Seen Reading
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  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810796 / 1554810795
  • 208 pages; 7" x 9"
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Seen Reading

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781554810796 / 1554810795
  • 208 pages; 7" x 9"

Selected as one of the Globe & Mail’s “Top 100 Books of 2012.”

Seen Reading is the exciting and unique debut collection of microfictions by Julie Wilson, Canada’s pre-eminent literary voyeur. Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed online movement of the same name, Seen Reading catalogues over a hundred reader sightings—brief descriptions of individuals Wilson has spied reading books in public, on Toronto’s transit system. Wilson then imaginatively expands on each sighting, re-inventing the seen reader in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender and poignant, these fictions are love letters to the reader and, gathered together, form a beautifully inspired fictional map, joyfully charting an urban centre’s cultural commitment to books and literature in an era that continually predicts the demise of both.

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.”