The Questionless Books Interview: Poet, Critic, and Blogger Sina Queyras

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The Questionless Books Interview: Poet, Critic, and Blogger Sina Queyras

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellers, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".

Sina Queyras is the author of Slip, Teethmarks and Lemon Hound, which won the Lambda and the Pat Lowther awards for poetry, and the editor of Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets. She currently lives in Montreal.

Sina's Books:

Unleashed
Expressway
Lemon Hound

Sina's Links:

Lemon Hound
Author Site

I am...

A writer

I am known to...

My cat

I do this in...

Montreal

I do this because...

It's what I do

I do this when I...

Do this

The way I do this is...

By doing this

At its core, a Writer is...

A person doing

As opposed to an Author, who is...

A person basking

A Writer is responsible for...

Doing

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for...

Being

At its core, Publishing is...

A business

As opposed to Editing, which is...

Tidying

A Publisher should always...

Publish

As opposed to an Editor, who should always…

Edit

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is...

Still in progress, only more polished than in progress

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is...

More or less as progressed as it gets

A Manuscript should always...

Be leaning toward greatness

As opposed to a Book, which should always...

Be great

At its core, Bookselling is...

A thankless job

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is...

Even more thankless

The smallest unit of narrative is...

A phrase

To be a Book a thing must be...

Compelling

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is...

There is no good reason

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is...

Because it will come

In the future we will all...

Be busy doing

At his/her core, a Reader is...

Highly sought after.

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.

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