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Books on the Radio is Coming to the Radio: CJSF 90.1 FM

It’s official, Books on the Radio has been welcomed into the fold at Simon Fraser University’s CJSF 90.1 FM independent public radio station!

Couldn’t be happier and many thanks to Shannon Wood, Charlotte Bourne and everyone at CJSF for being so supportive.

Starting on Wednesday September 16th at 1pm PT Books on the Radio will finally have made it’s journey from idea to the airwaves.

The past few weeks have been spent finalizing details with CJSF, talking with writers and publishers and editing some of the interviews that I have recorded over the past few months.

Any thoughts or ideas are warmly received:  contact me via the comments below or via email sean [at] booksontheradio [dot] ca.

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Jeanette Winterson on Art, Imagination & Crisis

jeanette_wintersonI have always loved the work of Jeanette Winterson.  From the moment Sexing the Cherry jabbed me in the brain to when Art & Lies knocked the wind out of me on a flight from Montreal to Belfast to the sublime sexiness of Written on the Body.

Art Objects was like a holy book to me for years.  I’ve loaned every copy that I’ve owned to friends. A quick look at the bookshelf tells me that I don’t have a copy right now and that I should get down to the bookstore right away and rectify the situation.

I’ve been woefully neglectful of Ms Winterson’s work in recent years but seeing this little video gave me a jolt.  The video was made by a fan to augment this audio clip.

Let’s start with a brief excerpt.  The full text of the piece is transcribed under the video below.

“We know that we cannot go on living as we do and yet we go on living as we do.

Books, paintings, music, theatre are there to prompt us to think differently and to see life differently and when we free up our imaginative life we are free to imagine a very different kind of world and that is what is needed and we’ve never needed it more urgently.

In a world economy that depends on separations art asks us to make connections…”

To see the video and read the transcription click the little red (more…) button below…

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Books on the Radio Demo feat. Monique Trottier, Benjamin Brown Books
May 11, 2009, 8:52 PM
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Ok!  After a near interminable wait we have the Books on the Radio demo for your listening pleasure.  Just click the link in the previous sentence and pump the volume.

But actually, wait.

Since it’s a demo and I’m working with a new handheld voice recorder and some weird editing software there’s some uneven patches to the sound.  The recording is a little rough around the edges, as they say, but that’s all on me and I’ll get that stuff worked out soon enough.

The first bit is Monique Trottier recorded live at the Shebeen Whiskey Bar in downtown Vancouver.  It’s her opening remarks to a large gathering of people who came to hear her speak on her experiences at South by Southwest earlier this year.

I will be doing another interview with Monique tomorrow where we will hopefully expand on her ideas here and explore other areas that she has barely touched on here.

The second bit is an excerpt from a conversation that I had with Meghan Spong and Christopher Aslan from Benjamin Brown Books at their offices a few weeks ago.  Will try to punch up the sound and edit down the entire interview for re-posting later.

Thanks everybody.  More coming soon.