Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Generally speaking I am opposed to the digital or mechanical or a combination of the two replacing human workers. But I still think the first kids book vending machine is kinda cool.

Stephen King did an "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit. Reading it is like swimming in a river of nerdery.

Discarded and withdrawn library books lovingly photographed.

Ever wonder what children’s textbook covers in 1920s Japan looked like?

Every time I watch a documentary or read a biography about an artist I admire, I regret it. I don't like to know about the people who created the works of art that I love. I just like to have the works. Full stop. To me, the rest is busybodyness and snooping. Nonetheless, the people who made a new documentary about JD Salinger really know how to put together a tantalizing trailer (though why we should give a crap what Danny DeVito, Ed Norton, Martin Sheen and John Cusack have to say about Salinger is beyond me).

Does the knife come with it? If you want to use this new cookbook you have to cut its pages open using a knife. (Btw, there was a time when all books had to be cut open by the reader. In modern publishing, what's called the deckle edge of a book is meant to mimic the cut pages of such an old-fashioned book.)

Salon informs: "Archivists at the Massachusetts Historical Society, while cataloging the papers of the family of E.E. Cummings, recently found caches of previously unseen writing and sketches from the poet’s early years. Here are two drawings by a 6- and 7-year-old Edward Estlin Cummings."

Sunday Sundries will be on hiatus for the rest of the summer. Before I go, however, I'd like to plug my new book, Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs, which is launching on June 26, 7pm, at Freedom Clothing Collective, Toronto. I'll be doing a very short reading and books will be on sale by Tightrope Books, so come out and get a copy signed.

Happy Summer!


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 forthcoming in paperback from Tightrope Books in June 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.

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