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Agents on TV: Samantha Haywood

To get a different perspective on the ways in which books and television intersect, I asked some agents to give us some insights. First up is Transatlantic Agency’s Samantha Haywood.

What is the market like for TV adaptations (vs. film) of books these days? Is it growing?

Dundurn Press' Kirk Howard wins 2015 Janice E. Handford Award

Yesterday evening, the Ontario Book Publishers Organization honoured Kirk Howard, founder and president of Dundurn Press, with the Janice E. Handford Award.

The award recognizes "an individual who has advanced the cause of small and literary Canadian publishing” and has been a spotlight on some of the industry's most influential individuals, many of whom contributed to the original creation of a homegrown publishing industry in the 1960s and 1970s.

Graphic Novel (on TV) Month: The Book vs The Film, Part 2

Last week I looked at how shifting formats from graphic novel to film changed the subtext of Ghost World and Persepolis. This week I’m taking on two British comics that have been made into films: Tank Girl and Kick-Ass.

Title: Tank Girl

The Dirty Dozen, with Susan Glickman

Multi-genre author Susan Glickman seems to move effortlessly between fiction, poetry, writing for young readers and non-fiction. Just when it seems like she's tackled every genre, she shows readers she's got even more skills in reserve, publishing a mystery novel this spring: Safe as Houses (Cormorant Books).

Safe as Houses tells the story of a murder in Toronto's tony Hillcrest Village. When Liz and Maxime, two local residents, find themselves on the case, it seems at first like an intellectual exercise, a puzzle to be solved. But the real danger and violence of the situation becomes all too apparent, and Liz and Maxime finds themselves in uncharted territory.

On Writing, with John Lorinc

If you live in Toronto, you know what The Ward is, even if you've never heard it referred to that way. The area between College and Queen Streets, bordered by Yonge Street and University Avenue, is now a vibrant neighbourhood containing Toronto's City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, the Eaton Centre and many more landmark attractions. But in the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was filled with recent immigrants living in dubious rooming houses, considered a slum by the city and referred to simply as "The Ward". The area was bulldozed in the 1950s, transforming it into the squeaky clean urban neighbourhood it has since become. But what happened to all those people, new to Canada and living tough, hard scrabble lives?

Writers on TV Survey: Emily M. Keeler

Next up in our ongoing series of asking-writers-what-they-watch is National Post Books Editor Emily M. Keeler.

Name: Emily M. Keeler

Recent work: Nationalpost.com/books

How much time do you spend watching TV in a week? Most weeks, maybe an couple hours or so. 


Writers on TV feature interview: Andy Burns

As soon as I decided I wanted to interview writers about TV, I knew I wanted to talk to Andy Burns. I recently read his engrossing examination of Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks from ECW Press. Andy was nice enough to chat with me over email about David Lynch’s freaky fabulous show, and other related distractions.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Lynn Crosbie

Deliciously bizarre, unapologetically brash, Lynn Crosbie's Where Did You Sleep Last Night is shaping up to be one of the great reads of 2015. The book tells the story of a teenaged outsider who finds herself in a hospital bed beside none other than her crush and idol, Kurt Cobain. That Cobain is, in fact, long dead doesn't stop 16-year old Evelyn from escaping from the hospital with him, becoming a rock god alongside him, and descending into the inevitable chaos of fame, music, passion and self-destruction. Part fever dream, part love letter to an unforgettable musical (and cultural) era, Where Did You Sleep Last Night is unmissable.

Video of the Week: BookThug interview series speaks with Jimmy McInnes

Innovative indie press BookThug is known for their boundary-pushing prose and poetry publications and their dedication to the small press scene in Canada. But husband and wife publishing team Jay and Hazel Millar somehow make time to post regular video interviews with their authors as well. Be sure to check out their whole BookThug Interview series on YouTube if you're looking to hear from some of the most creative writers working in Canada.

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Patti LaBoucane-Benson

Patti LaBoucane-Benson's The Outside Circle is a new graphic novel that follows two Canadian Aboriginal brothers working to overcome the poverty, gang violence and drug use that surrounds them. Pete and Joey have a heroin addict for a mother and her unstable boyfriend, Dennis, for a father figure. One fateful night, a fight between Pete and Dennis escalates irreversibly, tearing the family apart and landing Pete in jail.

Pete comes to see the effect his actions are having on his younger brother and works to turn his life around, using not only modern mental health techniques but also Aboriginal healing practices.

Video of the Week

Video of the Week: BookThug interview series speaks with Jimmy McInnes

Innovative indie press BookThug is known for their boundary-pushing prose and poetry publications and their dedication to the small press scene in Canada. But husband and wife publishing team Jay and Hazel Millar somehow make time to post regular video interviews with their authors as well. Be sure to check out their whole BookThug Interview series on YouTube if you're looking to hear from some of the most creative writers working in Canada.

Today we're featuring one of BookThug's most recent interviews, with Jimmy McInnes, whose A More Perfect [ is part of BookThug's Spring 2015 poetry line (the video answers one important question immediately - the [ in the title is silent).

This is an in-depth interview with a talented writer — don't miss it and all of BookThug's great video interviews! Stay tuned to Open Book for links to more terrific BookThug interviews, and you can also check out Jimmy's responses to our Poets in Profile interview series!

Writer In Residence

May 1, 2015-June 1, 2015

Carey Toane »

Carey Toane is a librarian, journalist and poet. Her first collection of poems, The Crystal Palace, was published in 2011 by Mansfield Press. She lives in Toronto, where she is currently working on a collection of poems inspired by and dedicated to Twin Peaks. Follow her on Twitter here.

You can contact Carey throughout the month of May at writer@openbooktoronto.com

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Random reads

Depth of Field

Depth of Field

(ECW Press)
From ECW Press: Two weeks in New York City should be the time of Pippa’s life: she’s attending the prestigious Tisch Photography Camp. But what should be 14 unforgettable days of bliss turns into chaos when her one and only nemesis, Ben Baxter, proves to be surprisingly more complex than she could’ve ever imagined, and her Tisch mentor, a renowned photographer, seems to have a lot more to do with her parents’ past than anyone wants her to know. Is Pippa out of her depth? Picking up where she left off in The Rule of Thirds, Pippa Greene returns in Depth of Field, a story full of the same heart, comedic touches, and romance that made readers fall in love with Chantel Guertin’s charming YA series.

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