Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Scrabble for font geeks
I am not a font geek myself, but something makes me think Andrew Clifford Carpener is.

Weird eatin'
I once caught an 11 lb. lake trout at a gaming and fishing reserve in northern Quebec. It was a spectacular fish, just a couple of pounds off the reserve's record (they usually came in at about 2-3 lb). I entrusted the fish to an old fool, who flew it out of the camp in a seaplane. The next week, our party convened at the fool's house back in the city to dine on the fish. When I arrived, the kitchen was absolutely spotless. There was no sign that anyone was at that time, or had ever cooked in that room. I said to the old fool's wife, "Where's the trout?" She pointed at the dishwasher, which was running. This was how people of her generation "poached" a large fish: by wrapping it in tin foil and shoving it in the dishwasher. Needless to say, behind my amazed smile, I was weeping. Abebooks has collected some oddball cookbooks. There's no dishwasher cookbook, but there is The Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine.

Post it notes
Someone is plastering the lampposts of lower Manhattan with pages from his/her unpublished novel.

Lord of the matchsticks
Tolkien's Minas Tirith has (finally!) been realized in matchsticks (by the guy who did the same for Hogwarts a few years ago).

Gimmie gimmie
Last night was World Book Night, during which a million books were given away for free in the UK. The Guardian asks writers what books they like to give.

Publishing's worst nightmare
I think publishers should really sit up and take notice of this.

The end of books
Some cool bookends.

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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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