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An Evening with Toronto’s Boyfriend, Neil Gaiman

I’d originally meant to post this write-up after the event itself, but got rather busy, so here’s the truncated version. Luminato is a new arts festival in Toronto; this is its second year. Neil Gaiman headlined the literary program with an interview, reading, Q&A and, of course, a lengthy signing. Tickets were cheap (only $15) and when

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Seven reasons booksellers hate their customers

Matt Blind has written a disturbingly accurate light and humourous piece on the different types of customers who visit bookstores. Grazers Grazers don’t need a book, or want a book, but they love coming in to the bookstore, and love lingering leisurely over all the tables, racks, endcaps, promotional displays, and front-of-store placements. If they can do

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In other news…May reads

I’ve finished updating my books read list for May. When I first posted about the list, my sister mocked me under the absurd impression that she reads more than I do. So she began to keep track, and in April we held a contest, which I won. By a lot. In May, she tried again, and lost

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith Quirk Classics 978-1-59474-344-4, 319 pp. (incl. Reader’s Discussion guide), 2009 Jane Austen’s works have recently come out of copyright, allowing anyone to republish the texts. Some have been a little more innovative. There’s a new film,

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