The Lucky Seven Interview, with Irina Kovalyova

Irina Kovalyova is an Ivy League-educated scientist, a debut author and, we are very excited to say, our June 2015 writer-in-residence at Open Book!

Irina's collection of short stories, Specimen combines the fresh perspective of a writer beginning her career with the confidence and impact of a veteran author. It was scooped up by House of Anansi Press, and the stories contained in Specimen follow characters to North Korea, Minsk and Vancouver, with plenty of Irina's scientific background represented. “Mamochka", which delves into the politics of both family and race, was nominated for the 2012 Journey Prize.

The Proust Questionnaire, with Danila Botha

South African-born, Toronto-based author Danila Botha's first collection of short stories was praised as "formidable", with Danila praised for her "staying power" as a writer. Both qualities are abundant in her follow up effort and first novel, Too Much on the Inside (Quattro Books).

CanLit Icons and Fresh Voices Featured on the 2015 Trillium Book Award Shortlists!

This year's Trillium Book Award finalists' list sees CanLit icons mixed with fresh voices, for a list that will likely keep book lovers guessing till the last minute. Highly decorated established writers including Margaret Atwood, Thomas King and former Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand pop up alongside rising stars like Kate Cayley. Both Atwood and King have won the prize previously.

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