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The Written Word and the World of Books: An Interaction with Social Media

event::type Panel
: The Rivoli (334 Queen St. W, Toronto, ON, Canada)
About: How does social media affect the world of books? What does social media do to enhance and/or subtract from literature? How has social media affected the business of publishing and what does it mean for its future? Is the community aspect of social media a positive influence on the community of readers? And can writers use social media to actually create their works? These and other questions will be explored, metaphors will be trounced and tortured and geekery will be high on everyone's minds when we gather at the fabled Rivoli to talk, debate, answer questions and get into fisticuffs. Come. Join the fun.

: Erin Balser is a writer and critic living in Toronto, Ontario. When she's not Twittering away @booksin140, you can find her hanging out at Books@Torontoist and Bookclub-in-a-Box Arjun Basu is an author, magazine editor (enRoute 2001-2008), and the writer of thousands of "Twisters" - 140 character short stories - on Twitter @arjunbasu Deanna McFadden learned a great deal at both Queens University and the University of Toronto before starting out as a content producer for Alliance Atlantis. She rose to the ranks of Executive Producer before her love of books landed her at Random House of Canada. Currently, her job as Marketing Manager, Online Content and Strategy keeps her on her toes at HarperCollins Canada. Julie Wilson is the curator of the online literary voyeurism project SeenReading.com; founder of Book Madam & Associates, a book and authors online promotion service; guest host of the CBC's online book club; and co-founder of The Advent Book Blog. She's the past Online Content Manager for House of Anansi Press, and is currently finishing Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion, which, not coincidentally, features a chapter on Twitter and building fan communities.