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Pulp Franzen
Remember when the first edition of Jonathan Franzen's novel The Corrections was printed with pages 430 and 431 reversed and needed to be issued with an errata slip? Ha, ha, that was such a freakishly odd thing to happen. Once in a lifetime, really...oh wait, what's that? Something strikingly similar has happened again??? Yup, that's right, and there'll be no errata slip this time. Franzen's UK publisher has had to pulp some 80,000 copies of his new novel, Freedom, because it was printed with around 50 punctuation and spelling errors after a typesetter sent an outdated copy of the manuscript to the printer. The kicker is, Franzen discovered the error while doing a reading during a taping of the popular BBC2 series The Review Show, which was aired on Friday. (Watch the moment here, but only if you are in the UK.)

The sky is falling!
Are e-books making it impossible to be a writer? A WSJ article contains some sobering numbers on the slim monetary return against time that a writer can expect for a literary novel in the age of Kindle.

Wait, no it isn't!
Over at, columnist Marion Maneker argues that the above WSJ article is nothing but hogwash.

"Has it come to this? Six years of fine art and now we're talking about faeries."
Here's a slide show on The Guardian with a Raymond Briggs voiceover on how he became a children's book author/illustrator.

Literary Manhattan
NYTs has a really cool interactive map of locations found in fiction set in Manhattan.

Designer Puffins
"To celebrate Puffin's 70th anniversary, six designers and artists have re-imagined and illustrated a brand new anniversary edition of their favourite Puffin book." So reads the lede to a slideshow of said books on The Guardian's site.

Happy Birthday Truman Capote
Three days late.

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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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