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Ten Years of Type

by Becky Toyne

In March 2006, across the street from the not-yet-hip Trinity Bellwoods Park, a storefront window on Queen Street West held a teaser display: a brown leather armchair piled with books. Behind the chair was a black curtain obstructing the rest of the coming-soon new store from view. Behind the black curtain, two employees sat amid piles of publisher catalogues entering orders while the two owners and a carpenter put the finishing touches to the shelving, the flooring, and the office. Now and then a curious passerby would push open the door: “What are you going to be?” they’d ask. “We’re going to be a bookstore.” “Well, that’s brave. Good luck!” And off they’d go.

#WritingTips Mondays: Zadie Smith's Rules for Writing

We love to talk to amazing writers on Open Book in order to celebrate and spread the word about their newest books. But before writers get to that point, there are years of hard work, revised drafts, and false starts. For all of you out there who are in the early stages of your writing life, we want to share tips, encouragement, and tricks of the trade from some of our favourite writers. So we're launching #WritingTips Mondays, where we will highlight some of the best writing advice on the web. Whether you're working your way through a first draft or a fifth, it's always interesting to hear what fellow writers have to say about the craft.

Special Feature! Interview with FOLD Festival Guest Author Chase Joynt

YOLO is old news. For truly interesting stories, consider YOLT — which is both the title of and driving philosophy behind You Only Live Twice (Coach House Books), by trans writer and media artist Chase Joynt and HIV-positive movie artist Mike Hoolboom.

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