Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Fall 2007

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An Author’s Wild Ride

Six years ago, I began work on an unauthorized biography of Conrad Black. I didn't know I was destined to become a rodeo star. Writing Robber Baron in English (for ECW Press of Toronto) and Le baron Black in French (for Editions de l'Homme of Montreal) – both of which are coming out this fall – has turned me into something of a bronco rider. Of course, at the end of 2001, Black was on top of the world.

Book Excerpt

Copyright’s Rationales

from Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide by Laura Murray and Sam Trosow

Copyright is so entrenched in popular thinking about the production and dissemination of culture that we may think of it as natural or inevitable. We may even drape it with mystical ideas about the creative process. To be sure, authors and artists have always had a special connection to their work.


Six Cures for Literary Amnesia

A key difficulty in constructing the city’s metaphors is the handling of meaning from one generation to the next, or across barriers of birth, class and circumstance. For a large part of its history, Toronto has been in a state of near-amnesia, seeking desperately for its own memory. (Warkentin 2005)
The past was the secret and mysterious city, the city within the city, the city of the alleyways and swimming pools and the city of the lakeshore.

The 48-Hour Interview

The Ideal Weight and Heft

A discussion on book design.

Over a 48-hour period, writer and editor Michael Holmes and design guru and magazine publisher Bill Douglas interviewed each other about creative freedom and restriction in book design, the "ideal weight and heft, texture and shape" of books, and the necessity of good faith between designers and publishers. The interview was conducted via e-mail.

If you have an article in mind for Open Book's seasonal online magazine, please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief note about yourself to Open Book's magazine is published in March, June, September and December. We publish creative non-fiction with a focus on the Toronto literary scene and articles run a minimum of 1500 words. Response time is one to three months.

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