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Special Interview: Shyam Selvadurai on Bonham Centre Award & LGBT Writing in Canada

On April 24, the Mark S. Bonham Centre will be holding the 2014 Bonham Centre “Power of the Word” Awards Gala, honouring writers who have made distinguished contributions to the public understanding of sexual diversity in Canada.

This year, they will honour three distinguished writers in the genre of sexual diversity including Edmund White, Patricia Nell-Warren and Shyam Selvadurai. In addition, the IBM Youth Award will be given to Waawaate Fobister.

Established in 2008, The Bonham Centre Awards recognizes an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the advancement and education of human rights issues surrounding sexual education.

The Proust Questionnaire, with Adam Nayman

Film critic Adam Nayman is the latest author to join ECW Press' Pop Classics imprint, which publishes books discussing why a particular pop phenomenon is worthy of further attention.

Adam's choice may seem like a surprising one for a film critic — his It Doesn't Suck: Showgirls is an examination of the surprising depths of one of the most expensive modern cinematic flops. Showgirls was the 1995 winner of the Razzie Award for Worst Picture, but in It Doesn't Suck, Adam takes readers on a surprise journey through the so-called trainwreck.

Open Book Recommends: Children's Poetry Books

April is National Poetry Month, presenting a perfect opportunity to introduce young readers to the world of Canadian poetry. Last week we shared a list of recommended poetry collections for adults and this week, we've put together a list of some excellent poetry for young readers.

Don't forget to visit our event pages at Open Book: Toronto and Open Book: Ontario to find National Poetry Month events happening throughout the month of April.

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