Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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"50 Reasons You Should Be A Bookworm" from Clever, though I have to admit, I don't really get number one, and Slaughterhouse Five is one of my favourite books. If nothing else, this is an excellent collection of book covers to browse.


Ever wonder what the hell typographers are talking about? Yeah, me neither. Anyway, this nicely designed glossary lays it all out.


I put in the first chapter of my second novel (in progress) and it said I write like Margaret Mitchell.
I put in a few pages of Margaret Mitchell and was told she writes like herself.
Fair enough.
I put in the first ten pages of my novel Snakes & Ladders and it said I write like Margaret Atwood.
Excuse me?
I put in a page from Atwood's Blind Assassin and was told she writes like Arthur Conan Doyle.
I put in an Arthur Conan Doyle story and was told he writes like Arthur Conan Doyle.
Of course.
I put in the title piece of my forthcoming book, Magical Narcissism, and it said I write like David Foster Wallace.
I threw my computer out the window.


Over at The Economist, bookish types have been opining on the best smell. (Odd, none have said an old book.)

Philip Pullman on Bacon
Ann Wroe on Wild roses
Edward Carr on Baking bread
Rose Tremain on New-mown hay
Robin Robertson on Rain
Ian Jack on an Indian railway platform

Some of my favourites: an old book, a fresh-cut lawn, roasting chicken, an oilskin tent.

Let your nose have its say in the poll.


For the consumer, the reason a good bookstore is superior to the likes of Amazon (or a poor bookstore) is because an intelligent, informed and well-read person chose the books in the bookstore. The Bookseller offers a fascinating piece on why bookstores are important to the publishing industry.


What I'm talking about in sentence one in "Browsing" above.


This puts new meaning to the phrase "The medium is the message": book jackets that transform into parcel packaging.



SHAUN SMITH is a novelist and award-winning journalist in Toronto, Canada. His young-adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in 2009 by the Dundurn Group. His book Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs is available on Kindle and is forthcoming in paperback from Tightrope Books in spring 2013.

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