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Open Book's Holiday Book Guide: Stage, Screen & Song

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The holiday season is here, and there's no better time to cozy up with a good book (or ten!). Open Book's Holiday Book Guide will direct you to some of the most engaging books on store shelves this season. Our Guide will be regularly updated throughout December, featuring a fresh theme with each listing. Today's theme: STAGE, SCREEN & SONG.


by Jonathan Ball

Don’t Stop Believin’
by Erin Balser & Suzanne Gardner

The Semiconducting Dictionary: Our Strindberg
by Natalee Caple

My Other Women

by Pauline Carey

Learn to Speak Music
by John Crossingham
& illustrated by Jeff Kulak

Dear George Clooney
by Susin Nielsen

Such Creatures
by Judith Thompson

Stage, Screen & Song:

Jonathan Ball's strange and wonderful Clockfire (Coach House Books) offers poetic blueprints for imaginary plays.

Hooked on the hit show Glee? Check out Don't Stop Believin': The Unofficial Guide to Glee (ECW Press) by "Gleeks" Erin Balser & Suzanne Gardner.

The Semiconducting Dictionary: Our Strindberg (ECW Press) by Natalee Caple mixes prose and poetry to create a "re-visioning" of the life of playwright August Strindberg.

Delve into the world of Toronto's theatre in the 1960s in Pauline Carey's novel, My Other Women (The Porcupine's Quill).

Learn to Speak Music (OwlKids) by John Crossingham, with eye-catching illustrations by Jeff Kulak, takes kids through the ins and outs of how music is made.

In Susin Nielsen's YA novel, Dear George Clooney (Tundra Books), a teenager tries to hook her mom up with one of Hollywood's leading men.

Judith Thompson's play, Such Creatures (Playwrights Canada Press), introduces us to two 15-year-old girls — one living in contemporary Toronto, the other living in Auschwitz in 1945 — who both find inspiration in Shakespeare.

Buy these books at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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