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

Poison
In his new book Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier has some deep thoughts about this here stuff you're consuming right now: "Unfortunately, although no one realized it beforehand, the medicine turns out to be poison."

Paths
Editor and media scholar Jane Freidman sheds a little light on the possible paths to publishing.

Covers
A very cool before-and-after gallery of Yuko Shimizu's art becoming sci-fi book covers.

Phonetics
Benjamin Franklin once wanted to re-design the alphabet, explains The Smithsonian blog.

Yay
Does banishing the possessive apostrophe from maps add to illiteracy, as some suggest?

Nay
Or should the apostrophe just be banished completely?

Fines
Apparently Rolling Stoner Keith Richards owes a British library £3,000 in fines for books he withdrew some fifty years ago and never returned. The library is now offering to waive the fines if Richards will make a visit to promote their work.

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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. shaunsmith.ca

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