Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Chester Brown does Batman
Congratulations to Seth, Marc Bell and Michael DeForge, winners (as reported by the NatPo) of this year's Doug Wright Awards. The NatPo also tweaks us to a very cool eBay auction being held to raise money for the DW Awards. A handful of Canuck comics artists, such as Chester Brown, Joe Ollman and Michael Cho, have reimagined some classic superheroes. Their original artwork is up for grabs.

Old kids
Kids book publisher Puffin has become a septaugenarian. The BBC has a video and the Guardian a gallery.

In the cloud
The long-delayed Google Book Editions will launch by the summer, or so says Google. That news had panelists at Publishers Weekly's Think Future symposium imagining a "new world order" for publishing.

Why we actually have publishers
I guess it's to prevent this sort of stupidity.

Revise, revise, revise
Call me slow, but it took me seven years to get the manuscript for my novel Snakes & Ladders to a state where I felt comfortable showing it to publishers. Geoff Pevere talked to publishing folk on how neophyte writers can get that first book published. One common problem: lack of perspective.

Is it just pride?
Ever wonder why, unlike, say, music CDs, books have different covers in different countries. The Guardian's Tom Lamont investigates.

Holy tingling nerds!
Spiderman, moonlighting as nerd, sprang into action last week to catch a shoplifter. (with video)

Happy Mothers Day!
Cook mom something nice today.

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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