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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Baltimore
You could have bought F. Scott Fitzgerald's Baltimore townhouse yesterday if you'd moved quickly enough. But no, you missed your chance. It's now off the market.

IBGD
Feb 14 is International Book Giving Day. Who knew? Now these good people explain how you can enmesh that honourable endeavour with getting hammered: How to Organize a Beers for Books Event for International Book Giving Day.

Rejection
Here’s TS Eliot’s rejection letter for George Orwell’s Animal Farm, from when Eliot worked at Bloomsbury. Heh, what a dope that guy was, eh? The book was eventually published by Secker & Warburg, itself long since absorbed into the Borg collective.

Sketchy
Some sketches of dopey old TS Elliott are on display for the first time, reports The Telegraph. Two sketches of the poet done by Patrick Heron in advance of his famous portrait that hangs in England's National Portrait Gallery (and which has been reproduced in a postage stamp) are on display at the gallery now. Or, you can save yourself the trip and just look at them on the internet.

Minis
The mighty TwinCities.com reports that the Little Free Library sends mini-libraries out to developing nations so kids can have books. File that one under cool.

Librafé
Is it a library or a café? In addition to a fascinating story on the rise of book cafés in Korea (soon to be followed, no doubt, by a fascinating story about how all the librafés have folded because everyone just sipped Americanos and no one ever bought a book), the Korea Times offers some truly weird-ass advertising. Gum retraction? That's just gross. And what's with that lady with the bald spot?

RIP
I guess everyone has heard that the Globe’s books section is not dead yet. Pheeeeee–ewwwwwww! Though sources far and wide are quoting an internal memo stating that it’s long-time books editor is switching over to become obits editor. [Insert joke about musty, lifeless CanLit here.]

 

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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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