SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Libraries
Some of this we've seen before in other similar galleries, but some of it is new (to me at least). The Vancouver Sun has a gallery of the 12 Coolest Libraries in the World. (their title, not mine)

Reviews
On TheAtlantic.com, Sarah Fay sorts out the real problem with book reviews: But the problem with book reviews is not that they reek of mediocrity, elitism, or nepotism; aren't smart enough or are too pretentious; or are too negative or too positive. It's that they come from a source—a human being—and we sometimes fail to take that into account. And here I thought they were produced by mediocre, elitist, compromised, stupid, pretentious and indecisive robots.

Plates
Continuing their series of entertaining EweToob vids, ABE book explains the book plate.

Burger
Really, there's a book called Satan Burger, and it has...what else?...an ass on the cover. OnlineCollege.org schools us in bad book-cover design.

Home
FlavorWire.com gives us 10 Gorgeous Buildings Made Out of Books.

Future
What will books and reading be like in the 21st century? Let's ask the 20th century, c/o The Seattle Times' souvenir edition published for the 1962 world's fair.

Colour
Now you can enjoy decorating your home with literary paint chips, c/o the Paris Review.

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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