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Video of the Week: BookThug interview series speaks with Daniel Karasik

Daniel Karasik has been a very busy writer the past few years, publishing four books in three genres, with a fifth forthcoming in 2017.

His most recent publication is the play Little Death with BookThug, who sat down to speak with him for their video interview series.

Daniel tells us about the erotic aspect of Little Death, its complex relationships and how to figure out what genre a particular project will become.

Check out this in-depth interview for a great discussion with one of CanLit's rising stars.

can we hear a cell?

When asked recently about influences on my writing, I expounded on literary things. But the exercise also led me to think about questions I come across in my day job as a scientist.

A former professor once told me that all philosophical questions were ultimately biochemical ones. I don’t know if he was right, but lately I’ve been coming across some pretty incredible things.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Paul Nicholas Mason

There is always more happening in a small town than meets the eye, something the two teenage friends in Paul Nicholas Mason's The Night Drummer (Now or Never Publishing) know all too well. Peter and Otis have different home lives, but both are privy to the complex goings-on of their small Ontario town, from LSD-dealing bikers to bigotry of all stripes. As more and more of adult life is revealed to the boys, they face choices that will decide the course of their lives — and what sort of men they will become.

stuff happens

The other day I picked my almost-7-year-old daughter from school. I asked her, with my usual level of enthusiasm, “How was your day?” “Good,” she said, with her usual lack thereof. “What did you do?” “Stuff.” “What kind of stuff?” I prompted her, undeterred. (Was it too much to ask?) “You know,” she said, “stuff.”

Since that afternoon, I’ve been thinking a lot about stuff and decided to blog about it. “Gosh, mom,” my daughter said. “You’re running out of ideas.”

The Dirty Dozen, with Peggy Blair

In Peggy Blair's Hungry Ghosts (Simon & Schuster Canada), Inspector Ricardo Ramirez's only cold case is re-opened when ghost appears at his side, predicting a grisly murder. Someone is killing prostitutes from Cuba to Canada and the inspector has to team up with Detective Charlie Pike, of Northern Ontario, in order to track a killer whose reach seems to know no bounds. Hungry Ghosts is an irresistibly page-turning addition a series that combines tension, mystery and unexpected humour in the form of the clever Inspector Ramirez.

The Dirty Dozen, with Peggy Blair

In Peggy Blair's Hungry Ghosts (Simon & Schuster Canada), Inspector Ricardo Ramirez's only cold case is re-opened when ghost appears at his side, predicting a grisly murder. Someone is killing prostitutes from Cuba to Canada and the inspector has to team up with Detective Charlie Pike, of Northern Ontario, in order to track a killer whose reach seems to know no bounds. Hungry Ghosts is an irresistibly page-turning addition a series that combines tension, mystery and unexpected humour in the form of the clever Inspector Ramirez.

why i read obituaries

To get out of a dry writing spell several years ago, I had to take drastic measures. To take drastic measures meant calling my writer friend. In Ontario.

She was shocked but not surprised when I called her and said she'd been wondering how long it would take me to get in touch. (Ten years ago, we'd gone to graduate school together but hadn't spoken since). She would have done it first, she assured me, if she didn't have five kids.

She listened to my laments in silence, and then told me to read obituaries. Every day. Because every day (in between nursing, cooking, cleaning, washing, bathing, clothing, dropping off and picking her kids from school), that was what she did. She read obits.

“Why?” I asked her. The obituaries had always struck me as rather sad.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Genevieve Graham

In 1917, the Halifax Explosion left an already war-scarred Canada shocked and devastated, with over 2,000 deaths and nearly 10,000 injuries. In Genevieve Graham's newest novel, Tides of Honour (Simon & Schuster Canada), Private Daniel Baker believes his French wife, Audrey, has been killed in the explosion.

Tide of Honour tells the story of how Daniel and Audrey meet in wartime France, how they deal with the scars, emotional and physical, of the war, and how they are torn apart and brought together once again in Canada. A gripping, historical page-turner, it's a stunning addition to Genevieve's acclaimed novels.

Toronto's Luminato Festival Gets Literary

Since 2007, Luminato Festival has taken over Toronto's venues and public spaces for ten days in June to celebrate theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film and more!

This year's Literary @ Luminato events kicked off on Saturday with The North-South Project, an original work of collective storytelling made up of prose pieces that consider what it means to be lost, the significance of memory, imagination and history, and how all of these intersect and contribute to our sense of place and belonging.

Video of the Week: Trillium Book Award Winner Kate Cayley on her prize-winning How You Were Born

Trillium Book Award winner Kate Cayley sat down with the OMDC, which administers the Trillium, to talk about her prize-winning book.

Though Kate didn't know when the video was recorded that she was the 2015 winner, her passion and enthusiasm for her short stories is infectious. She talks about what inspired the stories, the themes she explored in the collection and her valuable advice for aspiring authors.

Check out Kate in this video, and her short stories in How You Were Born, from Pedlar Press

Video of the Week

Video of the Week: BookThug interview series speaks with Daniel Karasik

Daniel Karasik has been a very busy writer the past few years, publishing four books in three genres, with a fifth forthcoming in 2017.

His most recent publication is the play Little Death with BookThug, who sat down to speak with him for their video interview series.

Daniel tells us about the erotic aspect of Little Death, its complex relationships and how to figure out what genre a particular project will become.

Check out this in-depth interview for a great discussion with one of CanLit's rising stars.

Writer In Residence

June 1, 2015-July 1, 2015

Irina Kovalyova »

Irina Kovalyova has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Brown University, a doctoral degree in Microbiology from Queen’s University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. She has previously interned for NASA and worked for two years as a forensic analyst in New York City. She was born in Russia and currently lives in Vancouver.
You can contact Irina throughout the month of June at writer@openbooktoronto.com

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Spells

(ECW Press, 2003)
RM Vaughan is a Toronto-based writer and video artist. For ECW he has written three books of poetry — Invisible To Predators, A Selection of Dazzling Scarves, and Ruined Stars — and the novel Spells. He is also the author of A Quilted Heart (Insomniac Press). His essays, poems, stories and plays appear in numerous anthologies, and his experimental videos play in festivals and galleries around the world. Vaughan writes about art and culture for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, Mix, Xtra! and many other periodicals.

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