The following are media coverage highlights for Julie Wilson and Seen Reading.
Note: Some links may require publication subscriptions or registrations.
You might think that you’re just passing time on the subway by flipping through the pages of your latest novel, but literary voyeur Julie Wilson thinks your public display of reading is more telling than you realize. Based on her blog of the same name, Seen Reading (Freehand Books, print; HarperCollins, e-book) is Wilson’s debut collection of microfictions, each one inspired by an individual reader sighting made by Wilson during transit trips throughout Toronto, her current home.
May 18, 2012
Text/Book: Narrative Impulses. An interview with Julie Wilson, the Book Madam and literary voyeur extraordinaire
by Emily M. Keeler
TS: The language that you use in the introduction to your book, and in this interview, is the language of the voyeur. Is there an erotic charge to this idea of public reading?
JW: I mean it’s not really quite the same as going past a high rise and seeing a couple naked and pressed up against the window. But again, transit in particular is set up in such a way that it invites the opportunity to sort of consider the people around you. Less so on street cars then on subways, and certainly here in Toronto with these new subways, I mean it’s just one long car. And you’re kind of contained with these people, and if you’re like me and the car starts gets stuck in a tunnel, the first think I do is look around the car and think, ‘Okay, if we were get stuck here for four weeks who would I end up having sex with?’ It’s like you’re not really mindful of the people around you in transit in a way that—it’s kind of like, what is it when you’re in an animal costume? A fur pile? Is that what it’s called?
May 2, 2012
Julie Wilson’s Love Letter to Readers
Seen Reading, based on the blog of the same name, is a collection of micro-fiction that captures the imaginary world created by readers while in transit with their books.
by Jaime Woo
Julie Wilson, author of the new book Seen Reading, is funny, articulate, and self-deprecating. She has a fondness for both witty anecdotes and bathroom humour: an ideal cocktail party guest or, you might think, a good person to sit beside on a long commute. In transit however, Wilson—a self-described literary voyeur—is more likely to be peering over someone’s shoulder and scribbling into her notebook than chatting up a fellow passenger.
April 14, 2012
All in a Weekend
While taking part in the imagiNation literary festival in Quebec City, Julie Wilson also took time to talk to Sonali Karnick of All in a Weekend Montreal about challenges for new authors. Listen to the interview here.
April 9, 2012
Blogs, microfiction and literary voyeurism: Julie Wilson’s strange obsessions
by Greg Quill
There are times when Julie Wilson’s strange obsession gets the better of her.
When the newly minted Toronto author closed in on her prey on the subway one time, looking for clues to the woman’s deep fascination with the book she was reading, the Toronto blogger and self-confessed “literary voyeur” found herself over the line. Read the complete article here.
Photo by Nick Kozak for The Toronto Star
April 2, 2012
Julie Wilson talks to Metro Morning host Matt Galloway about literary voyeurism, the inspiration for her book and ongoing project Seen Reading.
March 23, 2012
The Dirty Dozen, with Julie Wilson
Gal-about-town and indefatigable publishing maven Julie Wilson (also know as the Book Madam) is the author of Seen Reading (Freehand Books). Seen Reading is a collection of microfictions inspired by Julie’s blog of the same name, a project of literary voyeurism that saw Julie inspired by those she saw reading in public.
What’s ‘Seen Reading’? Julie Wilson Explains
The Savvy Reader
Seen Reading started as an online project dedicated to a practice I call “literary voyeurism.” I like to people watch, but I particularly like to watch people who read in public. Nowhere does this happen more than on public transit, where both reader and voyeur are captive for a few minutes. I’m a publishing professional, so I’m also keen to note what readers are reading so I can report back to authors and publishers.