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ABE the Advent Book Elf: An interview with Open Book Toronto (via @seancrnabury)
November 1, 2010, 12:24 PM
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Last December our friends at Open Book Toronto interviewed Julie, ABE and myself about the Advent Book Blog. It was a fun interview and it gave us a chance to explain ourselves and our project but ABE’s part of the Q&A is the most memorable. I’ve posted it below.

For the full interview check out Open Book Toronto.

I’m looking forward to unleashing more of ABE’s crazy story later this year!

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Advent Book Blog (@AdventBooks) Will Return on December 1st! (via @seancranbury)
November 1, 2010, 11:07 AM
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Remember the Advent Book Blog? Remember how much fun it was?

Remember the look on your mother’s face when she opened her gift on Christmas morning and saw that you’d followed the advice of Dan Wagstaff and got her a copy of Asterios Polyp? That, my friend, is the magic of giving books as gifts.

And so, in hopes of creating even more looks bemused perplexion if not surprise and joy, we’re planning to launch a renewed version of the ABB in one month from now.

If you didn’t participate in the project last year or were sleeping under a rock or perhaps lost in a Stephanie Meyer Coma here’s a breakdown of what the Advent Book Blog is all about:

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F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury: Love Songs for Science Fiction Writers
September 2, 2010, 1:25 PM
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Comedienne Rachel Bloom brings some 90’s power pop sensibility to this video homage to Ray Bradbury.

You remember Ray Bradbury, right? The author of Fahrenheit 69?

Good lascivious literary fun!

“Something wicked this way comes… and by ‘comes‘ I mean ejaculates on a book.”

You Will: The Future According to AT&T in 1993.
August 27, 2010, 9:42 AM
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Thanks to my friend Monique Trottier for pointing out this series of strangely imperative tv ads from the days before Amazon.

What will the world look like 17 years from now?

The Networked Nonprofit: An Interview with Allison Fine

Allison Fine and Beth Kanter have written The Networked Nonprofit.

Click to hear my interview with Allison H Fine about the Networked Nonprofit.

The well-respected and highly retweetable duo of Beth Kanter and Allison H Fine have written one of the best books on social media published to date.

One of the best social media books yet published!

The Networked Nonprofit is an excellent, if not inspired, book that helps to contextualize the tools and fundamental ideas at the core of the social media revolution.

Many books have been written about social media as tools for connecting businesses with their customers, improving bottom lines and bringing marketing to the networks.

Some of these books are excellent – Brogan & Smith’s Trust Agents, Barefoot/Szabo’s Friends with Benefits, Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation to name just three – and many more are average, mediocre or worse.

Beth Kanter and Allison Fine turn their focus on the nonprofit space. Their book is a blueprint for helping traditional nonprofit organizations become ‘networked’; more open and active in the digital space.

The book has an excellent website – – that you should check out immediately for more info AND they have started a wiki which I think is pretty amazing.

More organizations should embrace the wiki, I think.

Anyone who is working to help traditional organizations transition to the social media space, whether they’re nonprofits or not, needs to read this book.

To my friends working with traditional book publishers, you need to read this book!

I hope that you enjoy the interview.  Thanks to Allison H Fine for being kind enough to take the time to answer my questions and to Beth Kanter, who unfortunately couldn’t make it for the interview but kept in touch anyway.  Also thanks to the good people at Jossey-Bass/Wiley – Erika and Meredith – for making this interview happen.

Here’s an example of some of the excellent thinking and writing that happens in this book:

Networked Nonprofits are simple and transparent organizations. They are easy for outsiders to get in and insiders to get out. They engage people to shape and share their work in order to raise awareness of social issues, organize communities to provide services or advocate for legislation. In the long run, they are helping to make the world a safer, fairer, healthier place to live.

Networked Nonprofits don’t work harder or longer than other organizations, they work differently. They engage in conversations with people beyond their walls–lots of conversations–to build relationships that spread their work through the network. Incorporating relationship building as a core responsibility of all staffers fundamentally changes their to-do lists. Working this way is only possible because of the advent of social media. All Networked Nonprofits are comfortable using the new social media toolset–digital tools such as email, blogs, and Facebook that encourage two-way conversations between people, and between people and organizations, to enlarge their efforts quickly, easily and inexpensively.

Zero History by Willaim Gibson: Drops on September 7th, 2010
August 13, 2010, 1:09 PM
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Hubertus Bigend returns to us again in William Gibson’s new novel, Zero History, from Putnam.

Dropping in early September the book is positioned to rampage across the crowded fall book season.

Very much looking forward to the arrival of Zero History.  We’ll definitely be reviewing it here and working on getting an interview.

We Support Vancouver Is Awesome (And So Should You!)
August 6, 2010, 10:12 AM
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I wrote this letter of support for Vancouver is Awesome this morning.

I share it here to show BOTR’s solidarity with VIA and to encourage other creators, cultural figures in Vancouver to write letters of support, too.

VIA is a visionary collaborative cultural project. It supports us and I believe that we should give that love back.

Vancouver is Awesome. That is all.

To Whom It May Concern:

It is my pleasure to write this message of support on behalf of Bob Kronbauer and Vancouver is Awesome (VIA).

VIA is an unique and powerful voice for an emerging and vital cultural sector within our city.  It provides opportunities for new local voices to be heard, it showcases
creative projects and people, and it has become a daily go-to location for people throughout Vancouver.

What impresses me most about VIA is that it is an ‘idea driven’ project focusing on positive stories about Vancouver as a growing, creative, culturally sophisticated – and dare I say it – worldclass city.

In a time of deep concern within local cultural sectors VIA has emerged as a chorus of creative voices offering optimism, hope and fun to our community.

It is making a difference in the lives of people across this city and has become a
destination site for tourists coming to Vancouver and looking for interesting things to do while they’re here.

As curator of Books on the Radio I look to VIA for inspiration and ideas about how I can make my own projects better and connect more deeply with the Vancouver

VIA is a project/website/cultural force that I completely support and I encourage our civic leaders to stand behind it as well.  Please do not hesitate to contact me for further positive commentary on VIA.

Sean Cranbury, Curator/Host/Regulator, Books on the Radio