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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

What do all of these books have in common?

  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

They are the five biggest-selling books of all time, says The Telegraph.

Font nerds gather round
Over at Imprint, the website for the design magazine Print, contributor Paul Shaw explains why just one bad letter can spoil an entire typeface.

Tweading Ulysses
This Bloomsday, you can join with Joyce devotees who will engage in "a recasting or a reimagining of the reading experience of [Ulysses], start to finish, within the confines of a day-long series of tweets from a global volunteer army of Joyce-sodden tweeps."

Think you can proofread, eh?
Take the online test from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, but prepare to be scolded if you fail!

"Literary fiction is a subculture." - Lev Grossman
What's the latest trend in publishing? According to the WSJ, it's literary genre novels and genre-crossover novels.

lost cummings
a lost ee cummings poem has been found, and it's a naughty little bugger

Sweet Ride
A machinist in Louisville, Kentucky, consulted out-of-print magazines and other publications on Google Books to figure out how to build a functioning 1906 Oldsmobile Model B Runabout. (It helps if you own a machine shop, as does this gent.)

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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.

Go to Shaun Smith ’s Author Page