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Featured Fiction: Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

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Featured Fiction: Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

ECW Press, 2007

Corey Redekop, author of the novel Shelf Monkey, is Open Book's January Writer in Residence. Shelf Monkey has received praise for its "subversive brilliance" (Bookgasm) and "dark comedy and witty language" (Quill & Quire). Chatelaine's review of Shelf Monkey states, "This satire has enough literary schadenfreude to satisfy even the most seasoned bibliophile." You can listen to Corey read from Shelf Monkey here and here.

About the book:
Thomas Friesen has three goals in life. Get a job. Make friends. Find a good book to curl up with. After landing a job at READ, the newest hypermegabookstore, he feels he may have accomplished all three.

All is not peaceable within the stacks, however. Discontent is steadily rising, and it is aimed squarely at Munroe Purvis, a talk show host whose wildly popular book club is progressively lowering the I.Q. of North America.

But the bookworms have a plan. Plots are being hatched. The destruction of Munroe is all but assured. And as Thomas finds himself swept along in the maëlstrom of insanity, he wonders if reading a book is all it’s cracked up to be.

If you’ve ever thrown a book against a wall in disgust; if you’ve ever loved a novel that no one else can stand; if you obsess over the proper use of punctuation; this may be the novel for you. A weirdly funny story about bookish addictions, Shelf Monkey is the ideal novel for anyone who loves good books. Or hates them.

About the author:
Corey Redekop, author of the critically acclaimed Shelf Monkey, is a librarian and freelance writer. He lives in Thompson, Manitoba.

Read more about Shelf Monkey and Corey Redekop at his Open Book Writer-in-Residence page and at the ECW Press website.