Submitted by clelia on September 1, 2010 - 9:00am
Open Book: Toronto:
Tell us about your latest book.
One Bloody Thing After Another is a zombie novel where your mom is the first person who turns, and what are you supposed to do? You can't kill your mother, even if she's a monster now. You keep her downstairs, you protect her, and now your only problem is what do you feed her?
It's a novel filled with bloodied headless ghosts and vomiting ghosts and unexpected first loves and adorable but powerfully stupid dogs. It is fun and horrible and sad, and maybe you will like it.
Anyway that's the "short synopsis" I wrote for it.
What was your first publication and where was it published?
Joey Comeau's Books
By Joey Comeau
Jackie has a map of the city on the wall of her bedroom, with a green pin for each of her trees. She has a first-kiss tree and a broken-arm tree. She has a car-accident tree. There is a tree at the hospital where Jackie’s mother passed away into the long good night. When one of them gets cut down, Jackie doesn’t know what to do but she doesn’t let that stop her. She picks up the biggest rock she can carry and puts it through the window of a car. Smash. She intends to leave before the police arrive, but they’re early.
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Sky Gilbert, author of Come Back
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Submitted by jcomeau on November 4, 2010 - 4:05pm
I have a new book out called Bible Camp Bloodbath, and I published it using a print on demand service. I wish I could say that my choice to publish it myself was due to some noble fascination with digital technology, or some futurist embrace of a post-publisher world, but to be honest I just got too excited. When I finish a book, I want to show everyone. I want to put it up on the internet and read it over the loudspeaker at the mall. My publisher, ECW, wanted the book. But they wanted to publish it in 2012. I could be dead by then. Everyone could be dead by then! I want to see what people think! I want to have it banned from libraries THIS year, not in 2 years.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 30, 2010 - 10:19am
Derek McCormack is a Toronto writer, and the author of one of my favourite novels, The Show That Smells. His previous works include The Haunted Hillbilly, Christmas Days (with the comic artist Seth), and Grab Bag, which collected his two short story collections. I think he is the best writer in Canada. (Photo by Chris Reed)
Submitted by jcomeau on September 23, 2010 - 2:04am
Sometimes an author does or says something so terrible that it is difficult to enjoy their work anymore.
1. Orson Scott Card is a homophobe and an outright idiot. But I love Ender's Game, and I think it is one of the great Science Fiction novels of all time. It would be a stupid loss if nobody read it, just because it was written by someone whose idea of logic is saying that if gays wanted to get married, they could. They just had to marry someone of the opposite sex. Wikipedia says that he has, "described homosexuality as an acquired characteristic linked to abuse or molestation in childhood." That's just swell. So, while it'd be a shame if nobody read Ender's Game, I sure am hoping they buy it used.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 18, 2010 - 1:20pm
iPad users are downloading the free app iBooks more than even Twitter or the Facebook app! Wow!
Nevermind that when you first connect your iPad to the app store, one of the first things it asks you is, "Would you like to download your free copy of iBooks now?" This is a type of promotion that Facebook and Twitter, and no other app has access to. One that reaches all users who connect to the app store, and which portrays iBooks as a free perk of the device itself.
But that's a bit of nitpicking! I mean, if we expected stories about Apple products and software to have more specific numbers and context, then we'd probably have way fewer stories worth reporting!
Submitted by jcomeau on September 17, 2010 - 4:11pm
The arguments against eReaders and in favour of books are just extensions of the argument against amazon.com and in favour of independent bookstores. The points that people raise about the value of physical books are not incorrect, just as the points they raised about the value of brick and mortar stores are valid ones. The problem isn't that people don't think bookstores (and books) are valuable. The problem is that the tradeoff might be worth it.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 14, 2010 - 7:11pm
There are a lot of warning signs on dating site profiles. Some of them are right there in the bio, not so subtle, like:
NO LIARS. NO FAKES. I WANT A REAL MAN WHO DOESN'T HAVE ANY BAGGAGE. ARGHHHHHHH NO WOMEN WHO WANT TO LOOK LIKE PARIS HILTON OR GIRLS GONE WILD WHORES PLZ I WANT A NICE PERSON
But sometimes the warning signs are more subtle, hidden away in the "Favourite books" section. These are some titles and authors to watch out for:
1. Anything by Ayn Rand. Unless you want to have about a million fights down the road where you wind up feeling like a crazy person for having feelings instead of being logical. I guess this book might be a plus, though, if the person is under 22 and you are looking for someone really impressionable to take advantage of.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 12, 2010 - 12:39am
I've been thinking about my post from the other day. When a movie aimed at kids and teens comes out, often you'll see the novelization, the YA novelization, the sticker book, all kinds of different formats, to reach different audiences.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 10, 2010 - 11:52am
William Gibson's novel Pattern Recognition's main character, Cayce Pollard is essentially a cool-hunter, and in the book cuts the tags and labels out of all her own clothes.
One of the pieces of clothing talked about in the book a lot is a black Buzz Rickson flight jacket. (Gibson + Rickson) brought out a version of that jacket, together with a line of actually pretty cool plain black designs. There's a restraint and aesthetic simplicity to these that is really appealing.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 8, 2010 - 6:34pm
Are there many authors who rewrite their works, later in life? After a lifetime of experience, the work would turn out very different, I think. Glenn Gould re-recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations 25 years after his first recording, and they're different, very different. It's a real pleasure to listen to the one and then the other. I wonder why more novelists don't return to a world they've created, and write it again. I can't think of many examples. It would be like a director remaking his own movie, which would almost certainly be better than hiring music video directors like the current fashion.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 7, 2010 - 11:26pm
Sometimes there are books that I feel like I should know something about, but which I've never bothered to pay much attention to. Sometimes they're dauntingly long. There are a lot of books in the world. Why would I read a seven volume novel about some guy lying in bed when I could read a dozen good regular sized books by different authors? And sometimes there's a classic book that somebody I hated really liked. Anyway, here are some books I pretend to know something about when they come up at the fancy literary parties I am clearly always attending - and here are my vague ideas of what they are about.
1. In Search of Lost Time - Proust.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 3, 2010 - 2:11pm
Sarah Kane's play 4.48 Psychosis was written just before she committed suicide. The Guardian reviewed it, and titled that review, "How do you judge a 75-minute suicide note?" Which I guess is the same as asking whether you can separate the author and the work, once you know something about the author's personal life - except you know, more dramatic and immediate seeming. She killed herself after writing the play, but before its production.
Submitted by jcomeau on September 1, 2010 - 11:56am
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