All stories relating to Derek McCormack
Book links roundup: Toronto arts community comes together in support of Derek McCormack, Obama and the Wild Things, and more
- Derek McCormack fundraiser is tonight
- President Obama takes his reading of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are very seriously
- Inside Frances Hodgson Burnett’s real secret garden
- Steve Carrell stars in live-action adaptation of Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
- Is Amazon buying off the literary community with generous donations?
Book links roundup: The Hunger Games attracts older audiences, no one is buying Mike Daisey’s book, and more
- The Hunger Games film predicted to net older audiences, thanks to the YA book’s popularity with adults
- Mike Daisey’s 15 minutes of notoriety are not translating into book sales
- British poet Ruth Padel on how “poetry has a responsibility to look at the world”
- Newly resurrected Occupy Wall Street Library dismantled
- Kumaran Nadesan launches reading series to benefit Sri Lankan literacy programs
- Toronto arts community rallies to help author and bookseller Derek McCormack during his recovery from cancer treatment
Sometimes it’s hard being Dave Bidini.
On Saturday, the CBC Canada Reads finalist and National Post columnist wrote about his quest to find a copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, a book he hoped would help him “stop being a terrible person.” Unfortunately, Bidini’s journey was thwarted by a bookstore clerk who “wore horned-rimmed glasses and an ironic, squaresville sweater” and was probably named “Malcolm or Derek or Phillip.” The clerk explained to Bidini that the shop only carried copies of the satirical Eat, Pray, Fart, and so Bidini walked away, shocked that this independent bookstore did not have a “single copy of one of the top-selling books of the last 10 years.”
The description of the store and the clerk offended fans of Toronto’s Type Books and its occasional staff member, writer Derek McCormack (who happens to sport distinctive eye wear). As the Twitterverse mused why anyone would “make fun of” Type and McCormack, Bidini wrote another column, this time, a direct apology to both.
In the piece … certain living figures found themselves tarred by a brush I hadn’t intended to wave around. For instance, there was a composite figure that some people misidentified as being Derek McCormack, the great Toronto writer and occasional bookseller. Even though I don’t think the portrait of the character was too unflattering, it was never my intention to draw Derek as the character’s model…. I have known Derek for twenty years, and consider him to be a friend. His co-workers, reacting as I’d hope my co-workers would, felt I was taking a shot at him, and fair enough, but, again, I was not. If this was misconstrued, I am sorry.
I also wrote about an independent bookstore that people thought was Type; it was not, even though I described it as being adjacent to a park. Some also thought I was making fun of independent bookstores for not stocking Eat, Pray, Love, but this was not my intention. Really, I could care less about Eat, Pray, Love and whether anyone stocks it…. I am indebted, as a writer, to stores like Type — independent bookstores — and to people who work there. I feel like a jerk for even suggesting the slightest hint of this, and let me state, unequivocally, that I believe independent bookstores are the backbone of Canadian bookselling, and that, when it comes to Chapters/Indigo, well, I wouldn’t make fun of people who work there, either. At least, if I did, it would be in the context of good writing, something that was probably lacking in my last Post column.
Some book-related links:
- Arthur C. Clarke makes his wish list for his 90th birthday (The Guardian)
- Have you heard about this LongPen thing? Some people haven’t, apparently (The New York Times)
- Derek McCormack’s fashionable Christmas wish list (The National Post)
- The day the plane hit the booktore (WKRC in Cincinnati – so close!)
- Mystery author Maureen Jennings on her brush with death (Toronto Star)
- Christian bookseller in China arrested (USA Today)
- California library accepts food donations in lieu of overdue fines (North County Times)
- China’s oldest library stays open late (China View)
- Write books, lose weight (Everything Alabama)