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Wattpad Launches After Dark, A Free App for Steamy Stories

Despite the continued freezing cold temperatures, Wattpad is heating things up with a new and free app called After Dark, offering a curated and steamy reading experience for mature romance fans.

After Dark offers readers thousands of romance stories written by best-selling authors and popular Wattpad writers. Readers can also browse content-specific channels such as LGBTQ, Urban and Fanfiction to better discover the stories they are after. Just like on Wattpad, readers can comment and vote on After Dark stories.

TIFF's Books on Film series returns with Kazuo Ishiguro, Irvine Welsh & More

Book lovers and film buffs are a match made in heaven, and thanks to TIFF's Books on Film series, you can indulge your love of page and picture at the same time.

The series celebrates and screens acclaimed films that started their narrative lives as books. Before each screening, audiences are treated to in-person discussions with filmmakers and writers about subjects such as adaptation, writing processes, finding inspiration in books, and much more.

Special Feature! Bernice Eisenstein on Contributing to Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

When Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991) buried 6,000 negatives of his photos of the Lodz ghetto in 1944, he feared they would be the only record of the Polish Jewish people who were being systemically murdered in the ghetto during WWII. And indeed, only 10,000 of the more than 200,000 Jews who passed through the Lodz ghetto would survive the War.

Ross was an official Lodz ghetto photographer from 1940 to 1944, taking identification card photos for the ghetto's constantly swelling Jewish and Romani population, as the Nazi regime packed more and more people into the area.

Job Posting: Open Book and the OBPO are hiring!

Are you a book lover who wants to help support the vibrant Ontario book publishing community? Check out the job posting below!

Executive Director:

Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO), Open Book Foundation

Special Feature! Talking Non-Fiction with the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize Nominees

The 2015 shortlist for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction shows the power of narrative non-fiction. With four out of five nominated titles being memoirs, it's a unique and powerful list that puts paid to the notion that storytelling is limited to the realm of the novel.

The nominees are:

  • Plum Johnson for They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada)
  • On Writing, with Gregoire Pam Dick

    Austrian poet Georg Trakl made a quite an impact in his short life. He died at just 27 years old, in 1914, but before his death he contributed significantly to the expressionist school, even attracting the attention of Ludwig Wittgenstein, the philosopher, who at times supported Trakl financially. Both talent and tragedy ran in Trakl's family — his sister, Grete, was a piano prodigy who died at 26 from a gunshot wound that has been described by differing sources as either a suicide, a murder or an accident.

    Video of the Week: Nina Berkhout on her new book, The Gallery of Lost Species

    House of Anansi Press chatted with author Nina Berkhout, whose The Gallery of Lost Species has been making waves since its publication just a few weeks ago.

    Nina speaks about her experience writing both poetry and prose, integrating her job at the National Gallery as part of her writing and the complex family relationships in The Gallery of Lost Species.

    Be sure to check out this great interview with an exciting new CanLit talent!

    The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Erin Thomas

    When aspiring magician Alex finds a sponsor to support him for the Silver Stage Magic Competition, it seems like a dream come true. But when he finds out Jack, his sponsor and an acclaimed slight of hand expert, wants him to partner with Zoe, Alex's rival, he's shocked. Sharing the spotlight was not exactly Alex's goal.

    Special Feature! Dennis Lee Talks About His New Children's Book, Canadian Publishing & More

    Many fervent fans of Dennis Lee's iconic children's books — in particular his Alligator Pie, a book dog-earred with love in millions of Canadian households — are now old enough to have children of their own to read to. It's been 41 years since Alligator Pie was first published, and more than ten years since the publication of Lee's most recent children's book, the acclaimed Bubblegum Delicious. So it's no stretch to say fans have been waiting, keenly and patiently, for the next offering from Canada's king of children's verse.

    The Lucky Seven Interview, with Tom Arthur Davis

    In 2012, Tom Arthur Davis and Tara Grammy captured the Best of Toronto Fringe prize for their play, Mahmoud. Now the play is available in published form from Playwrights Canada Press, giving those who missed the staging a chance to absorb this hilarious, unexpected and insightful story of three strangers crossing paths on the busy streets of Toronto.

    Video of the Week

    Video of the Week: Nina Berkhout on her new book, The Gallery of Lost Species

    House of Anansi Press chatted with author Nina Berkhout, whose The Gallery of Lost Species has been making waves since its publication just a few weeks ago.

    Nina speaks about her experience writing both poetry and prose, integrating her job at the National Gallery as part of her writing and the complex family relationships in The Gallery of Lost Species.

    Be sure to check out this great interview with an exciting new CanLit talent!

    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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    Random reads

    The Red Element

    The Red Element

    (Insomniac Press, 2008)
    Tight and economical, what poetry should be. Leaves you wanting more. http://www.insomniacpress.com/title.php?id=978-1-897178-60-7

    Dundurn Press

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