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Launch for Magical Narcissism by Shaun Smith

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Launch for Magical Narcissism by Shaun Smith
When

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

Where

PJ O’Brien’s Pub
39 Colborne Street
Toronto, ON
M5E 1E3

Details

Celebrate the launch of Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs (Tightrope Books) by Shaun Smith at PJ O’Brien’s Pub (upstairs).

Nibbles served. Cash bar.

Books will be available for purchase.

About Magical Narcissism
What has happened to Bret Easton Ellis’ ego? Why does Ferran Adrià reject the gastronomy it’s said he invented? Who was the novelist that punched her poet husband in the face? Why is David Sedaris broken in the wrong way? When is it comforting to eat spleen? In Magical Narcissism, award-winning Canadian journalist and critic Shaun Smith investigates all these questions and many others as he pursues his two great loves: books and food.

In dozens of pieces, Smith tackles works by such luminaries as Steve Martin, Joan Didion, Douglas Coupland, Iain Banks, Christopher Hitchens, Heston Blumenthal, Susur Lee, Jennifer McLagan, Bonnie Stern, Jeffrey Steingarten and A.A. Gill. He takes us to pig roasts in southern Ontario and northern Spain. He wonders why people want books defaced by author autographs. He sings the praises of invention. And he laments a dearth of donuts.

Sometimes caustic, sometimes celebratory, always entertaining, the works in this volume represent the best from fifteen years of writing for such outlets as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC.ca, Quill & Quire and many others. “Books and food are not really so disparate,” writes Smith; “both provide sustenance and, if you’re lucky, gratification, and both can — and in my case usually do — elicit strong opinion.”

SHAUN SMITH is a novelist and award-winning journalist in Toronto, Canada. His young-adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in 2009 by the Dundurn Group. As a journalist he has published hundreds of articles and reviews on books, food and other subjects with such publications as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC.ca, Toronto Life, Quill & Quire, Chatelaine and ELLE Canada. A former chef, he cooked in such noted kitchens as Scaramouche, The Senator, The Rosedale Diner and David Wood Food Shop. Since 1995 he has worked widely as a book reviewer and publishing commentator, and also as a cookbook columnist, food writer, restaurant critic and cookbook reviewer. In April 2011, he was inducted as a Fellow into the Ontario Hostelry Institute in recognition of his work as a food writer, book reviewer and commentator. His book Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs is published by Tightrope Books. Visit him on the web: www.shaunsmith.ca

Location

PJ O’Brien’s Pub
39 Colborne Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1E3 43° 38' 56.1732" N, 79° 22' 31.0188" W

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