Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Blogs? Waste of time.
Well, maybe not a complete waste of time, but literary agent Chip MacGregor presents evidence on his blog suggesting most of the energy writers expend blogging, facebooking, twittering and all that other on-line crap our publishers insist we must do if we want to sell books doesn't actually sell very many books. (Thanks to Q&Q)

Come on, where's James Gatz? posted "50 Iconic Book Covers" last week. Great stuff, but me thinks something is missing. (Be sure to check the price tag of that baby!)

Really? Is holding a book open that difficult?
Have we become that lazy? (Thanks to Wired.)

Crap reading (whatever!) offers their list for the top 10 books to read on the crapper.

David Beckham, comic hero
The FIFA World Cup is on and I am reminded of an anecdote. A few weeks ago I held a yard sale. Amongst the dead cell phones, old throw cushions and baseball hats were a few boxes of books. At the end of the day I had the normal amount of unsold junk left over, so I just left it on the lawn. There were about ten books and various other things. Through the evening, I kept peeking out the window to see what was left. The collection of stuff gradually shrank until there were just a few books left and (sadly!) an old softball. I went to bed. When I got up the next day, I looked out the window. It was raining. Everything was gone but for one sad book. I went out to see what it was and I was not surprised to discover that it was a trivia book on the World Cup. Anyway, for all you soccer fans out there, David Beckham will be the star of a new comic book. (Apologies to Canada for the gee-dee annoying MTV America site.)

The college kids have spoken
And according to Business Week, they say e-textbooks suck.

Questions that authors are never asked
Courtesy of The Guardian, authors from the Hay Festival interview themselves.

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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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