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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

If LPs were books
They might look like Gee’s creations. (My fave: Blood on the Tracks, by Robert A. Zimmerman.)

If books were throw cushions
They might look like Jillian Tamaki’s embroidered book covers.

Must (not) reads
Ian Hollingshead provides a humorous take on the top 50 books you don't need to read.

Hawking Hocking & Eisler
As authors Amanda Hocking and Barry Eisler pass each other jumping in opposite directions over the p-book/e-book divide, Salon's ever-astute Laura Miller nails a perfect analysis of the problem of the self-promoting author.

“I have no time for Time magazine...”
Time magazine has published its list of the 140 best Twitter feeds, which includes Margaret Atwood. Want to find out why each person was named to the list? It will take 140 page views — one page per person. Way to drag outmoded publishing models into the 21st century, Time!

Is this a good time?
No, not really, but anyway, here’s a remarkably accurate assessment by Rihards Kalnins of what it means to be a freelance writer at this time. It’s part of a mysterious video project called Is This a Good Time. (thanks to the CasOpt)

What’s in a name?
Over at Open Book Ontario, the first installment of my new monthly column, Fiction Craft, is now up. The column looks at the nuts’n’bolts of writing fiction, each month asking a different group of authors a different question about how they approach their work. This month Robert J. Sawyer, Eric Walters, Kate Pullinger, Clark Blaise, Jessica Westhead, Suzette Mayr, Deborah Kerbel and Stephen Kelman answer the question: How do you name your characters?

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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