The Inaugural INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair Announces Exciting Lineup

The organizers of INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair have announced the lineup for their inaugural event, taking place from November 13 to 16, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. With over 300 hours of programming that will showcase 400 Canadian and International authors in eight unique feature areas, the three and a half day event is offering up the chance for book lovers of all tastes to come together and celebrate the many facets of writing and publishing.

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Ben Ladouceur

The WAR Series: Writers As Readers gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

Today we welcome Ben Ladouceur, the author of Lime Kiln Quay Road (above/ground press). Lime Kiln Quay Road is a long poem about the author's time spent living in a hamlet called Blaxhall, in Suffolk, England. His first full-length collection, Otter, is forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2015.

On Mystery Writing, with R.J. Harlick

R.J. Harlick's love for Canada's untamed wilds is the inspiration for the six-book Meg Harris series. The fourth in the series, Arctic Blue Death, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel.

Today, R.J. speaks to Open Book about the latest novel in the series, Silver Totem of Shame (Dundurn Press), the unique challenges facing mystery writers and forsaking a proper writing desk for a comfortable chair overlooking nature.

Open Book:

Tell us about your new book, Silver Totem of Shame.

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