Writer in Residence

Final Post

By Danila Botha


Hi Open Book Readers,

I’ve had such a wonderful time being your Writer in Residence this month.

It feels like perfect timing that I’m writing my last Writer in Residence post immediately after doing the Toronto Tightrope Books launch for For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known.

Tonight was so incredibly special. I read my short story, "Wolf Eyes", and I felt so supported by the writing community. I was so excited and delighted by how many people came, friends, and family members and writers whose work I love.

It was everything I dreamed it would be, and more.

Thank you so much to Open Book for having me, and to everyone who read my posts, 

It’s been such a great month,


The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book.

Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, she has lived in Ra’anana, Israel, and in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first collection of short stories, Got No Secrets (Tightrope Books, 2010) was praised by the Globe and Mail, the Chronicle Herald, and the Cape Town Times. It was also named one of Britannica’s Books of the Year (Canadian short stories) in 2011, and was published in South Africa (Modjaji Books, 2011). Danila has guest-edited the National Post’s “The Afterword,” and her short stories have appeared in Broken Pencil Magazine, Douglas Glover’s Numero Cinq Magazine, Joyland and more. Her first novel, the critically acclaimed Too Much on the Inside was published by Quattro Books in June 2015. She will be teaching at the Humber School for Writers in the correspondence program in 2017. She is currently working on her second novel and a new collection of short stories.