Filed under: Enthusiasms, Imagination, Industry Change | Tags: Abe Advent Book Elf, Advent Book Blog, Book Madam
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!
Filed under: Enthusiasms, Events, Imagination | Tags: Advent Book Blog, Book Madam
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:
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Fuck Me Ray Bradbury, NSFW, Rachel Bloom, Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction
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.”
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: AT&T, Boxcar Marketing, Monique Trottier, The Future
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?
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Putnam, Vancouver, William Gibson, Zero History
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.
Filed under: Enthusiasms | Tags: Art, Bob Kronbauer, Culture, Vancouver, Vancouver is Awesome, VIA
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.
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