News: Literary Recap Aug. 30 - Sept. 5, 2012

2012-09-06 11:51:AM ago by nicole.boyce

This was a big week in prize announcements, with the Edna Stabeler Award and Toronto Book Awards announcing their shortlists, as well as longlist announcements from the ReLit Awards and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Among the Giller nominees is Will Ferguson, a Calgary humourist gaining praise for his latest novel.
So you read a book and you loved it . . . but the author’s pretending it doesn’t exist. The Atlantic discusses a reader’s options when writers disown their work.
A controversial article about paid Amazon reviews has started a discussion on the role of artistic critics. What do you think – can ‘amateur’ reviews coexist with professional criticism?
Everyone has their own reading style. Whether you read slowly, promiscuously, or meanderingly, check out these articles on the science, perks and drawbacks of different approaches.  
Would you write someone off for a stray semicolon? Kyle Wiens explains why he won’t hire people who use poor grammar.

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