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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.

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