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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES: A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

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THE LOOK OF BOOKS
Australia's Inside Out magazine tweaks us to the work of artist Victoria Reichelt, whose trompe l'oeil paintings of bookshelves are simply fascinating.

THE SMELL OF BOOKS
The good folks at DuroSport Electronics have created a lovely way to ease the nasal transition from paper books to ebooks with their new line of ereader-compatible aerosol sprays called Smell of Books .*

THE STINK OF DEATH
And so it begins. This will be the first and last time I say anything about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, because this TIME piece and this LA Times piece are the first real news hits I've seen for the satirical "novel", which injects scenes of zombies (yes, you read that right) into the Jane Austen classic — but, mark my words, they most certainly won't be the last. Three months from now when you are as sick of hearing about this gimmick as you were sick of hearing Borat impersonations circa January 2007, try to remember that book media is (supposedly) on its death bed.

THE TASTE OF BOOKS
The annual International Edible Book Festival took place on (or around) April 1st. The festival is held at various places around the world where people craft books out of food, or simply craft food related to books. Competitions were held as far afield as Canada, China, France, the USA and Russia. (More links on the festival's program page.)

THE SOUND OF POETRY
April, of course, is not only the cruellest month, it is also national poetry month. (Irony, that.) Jim Holt over at the NYTs presents a case for memorizing poetry. Meanwhile a raft of poets offer readings over at Poems Out Loud curated by Robert Pinsky and sponsored by W.W. Norton & Co.

THE FEEL OF FUTURE BOOKS (it's the touchscreen, folks)
Biz/tech blogger Brier Dudley at the Seattle Times tells us about the Fujitsu FLEPia, the first e-reader with a colour display. Available only in Japan, the touchscreen-equipped FLEPia (terrible name, that) will be shipping in late April and sells for just over $1,000 US. Seems pretty pricey, if you ask me, though apparently the 4 gig, wi-fi device can do a whole lot more than just display ebooks. (Full specs on Fujitsu's site.)

THE WAIT OF YEARS (Bad pun, I know, sorry.)
The intrepid Tom Leonard of England's Spectator magazine recently traveled to New Hampshire to try to have a chat with JD Salinger. Intrepid and foolish. Leonard didn't get past the man's kitchen window, from which Salinger's wife shooed him away like a pesky racoon. I mean seriously, did he actually think he might succeed where so many others have failed? Seems we are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out what old JD (he's 90 now) has been up to all these years. It has been reported by some that his shelves are loaded with unpublished manuscripts.

*In case you haven't figured it out, Smell of Books is a joke.

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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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