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

Damned Judgmental Booksellers
Oh, how I remember the days of sarcasm and loathing. When I worked in a bookstore, someone once asked me if we sold towels. Towels, really. Another asked if we sold Listerine. What is this, Shoppers Drug Mart? (I think he actually wanted a cheap drunk.) Now, some clever booksellers have converted all that bile into a rather funny meme. Vent, vent, vent away, yee nasty ostrich!

"The lamp just sat there, like an inanimate object."
And other loopy analogies from teen writers.

Book covers re-imagined by artists
The Velveteen Rabbit is just soooooooo sad.

Bookselling
Author Andrew Kessler has opened a bookstore selling just one title: his own.

Bookmaking
Ever wonder how they used to make books before the digital age? It was a hell of a lot of work!

What's on the menu at the New York Public Library?
Why, menus, off course! Help the library transcribe its collection of 10,000 vintage menus via your own computer.

Getting published
This flow chart from writer Kate Hart lays it all out plain and simple. (Oh Lord, please help us writers!)

Fiction Craft #2...
....is now up on Open Book Ontario, asking authors "Where do your stories come from?"

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.

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