Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Noted Titles
Lists of Notes tells us about a list found in the letters of Charles Dickens, showing the titles of fake books the author had made to fill a space in his library. Some of the fake titles created by Dickens include, Forty Winks at the Pyramids 2 vols (20 per volume, one presumes), The Art of Cutting Teeth, and Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep.

How did Joseph Heller map out the plot of Catch 22?
On a grid, which can now be examined (yes, the original document) using a fascinating and frustrating (too small) virtual magnifying glass at the site of Roger Williams University.

Too many Lolitas
How many covers does one book need? Apparently there have been so many cover designs for Nabokov's Lolita that someone is doing a book collecting them. I wonder what the cover of that book will look like. Anyway, provides a gallery of 15 modern cover interpretations for Lolita, and another of 18 historical. And if that's ain't enough, check Covering Lolita.

Can't get away for March break?
That's okay. takes us on a virtual literary tour of Paris.

I heard a kid on the streetcar asking another: "Why do they call it a tube?"
I don’t generally link to YouTube, and this video is actually a few months old, but I stumbled on it and thought it worth watching. If you don’t care to know how one city saved its library by promoting a book burning, skip this vid.

‘nuff said department
More beautiful private libraries.

Writing 101
Tim Parks, writing for The New York Review of Books, offers up a thoughtful and worthwhile piece on the emergence of the careerist writer.

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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.

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