Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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The Telegraph reports that this year the London School of Economics' library archive will be publishing thousands of photographs by, and of, George Bernard Shaw on its website. They are all from the playwright's private collection. Apparently some are already on their site, but the trail is so labyrinthine (good luck!) that I gave up trying to find them. Probably better for now to just check out the Telegraph's preview of 29 images.

Another old geezer is presenting his personal photo collections in book form this fall. Jimmy Page, legendary guitarist for Led Zep, is publishing a 500-page tome presenting 650 photos he has taken over the span of his music career. The leather bound, autographed book, which will be issued in a limited edition of 2,500 copies later this month from Genesis Publications, will sell for the bargain price of £445 (no, that's not a typo). Check out the NYT's interview with Page about the project.

Speaking of expensive books...
The CBC reports that the world's most expensive book, a rare first edition of John James Audubon's The Birds of America, which sold at auction for record $8.8 million (US) in 2000, is going up for auction again.

"an .epub file is really just a website"...say what?
This poster is cute, but obviously the fix is in for e-books at Newsweek. Hugh McGuire gives a more balanced and realistic assessment of the future of digital books in this article on O'Reilly Radar blog. (There's a hint in my tagline.)

Eudora Welty, on the inspiration for her story "A Worn Path". (video)

No f%#@ing swearing allowed, kids
Personally, I understand why people feel the need to sanitize the language in kids books, but I don't agree with it. I think it is born of the same impulse that makes people protest the "N" word in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and sexuality in The Diary of Anne Frank. Teenagers swear, and so do kids. Imogen Russell-Williams on The Guardian's site suggests it might be time to get over it.

Looking for something to do tonight?
Why not go watch naked ladies reading kids books. (I know it's a bit late, but I just had to post it.)

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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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