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New Vonnegut

The LA Times books pages have a previously unpublished short story by Kurt Vonnegut. All I can say is, HOORAY!

"publishing as we know it is over”

If you want to understand why the book industry is just so damned f'd up and isn't going to get better any time soon, read this article in the New York Times about how Wal Mart and Amazon are currently engaged in an unprecedented price war. These a-holes (sorry) don't deserve books.

I have to agree with the jazz part

Speaking of a-holes. if you're looking for something to do on Halloween, why not attend a book burning?

fantastic is most enjoyable thing I've found on the web in ages. What does it have to do with books? Not much (though there is some spoken word). I just wanted to share.

yak-fest meld

I got a chuckle out of this sadly not-so-satirical satirical New Yorker piece. When I asked a nice chap at my publishers what I could do to help promote my book, the first thing he said was to join Twitter. I did, for a bout a week, then I discovered it was idiotic (for me, anyway). Who is going to buy a copy of my book because I posted 140 (or however many it is) characters about what I had for lunch? No one. And don't give me that hooey about exposure. Exposure is valueless without good content. And good content, content worth reading, is very, very rare. I mean, just look at this blog. Doesn't it just make you want to run out and buy my book? Yeah, sure it does.

I want to go to Belgium

I want to go to Belgium. I want to go to Belgium. I want to go to Belgium. (To visit the Hergé museum.)

The Wire

The Times has a lengthy excerpt, in both text and audio, from a new book by David Simon, creator of The Wire, one of the best TV shows ever made. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but I did watch all 5 seasons of The Wire last summer, and can tell you the series is brilliant. I'm looking forward to learning what Simon has to say. (Side note to the folks at The Times: If you post a 15 page excerpt from a book, please don't put the title of the book just on the last page. It's a major pain to have to load 15 web pages to find out what a book is called.) Simon's book is called The Wire: Truth Be Told.


Congratulations to Sundries friends The Casual Optimist and Mrs Optimist on the birth of their twin daughters.

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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