Bookishness: Week of April 23, 2012

SlushPile Hell Ever wondered what’s going through the mind of the literary agent-not-to-be as she reads your work? You probably don’t want to know.

Listen carefully and you can hear handcuffs clicking in the background Erin Balser and Becky Toyne on Fresh Air discussing 50 Shades of Grey. Bonus: includes Canadian smut recommendations.

How to edit your bookshelves While I would never suggest that anyone should part with any of their books, should you decide that it’s the right course of action you’ll only be left with space for (wait for it) more books. Tips on how to do it (no tears, one hopes) from CBC Books.

“Writing with No. 2 pencils makes me feel as if I had a hangover.” On pencil snobbery.

On the Books On the Media’s annual look at the publishing industry.

The Anansi Poetry Bash is this Wednesday, April 25, starting at 6:30 pm. Featuring DJ Hemingway! The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave., Free.

The eh List this week Gary Geddes on Drink the Bitter Root (Tuesday and Thursday) and John Fraser on The Secret of the Crown (Thursday). Happy learning!