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Special Feature: Michel Chikwanine discusses Graphic Novel Memoir Child Soldier

Michel Chikwanine is creating positives from some of the darkest, most negative experiences imaginable. Abducted to serve as a child soldier at just five years old, Michel survived unthinkable conditions before miraculously making his way back to his family.

In order to tell his remarkable story, Michel has partnered with illustrator Claudia Dávila and writer Jessica Dee Humphreys to create the graphic novel Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War (KidsCan Press).

Special Feature! Stuart Ross on Judging the Aspiring Canadian Writers contest

The Aspiring Canadian Writers Contest launched during National Poetry Month in April of 2012 with their inaugural and recurring poetry contest celebrating emerging and unpublished writers. Now in its fourth year, the award is given annually to three developing writers, one winner and two runners-up, whose works has yet to be published. The winning poems are published on the contest website and the winners' names are announced each year in an issue of Quill & Quire.

Video of the Week: Anansi Launches Spectacular Trailer for Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

After the runaway success of the The Sisters Brothers, Canadian readers were waiting impatiently for more from Portland, Oregon-based Patrick deWitt. We get our wish this season with Undermajordomo Minor (House of Anansi Press).

Anansi is celebrating the book's publication with a special book trailer that is in itself a work of art. Animated by Joanna Neborsky, with narration from Nick deWitt, it's part Wes Anderson, part Tim Burton, and will be a delight to fans of deWitt's darkly comic sensibilities.

The Proust Questionnaire, with Marc Di Saverio

Marc Di Saverio's debut collection of poetry, Sanatorium Songs (Palimpsest Press), tackles tough subject matter with confidence and dynamic lyricism, digging into the experience of mental illness and the language that surrounds it. With titles like "Psych Ward Queen" and "Weekend Pass", this gritty collection shies away from none of its complex material while maintaining both empathy for its characters' suffering and an electric energy.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Austin Clarke

There is only one Austin Clarke — a writer who, at this stage in his career, has gone beyond mere awards and honours (of which he holds many) to become part of the very fabric of Canadian culture.

So it makes sense how excited CanLit fans are for 'Membering (Dundurn Press), Clarke's deeply moving and illuminating memoir. In it he recounts his youth in Barbados and move to Canada, his time in 1960s Harlem — meeting figures like Malcolm X and Chinua Achebe — and his creation of pioneering courses in Afro-American Literature at Yale University.

The Proust Questionnaire, with Ulrikka Gernes

Danish poet Ulrikka Gernes published her first collection at just eighteen, taking the European poetry world by storm. Since then she has published an additional ten collections, returning this summer with Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments (Brick Books, translated by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen). The dreamlike poems of Frayed Opus have been called "airy and abstract, like pinching smoke", and praised for their humour, honesty and ability to distill universal concepts in razor-sharp, unique images.

Video of the Week: Toronto Public Library Fun - Book Dominoes!

Any book lover would agree that books are endless fun. But a few Toronto Public Library librarians and teens got creative on just how to have fun with books, creating a domino course with YA titles at the Northern District library branch in July.

The video of their impressive course clocks in at just under three minutes — over 800 books were used. Check out the video here for your daily dose of book fun!

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Gisela Sherman

When millions of Canadian and American men shipped out to the Second World War, their wives, sisters and daughters stepped up to take on jobs that had previously been unthinkable occupations for women. It's in this tense time, full of unprecedented change, that Gisela Sherman sets the events of The Farmerettes (Second Story Press), based on the real women who took over the work of domestic farming during WWII.

Angelina Jolie Pitt to Executive Produce Animated Film Adaptation of Deborah Ellis' The Breadwinner

The international best-selling novel The Breadwinner (Groundwood Books) by award-winning author and peace activist Deborah Ellis is getting the animated film treatment. Earlier this week, it was announced that Angelina Jolie Pitt is on board as Executive Producer through her production company Jolie Pas Productions. Nora Twomey will direct the film.

The Dirty Dozen, with Sharon Jennings

In Sharon Jennings's Connecting Dots (Second Story Press) Cassandra Jovanovich has two dreams: to find a real home, and to become a successful actor. Both seem completely out of reach to the weary twelve year old, who has spent years being bounced from the home of one relative to another. But when she finds herself in a situation that feels like it could actually be a real home, Cassandra has reason to hope for the first time. If only she could shake Leanna Mets, her self-appointed new best friend, who is very curious about Cassandra's background. Leanna thinks Cassandra should write her story down — but is Cassandra ready to delve into her difficult memories?

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Video of the Week: Anansi Launches Spectacular Trailer for Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

After the runaway success of the The Sisters Brothers, Canadian readers were waiting impatiently for more from Portland, Oregon-based Patrick deWitt. We get our wish this season with Undermajordomo Minor (House of Anansi Press).

Anansi is celebrating the book's publication with a special book trailer that is in itself a work of art. Animated by Joanna Neborsky, with narration from Nick deWitt, it's part Wes Anderson, part Tim Burton, and will be a delight to fans of deWitt's darkly comic sensibilities.

Undermajordomo Minor tells the story of Lucien (known as "Lucy"), who accepts a job at the foreboding Castle Von Aux, slowly discovering its dark secrets, falling in love, and generally getting into the kind of trouble only Patrick deWitt can write.

Check out this stunning trailer for a preview of what is sure to become one of the season's most buzzed-about books.

Writer In Residence

July 1, 2015-August 1, 2015

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Ken Murray lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He teaches creative writing at Haliburton School of the Arts and at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. His fiction and non-fiction have been published in journals, newspapers and magazines in both Canada and the United States. An avid athletic amateur, he likes kiteboarding, skiing, snowboarding, running and cycling. He is a volunteer broadcaster in community radio and dabbles in several sports. Eulogy is his first novel.
You can contact Ken throughout the month of July at writer@openbooktoronto.com

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Monster in the Mountains: A Dylan Maples Adventure

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"After Dylan’s recent terrifying adventure in the Badlands of Alberta, where he and his friends had to escape the clutches of a crazed madman, his parents take him for a well-deserved holiday in B.C.’s Rocky Mountains. "It’s a place where, Dylan reads in a pamphlet, more mysterious creatures are said to exist than any other place in the world. Creatures such as Cadborosaurus and Ogopogo the sea serpent—but Dylan is content to laugh everything off. Then one day on a trip to Rattlesnake Island, he sees something very, very strange: a long, unusually shaped head peeking up above the waves of Lake Okanagan."

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