Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Remember Dale Peck? No?
He was the guy who grabbed a lot of attention by saying something outlandishly about Rick Moody few years ago in The New Republic. Yeah, now you remember him. He now has something outlandish to say about all of publishing. Namely, that publishers and editors have become cowed in the face of political correctness. How did he prove it? By putting an outrageously anti-Semitic headline on his article, forcing his editors to, um, edit him. (Hint: that's their job, Dale.)

Remember George Plimpton? No?
He was the late literary giant who founded The Paris Review. Yeah, now you remember him. Did you know he was also an enthusiast of video falconry?

Forget V.S. Naipaul? Yes!
Oh, that relic V.S. Naipaul has put his foot in it again, disparaging the abilities of women writers, calling their efforts "inferior" to his own (yes, all of them) and saying he can identify "feminine tosh" (his words, folks) in just a paragraph's worth of reading. Take the Guardian's test and see if you can identify feminine tosh yourself. (I got 2 right.)

New word of the week: Kindleproofing
A useful guide on how to Kindle-proof your book.

Lit Lists
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"I'm not listening! I'm not listening!"
Learn about "inattentional deafness", and affliction of the highly literate.

Author Amanda Hocking (the self-published novelist who recently signed a couple of massive book deals) has provided her fans with a glimpse into how she outlines her novels.

Puppet Masters
Check out this month's installment of Fiction Craft on Open Book Ontario, in which I asked nine authors how they make their characters come alive.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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