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The Lucky Seven Interview, with Michelle Berry

Michelle Berry's newest book, Interference (ECW Press), has become one of the summer's power house novels. By teasing back the calm veneer of a small town to expose the complexity below, Berry creates a tense, witty and lifelike atmosphere. As the town deals with issues as large as suspected pedophilia and as claustrophobic as obsessive compulsion, readers will find the linked stories, in Berry's hands, cause "the pages [to] practically turn themselves", as the National Post observed.

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Carole Giangrande

In Carole Giangrande's Midsummer (Inanna Publications), a young woman named Joy is haunted by the spirit of her grandfather, the family patriarch, who many years before had a vision that convinced him that he was blessed. His children reacted to this conviction in different ways, changing the history of the family. When the family is brought together in the year 2000, that history comes to light in new ways, changing Joy's life and relationships.

Today Carole joins us to take on the The WAR Series: Writers As Readers questionnaire, which gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Video of the Week: Book Trailer for Christine Fischer Guy's Debut, The Umbrella Mender

In one of our favourite recent book trailers, debut author Christine Fischer Guy makes use of stop motion animation and some serious art skills (contributed by Sophia Oppel) to spread the word about her new novel, The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn).

Check out the trailer to see impressive blurbs from the likes of Miriam Toews and Alissa York and to get a preview of this promising and talented new novelist's work.

The Umbrella Mender will be available in September under Wolsak & Wynn's new Buckrider imprint.

The Lucky Seven Interview, With Tasneem Jamal

Tasneem Jamal was born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade as an editor at The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night magazine and the National Post. She has written fiction and non-fiction for the Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night magazine, the National Post and the Literary Review of Canada.

Tasneem speaks to Open Book as part of our Lucky Seven series, a seven-question Q&A that gives readers a chance to hear about the writing processes of talented Canadian authors and gives authors a space to speak in depth about the thematic concerns of their newest books.

The Inaugural INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair Announces Exciting Lineup

The organizers of INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair have announced the lineup for their inaugural event, taking place from November 13 to 16, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. With over 300 hours of programming that will showcase 400 Canadian and International authors in eight unique feature areas, the three and a half day event is offering up the chance for book lovers of all tastes to come together and celebrate the many facets of writing and publishing.

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Ben Ladouceur

The WAR Series: Writers As Readers gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Today we welcome Ben Ladouceur, the author of Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press). Lime Kiln Quay Road is a long poem about the author's time spent living in a hamlet called Blaxhall, in Suffolk, England. His first full-length collection, Otter, is forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2015.

On Mystery Writing, with R.J. Harlick

R.J. Harlick's love for Canada's untamed wilds is the inspiration for the six-book Meg Harris series. The fourth in the series, Arctic Blue Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel.

Today, R.J. speaks to Open Book about the latest novel in the series, Silver Totem of Shame (Dundurn Press), the unique challenges facing mystery writers and forsaking a proper writing desk for a comfortable chair overlooking nature.

Open Book:

Tell us about your new book, Silver Totem of Shame.

Video of the Week: Kim Thuy on her latest novel, Mãn

Kim Thuy, author of the Giller Prize-nominated and Governor General Award-winning Ru is back with her latest novel Mãn (Random House Canada), a poetic story about love, the art of food and the relationship between the two.

Watch the video to see Kim talk about who Mãn is, the family love story that inspired the novel and the different ways love can be expressed.

The Dirty Dozen, with Andrew Kaufman

The curious premise of Andrew Kaufman's The Tiny Wife (Cormorant Books) is classically Kaufman. His previous books, including All My Friends are Superheroes and Born Weird were loved not only for Andrew's witty, vibrant prose, but for their perfectly odd casts of characters. The Tiny Wife follows this tradition, centring on a bank robbery that involves no money at all. Instead, the robber in question forces 13 people in the bank to part with their dearest possessions, many of which are objectively worthless.

Noticed: Books and Booze with the LPG

Take note, thirsty readers. Tan Light, Sales Manager for the Literary Press Group (LPG), writes a delightful monthly column called "Chappy Hour" that "pairs an excerpt from an LPG member title with a cocktail recipe." This month, sip a Flying Monkey while reading Julie Bruck's Governor General Award-winning Monkey Ranch (Brick Books).

Get the drink recipe and read an excerpt from Monkey Ranch on the LPG Staff Blog.

Video of the Week

Video of the Week: Book Trailer for Christine Fischer Guy's Debut, The Umbrella Mender

In one of our favourite recent book trailers, debut author Christine Fischer Guy makes use of stop motion animation and some serious art skills (contributed by Sophia Oppel) to spread the word about her new novel, The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn).

Check out the trailer to see impressive blurbs from the likes of Miriam Toews and Alissa York and to get a preview of this promising and talented new novelist's work.

The Umbrella Mender will be available in September under Wolsak & Wynn's new Buckrider imprint.

Writer In Residence

September 1 to October 1, 2014

Sandra Ridley »

Sandra Ridley’s first full-length collection of poetry, Fallout, won the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Award for publishing, the Alfred G. Bailey prize, and was a finalist for the Ottawa Book Award. Her second book, Post-Apothecary, was short-listed for the 2012 ReLit and Archibald Lampman Awards. Also in 2012, Ridley won the international festival Of Authors’ Battle of the Bards and was featured in The University of Toronto’s Influency Salon. Twice a finalist for the Robert Kroetsch Award for innovative poetry, Ridley is the author of two chapbooks: Rest Cure, and Lift, for which she was co-recipient of the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Her latest book is The Counting House (BookThug 2013). She lives in Ottawa.

You can contact Sandra throughout the month of September with questions and comments at writer@openbooktoronto.com.

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