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

So smart, they're stupid (the parents, I mean)
The NYTs recently had an article about parents (in the US) who are denying their kids picture books and forcing them to move to early readers in order to gain a leg up. Pathetic. I particularly like the quote from bookseller Dara La Porte: "It’s a terrible pressure parents are feeling — that somehow, I shouldn’t let my child have this picture book because she won’t get into Harvard.”

"I would rather be on the dole than work for a paper I was ashamed of."
A brilliant cover letter written by Hunter S. Thompson looking for work at the Vancouver Sun.

Ink on paper #1
JK Rowling's handwritten spread sheet for the plot of one of her books (I know not which).

Ink on paper #2
Ted Hughes' drafts of "a previously unseen poem" about the night Sylvia Plath died.

Ink on paper #3
Draft text and sketches of an unpublished Dr Seuss book about sports.

Let them read cake
Yes, I said read cake (or cakes, actually).

Bad sex please, we're British
It's that time of the year again, time for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award. And the nominees are...

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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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