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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

SEX
Back in the day when I worked in bookstores and Madonna's book Sex was published, complete with it's silver Mylar wrapper, I had a movement when I thought it might be a good idea to snap up a few copies and tuck them away intact and unopened until the thing went out of print, as a sort of "investment". I didn't do it because, frankly, the book was such an idiotic waste of atoms that I just couldn't justify spending money on it. Still, my instincts were right: Sex topped the list of 2013's most sought after OOP books.

The Girl Who...
Charts, graphs and lists delineate how the phrasing of a popular book title has wormed its way into the zeitgeist of book titles.

RIZZOLI
Last July, the National Post's Afterword blog published an essay of mine about the closing of the Nicholas Hoare bookstore in Toronto, and about the struggle to answer the question: Bookstore, just another retail business beholden to the rules of capitalism, or cultural artifact that needs protection and preservation? The latest “victim” of this dilemma is New York’s Rizzoli bookstore.

NRB
Martin Scorsese is making a film about the venerable New York Review of Books.

Contact
Author/illustrator Austin Kleon is happy to hear from readers. He really is. He just wants them to do it on his terms, which he spells out in a rather entertaining and intimidating manner on his website's contact page.

BEE
Bret Easton Ellis has a new podcast where he interviews "popular culture's most fascinating minds" as well as Kanye West.

1ST Sentences
Test your knowledge of first sentences from lit classics.

SHAUN SMITH is a novelist and award-winning journalist in Toronto, Canada. His young-adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in 2009 by the Dundurn Group. His book Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs was published by Tightrope Books in June 2013. shaunsmith.ca

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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