Fall 2009

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Look Who’s 30

The ever-evolving IFOA

By Nathan Whitlock There’s been a lot of bad news in the book world as of late, but this fall offers the opportunity to pay tribute to at least one Canadian literary entity that has not only survived, but seems to grow and get more ambitious every year.

Book Excerpt

The Audacity of Hip Hop

From Hip Hop World by Dalton Higgins

It’s a hip hop world, and you’re just living in it. For most music-addicted earthlings, hip hop culture is the predominant global youth subculture of today. For the non-music initiated, hip hop has become the black, jewelry-laden elephant in a room filled with rock, country and classical music — an attention-grabber whose influence is impossible to miss on the daily news, in school playgrounds, during water cooler conversations or in a political debate. What is hip hop, and why should you care about it?

The 48-Hour Interview

The Future of Publishing

Sean Cranbury & Hugh McGuire Dig Into the Big Questions and Big Ideas

Writer, speaker and consultant Sean Cranbury talks to writer Hugh McGuire, co-founder of BookOven.com and founder of LibriVox.org, about ebooks, audiobooks and the possibility of a new era in publishing. The interview was conducted via email.

Hugh McGuire:

So, what does the web have to do with books?

Essay

The Word On The Street

20 years in review

By Michelle Gatien For the past 20 years, the last Sunday in September has come to mean one thing in Toronto: the colourful world of The Word On The Street festival. Transforming itself in to the ultimate book lover’s dream, Queen’s Park will once again play host to this gem of a festival as it celebrates its 20th anniversary on Sunday, September 27th.