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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Party
Charlie Huisken and his son Jesse have shown amazing commitment to the indie booktrade over the last 30 years. Faced with the forces of urban gentrification a few years back, rather than putting themselves out of business, they uprooted and moved across town to Kensington Market. Now the IFOA will be throwing a party to honour their 30th anniversary on September 16th. It should be lots of fun. You should probably go.

Cake
Entertainment Weekly's new book blog, Shelf Life, tweaks us to an upcoming book to be born of the website Cake Wrecks, which records some of the world's strangest and most hideous cakes, or as they bill it: "When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong." Have a look — it's a hoot.

Wine
One of the very best things you can do for yourself is lay in a scaldingly hot bath and read a book while drinking wine. Nothing beats it. Seriously. Now, Gary Vaynerchuk of The Daily Beast has started a new blog that pairs wines to books, much the way a sommelier pairs wine to food. Drink up!

Laughs
Phil Marchand has an interesting piece in the National Post about the lack of vivid characterization in contemporary novels. His conclusion, which I agree with, runs counter to what most people might believe to be the cause of the problem. That is, as best exemplified in comic characters, appearances are everything.

Airs
The Guardian reports that Alain de Botton has become the first ever Writer in Residence at London's Heathrow Airport. Nice work if you can get it.

Gluttony
The New York Times' restaurant critic Frank Bruni has published a memoir about his "relationship" with food, titled Being Round. Apparently he has difficulty controlling his appetite. Fair enough, but reading Dominique Brownin's gushingly sympathetic and saccharine review in said paper (editor, where for art thou?), one wonders how long it will be before being fat is illegal.

Gossip
Thanks to Dan Wagstaff over at The Causal Optometrist for tweaking us to High Spot's amazing directory of book-industry Twitterers.

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.

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