Blow by Blow Review of Toronto's Open House Festival

Torontoist has kindly posted detailed feedback on the Globe & Mail Open House festival that took place last weekend. It was in support of Pen Canada and Frontier College. The festival was a three day long affair held at U of T's Hart House featuring such luminaries as Miriam Toews, Margaret Macmillan and Anne Michaels.



Yours truly was not in attendance due to one part forgetfulness and one part extreme attachment to the four walls of my apartment. I would have liked to see Anne Michaels, who I am obsessed with.

I am disappointed to hear that the festival lacked in warmth and audience involvement however, kinks are to be expected in Year One of any festival. Give it time. It has a great venue, great line up. Oh and I totally agree that alcohol should be included.

Also, I hope to see authors other than those that Random House represents involved. Particularly, up and coming local authors and authors from small presses should be mixed in with the more established crowd. I think that would go a long way in enlivening and broadening the appeal of this festival.

Via Torontoist

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