Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Book blogger appreciation what?
Nice to see my old bookselling buddy Dan Wagstaff getting some overdue recognition. Dan's book blog "The Casual Optimist" is one of the best going and CBC.ca has deemed it--and a handful of others--worthy in honour of "book blogger appreciation week".

What all the mall Santas do in the off season
Meet the winner of the 2010 Hemingway Look-Alike contest

Some say he really couldn't have that much to write about
Okay, you gotta be a bit of a BBC & Top Gear geek to appreciate this one. According this article in The Mail Online, not even the presenters at Top Gear knew who The Stig was. (Really? Not even horsey Clarkson?) Anyway, the BBC tried unsuccessfully to sue Random House and stop race car driver Ben Collins from outing himself as the fella in the white suit in his new autobiography and now Collin's is on the interview circuit. Funny stuff, for a second or two, but really, this strikes me as the kind of book you'd flip through for 20 minutes while standing in an airport gift shop while waiting for your flight to be called.

Comics vs Graphic Novels
What the heck is a "graphic novel", anyway? About mid-way down page two of Jared Keller's in-depth interview with Robert Kirkman, partner at Image Comics and creator of the popular series The Walking Dead, Kirkman seems to stumble over a workable definition: "When you read 300 issues of Spider-man, there's no beginning and no end, you don't feel like there's any progress or like you accomplished anything."

Harry pages
Some original manuscript pages that were excised pre-publication from JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets are on display at the Wigtown Book Festival in Scotland. If you can't make it to Scotland, you can see them on the BBC's site.

Adios Leishman's
Yet another venerable Canadian indie bookshop is going bust.

Pedaling your book
Writers, this is what it is coming to, I fear, if you want to sell your book.

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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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