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SHAUN SMITH Though he’s had a strong career as a book reviewer and seller, it’s as the coordinator of Pages’ This Is Not A Reading Series that Smith earns a tip of our hats. Two years ago, he and collaborators Marc Glassman and Winona McMorrow figured out that a reading isn’t necessarily the way the public wants to communicate with writers. Smith took it from there to develop a fascinating roster. Look at the names of some of the series’ guests: Gene Wilder, John Sayles, Judy Chicago, Marcel Dionne. We’re sure they know how to read, but a Q&A or a staged interview definitely gives an audience more personal contact and more bang for their buck.