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Editorial Two-Step: The Author-Editor Relationship

When: Tuesday, September 25, 7–9 PM

NEW, TEMPORARY LOCATION: CSI Regent Park, 585 Dundas St. East, Room 1

Welcome back to Editors Toronto, and a special welcome to any new or returning members.

Editors Canada turns 40 this year, and we are thrilled to mark this big round number with another season of programming designed to inspire and keep us all learning and growing together as editors of the written word.

For the first program of 2018–19, we bring you two fascinating case studies on the editorial process and the editorial relationship.

Toronto author Trevor Cole and his editor Jennifer Lambert of HarperCollins Canada will discuss their work on Cole’s award-winning non-fiction book The Whisky King (2017), while Toronto author Robert Marrone and his editor Michael Mirolla of Guernica Editions will explore Marrone’s 2017 novel, The New Vine.

The Whisky King chronicles the cat-and-mouse game between infamous Italian-Canadian bootlegger Rocco Perri and the Italian-Canadian Mountie Frank Zaneth, who devoted his career to putting Perri behind bars.

Marrone’s debut novel, The New Vine, explores the complex relationship between characters whose lives take them from WWII-era Italy to Canada.

Both writer-editor pairs will discuss the editorial process and relationship as factors shaping their books, with examples drawn from their manuscripts. Q&A to follow.

More about our speakers:

Trevor Cole

Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His novels include Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles, both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His novel Practical Jean was short-listed for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the Leacock Medal for Humour. Trevor’s latest book is The Whisky King, an epic non-fiction historical narrative, nominated for the Speaker’s Book Award and the Heritage Toronto Award and winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Canada’s best non-fiction crime book. Trevor lives in Toronto. Find out more here.

Jennifer Lambert

Jennifer Lambert is an editorial director at HarperCollins Canada. Acclaimed and bestselling authors she has worked with include Emily St. John Mandel, Heather O’Neill, Claudia Dey, Trevor Cole, Uzma Jalaluddin, Charlotte Gray, Michael Harris, Ayelet Tsabari, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Her authors have been awarded and short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Awards for fiction and non-fiction, the National Book Award, the RBC Taylor Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Arthur Ellis crime-writing awards, and more. Jennifer is former chair of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and current chair of the Humber Creative Book Publishing Program Publishers’ Advisory Committee.

Robert Marrone

Toronto’s Robert Marrone holds a degree in philosophy and literature, with subsequent graduate courses in writing and editing. He is a frequent contributor to Canadian Rail Magazine. He currently works as a project manager and freelance technical writer. The New Vine marks his debut as a novelist and is the first installment in a planned trilogy.

Michael Mirolla

Michael Mirolla is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, and editor whose writing combines elements of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction, and meta-fiction. His publications include three Bressani Prize winners: Berlin; The House on 14th Avenue; and Lessons in Relationship Dyads. Other publications include a punk-inspired novella; a ménage-a-trois mystery set in Vancouver during the War Measures Act; and the magic realist short story collection The Photographer in Search of Death. With partner Connie McParland, Michael runs Guernica Editions, a literary press that publishes poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now lives in Oakville, Ontario. Find out more here.


ENTER OUR RAFFLE!
All proceeds will go toward our programs budget to help pay our speakers and provide cutting-edge programming for our members.

Cost: $2/ticket, $5 for three tickets, or $10 for seven tickets.

Prizes: one $50 gift certificate to any Oxford Properties Group shopping centre (includes the Scarborough Town Centre); one copy of Robert Marrone’s novel The New Vine; and a one-hour mentoring session with Editors Toronto co-chair Jennifer Foster.

Editors Toronto would like to thank the Oxford Properties Group, Guernica Editions, and Jennifer Foster for generously supporting this event with their donations.

Program details for Tuesday, September 25, 7 PM

NEW TEMPORARY LOCATION: Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) Regent Park location, 585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, Room 1.

7 PM Mingling and informal Q&A for new and prospective members
7:30 PM Branch meeting
7:45 PM Program
9 PM Mix-and-mingle

Free for members; $10 for non-members.

