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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Translator Erín Moure

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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Translator Erín Moure

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.

Erín Moure is writing until lunchtime in Montreal.

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I am a kid in disguise.

I am known to write books, livres, libros, livros.

I do this in real life.

I do this because I am compelled.

I do this when I get up and before I go to bed.

The way I do this is I scribble, type, make audio memos and sew sock puppets.

At his/her core, a Writer is a category of employment entered on a tax form.

As opposed to an Author, who is a marketing category.

A Writer is responsible for keeping very very busy.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for going to literary festivals on command.

At its core, Publishing is yet to be discovered.

As opposed to Editing, which is ongoing, for which I am grateful.

A Publisher should always minimize bureaucracy and make texts available to readers in all formats.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always question sentences that contain the word "should".

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is partway finished, with any luck.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is packaged up in a shiny cover but still contains typos.

A Manuscript should always be in process.

As opposed to a Book, which should be more or less finished, and always be downloadable to an iPad.

At its core, Bookselling is a lost art still done by folks like the owners of the Librarie Port de tête, on rue Mont Royal in Montreal.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is part of an economy I don't understand that doesn't have much to do with reading.

The smallest unit of narrative is "one red shoe".

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is lunch.

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is I'm making the lunch.

In the future we will all probably... um... still eat lunch.

At his/her core, a Reader is insatiable and reads even paint on the walls.

However, the ideal Reader is one with ideas of their own, who receives what is written with scepticism and joy.

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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