Five Things Literary (& Haunted!): Hallowe'en Edition, with Mark Leslie

It's Hallowe'en and Open Boo(k) wants to scare you silly with the spookiest literary spots in Ontario, courtesy of Mark Leslie, the author of Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries (Dundurn Press). Mark's paranormal volumes will delight readers who love a little scare with their story. In addition to Tomes of Terror, he's also the author of Spooky Sudbury and Haunted Hamilton, so he's the ideal guide to take us a bookish tour of haunted Ontario today as part of our mapping of literary Ontario in our Five Things Literary series.

Read on to hear from Mark about the book buyer who got a free ghost with purchase, haunted cigar smoke and much more.

Open Book Recommends: Chilly Fall Reading Guide

The air is crisp, the days are cool and there are pumpkins everywhere! It's Halloween, the perfect day to share our Chilly Fall Reading Guide with you. We've put together a list of books that are creepy, freaky and full of spine-tingling thrills. There's something to entertain all readers on Halloween night, or any chilly fall night when something spooky is in order.

The Lucky Seven Interview, with Ben Lefebvre

Contrary to popular belief, Canadian Literature was already a robust discipline before the great voices of the sixties came to define our national literature.

No one knows that better than Ben Lefebvre, the editor of the Early Canadian Literature Series published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. The series returns to print rare texts from the early canon of Canadian English literature. With novels, memoirs and creative non-fiction, the series showcases texts by Indigenous peoples and immigrants from a range of ancestral, language and religious origins. Each book features an afterword offering a new interpretation in a contemporary context. Five titles are already available with a sixth forthcoming.

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