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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.

Special Interview with Amy Mathers of Amy's Marathon of Books

Amy Mathers is the woman behind the inspiring project, Amy’s Marathon of Books, an initiative she started to help raise money for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, with the intention of establishing an annual award honouring Canadian Teen Fiction. Inspired by Terry Fox, who ran 1 kilometre every six minutes during his Marathon of Hope, Amy decided she would work around her physical limitations and read one book a day, every day, for the entire 2014 year.

On Writing, with Richard Feltoe

Richard Feltoe's epic Upper Canada Preserved: The War of 1812 series is made up of six books, including the brand new, final instalment, The Ashes of War: The Fight for Upper Canada, August 1814—March 1815 (Dundurn). Richard is one of Canada's foremost military history experts, as well as a living history reenactor specialising in the War of 1812.

A comprehensive and revealing portrait of one of the most pivotal periods of Canadian history, the Upper Canada Preserved series is a must-read for history junkies.

Pioneer Fashion Strikes Gold

Post-Victorian pioneer style is in. Big beards and work boots (boys); peasant skirts and sensible-heeled ankle booties (girls); huddling in old timey, barn-board-clad bars around old-timey-branded craft beer and brown liquor (everyone).

Poets in Profile: Bob MacKenzie

In Spirit Quest (Dark Matter Press), Bob MacKenzie's poems and Sharlena Wood's paintings work together to become an artistic conversation about one of Canada's most powerful landscape — the Rocky Mountains. Bob's poems tell the story of a man recalling his boyhood experience with the mountains, while Sharlena's artwork weaves in another point of view.

Bob, who is a multidisciplinary artist in his own right, speaks to Open Book today as part of our Poets in Profile series.

Video of the Week

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.

Writer In Residence

July 1, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Brecken Hancock »

Brecken Hancock's poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in Event, CV2, Grain, The Fiddlehead and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom, was published by Coach House Books in 2014. She lives in Ottawa. Visit www.breckenhancock.com for more information.

Send your questions and comments for Brecken to writer@openbooktoronto.com

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