Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Sunday Sundries


"It isn't that he merely took a blowtorch to all the affectations and pretences of genre fiction. No, he made the lines between genre and literary fiction ridiculous and arbitrary for all time. Fuck your categorisations: this guy did some of the best writing in the last half of the 20th century." -- David Simon, creator of The Wire, on the passing of the great Elmore Leonard.

Gatsby Chart
I want this for my birthday: a graphic flow chart of The Great Gatsby. "A chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the comings and goings of characters in The Great Gatsby, this chart traces plot action and movement by trains, cars, and feet for Daisy, Nick, Tom, Gatsby, and every other character in the novel. A map at the top of the chart also shows the real-life Roaring 20's New York locations (or the best guesses thereof) of scenes in the book. From the first introduction to the world of West and East Egg to the novel's tragic climax, this print lays out the whole scope of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece."

Art Books
Another clever use for obsolete dust collectors.

Dust Collection
Did you know that it's the dust jacket that can make a rare book truly valuable? Flavorwire presents 75 vintage dust jackets (okay, they're just facsimiles but it is still a cool collection.)

Funny Reviews
"Gone are the days of biting off slice-sized chunks of banana and spitting them onto a serving tray…." Funny Amazon reviews.

I was saying to my wife last spring that it was surprising no one had created a Netflix for e-books.

Fore Edge
"Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out."


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 was published by 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.

Go to Shaun Smith ’s Author Page