Filed under: Interview | Tags: Bold Face Names, Books on the Radio, Harper Collins, Harper Collins Canada, Interview, Shinan Govani, Shinan Govani Bold Face Names, Vancouver
This Thursday afternoon at an undisclosed location in downtown Vancouver I will be interviewing Canada’s finest disher of celebrity gossip turned wisecracking novelist, Shinan Govani.
Shinan is the National Post‘s “resident snoop, town crier and people watcher.”
According to Richard Johnson of the New York Post‘s legendary Page 6, “Shinan Govani works with bemused detachment in a bizarro world of fame whores and the truly famous, and he knows the difference. In Boldface Names, he plumbs the depths of the shallow party circuit, and finds humanity beneath the celebrity, and wisdom beyond mere wit.”
Shinan is in town to promote the launch of his new book, Bold Face Names, which, if the back cover copy is to be trusted, carries a narrative that sweeps “…from the beaches of Anguilla to the towers of Dubai, from LA to London to the social mines of Toronto…”
Social mines of Toronto?!!? Dear god help us all.
I just received my copy of the book and I’m going to burn through it this afternoon.
Stay tuned for hijinx.
Filed under: Enthusiasms, Imagination | Tags: Airports, Franz Kafka, The Onion, YouTube
Filed under: Imagination, Support Independents | Tags: Ernesto Priego, Geof Huth, Never Neutral, Poetry, Video Poetry, Visual Poetry, YouTube, YouTube Poetry
I only know about this great poem because I follow him, Ernesto Priego, on twitter. Further evidence that twitter is not a vacuous hole of suburban non-sense (all the time).
Check out Ernesto’s blog, Never Neutral, for more poetic experiments involving technology, text and comix.
The visual poet is the person who sees text where others see words, the visual poet is the one for whom words are not invisible portals toward meaning but concrete structures that harbor meaning, the visual poet is the person who loves the letter and the structures of sequences of letters over the word.
Filed under: Industry Change, Interview, Support Independents | Tags: 48 Hour Interview, Amy Logan Holmes, Book Oven, Book Publishing, BookCamp Toronto, BookCamp Vancouver, Clelia Scala, DRM, Fall Magazine, File Sharing, Future of Publishing, Hugh McGuire, Librivox, Librivox.org, Montreal, Open Book Toronto Magazine, Open Book: Toronto, P2P, P2P File Sharing Networks, Piracy, Publishing, Sean Cranbury, Toronto, Vancouver
Sometime around the middle of August I got an email from Amy Logan-Holmes at Open Book: Toronto asking whether I would be interested in participating in something called the 48 Hour Interview that would run in their Fall Issue.
She described it as an email exchange or co-interview between two people working within the books/publishing industry. The participants are free to discuss whatever they like provided that the ‘interview’ occurs within 48 consecutive hours and, I suppose, is at least tangentially related to the business at hand.
So I’m thinking, “Ok, that sounds doable. I wonder who she’s going to pair me up with?”
No pressure, right?
It was a great, if somewhat long, interview that really dug into some key issues facing the evolving – convulsing? – book publishing industry today.
The whole thing was edited and punched into shape by the very talented Clelia Scala. Many thanks to Hugh and everyone at Open Book: Toronto.
For an example of something that I wrote for the interview that may or may not be interesting, please click the little red (more…) button below.
Filed under: Music, Support Independents | Tags: Chris Walter, Cobalt, Cobalt Tavern, GFY Press, Punch the Boss, Punk, Punk Books, Subhumans, Vancouver, Vancouver writer
September 26th featuring the Subhumans, Alcoholic White Trash and Speckled Jim. The Books on the Radio crew will be there!
If you don’t know where the Cobalt is… ask around.