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Read an Excerpt from Carellin Brooks' One Hundred Days of Rain

What's better than strolling through a bookstore, leafing through a book that has caught your eye? We're excited to offer an online version of that with an exclusive excerpt of One Hundred Days of Rain (BookThug) by Carellin Brooks here on Open Book.

In Defense of Middle Grade

I used to want to be a teacher.

It made sense. I’d spent years working with kids, first at a summer camp outside of Orillia and later as volunteer mentor of a group program run by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto.

And the age I wanted to teach, I told anyone who came asking about my career aspirations, was middle school.

Those years, I would say, are amazing. Those kids are old enough to have some idea about who they ultimately want to be, but young enough that their shell of teenage cynicism hadsn’t hardened completely and they can still, on occasion, get very, very silly.

Ugh, the person I was talking to would invariably say with a shudder, I hated middle school. Those were the worst years of my life!

Right, there was also that.

Video of the Week: Book Trailer for Circle of Stones by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew

Circle of Stones (Dundurn Press) is a chilling and moody mystery about an eccentric art student who is desperately searching for his missing girlfriend. It is the first novel by Toronto-based writer Suzanne Alyssa Andrew.

In the trailer, Suzanne talks about falling in love with her characters, discusses how ambition affects relationships in Circle of Stones and how readers will relate to this kind of exploration.

Don't miss this atmospheric trailer featuring a conversation with an exciting debut novelist!

Plum Johnson Captures the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction

A memoir of caring for loving but difficult parents has captured the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction. Plum Johnson's They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada) has been called "a slim, unassuming memoir that hits you deep in the gut, leaving you bruised and thoughtful long after its last page" (Angela Hickman, National Post).

Wattpad Launches After Dark, A Free App for Steamy Stories

Despite the continued freezing cold temperatures, Wattpad is heating things up with a new and free app called After Dark, offering a curated and steamy reading experience for mature romance fans.

After Dark offers readers thousands of romance stories written by best-selling authors and popular Wattpad writers. Readers can also browse content-specific channels such as LGBTQ, Urban and Fanfiction to better discover the stories they are after. Just like on Wattpad, readers can comment and vote on After Dark stories.

TIFF's Books on Film series returns with Kazuo Ishiguro, Irvine Welsh & More

Book lovers and film buffs are a match made in heaven, and thanks to TIFF's Books on Film series, you can indulge your love of page and picture at the same time.

The series celebrates and screens acclaimed films that started their narrative lives as books. Before each screening, audiences are treated to in-person discussions with filmmakers and writers about subjects such as adaptation, writing processes, finding inspiration in books, and much more.

Special Feature! Bernice Eisenstein on Contributing to Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

When Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991) buried 6,000 negatives of his photos of the Lodz ghetto in 1944, he feared they would be the only record of the Polish Jewish people who were being systemically murdered in the ghetto during WWII. And indeed, only 10,000 of the more than 200,000 Jews who passed through the Lodz ghetto would survive the War.

Ross was an official Lodz ghetto photographer from 1940 to 1944, taking identification card photos for the ghetto's constantly swelling Jewish and Romani population, as the Nazi regime packed more and more people into the area.

Job Posting: Open Book and the OBPO are hiring!

Are you a book lover who wants to help support the vibrant Ontario book publishing community? Check out the job posting below!

Executive Director:

Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO), Open Book Foundation

Special Feature! Talking Non-Fiction with the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize Nominees

The 2015 shortlist for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction shows the power of narrative non-fiction. With four out of five nominated titles being memoirs, it's a unique and powerful list that puts paid to the notion that storytelling is limited to the realm of the novel.

The nominees are:

  • Plum Johnson for They Left Us Everything (Penguin Canada)
  • At the Desk: Suzanne Sutherland

    February 24, 2015

    Our March 2015 writer-in-residence, Suzanne Sutherland is most recently the author of Something Wiki (Dundurn Press), which tells the story of Jo Waller. 12-year old Jo deals with a pretty terrible year in an unusual way; she edits Wikipedia entries.

    Suzanne has been praised for her ability to accurately (and sometimes painfully) capture the longing, confusion and humour of the pre-teen search for identity and individuality.

    Video of the Week

    Video of the Week: Book Trailer for Circle of Stones by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew

    Circle of Stones (Dundurn Press) is a chilling and moody mystery about an eccentric art student who is desperately searching for his missing girlfriend. It is the first novel by Toronto-based writer Suzanne Alyssa Andrew.

    In the trailer, Suzanne talks about falling in love with her characters, discusses how ambition affects relationships in Circle of Stones and how readers will relate to this kind of exploration.

    Don't miss this atmospheric trailer featuring a conversation with an exciting debut novelist!

    Writer In Residence

    March 1, 2015-April 1, 2015

    Suzanne Sutherland »

    Suzanne Sutherland is a writer for children and teens. Her first novel, When We Were Good, was selected for the American Library Association's Rainbow List and is a finalist for the inaugural Speaker's Young Authors Award. She is also the author of Something Wiki, out now with Dundurn Press, and Under the Dusty Moon, forthcoming in January 2016. She is the co-founder of the Toronto Zine Library, and works in children's publishing.

    Visit her online at her website.

    You can write to Suzanne throughout the month of March at writer@openbooktoronto.com.

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    Random reads

    The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrations by Michael Martchenko

    The Paper Bag Princess

    (Annick Press, 1980)
    Featuring a clever, joyful heroine who lacks a care for the strict rules of royal hygiene, a foolish dragon and a stuck up prince, this book cracked me up as a little kid. A breath of fresh air from tired, weak princess fairytales. For more information about The Paper Bag Princess, please visit the Annick Press Website.

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