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The Questionless Books Interview: Editor Martha Sharpe

Welcome to the first in the (now-columnar) ongoing series of Questionless Books Interviews. I hope you got a chance to read the first series I did as part of my Residency at OBT in November. The editors here have asked me to make the idea a regular column, so for the foreseeable future, I'll continue asking prominent book people in Canada, the USA, and the UK about books without every asking them a question. I'll be mixing up the "questions" in the future, but for the first little bit, I'll be running interviews that didn't make it into the 30 days of November. First up: former House of Anansi editor Martha Sharpe.

Martha Sharpe currently works at Audible, lives in Brooklyn, and edited and published at Anansi from 1993-2005.

Martha's Links:

Audible
Twitter
Radio Press

Goodbye! Goodbye!

Well, this is it for me at Open Book Toronto as your writer in residence. I hope you found the variety of responses and perspectives in the Questionless Books Interviews below fun and refreshing. My understanding is that this series will now continue as a weekly column, which I'll curate on behalf of OBT and the good people there. I'm going to add and subtract some questions, so if you have any suggestions for things you'd like me to ask the future literary celebs I'll be approaching, please go ahead and send to my OpenBookTO email, reachable from my writer in residence page.

The Questionless Books Interview: Writer, Broadcaster, and Charmer Noah Richler

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

Noah Richler made documentaries and features for BBC Radio for fourteen years before returning to Canada in 1998. He was the books editor and then the literary columnist for the National Post, and has contributed to numerous publications in Britain, including the Guardian, Punch, the Daily Telegraph, and in Canada to The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Saturday Night, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. A Literary Atlas of Canada is his first book. He lives in Toronto.

Noah's Books:

The Questionless Books Interview: Poet and Professor Darren Wershler

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

Darren Wershler (aka Darren Wershler-Henry) is the author or co-author of 12 books, most recently, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg (U of Toronto Press), and Update (Snare), with Bill Kennedy. Darren is an Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University, where he works with the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) group, and is also part of the faculty at the CFC Media Lab TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program. He now lives in Montreal.

Darren's Books:

My Winnipeg
Update
The Iron Whim

The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist Jonathan Bennett

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

Jonathan Bennett's latest book is Entitlement: a novel. He is the author of three previous books including the critically acclaimed novel, After Battersea Park, a book of poetry, Here is my street, this tree I planted, and a collection of short stories, Verandah People, which was runner up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. He is a winner of the K.M. Hunter Artists' Award in Literature. Jonathan has a new book of poems, Civil and Civic, forthcoming in spring 2011. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Jonathan's Books:

Entitlement
Verandah People
After Battersea Park

The Questionless Books Interview: Designer Ingrid Paulson

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

Ingrid Paulson designs fiction books, non-fiction books, cookbooks, art books, business books (really, just about any book under the sun), magazines, cd covers, posters, art catalogues, and, every once in awhile, logos and websites. She's worked with Penguin Canada, HarperCollins canada, House of Anansi Press, Douglas & Mcintyre, Picador USA, Knopf Canada, Cinemascope Magazine, Raincoast Books, and many others. She's received AIGA 50 books/50 covers and the Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design.

Ingrid's Links:

Personal Site
Twitter

The Questionless Books Interview: Editor and Publicist Becky Toyne

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

Becky Toyne is a freelance editor and publicist based in Toronto. Since embarking on a career in publishing 10 years ago, she has worked as an in-house editor at Random House UK and Random House of Canada, and as Communications Coordinator for the International Festival of Authors and Authors at Harbourfront Centre. In addition to freelancing, she works part time at Toronto's Type Books and is a member of the communications committee for the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Becky's Links:

The Questionless Books Interview: New York Times Critic David Orr

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

David Orr writes the column "On Poetry" for The New York Times Book Review. His first book, Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry, will be published by HarperCollins in April in the US, June in Canada.

David's Book:

Beautiful & Pointless

I am...

David Orr.

I am known to...

Write poetry reviews. Poems too, sometimes.

The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist and Bookseller Robert J. Wiersema

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

The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist, Reviewer, and Teacher Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

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

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's first book of fiction, Way Up (2003) received a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the Relit Award. The Nettle Spinner was short-listed for The Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel award and was also named a best of 2005 by January magazine. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the former fiction editor of The Literary Review of Canada, and has also worked as a tree-planter, a lumberjack, and a baker. Her reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Toronto Star and The National Post. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and through the New York Times online learning, and is the former Magazine Editor for Bookninja.com.

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