May 29, 2019
Andrew Forbes on Titles Shaping Stories, Finding Ideas in Government Jargon, & His Musical Inspirations
Andrew Forbes' Lands and Forests (Invisible Publishing) is a gift to short fiction lovers - a spare, smart, thoughtful collection that feels like a gritty Alice Munro descendant peeling back the ordinary ...
May 16, 2019
Troy Wilson on Titles for Kids' Books, Exclamation Marks, & the 12-Year Journey to His New Picture Book
Troy Wilson, author of several beloved books for young readers including the award winning Perfect Man, returns with a charming, funny, and immediately lovable new picture book this spring: Dog vs Ultra ...
April 24, 2019
Ben Ladouceur on Finding His Title Through Art and Tomatoes, Alice Munro, & the Allure of a Bossy Title
Ben Ladouceur, author of the acclaimed poetry collection Otter (and former Open Book columnist!) returns this spring with a characteristically smart, witty, emotionally sophisticated collection, Mad ...
March 29, 2019
Edward Carson, Our Poetry Month 2019 writer-in-residence, Talks about the Power of Titles
April is National Poetry Month and we are so excited to celebrate all things poetry here at Open Book. And of course part of that celebration means finding a fantastic poet to come on board as our April ...
February 01, 2019
Doctor Gretchen Roedde on Her Journey to Expand Healthcare in Remote Ontario Communities
Remote communities in Canada often suffer from a lack medical resources, making illness and injury even more complicated and difficult than it would otherwise be. It's an issue that became a driving force ...
January 31, 2019
A Title Should Be a "Dream in Which the Work Lives": Talking with our February 2019 writer-in-residence Deanna Young
Ottawa poet Deanna Young is the author of four collections of poetry, which have earned her praise and nominations for numerous prizes including the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, the Ottawa Book Award, ...
January 10, 2019
Daylighting Chedoke Author John Terpstra on Scattering Seeds for a Great Title
Hamilton is well known for its natural beauty, from waterfalls to parks. However, one natural feature in the city is more hidden than the rest: Chedoke Creek runs through Hamilton but is mostly covered ...
November 20, 2018
Mike Barnes on Choosing a Deceptively Simple Title for His Book of Letters to Caregivers
Sometimes deft simplicity is where we find the greatest impact when it comes to writing. That proves true in the title of Mike Barnes' Be With: Letters to a Caregiver (Biblioasis). The title Be With ...
November 15, 2018
"A Title Has to Win A Reader Over... Twice" Matthew Tierney on His Eye-Catching New Title & How Titles Function
Midday at the Super-Kamiokande (Coach House), the newest collection by Matthew Tierney is named after a neutrino observatory in Japan, which gives readers a good bit of context for where the Trillium-winning ...
October 16, 2018
Black Beach author Glynis Guevara on Her Title, Her Next Book, and the Word Zaboca
In Glynis Guevara's Black Beach, (Inanna Publications) Tamera is just 16-years old, but she's got adult-sized struggles to contend with as she strives to take care of her mother, who lives with mental ...