pippa Greene YA series: The Rule of Thirds and Depth of Field. She's also a beauty expert on The Marilyn Denis Show. When she's not working on a new book she likes writing in her diary, sending mis-autocorrected texts to her best friends and making to-do lists. She lives in Toronto.

    You can contact Chantel throughout the month of December at writer@openbooktoronto.com.

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