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The Questionless Books Interview: Publicist, Illustrator, and Novelist Evan Munday

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The Questionless Books Interview: Publicist, Illustrator, and Novelist Evan Munday

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.

Evan Munday is the publicist for Toronto-based publisher Coach House Books. He also works as an illustrator whose work has appeared in books and magazines, including the novel Stripmalling, by Jon Paul Fiorentino. He is the author of the juvenile fiction title, The Dead Kid Detective Agency, being published Fall 2011 by ECW Press.

Evan's Links:

I Don't Like Mundays
Coach House Books

I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn't, then why would you say I am? (Has someone already used this?)

I am known to wear ties very often.

I do this in all seasons and all types of weather.

I do this because I don't feel comfortable showing my lower neck to people with whom I'm not in a relationship.

I do this when I leave the house.

The way I do this is quite amateurish.

At his/her core, a Writer is someone who writes. Ideally, more than the average person on the street.

As opposed to an Author, who is more of a 'creator.' I don't think I'd call you the author of my last paycheque. Similarly, nobody has been credited as the 'writer' of the atomic bomb.

A Writer is responsible for writing some fine sentences and phrases.

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for bringing something fascinating and (at least somewhat) new into the world.

At its core, Publishing is masochistic.

As opposed to Editing, which is more sadistic ... unless you're editing yourself, of course.

A Publisher should do anything they can (within reason and budget) to bring their authors' work to as wide an audience as possible, making the author (one hopes) happy.

As opposed to an Editor, who should always make the authors a little bit unhappy, challenging them with questions and burdening them with changes and corrections.

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is typed. Some authors' handwriting is atrocious.

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is typeset. A whole different thing -- you need margins, ligatures, style sheets -- you can't just use Word for this. Or Word Perfect. (Spoiler alert: it's not perfect.)

A Manuscript should always feature at least three spectacular failures.

As opposed to a Book, which should always feature one or two spectacular failures, max.

At its core, Bookselling is about understanding people. Understanding what they like and helping them find new things that extend and expand their personal tastes.

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is more about making people understand your book(s). Finding the tangent of where your book(s) and people's tastes converge.

The smallest unit of narrative is currently being researched by Arjun Basu, I think.

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is that one day, someone will make a third Tron movie.

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is the extinction of bees, which, accoring to The X-Files, Margaret Atwood and most other people I trust, is super-bad news.

In the future we will all be dead, eventually.

At his/her core, a Reader is lonely in some way.

However, the ideal Reader is profoundly, impossibly lonely.

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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