Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Hic!
The cocktails of famous literary characters and other fictional creatures, presented graphically.

Grilling
Amazon is to be "grilled" by the British parliament over its absurdly low tax payments. According to Reuters: "Over the past six years, Amazon has paid around $9 million in income tax on over $23 billion of sales to British clients, because it says it operates a single European business out of Luxembourg, rather than a multinational structure of independent subsidiaries in different countries, and should therefore pay tax in Luxembourg." But an investigation by the news agency suggests that may not be entirely accurate. (And just to put it in context, $9M on $23B is a rate just shy of 0.04%. At that rate, if a person made , say, $50,ooo/yr, they would pay about $20 in taxes.)

Titles
Some famous book titles explained.

Signs
Enjoy some exceedingly earnest musings on author signatures, "disembodied writing devices", and relics from Alan Levinovitz.

Old
"You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes" What do all the nouns and verbs in that quote have in common?

Endorsement
I got right up out of my chair, walked to my favourite bookstore and bought a copy of Jaron Lanier’s new book, Who Owns the Future?, after reading just half of this fascinating interview on Salon about how the Internet appears to be devolving formal economies into informal economies, and how that may not be such a good thing.

Splash!
Never drop a book in the bathtub again!

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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 is available on Kindle and is forthcoming in paperback from Tightrope Books in spring 2013. shaunsmith.ca

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.

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