Weekly RoundUp: Open Book: Ontario

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An update of the interviews and features on Open Book: Ontario this week.

In this week’s The Dirty Dozen, OBO speaks to bookseller, self-confessed book nerd and Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations for Kobo, Mark Leslie. His latest book, Haunted Hamilton: The Ghosts of Dundurn Castle & Other Steeltown Shivers (Dundurn Press), explores the rich history and, the culture and the dark shadows that lie beneath the surface of the seemingly normal blue collar city in Southwestern Ontario. Haunted Hamilton will be in stores on August 4th.

August is hotter than you think! OBO announces that Coach House Books is having a Sex Trade-in Sale. Yes you heard it correctly! Starting August 1st, take your copy of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and swap it for a copy of Tamara Faith Berger’s well-written Maidenhead.

This week’s Blog Alert features Mark Sampson’s Free Range Readings. Mark reviews J.G. Ballard’s novel Cocaine Nights.

In the Proust Questionnaire Open Book speaks to poet, small press publisher and pornographer Amanda Earl. She tells OBO about leather and cheesecake, synaesthesia and near-death experiences. Her latest chapbook, Sex First & Then a Sandwich will be launched at the 19th anniversary celebration of above/ground press.

OBO adds four new additions to its Literary Landmarks Map. The four literary landmarks include: Blue Heron Books, ECW Press, Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario and Wintergreen Studios.

In OBO’s On Writing with Helen Forsey, readers will learn about her book Eugene Forsey: Canada’s Maverick Sage (Dundurn Press) that chronicles her father’s life work. Helen tells Open Book about the writing of her book and its remarkably timely publication.

Noticed! Read about how an abandoned McAllen, Texas Walmart became an award-winning public library. This Walmart example shows how this community re-used a space to fulfill the needs of its residents. Julia Christensen an artist and professor at Ohio’s Oberlin College has been looking at how communities re-claim large spaces left by big box retailers. She chronicles her findings in Big Box Reuse.

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