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The Lucky Seven Interview, with Amanda Earl

Amanda Earl is a poet, publisher and pornographer from Ottawa. In her latest book Kiki (Chaudiere Books), she explores the crazy years of 1920s Montparnasse and the lives of the poets and artists who flocked there. The poems focus on the persona of Kiki de Montparnasse, a real-life maverick, through various formats, from first-person journal to streams of language to snippets of visual imagery, capturing the wildness of those years.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Joseph MacKinnon

Not all technological advances are good ones. That's what, Paul, the protagonist of Joseph MacKinnon's Cypulchre (Guy Faux Books) found out the hard way after he invented the CLOUD technology. It swept the wealthy and bored into a dissociative state (the "noosphere"), and now it is threatening Paul's family. Battling his own psychoses, Paul emerges from a decade of exile to save the people who shunned him. From android strippers to technology addicts, Cypulchre is part cyberpunk thriller and part essential human storytelling in its depiction of a man's quest for redemption.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Dave Olesen

Author, bush pilot, and wilderness guide Dave Olesen is no stranger to tough terrain. After 15 years of competition as a dog sled racer, he dedicated four consecutive winters to long trips away from his remote Northwest Territories home, following the points of the compass. His journeys south, east, north and west make up the narrative of Kinds of Winter: Four Solo Journeys by Dogteam in Canada’s Northwest Territories (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

Part memoir, part exploration of the north by a true northerner, Kinds of Winter goes beyond northern clichés to deeply examine one of the world's most unique areas, the human-animal bond and much more.

In the (Scholastic Book) club

When I want a good book recommendation in the world of YA and middle grade, I always ask one of my best friends, Sarah Hartley. As Senior Manager of Book Clubs at Scholastic Canada (she started as Editorial Assistant 13 years ago), she's chosen more than 15,000 books for the book club catalogues that go out to grade schools across the country every month. So she knows more than a thing or two about what makes a good book.

What makes a good book?

Video of the Week: Publisher Anne Collins on Linden MacIntyre's New Novel, Punishment

This video takes readers behind the scenes at the book launch party for Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author Linden MacIntyre's new novel. MacIntyre is also well know for his storied career as a journalist with the CBC, in particular with the investigative journalism program The Fifth Estate.

As fans swirl and Mr. MacIntyre thanks the crowd, his publisher, internationally acclaimed editor Anne Collins, chats with the camera crew about his newest book, Punishment.

Special Feature! Hockey Lovers Interview with David Ward, Greg Oliver, Richard Kamchen & Ken Reid

Whether it's a favourite player or a goal that turned a game around, it's not hard to get Canadians to talk about our national obsession. And if you're looking for books that measure up to a true fan's passion, ECW Press has you covered this season with a slew of titles for hockey lovers of every stripe.

What an agent wants

One of the key components in getting published is getting an agent. It can be the most difficult part of your career as a writer. Today I'm talking to SAMANTHA HAYWOOD, who's been an agent for over ten years. She works with the Transatlantic Agency in Toronto.

What was your career path to getting to where you are now?

Open Book Recommends: The 2014 Holiday Reading Guide

Our first big snow fall has come, along with the desire to curl up under a blanket, hot toddy in hand, and eat nothing but cookies. Of course, the Holiday season is never as relaxing as we'd like, so Open Book is here to help you cross some names off your gift-buying list by sharing our 2014 Holiday Reading Guide. We've got a collection of great titles, in many genres, that will be sure to please any reader on your list. And, of course there is no harm in picking up a book or two for yourself...after all, we all need something to read beside that toasty fire.



The Dirty Dozen, with Tony Burgess

Author Tony Burgess has been described as "H.P. Lovecraft meets Stephen Leacock". If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, then you definitely need to pick up Tony's work and see how absurdly, delightfully and fiendishly possible such a combination is in his hands. One of our most creative and brilliantly bizarre writers, Tony has a cult following that increased exponentially after his acclaimed novel Pontypool Changes Everything was adapted into an equally acclaimed film (for which the title was shortened to simply Pontypool).

Exclusive! Read the Winning Stories from The Write Across Ontario Contest for Young Writers!

IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Write Across Ontario creative writing competition!

Video of the Week

Video of the Week: Publisher Anne Collins on Linden MacIntyre's New Novel, Punishment

This video takes readers behind the scenes at the book launch party for Scotiabank Giller Prize winning author Linden MacIntyre's new novel. MacIntyre is also well know for his storied career as a journalist with the CBC, in particular with the investigative journalism program The Fifth Estate.

As fans swirl and Mr. MacIntyre thanks the crowd, his publisher, internationally acclaimed editor Anne Collins, chats with the camera crew about his newest book, Punishment.

Punishment follows Tony Breau, who has been forced to retire early from his post as a prison guard in Kingston. When Tony returns to the small town he hails from, he finds that he's not yet finished spending time around criminals or witnessing the darker sides of humanity, despite the fact that he no longer works in a penitentiary.

This is MacIntyre's first book since he completed the trilogy that captured him a Giller Prize. Check out Anne Collins' description of the book and of MacIntyre's process to get a taste of what is next from one of the country's favourite storytellers.

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

Dead Girl Diaries by Marianne Paul

Dead Girl Diaries

(BookLand Press, 2009)
When a young university student is assigned the task of writing her obituary by her journalism professor, she procrastinates. Who wants to think about their own death? An obituary is really about life – how one has lived it – and the assignment sends Maxine down a road of hopes and dreams, what she imagines her life to be. But life doesn’t unfold in the way Maxine thinks it will.

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