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Open Book Literary Salon: Writing & Place

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Open Book Literary Salon: Writing & Place

Open Book Literary Salon 2014: Writing & Place

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — 7:30p.m.
Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

FREE EVENT! Presented by Open Book and IFOA. Please RSVP on Facebook to confirm space or email Cash bar.

Where you're from, where you've been and the places that move you. For writers, place is more than just geography — it's inspiration, character, politics and history.

We're talking to three of Canada's finest writers, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Camilla Gibb and Steven Heighton, about how they write place in their books; how the places they've lived, travelled and written in have affected them; and how place plays out in their writing lives.

In an open and casual conversation, these talented authors will talk about writing retreats; the politics of place; travel; place as character; and much more, with audience members invited to participate and ask questions or, if you prefer, to just soak up the literary goodness.

This is a relaxed, salon-style environment, moderated by Open Book and CBC Books columnist Becky Toyne. All are welcome, both readers and writers — whether established or aspiring, this will be a conversation no writer should miss!

This is a free event but tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For updates about this event, stay tuned to our Facebook event page.


Kamal Al-Solaylee

is an associate professor at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, and was previously the national theatre critic at The Globe and Mail. He has written features and reviews for numerous publications, including the Toronto Star, National Post, The Walrus, Quill & Quire, Elle Canada and Toronto Life. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Nottingham in England. His first book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction in Canada and won the 2013 Toronto Book Awards. His other books include Tonight at the Tarragon: A Critic’s Anthology (editor) and Best Canadian Essays 2010 (co-editor with Alex Boyd).

Camilla Gibb

is the author of four novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement and has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and has been short listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Camilla has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. She is an adjunct faculty member of the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Guelph-Humber, the University of Toronto and the Humber School for Writers

Steven Heighton

is the author of the Trillium Award finalist The Dead Are More Visible; Workbook, a collection of memos and fragmentary essays; and Every Lost Country. His novel, Afterlands, appeared in six countries, was a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice, was included on best-of-year lists in ten publications in Canada, the USA, and the UK, and has been optioned for film. His short fiction and poetry have received four gold and one silver National Magazine Awards and have appeared in London Review of Books, Best English Stories, Best American Poetry, Zoetrope, Tin House, Poetry (Chicago), Brick, Agni, TLR, New England Review, and five editions of Best Canadian Stories. Heighton has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award, and he is a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.


Becky Toyne

is a books columnist, editor and publicist based in Toronto. She is a regular contributor to CBC Radio One and Open Book: Toronto, and a part-time bookseller at Toronto indie Type.

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