Category Archives: Community

Books Beyond Bars

Check out this awesome initiative Invisible author Kaleigh Trace is involved in — they’re looking for support! Books Beyond Bars is a library program, writing workshops, and a reading-out-loud program with women incarcerated at the correctional facility in Burnside, Nova Scotia. Here’s the deal: Books Beyond Bars is a an entirely volunteer run group that […]

Andrew Forbes is Open Book’s May 2016 WIR

We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Forbes is the May 2016 writer-in-residence over at Open Book. Check out his first post with the answers to Open Book’s Proust Questionnaire. Got burning questions you want Forbes to answer? You can write to him throughout the month of May at writer@openbooktoronto.com.

Hamilton Highlight No. 5

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Brent’s final suggestion is John Terpstra’s Under the Parapet Wall: John knows Hamilton to an unmatched depth and breadth, and writes about it with power and grace (I mean, he knows this city, right down […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 4

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Here are Brent’s thoughts on Rachael Preston’s The Fishers of Paradise: A historical novel about a long-gone aspect of our beloved city, the boathouses on the Cootes Paradise marsh. The marsh is still there—and less […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 3

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Next up is David Lee’s The Midnight Games: A dystopian novel about the late Ivor Wynne Stadium being used to host kill-or-be-killed survival games. What’s not to love? He’ll be on the April 10 Writing […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 2

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. Here’s Brent on Kim Echlin’s Under the Visible Life: Not only is part of her most recent novel set in Hamilton, she is also writer-in-residence for the Hamilton Public Library, my other employer and a […]

Hamilton Highlight No. 1

Hamilton’s very own Brent van Staalduinen, author of the forthcoming novel Saints, Unexpected, shares his favourite Hamilton-related books and authors. First on the list, to celebrate National Poetry Month, is Chris Pannell’s A Nervous City: Chris’s poems reveal a creative intimacy in Hamilton’s streets that somehow moves effortlessly with its gritty, sooty heritage. He lent […]

Share the Love!

We’ve all got them: secret favourite books, the ones we hide on our shelves behind our more presentable books, the ones we buy e-copies of so no one knows what we’re reading. Because February is a time for confessing true love, we’re asking you to share your secret favourite books on social media using the […]

All Lit Up’s Super Secret Festival of Lit!

Not quite sure what to get the booklover on your gift list this holiday season? All Lit Up has started revealing its Super Secret Festival of Lit selections one by one: Each day they’ll let you in on the secret of one of the titles plus share four more books curated to that day’s particular […]