Winter 2008

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The 48-Hour Interview

Beaujolais, Books and Barbecues

The Book Business in an Uncertain Economy

Kim McArthur, president and publisher of McArthur & Company, and Derek Weiler, writer and editor of Quill & Quire, provide a fascinating insider look at Canadian publishing as we head into 2009 with a faltering economy and Book Expo Canada under the microscope. The interview was conducted via e-mail on December 15th and 16th, 2008.

DW:

I guess the thing on everyone's mind these days is the faltering economy and how that will affect the holiday selling season.

Essay

The Best Game on the Page

Writing The Good Times Hockey League of the Arts

The writer's life is romantically portrayed as a quiet, solitary existence. One must deliberate over every phrase, dedicate long hours to the muse and spend years perfecting the craft. Unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles are not uncommon and the pay is notoriously nominal. Occupational hazards may include loneliness, depression, alcoholism and/or insanity. But this is Canada where winters are long and many children — even kids with literary bents — grow up playing hockey.

Essay

The Girls' Club

Stacey May Fowles talks to three emerging writers about the old (male) guard, their first books and what it really means to be writing while young and female.

Dora Borealis (ECW Press) Daccia Bloomfield We Could Be Like That Couple (Insomniac Press) Sarah Steinberg The Night Is A Mouth (Exile Editions) Lisa Foad
"The whole 'female subject matter' thing gives me the heebie-jeebies, to be totally honest." —Daccia Bloomfield
On November 26th, Daccia Bloomfield does a short reading for a small group of book lovers at Toronto’s Press Club.

Book Excerpt

The Nameless Holiday

From Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

the nameless holiday happens once a year, usually around late August, sometimes October.

If you have an article in mind for Open Book's seasonal online magazine, please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief note about yourself to submissions@openbooktoronto.com. Open Book's magazine is published in March, June, September and December. We publish creative non-fiction with a focus on the Toronto literary scene and articles run a minimum of 1500 words. Response time is one to three months.

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