Seen Reading by Julie Wilson

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Those two major points again bring back the idea of Seen Reading as more of performance art than story collection, the wisdom to be gleaned coming from its very idea more than its execution.
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Seen Reading is the exciting debut collection of microfictions from Canada’s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the beloved online movement of the same name, Seen Reading collects more than a hundred stories inspired by sightings of people reading on Toronto transit, each reader re-invented in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and fun, Seen Reading offers readers an inspired fictional map while charting an urban centre’s cultural commitment to books and literature.

"Beneath the surface of Julie Wilson’s energy, biting wit, and quirkiness lies intelligence and insight—a fresh observer to the dynamic ways in which we communicate."—Anthony De Sa

"I spy, with my little eye, something that is utterly delightful. Take a peek at Julie Wilson's Seen Reading. There are treasures to be found within."—Ami McKay

“With Seen Reading, Julie Wilson has done something revolutionary for the time: seamlessly combine books-related gossip, arts reportage, and creative writing in every post. The results are exhilarating and deliciously voyeuristic.”—George Murray, Bookninja.com

 

About Julie Wilson

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Julie Wilson is a past publicist and Online Content Manager for House of Anansi Press where she worked for three years. A graduate of Humber College's Creative Book Publishing Program, she lives and works in Toronto as a publishing consultant with clients that include Canadian Bookshelf, the CBC Book Club, and individual authors. She's also an online marketing mentor with the Association of Canadian Publishers, providing daylong sessions in online initiatives, community-building, and social media strategies. Julie is the founder of the community blog and magazine, Book Madam & Associates, which discusses and critiques various elements of the publishing industry. There, Julie hosts the Book Madam Book Club, a monthly live chat with authors such as Sarah Selecky, Alexander MacLeod, Nick Crowe, Alissa York, Claudia Dey, and others. A three-time finalist for Best Culture Blog at the Canadian Blog Awards, Seen Reading has been noted in local and national media. Wilson has appeared on CBC's "Here and Now" and "Q" and Seen Reading, the online movement, has enjoyed coverage in Maclean's, National Post, Globe and Mail, Geist, and Quill & Quire, among others, earning Wilson the moniker "Gossip Girl of the Book World.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer on May 04 2012

Seen Reading might be one of the most whimsical books I’ve read in a long time... a lovely object, all French-flapped and fancy-papered.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by David Berry on Jul 20 2012

Those two major points again bring back the idea of Seen Reading as more of performance art than story collection, the wisdom to be gleaned coming from its very idea more than its execution.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by David Berry on Jul 20 2012

I am quite sure that any time you stop reading, though, you’re exceedingly likely to look up and start wondering about the human world around you, and that is a very fine quality for any book to have.

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