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James Ellroy will not be reading this
Not only did a cantankerous (yet still fascinating) James Ellroy tell journalists in Montreal last week that he has never used the Internet, but the bestselling crime novelist also said that he “hasn't read a book in years”. The Winterpeg Free Press has more from this seemingly bizarre press conference, held to promote Ellroy's new book Blood's a Rover.

This blog is still rotting your brain
If, unlike author James Ellroy (see above), you spend a lot of time on the Internet, be warned, the distracting nature of the web may be literally reshaping your brain in ways that are not conducive to concentration. Still with me? Laura Miller raised the red flag at Salon a few weeks ago. Now, more reviews of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains are in and I’m afraid the news is not great for us web junkies. You can give the reviews a cursory scan between emails and tweets here: WSJ, NYTs, SFGATE.

Warm underpants
Here are eight cute little illustrations to brighten your day, from Neil Pasricha's The Book of Awesome. Normally I don't go for cute, but these are nicely done. I particularly like number two, about the warm underpants.

You're so vain
Publishing non-issue of the week: What will be the effect of vanity e-publishing on the established publishing industry? (My guess: crappy authors that no one reads will still be going it alone, only now there will be more of them.)

Happy national cornbread stuffing month!
David Sedaris informs us that it’s national cornbread stuffing month. Hooray! Oh, and apparently it is also national audiobook month. Who knew?

Ever wonder what the Pope reads?
Yeah, me neither. Nonetheless, it was kind of interesting to learn from the folks at The Telegraph last week what's inside the so-called "Vatican Secret Archive", aka the Catholic Church's Grand Poobah's personal library. Amongst other things, the collection includes "a threatening note from 1246 in which Ghengis Khan’s grandson demands that Pope Innocent IV travel to Asia to ‘pay service and homage'".

The Distant Hours
The Casual Optimist, treats us to another fantastic paper cut-out book trailer from Anderson M Studio.

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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