Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Towelling off
The Paris Review challenges readers to photoshop pictures of authors onto their spiffy new beach towel. The winner gets...yup!...a spiffy new beach towel (and hey, maybe also a copyright infringement suit).

Oddball bookstores
Last week I wrote about Michael Seidenberg's secret used bookstore in his Manhattan apartment. This week, Seidenberg's shop is included in a neat-o round up on Flavorwire of 10 unconventional bookstores.

Open in 60 seconds
It's been making the circuit, but this groovy high-speed video of building a bookstore is nonetheless worth watching.

Oh, you're an author? Having a reading are you? Who cares?
No one, that's who – or so says this funny article in the NY Observer.

"So Brian, you working on a little novel there?"
Visit the place where literary ambitions go to die.

Strangers In a Strange Land
Are you an immigrant from the land of paper, ink and dust jackets? On the Boston Globe's site, Amanda Katz has written a fascinating article, entitled "How we read now", about the mass migration from analogue to digital reading.

"I quit writing (sorta)."
So says Kenneth J Harvey.

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.

(Sundries will be on break July 31, returning Aug 7.)

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