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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Library Police
Got overdue library books or fines? Some citizens of the United Police States of America are learning the hard way that such heinous crimes do not go unpunished. ABC news reports (with video) that towns across the US have begun issuing arrest warrants for people who don’t return library books or pay their fines.

Movin' on up
The National Post continues its absurdly titled series “Ecology of Books” with a look at what happens when Canadian novelists jump from small presses to multinational conglomerates. The piece strikes me as somewhat incomplete because it doesn’t follow what happens to these authors once they are published by these large houses. Anecdotaly and with no factual research to back up this statement, it seems to me that a goodly percentage of such authors eventually end up back at small presses. Now, the reasons for that would be very interesting to read.

They cut down trees for this
The Baltimore Sun (yup!) has an interview on their book blog with a gent named Steven B. Levine who is putting a different spin on the tree-based book. Levine’s wooden books can be seen on his site.

Blameless
How to design a book cover, in 1 minute 53 seconds.

DFW's books
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has acquired David Foster Wallace’s personal library and archive. Some of the material is now on display on their website, where amongst other things, you can see actual notations DFW made inside some of his books and see words circled in DWF’s dictionary.

The Crap Gatsby
Huh, the LA Times informs that the American Book Review asked a whack of academics (consider yourself warned!) to nominate their choices for the worst books ever published in the USA. Included, such utter garbage as The Great Gatsby, Revolutionary Road, All the Pretty Horses, and Women in Love.

Inside the iBookstore (sort of)
Forbes is reporting that the blog appslice.com has devised a way to crunch data for a peek inside Apple’s yet-to-be-launched iBookstore. The big news: e-books will be categorized by subject! Whoa, isn’t it awesome to be out here at the front edge of the wedge?

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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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