Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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The Oxford comma is dead (says Galleycat).
Oops, the Oxford comma is not dead (retracts Galleycat).
What is an Oxford comma? (Guardian explains)

"what's time to a pig?"
That's the punch line to one of the funniest jokes I've ever heard. It helped that I was ahead by about four glasses of Rioja at the time, but that's beside the point. The joke was told to me by Christine Sismondo, author of the equally entertaining new book America Walks Into a Bar. You can hear her chat about that book on CBC's Sunday Edition.

A beverage comic
Speaking of potent potables, here's a first (for me at least): a cocktail recipe as a comic strip, by Emily Horne (co-creator of A Softer World).

'nuff said.
Bill Murray reads Cole Porter.

"Pay no attention to that person with the free products."
A peek behind the curtain of Amazon reviews.

What's the role of a publisher?
Every once in a while I just need a good reality dose from Cory Doctorow.

And here's what Doctorow is talking about
Book goes out of print. Rights revert to author. Author publishes to Kindle. Now selling 1,000 to 3,000 copies a day. Yes, a DAY.

July Craft
Don't forget to check out this month's Fiction Craft on Open Book Ontario. The question: How do you approach research for your fiction? Answered by: Peter Behrens, Christy Ann Conlin, Heather J. Wood, Frieda Wishinsky, Maureen Fergus, Hal Niedzviecki, Karin Lowachee and Allison Winn Scotch.

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