Directions, parking, and accessibility information here.

Trouble getting into the building? Text the programs chair at 647-607-0416, and we will send someone to open the door.

ABOUT OUR NEW LOCATION: Due to the fact that CSI Spadina is moving into a new building this fall, our September 25 program meeting will be held at the CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas St. East, Room 1). This is a temporary move. Stay tuned for details about our planned move into the new CSI Spadina location (at 192 Spadina Ave.) later this fall.

Branch meeting: Multi-platform editing: Print, digital, audio, and video

As an editor, do you want to know more about cutting-edge developments in multimedia, including print-based storytelling combined with new work in 360-degree photography and Virtual Reality? Are you looking for ways to adapt your skills and experience to an increasingly multimedia publishing industry by learning how to think and edit across multiple platforms? Join us on November 28 for an exciting panel discussion led by four experienced editors whose work combines various aspects of print, digital, audio, and video content. Andrew Tolson (Rogers Media), Katie Underwood (Chatelaine), Anne-Marie Jackson (Toronto Star), and Jennifer Albert (Colborne Communications) will discuss their work on the digital and audiovisual side of formerly print-only publications, and address a wide range of issues related to industry-wide shifts from print to multimedia production.

New this month: fabulous prizes!

Editors Toronto raffle: $1 per ticket.
This month’s prizes: two copies of Michael Redhill’s 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novel, Bellevue Square; two 2017 general admission passes to the Art Gallery of Ontario, and a smattering of office supplies.

Remember to pocket a loonie before you leave the house!

All raffle proceeds will be donated to a literacy charity selected by the Editors Toronto executive committee.

Editors Toronto would like to extend heartfelt thanks to its generous sponsors: the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Art Gallery of Ontario. (more…)

Editors Storytelling Night

"The Storyteller," by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (c. mid-1770s) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

“The Storyteller,” by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (c. mid-1770s) Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

If you joined Editors Canada with hopes of meeting other editors, this is the program for you. Join us Wednesday, February 22, 2017, to commiserate with your fellow editors, learn from them, share a funny story, and hear others’ stories from the editorial trenches.

Program details

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Room R202. The building is fully accessible, and coffee will be served at 7 pm.

7 PM Mingling and informal Q & A session for new and prospective members
7:30 PM Announcements and business meeting
8:00 PM Program
9 PM Mix and mingle

Getting to know you

Speed Networking

By Ghozt Tramp via Wikimedia Commons

By Michelle Waitzman

The new year started with a bang for the Toronto branch’s monthly program. The first event of 2017 dispensed with the usual presenter–audience format and devoted the evening to speed networking.

Nearly 20 participants paired off to get acquainted for seven to eight minutes at a time. Icebreaker questions were provided for anyone who was uncomfortable striking up a conversation out of the blue. At the end of each session, everyone found a new partner and began again. This cycle repeated six times, and participants were then invited to stick around to continue their conversations after the official networking ended. I spoke to some of the participants at the beginning of the evening about what they were hoping to get out of the session.

For University of Toronto student Rosie, the event was an opportunity to explore editing as a career option. She is not yet an Editors Canada member, but she has been doing some editing work for her fellow students and may want to continue editing after graduation.

Adrineh recently joined Editors Canada on the recommendation of one of her editing instructors at Ryerson. Adrineh currently works in corporate communications and she’s taking courses to hone her editing skills. She wanted to meet people who had made the leap to full-time careers in editing. (more…)

Speed networking for editors

speed networking
Did you join Editors Canada hoping to meet other editors? Are you finding it hard to start those conversations? You’re not alone, and Editors Toronto can help.

On Wednesday, January 25, Editors Toronto welcomes its membership to a speed-networking session. You’ll meet other members for short conversations—icebreakers provided.

Program details

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Room R202. The building is fully accessible, and coffee will be served at 7 pm.

Free for members
$10 for non-members

7 pm Mingling and informal Q & A session for new and prospective members
7:30 pm Announcements
7:45 pm Program
9 pm Mix-and-mingle