Submitted by Grace on March 9, 2014 - 12:59am
Submitted by cbforrest on March 7, 2014 - 12:43pm
When I was fourteen, an entire wall of my bedroom was plastered with glossy centerfolds. But rather than scantily clad women, the photos were a who’s-who of boxing’s golden era: guys like Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Marvin Hagler, and Canadians Shawn O’Sullivan and Willie de Witt … with a hallowed place for this country’s most fabled pugilist, George Chuvalo.
Submitted by Grace on March 6, 2014 - 5:02pm
The Kozbar Literary Award, celebrating excellence in writing on Ukrainian Canadian themes, was awarded last night (March 5) to playwright Diane Flacks in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba, which premiered at the Berkeley Street Theatre in 2012.
Submitted by Grace on March 6, 2014 - 4:46pm
Controversial, revolutionary, brilliant — it's easy to see how architect Arthur Erickson became an irresistible subject for biography. Author David Stouck's Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre) tackles both the work and life of the man who brought Canadian architecture to the world stage. A larger-than-life figure who counted the likes of Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor as friends, the heights of Erickson's achievements were matched only by the depths of his troubled times. He eventually died penniless despite having created the initial drawings for building as prominent as Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall and Vancouver's Simon Fraser University.
Submitted by Grace on March 6, 2014 - 4:20pm
Though there was little surprise when broadcaster Wab Kinew shepherded Joseph Boyden's The Orenda (Hamish Hamilton Canada) to a win at the 2014 edition of CBC Canada Reads this morning, there was much enjoyment in the process for fans and panellists alike, and a final vote against a dark horse competitor that did inject a jolt of last-minute tension.
Heavily favoured from the beginning, The Orenda is Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Boyden's magnum opus, following the lives of three characters in the 17th century as they cross paths through violence, colonisation and the search for meaning.
Submitted by bpanhuyzen on March 6, 2014 - 3:56pm
Novels are big. It’s something you recognize when you’ve got a draft and you need feedback – what a big favour it is to ask someone, a friend or acquaintance or agent, to spend a dozen or more hours of her life reading something that probably needs work. I am always grateful to those who do it, and ensure they are rewarded not just with an acknowledgement and a finished copy of the book, but dinner, drinks, eternal slavery, etc. Fellow authors are good to approach for this effort, not just because of their insights as writers, but because it offers the opportunity for debt-repayment when they ask me to reciprocate with their own novels.
I never stop appreciating the gift of time and effort a test-reader grants. Thanks to all of you – I still owe you kegs of beer.
Submitted by clelia on March 5, 2014 - 3:49pm
Kid Lit Can, with Susan Hughes
Read Part One of "Writing a Fiction Series: Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs."
Welcome back! In this month's column, I'm continuing my chat about writing children's book series with authors Caroline Adderson (Jasper John Dooley series), Philippa Dowding (The Lost Gargoyle series), and Moira Young (Dust Lands series). And now, on with the questions!
Submitted by Grace on March 5, 2014 - 12:15pm
Graeme Smith's The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Knopf Canada) arrived on the literary scene like a juggernaut, scooping nominations for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction (which it subsequently won), BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and, now, the RBC Taylor Prize.
Submitted by Grace on March 5, 2014 - 11:09am
The five finalists for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award have been announced! The prize is awarded to the best Canadian novel of the previous year published by an author who has never written a novel before (he or she may however have written non-fiction, poetry, short story collections or other genres).
This year's list contains the 2013 Knopf New Face of Fiction author, Kenneth Bonert (the NFOF programme has historical fared well, with frequent appearances on the Amazon.ca First Novel Award list), as well as veteran writer Wayne Grady, who has authored fourteen works of non-fiction before publishing his novel, Emancipation Day.
Submitted by Grace on March 5, 2014 - 10:53am
The Open Book Literary Salon on Thursday, February 27 welcomed a packed house at Toronto's Spoke Club on a chilly evening.
Authors Stacey May Fowles, Brian Francis and Michael Winter, moderated by Open Book columnist Becky Toyne, discussed writing process and the writing life for over an hour, with eager questions from the audience made up of writers at all stages of their careers and publishing professionals.
Submitted by Grace on January 14, 2014 - 11:54am
What happens when you get three of Toronto's favourite writers together with one of the city's smartest book personalities and a crowd of book lovers?
You get the Open Book literary salon! On February 27, 2014, Open Book will be hosting a literary salon at the Spoke Club in Toronto (600 King Street West). From 7:00 p.m., guests will be invited to snack, listen, and (if they wish) ask questions and add comments on a discussion about craft and career.
Video of the Week
Submitted by Grace on March 9, 2014 - 12:59am
Writer In Residence
March 1 to April 1, 2014
Brian Panhuyzen is the author of the short-story collection The Death of The Moon (Cormorant, 1999) and a novel, The Sky Manifest (ECW, 2013).