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The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist, Reviewer, and Teacher Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

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The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist, Reviewer, and Teacher Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellerss, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's first book of fiction, Way Up (2003) received a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the Relit Award. The Nettle Spinner was short-listed for The in Canada First Novel award and was also named a best of 2005 by January magazine. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer is the former fiction editor of The Literary Review of Canada, and has also worked as a tree-planter, a lumberjack, and a baker. Her reviews have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Toronto Star and The National Post. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto and through the New York Times online learning, and is the former Magazine Editor for

Kathryn's Books:

The Nettle Spinner
Way Up

Kathryn's Links:

Personal Site

I am... Kathryn

I am known to... write weird

I do this in... spite of my better instinct

I do this because... when I go down the well, this is the sludge that most interests me

I do this when I... start nightmare cycles

The way I do this is... varied and private

At its core, a Writer is... dealing in truthiness

As opposed to an Author, who is... a performing monkey

A Writer is responsible for... the itinerant souls of now, before and after. Not getting it right but trying to at least get it

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for... a book

At its core, Publishing is... only publishing

As opposed to Editing, which is... only editing

A Publisher should always... respect authors

As opposed to an Editor, who should always... respect the work

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... often not

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be read by others, which is... often, at least, beautiful

A Manuscript should always... be right justified

As opposed to a Book, which should always... be just

At its core, Bookselling is... a diminishing occupation

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is... commensurately increasing

The smallest unit of narrative is... space plus time

To be a Book a thing must be... inside and also outside its thingness

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is... its fleeting nature

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is... its infinite vastness

In the future we will all... know more

At his/her core, a Reader is... truly human.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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