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October 29, 2013 — Matthew Heiti, author of The City Still Breathing, which centres around the disappearance of a dead body found on the highway near Sudbury, spoke to Open Book Toronto as a part of their Writers as Readers series. A sampling of his responses:

The team at Coach House would like to send a huge thanks to all the audience members and performers who were at October 23's Vaza-launch for Sarah Liss's book, Army of Lovers. It was a book launch like no other, with more energy and fun than we could have ever expected. Everyone we spoke to in the audience thought it was one of the best book launches they'd ever been to.

October 24, 2013 — After asking Canadians to name a novel that could change Canada, CBC Canada Reads has winnowed down thousands of recommendations to just forty books — and Coach House titles Monoceros by Suzette Mayr and Stunt by Claudia Dey are among them.

If you weren't able to make it to our eighties-themed Fall 2013 Launch at The Garrison in Toronto, we're sorry: you missed out on a super-rad time. But Tracy Kyncl has written a detailed review of the event for The Puritan, and we've got video (although it's digital, not Betamax) of readers Stephen Collis, Jordan Scott, Jon Paul Fiorentino and Matthew Heiti. It's the next best thing to revving up the ol' DeLorean and going back in time.

In the new Exploded Views title Army of Lovers: A Community History of Will Munro, cultural journalist Sarah Liss collects stories from and about the people who knew and loved Toronto artist, DJ, activist and impresario Will Munro. Below, using excerpts from the book, we illustrate some of the significant moments in Munro's dynamic, accomplished and much-too-short life.

October 10, 2013 — Jeet Heer, author of In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman, sat down with Robin O'Connell, host of CITR's Inkstuds Radio, a show dedicated to the world of comix. You can listen to the show on the Inkstuds website.

September 24, 2013 — David O'Meara, whose latest collection A Pretty Sight explores themes of culture, art, war, rebellion and technology, took on Open Book Toronto's Dirty Dozen series, sharing twelve unexpected facts about himself. Among the revelations:

1. The first poem I ever wrote was titled “The Beautiful Tree (in Everyone).” I have yet to regain that purity of metaphor or optimism since.

October 16, 2013 — Mathew Henderson, author of the widely reviewed poetry collection The Lease, which is inspired by his time working on the Albertan and Saskatchewan oil fields, spoke to 49th Shelf's Julie Wilson about what 'the lease' signifies to him, why he worries about positioning himself as an authority about the oil industry and 'the artful work of writing about ... "actual work"':

October 15, 2013 — Just before his book Full Frontal T.O. won the 2013 Heritage Toronto Book Award, photographic historian Patrick Cummins sat down with CBC Metro Morning's Matt Galloway to talk about how he hopes the book, which chronicles Toronto's evolving streetscape through hundreds of photographs taken over many years, inspires us to view our cities in new ways.