Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Elves
It seems odd that a man with 12 million books in print feels he has to justify his oeuvre. Nonetheless, famed Fantasy novelist Terry Brooks explains why he writes about elves.

Name
Alistair Fowler takes a look at how famous writers have gone about choosing names for their characters.

Jam
A remarkable traffic jam of books took place in Oz last June. If you need an English explanation, scroll down past all the photos of the installation and past the Spanish explanation.

Kids
Can you name the authors based on photos of them as kids?

Design
Yet more bookshelf porn. I like the up-ended car.

Hossenfeffer
A rare collection of Beatrix Potters' personal possessions is going up for auction, including her personal, hand-written cookbook. I wonder if she had a recipe for hossenfeffer.

Geography
The geographically challenged Super Precious online art gallery presents a show of graphic illustration supposedly inspired by works by "20th century American authors". Who wants to inform them that George Orwell was British and Doris Lessing is Zimbabwean-British?

 

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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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