Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist Claire Cameron

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The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist Claire Cameron

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellers, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".

Claire Cameron's first novel, The Line Painter, was published in 2007 by HarperCollins Canada. Her work has recently appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail and The Rumpus.

Claire's book:

The Line Painter

Claire's links:

I am... a gambler.

I am known to... the players at the table.

I do this in... dark glasses.

I do this because... I hope I'll win.

I do this when I... have a good hand.

The way I do this is... by bluffing.

At its core, a Writer is... someone who plays compulsively.

As opposed to an Author, who is...a known player.

A Writer is responsible for... taking risks.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for... counting cards.

At its core, Publishing is... like gambling.

As opposed to Editing, which is... trying to beat the house.

A Publisher should always... believe that the odds are better than they probably are.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always... bet by intuition.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... a spade.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is... an ace.

A Manuscript should always... show your hand.

As opposed to a Book, which should always... be your best bet.

At its core, Bookselling is... dealing

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is... giving out the free drinks.

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is... risk.

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is... reward.

In the future we will all... keep playing.

At his/her core, a Reader is... the one who must put up with a metaphor
stretched way too thin.

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.

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