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On Writing, with Mike Steeves

Mike Steeves's Giving Up (BookThug) is a novel in three parts that takes place over the course of a single night. Mary and James are a couple struggling with the intersection of ambition, expectation and disappointment. As the hours slip by in their unnamed city, two small but ultimately significant events happen that will have a ripple effect on Mary and James' relationship and individual identities.

To celebrate the publication of Giving Up, Mike's first novel, we are thrilled to speak to him today on Open Book.

Dundurn Press' Kirk Howard wins 2015 Janice E. Handford Award

Yesterday evening, the Ontario Book Publishers Organization honoured Kirk Howard, founder and president of Dundurn Press, with the Janice E. Handford Award.

The award recognizes "an individual who has advanced the cause of small and literary Canadian publishing” and has been a spotlight on some of the industry's most influential individuals, many of whom contributed to the original creation of a homegrown publishing industry in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Dirty Dozen, with Susan Glickman

Multi-genre author Susan Glickman seems to move effortlessly between fiction, poetry, writing for young readers and non-fiction. Just when it seems like she's tackled every genre, she shows readers she's got even more skills in reserve, publishing a mystery novel this spring: Safe as Houses (Cormorant Books).

Safe as Houses tells the story of a murder in Toronto's tony Hillcrest Village. When Liz and Maxime, two local residents, find themselves on the case, it seems at first like an intellectual exercise, a puzzle to be solved. But the real danger and violence of the situation becomes all too apparent, and Liz and Maxime finds themselves in uncharted territory.

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