Video: Become a Project Bookmark Page Turner Champion. Maybe win my cat!

Become a Page Turner Champion!Throughout April 2013, look out for Page Turner Champions, a group of 30 readers, writers, and publishing professionals who have each gotten behind Project Bookmark Canada to issue a call to action: Be a Champion!

Donate now. You’ll be supporting a national, charitable organization dedicated to placing text from stories and poems in the exact locations in which their scenes were set, to serve as constant reminders that Canada is a nation of storytellers. You’ll also be entered for a chance to win prizes, including my reader-inspired book, Seen Reading.

“For $20 — less than the cost of the average paperback — readers can help us turn the page and write the Bookmark story.”—Miranda Hill, Writer and Founder of Project Bookmark Canada

Visit for more information.

Here’s my personal plea. Now, with more cat!

Thanks for listening. Be seeing you!

Julie Wilson

Canadian writers feature in trailer for David Seymour’s latest poetry collection

Directed by Jeremy Munce, this book trailer for David Seymour‘s poetry collection For Display Purposes Only (Coach House, 2013) features a host of Canadian writers reciting from “Eyewitness Testimony.”

Sustains a tight thrum, and delivers some great performances. Karen Solie is a stand out.

For Display Purposes Only, by David Seymour (Coach House Books, 2013).
For Display Purposes Only

ISBN-13: 9781552452745
80 pp, Paperback
Apr 9 2013
$17.95 CAD

Order from Coach House Books.

Open Books Parodies Call Me Maybe for Lit Lovers

Na na na na na na na!I can’t believe I was in Chicago recently and made it to “Batman’s apartment” but not Open Books.

Well, thank the stars for Carly Rae Jepsen and her much-parodied hit “Call Me Maybe,” else I wouldn’t have known about—just yet—this nonprofit-bookstore-community-social venture in one that works with volunteers to promote literacy in their (really) great city.

“Before you came into my life, my books were so bad.”

Jaime Woo on the Development of His Self-Published Book Gaming Grindr

Jaime Woo is the co-founder and co-organizer of Gamercamp, an annual festival in Toronto celebrating the art, playfulness, and creativity of games.

Woo has been featured on, in, or at CBC Radio, InnerSPACE, Electric Playground, The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, Metro, xtra!, Fab, and The A.V. Club.

Jaime is in the process of self-publishing a book, Gaming Grindr, and has successfully surpassed his Indiegogo fundraising goal.

With over 4 million users worldwide, Grindr, a queer cruising app first launched in 2009, is the largest all-male location-based social network.

With approximately 10,000 new users downloading the app every day, Woo, a technology journalist, asks: “Is Grindr a game?” Gaming Grindr explores the rules, how users “win,” and how to play better.

Take a look at his campaign video.

And here’s our chat about why he’s writing the book, and why he chose self-publishing over the traditional model.

Lindsay Zier-Vogel Talks to Julie Wilson about The Love Lettering Project

If you’ve been near a newspaper, magazine, radio, or television in the past few weeks, you’ve by now heard of Lindsay Zier-Vogel, creator of The Love Lettering Project, a community arts endeavour that encourages the people of Toronto to write love letters to the things, people, and places they adore.

Lindsay’s enthusiasm is infectious, so I asked her to join me in a (very) early morning coffee chat via Skype, recorded Friday, August 17, 2012. I was in my home. Lindsay was in hers. And I asked her the one burning question on everyone’s mind: Is she really that happy?

For this and more . . . watch the video below. (And many thanks to Lindsay for the great conversation, and to The Awesome Foundation for tossing some cash at this great contribution to Toronto culture and pride.)

From The Love Lettering Project:

Write love to what you love.

The Love Lettering Project is a community arts project bringing love letters to strangers.

The Love Lettering Project focuses on the joy and goodness of the world we live in, without requiring anything back from the recipient. It gets people talking about their city and the stories of their days. In this, The Love Lettering Project is participatory and has the ability to transform a familiar landscape too easy to take for granted.

For eight years, writer and artist Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been writing love poems for The Love Lettering Project, turning them into one-of-a-kind paper and thread collages, slipping them into airmail envelopes marked “love,” and distributing them anonymously — tucking them in bicycle spokes, bushes and letter boxes, leaving them on doorsteps, window ledges and café tables, hiding them in the pages of books in libraries around the city to be discovered later by strangers.

In 2012, it’s your chance to join in on the love lettering. Lindsay will be set up at events all over the city during the summer of 2012. You can write a love note to something you love about the city, slip it into an airmail envelope, then leave it for a stranger to stumble upon! Find out where you can make your love letter here!