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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

The late President
It seems George Washington owes New York City's oldest library some late fees. According to CBS news (with video), and New York's WPIX news, old wooden teeth borrowed two books from The New York Society Library and never returned them, signing them out as "President". He now owes them $300,000 usd.

Say what?
The American Library Association has announced which books drew the most attention from uptight weenies in the USA last year, with their “2009 Top Ten list of most frequently challenged books”. (There’s also a top 100 list for the last decade.) Eleanor Blackhorn, meanwhile, at The Atlantic, dissects the lists and comes up with a shocking conclusion: not enough parents are protesting books.

A new Orwell
A new volume of George Orwell’s letters shed’s light on the author’s rarely seen mushy side.

aka Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Check out the original, handwritten manuscript for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground. (via New Yorker)

A sporting guy
Last week, Dave Bidini announced the Paul Quarrington Memorial Award for Best North American Sports Books of the Year.

What $3-million gets you
It seems the critics have a real hate on for Yann Martel’s latest novel, Beatrice & Virgil, for which Martel was reportedly paid $3-Million. Cathal Kelly at TorStar does a nice job of rounding up all the nastiness, but here are two choice quotes:

"'Beatrice and Virgil' is so dull, so misguided, so pretentious that only the prospect of those millions of 'Pi' fans could secure the interest of major publishers and a multimillion-dollar advance."-- Ron Charles, Washington Post

"Mr. Martel’s new book, 'Beatrice and Virgil,' unfortunately, is every bit as misconceived and offensive as his earlier book was fetching." -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Moving pictures
Rick Brioda at Cnet provides some fun time with videos showing cool kids books on the iPad.

Radical booksellers
Let’s hope this video from The Guardian is to be the first in a series — wait, are there even enough radical booksellers left?

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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.

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