Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


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Big black book
Each of the 6,000 pages in Mishka Henner's new 12-volume, p.o.d. series entitled Astronomical represents one-million kilometers of our solar system. On page one, you’ll find a photo of the Sun. On Page 6000, Pluto. Get it? Needless to say, there's a lot of black ink in between. Want to check it out? Watch perhaps the most boring book trailer ever produced.

Here is a site that uses Amazon search results to, I’m not actually sure what it is, but it is fun to watch and play with. Punch in a book title and see a dynamic spider web-ish thing take shape showing connections between that book and others in Amazon’s system. I was pleased to see my e-book Magical Narcissism only twice removed (via Anthony Bourdain) from Marco Pierre White’s The Devil In the Kitchen. Not so pleased with the results surrounding my novel.

Want to kill 30+ minutes?
Here’s the site of a guy who collects antique typewriters.

Want to kill five minutes?
Here are the greatest books of all time according to 125 famous authors.

Want to kill 30 seconds?
Here are some better bookshelves by Grant Snyder. (c/o Casual Opt)

Lunch w/ BS
Here’s a fun column from the Business Standard, out of New Delhi. A journalist lunches with a writer, and then writes about it. Not sure what that has to do w/ business, but anyway, the most recent meal, with Wilbur Smith, generates an entertaining read if you want to know what it’s like to be a 78-year-old icon of cowboy fiction.

A dying breed
Gawd this has been over done, but admittedly there is still something wonderful about a gallery of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Flavourwire manages to even include a few I’d not seen before in their recent collection of 20.

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