Seen Reading

by Julie Wilson

April 2012
5.5 x 7.5 paper 208 pages
CDN $21.95 | US $21.95

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A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2012
Finalist for the 2013 ReLit Award for Short Stories
Winner of the 2013 Alberta Book Design Award
Finalist for the 2013 Alberta Trade Fiction Book Award

Seen Reading is the exciting debut collection of microfictions from Canada’s pre-eminent literary voyeur, Julie Wilson. Based on the beloved online movement of the same name, Seen Reading collects more than a hundred stories inspired by sightings of people reading on Toronto transit, each reader re-invented in a poetic piece of short fiction. Tender, poignant, and fun, Seen Reading offers readers an inspired fictional map while charting an urban centre’s cultural commitment to books and literature.

“Beneath the surface of Julie Wilson’s energy, biting wit, and quirkiness lays intelligence and insight—a fresh observer to the dynamic ways in which we communicate.”—Anthony De Sa

“I spy, with my little eye, something that is utterly delightful. Take a peek at Julie Wilson’s Seen Reading. There are treasures to be found within.”—Ami McKay

With Seen Reading, Julie Wilson has done something revolutionary for the time: seamlessly combine books-related gossip, arts reportage, and creative writing in every post. The results are exhilarating and deliciously voyeuristic.”—George Murray,


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Seen Reading by Julie Wilson (Freehand),” The Coast, November 15, 2012.

“Julie Wilson’s book Seen Reading riffs on…the indefinable connection between reader and watcher and the muddling of private and public spaces.”—Geist.

Excerpts in Geist 85, 2012.

“Book Review: Seen Reading, by Julie Wilson,” National Post, July 20, 2012.

“Book Review: Seen Reading,” The Hip & Urban Girl’s Guide, July 3, 2012.

Daring acts of literary voyeurism,” The Globe and Mail, May 5, 2012.

Julie Wilson’s Love Letter to Readers,” Torontoist, May 2, 2012.

Weather Report: Julie Wilson’s Seen Reading Rides Out the Storm,” Books on the Radio, April 20, 2012.

ImagiNation Writers’ Festival: The Book Madam,” All in a Weekend, CBC Radio, April 14, 2012.

Blogs, microfiction, and literary voyeurism: Julie Wilson’s strange obsessions,” Toronto Star, April 9, 2012.

Seen Reading,” Telegraph-Journal, April 7, 2012.

Interview, Metro Morning, CBC Radio, April 3, 2012.

What’s Seen Reading? Julie Wilson explains.” The Savvy Reader, April 1, 2012.

Seen Reading’s Julie Wilson on How to become a Literary Voyeur.” 49th Shelf, March 29, 2012.

Julie Wilson and Seen Reading.” Pickle Me This, March 28, 2012.

Seen Reading,” Bella’s Bookshelves, March 13, 2012.