Archive for the ‘Books’ Category


On the Reading of Books

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Books

There’s a book meme going around Facebook again, which I’ve seen there and on the Writers’ Collective website. It runs thusly:

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions:
• Copy this into your NOTES to respond on Facebook.
• Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
• Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.

Older versions of the meme differ slightly, and include the instructions


The 10 Best Books for Writers

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Books

The 10 Best Books for Writers: a compilation of “the classics”, for writers, by writers, on writing.


Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Books, writers

dan-brown Sometimes it makes me sad to realize that there are a lot of good authors out there that don’t get publishing contracts. In which case, certain other authors can get you downright depressed. You just have to laugh, I guess, to help stay sane. I refer to The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences.

Dear Mr. Brown,

I thought I’d drop you a quick little note — just a helpful little clarification that I thought you might like to receive, from one writer to another. Here it is:


Linden MacIntyre takes home the Giller

   Posted by: Brent Toderash   in Books

The 2009 Giller Prize was announced in Toronto last night — this year’s winner is CBC Fifth Estate journalist Linden MacIntyre.

BishopsMan Set in a tight-knit fishing community on the western shore of Cape Breton Island, The Bishop’s Man is told from the perspective of a conflicted priest whose role in the church is to cover up instances of sexual abuse. The book draws on the same milieu and many of the same characters that populated MacIntyre’s previous novel, The Long Stretch, published in 1999. (via Quill & Quire)

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