Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Reasons to disbelieve evolution
Daniel Loxton's illustrated kids book Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be has won the prestigious Lane Anderson Award for science writing in Canada. As explained at DiscoveryNews, Anderson apparently couldn't get the book published in the USA because the subject was deemed by publishers to be too controversial.

Enjoy some rare Edward Gorey illustrations, c/o Peter F. Neumeyer's book Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey, excerpted on Brain Pickings.

Hut Spat
Roald Dahl wrote in a hut. Roald Dahl's hut is in disrepair. A museum wants to move the hut's contents to a permanent display. The permanent display will cost some £500,000 (yikes!). The museum is asking for donations. Both The Guardian and The Telegraph are asking why Dahl's family (presumably extremely wealthy, given the sales of Dahl's books) can't pony up the funds themselves.

This one is for tech geeks only: c/o Digital Book World specs and discussion on the next e-book "standard" (unless you own a Kindle): ePub 3, which will include capacity for video, audio, bells and whistles. (Just what The Novel has been missing these past 500 years.)

Would you subscribe to ebooks by subscription? That, apparently, is an idea Amazon has been shopping to publishers. Wired provides relatively thorough analysis of the coverage.

"Are you good at art and aged between 13 and 16? Do you think you might be create the picture that will excite a new generation of readers?" So asks The Guardian in it's contest to design a new cover for William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, to mark the book's 100th anniversary.

Canadian publishing house Douglas & McIntyre is celebrating its 40th year in business. The Vancouver Sun has a profile. And founder Scott McIntyre talks on vid about some of their memorable book projects.

Fiction Craft
Over on Open Book Ontario, check out this month's Fiction Craft, "Imaginary Friends: How Writers Relate to Their Characters", with Nathan Whitlock, Anne DeGrace, Nicole Lundrigan, Ashley Spires, d leonard freeston, Lena Coakley, Ashley Little, Dennis Foon, Annika Dunklee and Claire Tacon.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

Go to Shaun Smith ’s Author Page