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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

INSULTS
Here's a funny one. The Times has an interview with CanKidLit author Kenneth Oppel. It is well worth a scan though you might want to skip author Amanda Craig's backhanded compliment in the opening line: "Canada has given the world a growing number of great adult novelists, from Margaret Atwood to Robertson Davies...". Really? All the way from Atwood to Davies? Wow, what amazing growth! What tremendous range! We should feel so proud.

POP-UP PULP
The Causal Optometrist tweaks us to the existence of some splendid dioramas made by artist Thomas Allen from the covers of pulp novels. You can see more on Allen's blog, but you have to scroll way, way down.

FILLER
This is what happens when you abandon your national media outlet on the desert island of the recession. That scraping sound you hear is the bottom of the journalistic creativity barrel.

SHAT
William Shatner is the brunt of a new satirical fantasy novel by Jeff Burk. In Shatnerquake, the Canuckian pop icon faces his most deadly foe: himself. That's right, a raft of Shatner's fictional incarnations — from Kirk to Denny Crane — are on a mission to kill the real Shatner. Gather 'round oh yee nerds!

BELLS
The Guardian offers an entertaining multimedia piece based on Andrew Losowsky's novel The Doorbells of Florence.

VOICES
Green Apple Books & Music in San Francisco has a novel take on the shelf talker, exemplifying exactly why indie is better than corporate.

UNDERGROUND POETRY
When next in London, why not take a ride on the Shakespeare Tube?

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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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