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 the author of three short story collections, Got No SecretsFor All the Men (and Some of the Women I’ve Known) which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, The Vine Awards and the ReLit Award. Her new collection, Things that Cause Inappropriate Happiness will be published in March 2024 by Guernica Editions. She is also the author of the novel Much on the Inside, which was recently optioned for film. Her new novel, A Place for People Like Us will be published by Guernica in 2025. She teaches Creative Writing at University of Toronto’s SCS and is part of the faculty at Humber School for Writers. She is currently writing and illustrating her first graphic novel.