July 06, 2023
Colleen Nelson on Setting Her New Kids' Novel in One of New York's Most Unique Historical Properties
Umbrella House in New York City is a unique urban phenomenon. Abandoned in the late 70s, it was sealed up with cinderblocks and cement until several years later when a group of squatters moved in. Over ...
December 22, 2022
Canadian Writers and Publishers Share Their Literary Resolutions for 2023
We all know what a New Year's resolution is, but what about a literary resolution? We asked writers and publishers across the country to share their hopes and aspirations for 2023 in the realm of reading ...
October 19, 2022
Sid Sharp's Graphic Novel The Wolf Suit is a Gloriously Dark Modern Fairytale about Deceptive Appearances & Community Connection
We've all heard the term "wolf in sheep's clothing", but what about the opposite? Award winning Toronto artist and writer Sid Sharp's funny, deliciously dark, and gently thoughtful graphic novel The ...
May 27, 2022
Reminders on the Path - Sheniz Janmohamed in Conversation with Natasha Ramoutar
When my first poetry collection Bittersweet was released in 2020, my mentor Sheniz Janmohamed published our conversation about full circles and first books with Open Book.Sheniz has been so instrumental ...
March 02, 2022
Carl Watts on Why Poetry's So-Called Shortcomings Might Be Its Greatest Strengths
It's easy to imagine the scene: at a poetry reading (pre-pandemic), an open mic-er ascends to the stage, taps the microphone, and announces with aplomb, "I just wrote this five minutes ago." Cue the ...
July 05, 2021
The Word on the Street Offers Up Weekly Streaming Literary Events for an At-Home "WOTS" Experience
The pandemic has created a very different landscape for literary events, and a lot of organizations have responded by evolving in creative ways, finding methods of bringing the buzz and connection of ...
April 23, 2021
Celebrate Indie Bookstores on April 24: 3 Ontario Booksellers Tell Us What They Love About Their Jobs & Shops
This Saturday, April 24, the Canadian Independent Booksellers Association is celebrating Canadian Independent Bookstore Day (CIBD), an annual love-in for the magical small stores that connect readers ...
February 18, 2021
Small gifts from writers: The power of writerly connections
On one especially sunny day when I was a young girl sitting at my kitchen table scribbling stories on the backs of old receipts my mother left on the table, I closed my eyes, looked into the future, and ...
February 25, 2020
A Love Letter to Scarborough Writers
To busy writers, penning poems on the back of receipts, scribbling into notebooks on Line 3 — this is for you.I rarely find time to sit down and write anymore. Instead, I create fragments wherever I ...
November 13, 2019
This October I travelled to Calgary from my home in Kingston to do some book promotion and to catch up with my family and cherished friends. It had been a little over a year since I’d returned home, ...