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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Editor Elizabeth Bachinsky

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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Editor Elizabeth Bachinsky

In The Questionless Books Interview, I get a whole bunch of books people (from authors to editors to publishers to sales/publicity/production people, booksellers, designers, librarians, readers, etc) to "answer" a series of unspoken "questions". The results highlight a delightful mix of the opportunities and challenges facing our sector: from doom and gloom to sunshine and rainbows, and every irony in between.

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006), and God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009). Her work was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2006, the Kobzar Literary Award in 2009, the Pat Lowther Award in 2010, and the Bronwen Wallace Award in 2004. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, and China. She is an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster where she is Editor for Event magazine. (Photo by David Ellingsen)

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I am...sitting at my desk.

I am known this every morning.

I do this pajamas.

I do this because...I have a lot of email to answer.

I do this when I...should be out walking or reading or writing in my notebook.

The way I do this is...quick and dirty.

At his/her core, a Writer is...a person who writes stuff down.

As opposed to an Author, who...does the same thing, but expects other people might read what they’ve written.

A Writer is responsible for...any minor children.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...the same.

At its core, Publishing is...the act of making what you’ve written public.

As opposed to Editing, which is...the process by which a manuscript is prepared for publication.

A Publisher should their best to make beautiful books and make sure readers know about them.

As opposed to an Editor, who should thoughtful, honest, decisive, and clear during the editing process.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...sitting on my coffee table right now.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is...not.

A Manuscript should always...include a cover page, contents page and page numbers and be secured with a paperclip, not a staple.

As opposed to a Book, which should well designed.

At its core, Bookselling done by hand in a small bookstore by people who love to read and recommend books.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...a baffling idea for a poet.

The smallest unit of narrative is...the letterform.

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...because it never arrives?

The biggest reason to be scared of the future not to let “the future” scare you, I think.

In the future we will all...eventually die.

At his/her core, a Reader is...someone who can, and does, read.

However, the ideal Reader of the written world. Half of writing happens in the reader’s imagination.

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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