Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Lush Life
Not to be a prude, but I don't really enjoy or condone the myth of the effective drunk author. It is a movie cliché, really. That said, if you want to pretend you're a great writer while getting your drink on, here are the bevvys you're going to need. (And if you want to just write, it's probably best to lay off the booze, at least while you're doing it.)

Iconic Brut
Robarts Library: brutalist eyesore, or egalitarian icon?

Yeah, it's a bit old (dating from TCAF), but it's a beautiful video, and I love this kind of esoterica when it's done well. Check out comics authors talking about their favourite pencils.

Julia Child's Bookshelf
What cookbooks did Julia Child keep in her kitchen? Well, as you know, her entire kitchen is archived intact in the Smithsonian (yep, it is) and now they are blogging about her cookbooks and other stuff (in a really, really, really bad font).

The CanLit non-Shuffle
I don't know why they call this a shuffle. The thumbnails don't move. Anyway, I only got 10 of these, but my brain basically runs like a Zippo lighter with a dull flint. Maybe you will do better. (Oh, and there's one title here that I would expect only about 7 or 8 people in the country to recognize, so no worries if you don't get them all.)

Is this too embarrassing to admit?
The Guardian has posted their picks for the all-time top 100 non-fiction books and upon scanning it, I see that I've only read two of them: The History of Time (barely understood it), and In Cold Blood (hated it). I guess I'm more of a fiction guy. Anyway, now that the horses are out of the barn, they are soliciting reader opinions.

Seems Kindle is getting slammed with spam. According to Ars Technica: "Hundreds of entities are pulling quasi-useless content found for free or for a small price on the Internet, reformatting it into e-books, and selling it under catchy titles for very little, clogging Amazon with low-value materials that stand to mire the platform..." The story originated with Reuters.

I swear, it wasn't me!
Sorry for the blatant self-promotion, but my self-published collection of journalism, Magical Narcissism, is now available on Amazon for Kindle and its apps. (Only $2.99! and it is NOT spam.)

June Craft
Don't forget to check out this month's Fiction Craft on Open Book Ontario. The question: How do you make your characters come alive? Answered by: William Nicholson, Jen Sookfong Lee, Jim Nason, Andrew Pyper, Julie Booker, Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem & Pat van Beirs, Craig Battle, Cathy Stonehouse, and S.J. Watson.

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.

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