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

Distro
Here's a fascinating little sidebar in the content vs paper wars: Some bookstores aren't selling Amazon-published books. (Amazon publishes under the deviously ironic imprint New Harvest.) Also of note: apparently Club Monaco is not selling Roots pants, Ford is not selling Hondas, you can't buy President's Choice cookies at Sobey's, and they won't serve you a Big Mac at a Burger King. Life goes on.

Covers
If pop stars had been novelists their book covers might look something like this, I suppose.

Glued
Comics or collage or both?

Toughies
I am relieved to hear it is not just me who can't get through Under the Volcano. (I've stopped trying at least five times.) The Guardian nominates the top ten most difficult books to finish.

Pippa
Enjoy an entertaining review of Pippa Middleton's new book on entertaining.

Flicks
How did an obscure novel called The Moviegoer beat the likes of Catch 22, Revolutionary Road and Franny and Zoey in the competition for the 1962 National Book Award in the US? It is a question that has been burning a hole in your mind for decades, isn't it? Well, Slate has the answer.

Tots
These tattoos from kids' book illustrations are cute. Now, bring on the copyright lawyers.

 

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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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