May 10, 2018
Artist and Children's Author Lori Joy Smith on Her Cross-Canada Workspace Evolution
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." Ever since Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote those lines, starry eyed lovers everywhere have had a verse to describe their feelings. Riffing on the same idea ...
May 01, 2018
The Nonnets Author Aaron Giovannone Reviews His Recent Writing Spaces
You've read a sonnet. Now try a... nonnet?What is a nonnet, you might ask? For that we turn to Aaron Giovannone, author of The Nonnets (Book*hug). Nonnets are Giovannone's own creation — nine-line ...
March 28, 2018
"I Like to Be Surrounded by Objects with a Past": Meet Our Poetry Month Writer-in-Residence, Emma Healey!
Emma Healey is without a doubt one of the most exciting young poets in Canada. Her first collection Begin With the End in Mind earned her a reputation as a brainy, frank, innovative writer with charm ...
February 07, 2018
Watercolour Illustrator Qin Leng Shares her Dreamy and Inspiring Workspace
Yesterday we introduced you to Jessica Scott Kerrin, author of The Better Tree Fort (Groundwood Books). Today, we are thrilled to welcome Qin Leng to Open Book, whose beautiful watercolour illustrations ...
February 05, 2018
Exploring Elinor Florence's Picturesque Invermere Writing Paradise
Journalist and novelist Elinor Florence's Bird's Eye View earned rave reviews, so readers will be happy to hear she's back now with Wildwood (Dundurn Press). The novel opens with a Monkey's Paw-esque ...
February 01, 2018
David Johnson Shows Us the Desk Where He Wrote Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada
One easy way to get Canadians talking - and perhaps even arguing - is to bring up the British monarchy. What is the role of the monarchy in modern Canada? is a question that continues to be hotly debated, ...
January 17, 2018
Jaime Lee Mann's Writing Nook: "Writing is More About Mental Space than Physical Space"
The Legend of Rhyme series by Jaime Lee Mann Blood and Stars (Blue Moon Publishing) is exactly the kind of children's fantasy series we all longed for as kids. Packed with fairies, witches, ogres, and ...
October 30, 2017
The Wonderfully Weird World of November writer-in-residence Lisa de Nikolits
Lisa de Nikolits is the author of an impressive seven novels, each of them marked by her wild creativity and memorable characters. Her latest offering is No Fury Like That (Inanna Publications), a genre ...
April 02, 2017
At the Desk: Jennifer LoveGrove
We're excited to announce that Jennifer LoveGrove is our April 2017 writer-in-residence! April is Poetry Month and we're thrilled to have Jennifer here to share with us on all things writing, reading, ...
March 23, 2017
At the Desk, with Marie-Louise Gay
Marie-Louise Gay is based in Montreal but beloved around the world for her warm, funny, fabulously creative children's books, especially the Stella and Sam series. She has racked up a bevy of awards ...