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

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AWARDS FILE 1: ALCUIN SOCIETY
Ever wonder how book awards are chosen? The folks at the Alcuin Society have posted a photo set on Flickr documenting the process of choosing this year's winners of its Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

AWARDS FILE 2: COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED BY THE CANADIAN MEDIA
In the world of cookbooks there are two big awards, the Beards and the IACPs. As mentioned previously, three Canadian cookbook authors have been nominated this year for Beard awards. The same authors — plus one Canuck food-lit writer — have also just won IACP awards . Congratulations to Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, who won the Le Cordon Bleu Award in the International category for Beyond the Great Wall; and to Jennifer McLagan who took honours in the the Single Subject category for Fat; and finally to Taras Grescoe who won the Cuisinart Award in the Literary Food Writing category for Bottomfeeder.

EASTER EGG
Also in the cookbook realm, the National Post's Ron Nurwash has a (woefully brief) interview with bookseller Mika Bareket, whose marvellously eclectic cookbook store Good Egg opened quietly last year in Toronto's Kensington Market.

REGURGITATION
Guardian journalist John Crace (distant cousin of novelist Jim Crace) has been reading and weirdly regurgitating books for a few years now in his column Digested Reads. An offshoot is Digested Classics, and this week he spews up Canuck* classic Generation X by Douglas Coupland.

HOBBIES
Apparently Joe Shuster, the Toronto-born co-creator of Superman, got up to some...er...less than wholesome activity in his off time. Author/designer Craig Yoe has teamed up with Abrams ComicArts to publish Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster. They even had a launch party with naughty live recreations of Shuster's drawings. Jeeze, the things these comics nerds get up to!

RETREATS
Author Michael Meyer has an entertaining piece in the New York Times about the retreating state of book advances.

COMMUTER CONFUSION
The LA Times' book blog Jacket Copy offers a video of author John Wray using a megaphone to read from his novel Lowboy on a New York subway train.

LIBRARY SERENDIPITY, Part 1
Australia's Sydney Morning Herald this week had a story about Schindler's list - no, not the movie, the actual list itself, the document. Turns out the one author Thomas Keneally used while researching his novel Schindler's Ark (on which the movie was based) has been discovered in the unlikeliest place: Keneally's archives in the State Library of New South Wales. Why unlikely? Simply because Keneally sold the list years ago.

LIBRARY SERENDIPITY, Part 2
The Toronto Star tells of a library book returned 110 years overdue.

*Did you know Coupland's Generation X has never been published in Canada? All copies must be imported from American publisher St Martin's Griffin, who hold rights.

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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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