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Death Plays Poker, By Robin Spano: A Review

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A year ago, give or take only a few days, I reviewed the first book in Robin Spano’s Clare Vengel Undercover series, Dead Politician Society. The verdict in a nutshell: a fabulous cover design, a fun, engaging read, but wanted more from the wonderfully shameless protagonist, Clare. Death Plays Poker (love the title and this cover is even better!) is the second book in the series, in which Clare returns as an undercover cop. This time she plays Tiffany, a trust-fund princess who’s signed up to play in a poker…read more

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The Future of Publishing: Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Booksellers Chat

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The other day in my last LitBits post I mentioned that a bunch of us in the book world would be chatting about the future of publishing. James Patrick Bowler, a student in the journalism program at Loyalist College here in Belleville invited authors Tish Cohen, Robin Spano, John Degen, and Johnny Pigeau, as well as Lisa Shedden, a Chapters bookseller, Marie Clausén, managing editor and production director at the University of Ottawa Press, and me, freelance copyeditor, bookseller, and book blogger, to participate. Here is the live-to-chat transcript (my…read more

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LitBits 11

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I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, and I miss them! Here are a few literary tidbits that might interest you. 1. This one is simple: I want it. It’s the Recamier Reading Corner, and while it’s featured on other blogs, I’m linking to this one because the description is hilarious. I love when blogs use English as a second language. This piece of furniture has a more contemporary design than is usually my taste, especially since it’s not particularly cozy looking, but I love the concept….read more

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The Great (Ebook) Debate: Author Robin Spano and Steph in Conversation

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Steph and Robin don’t see eye to eye on ebooks. This conversation started on Twitter and continues, (because we were having so much fun) in a more fleshed-out form here. ROBIN: Hey Steph, where do you stand on the ebook question? You’re about as book-loving a person as I think I’ve ever known. STEPH: What an awesome compliment! I’ll never, ever have an e-reader. I am undecided, though, as to what’s more important: that we don’t take sales from those who’ve suffered because of ebooks, or that perhaps more people…read more

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Dead Politician Society by Robin Spano: A Review

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I feel as though it’s been forever since I posted a review, and that’s because it’s been taking me ages to finish a book these days. This has nothing to do with the book itself, I hasten to add, but rather the lack of time I’ve been able to carve out for reading. In any case, I finished Canadian author Robin Spano’s book several days ago while brushing my teeth. When you’re busy but do love reading, a book can be found in your hand at the strangest times. First…read more

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