Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Winter 2011

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Ninja Skills & Marmite Books

Kelvin Kong and Dan Wagstaff muse on publishing, books and breaking into the book business.

The latest of Toronto's literati to take part in Open Book's 48-Hour Interview series are Kelvin Kong, a foreign rights associate for a children's publisher, and Dan Wagstaff, who works in online sales and marketing for Raincoast Books and blogs at The Casual Optimist. In their interview, they chat about their work in publishing, ebooks, social media and online literary communities, and they recommend some excellent books.


Mind Over Matter? Matter and Mind

On Exercise and Writing

Too busy working on your opus to go for a walk? Suffice to say when you are exercising you are not writing. However, it seems equally logical that if you want the mind to perform, it should be housed in a reasonably healthy vessel. While I am of two minds over exercise as procrastination or exercise as necessary to the integrity of the mood and spine of a writer, it seems fairly safe to argue that exercise can have a good impact on writing. Can exercise be detected in one’s writing, in terms of quality, rhythm and output? That is an answer that changes over time.


The Winter Classic

After spending close to 1300 hours on the ice, or sitting in the Thirsty Penguin drinking certified cold Coors Lights with the boys, or standing in Jeff’s or Brent’s garage doing the same thing these past couple years — hell, even during a driveway chin-wag with Billy Day after he was finished reno-ing my bathroom — it’s come up more than a few times. My hockey buddies are curious, smart.


The Rabble-Rousers

There is a lot of talk in the book world these days. With this Spotlight, we raise a glass to those who consistently have something to say. This group always seems to be at the heart of the discussion, be it about books or authors or reviews or new technology or the industry as whole. Stating opinions and often sparking debate, these people keep the publishing conversations rolling and this is an important role.

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