July 13, 2022
"An Act of Freedom and a Precarious Practice" Tanis MacDonald on the Politics and Culture of Taking a Walk
Taking a walk is a deceptively simple thing. To walk around outside can do wonders for our mental and physical health, sense of community, and stress levels. And yet "taking a walk" also exists at a fascinating ...
June 28, 2022
"I Stopped Wondering a Long Time Ago" Read an Excerpt from Katie Welch's Mysterious Bee Novel, Mad Honey
There are a lot of novels that open with disappearances, but very few with the return of the disappeared. Not only does Katie Welch's extraordinary new novel Mad Honey (Wolsak & Wynn) see Beck ...
May 24, 2022
"You Will Start Writing Again When You're Ready" Dan K. Woo Shares His Inspiring Writing Journey
If Amazon has changed modern life in the West, Taobao, China's massive online marketplace (which is owned by e-commerce giant the Alibaba Group), may have changed the Chinese experience even more. So ...
April 08, 2022
"One Long Confession" Nancy Jo Cullen on Auden, Endings, & Midsomer Murders
Nancy Jo Cullen is know for wild creativity, irreverent wit, and her ability to work in multiple genres with ease, including poetry, short fiction, and novels. Indeed, Cullen is undeniably one of Canada's ...
March 15, 2022
"I Saw That Language Could Break and Be Reassembled" Prathna Lor on Early Reading & Their Poetry Debut
A debut collection of poetry is always something exciting; a chance to inhabit a new perspective, a new way of processing and experiencing the world, while getting those great literary shivers over a ...
December 22, 2021
Wrap Up 2021 with an Excerpt from Tim Bowling's Meditative Book of Essays, The Call of the Red-Winged Blackbird
For our final post of 2021, we're sharing an excerpt from a truly special book. Tim Bowling, the award winning author of more than twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, draws on sixty years ...
November 30, 2021
Daniel Scott Tysdal Examines the Darkness, Strangeness, & Flickering Hope of Life in the 21st Century in His Spectacular Debut Story Collection
Daniel Scott Tysdal is a beloved creative writing professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a decorated poet. And of course, Tysdal is also an Open Book columnist and the subject of one ...
September 02, 2021
Reintroducing Poplar Press!
Here's some exciting news from OBPO member, Wolsak and Wynn, as they open up a new imprint for the press. The details are below, in their official release:Wolsak and Wynn is happy to announce that long-time ...
September 01, 2021
Acclaimed Novelist Michelle Berry on an Inspiring Butter Dish, Playing Favourites, and Borrowing a Title from Auden
For those alive at the time, 9/11 became a line in the sand; there was before, and there was after. No one knew when they woke up September 11, 2001 that the world was going to change. That includes the ...
June 15, 2021
Rahela Nayebzadah, Author of the Powerful New Novel Monster Child, on Being Nicknamed "Revenge", Dream Trips, & Spike Lee
Rahela Nayebzadah's darkly magical new novel, Monster Child (Wolsak & Wynn), mixes the fantastical with the grimly real as siblings Beh, Shabnam, and Alif navigate a new world together. The children ...