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Symposium on the Book Humour Writing Contest Deadline is Monday July 5, 2010

Books on the Radio is co-sponsoring the SFU Symposium on the Book Humour Writing Contest!

Along with the Walrus Magazine, the Vancouver International Writers’ Festival, The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio One and Delta Vancouver Suites, BOTR will has donated prizes to the contest for a best short humour piece.

It’s a pretty sweet contest with some great prizes. Check them out:

Amazing Prizes for Best Humour Writing

• Two tickets to the Symposium on the Book (humour) on July 18th
• Two complete sets of books from each of the authors at the symposium
• Two nights at the Delta Suites Vancouver
• Passes for two to an event during the Vancouver International Writers Festival

• A year’s subscription to The Walrus magazine
• A year’s subscription to The Globe and Mail
• The latest book from esteemed designer Robert Bringhurst (CCSP Press)
• Dinner with the authors and panelists in the symposium

The story will be printed, recorded and broadcast on BOTR, the CBC and the SFU Summer Publishing website.

All we want is a 500-700 word essay of your best humour writing. Three judges will make the final selection and we will announce the winner on July 14th. Be prepared to have your piece read on air by North by Northwest and published on Books on the Radio and the SFU Summer Publishing website.

Deadline for entries is: Monday, July 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Send your submission to one of three places by mail, email or in person. Be sure to clearly label it SYMPOSIUM CONTEST.



Joyland Vancouver Summit or Wookie Symposium? You Decide!

Joyland Vancouver Summit at the W2 Building Sunday April 11 @ 7pm.

BOOKS ON THE RADIO RECOMMENDS: That you get your ass down to the W2 building this Sunday at 7pm to witness some of the best true voices in Canadian writing.

If you loved what you saw at the W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series during the Olympics then you need to be at the Joyland Vancouver Summit.  If you missed the W2 RVWS then you need to be at the Joyland Vancouver Summit.

It’s that simple.

Featuring W2 RVWS veterans Kevin Chong and Shay Wilson plus amazing Toronto-based writers Brian Joseph “Wookie Symposium” Davis and Emily Schultz.

Brian’s new book is amazing and he was featured on the last Books on the Radio show.

It’s going to rule!  Info below.

JOYLAND CO-FOUNDERS BRIAN JOSEPH DAVIS AND EMILY SCHULTZ ARE READING WITH VANCOUVER AUTHORS CLAIRE GIBSON, DAN SCHWARTZ, SHAY WILSON, AND ROB PETERS.

Hosted by Kevin Chong.

SUNDAY, APRIL 11 AT 7pm. W2, 112 West Hastings. FREE

Brian Joseph Davis is the author of Portable Altamont, a collection that garnered praise from Spin magazine for its “elegant, wise-ass rush of truth, hiding riotous social commentary in slanderous jokes.” Slate called his novel I, Tania, “The book of your fever dreams.” He’ll be playing radio theatre adaptations from his new short fiction collection, Ronald Reagan, My Father (AVAILABLE APRIL 1)

Emily Schultz’s latest novel is Heaven Is Small, released from House of Anansi Press in May 2009. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Eye Weekly, the Walrus, the Black Warrior Review, Prism, Geist, Event, Descant, and several anthologies. The Vancouver Sun wrote: “Heaven Is Small [is] a stunning, often surprising read with moments of such audacity that the reader is likely to gasp out loud. . . the sort of novel that satisfies on every level.”

Claire Gibson lives in Vancouver. She is a creative writing major at the University of British Columbia. Dan Schwartz is originally from Washington, DC, and now spends his time in the MFA program at UBC. He was recently one of the editors for PRISM international. He writes a story once a week for The Land Of Bad Decisions (http://lobd.blogspot.com). He has a few interests.

Shay Wilson is one of those kids your mother warned you about, though you probably won’t think so at first. She works in the film industry and completed her MFA in Creative Writing in 2009. Her work has recently appeared in The Beaver, The Ink Filled Page and Geist. Rob Peters flew thirty feet through a car window when he was two. He lives in Vancouver and writes fiction, probably as a result.

Kevin Chong is the author of two books: a novel entitled Baroque-a-Nova and a work of narrative non-fiction, Neil Young Nation. He is the Vancouver editor for Joyland.

For more information please see joyland.ca or contact Brian Joseph Davis at joylandfiction@gmail.com



Books on the Radio: Ready to Set Sail on the Torrents
March 10, 2010, 6:30 AM
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Books on the Radio podcasts will soon be available on Pirate Bay, Isohunt & H33T.

We’re hoisting the sails and aiming for open seas.

Very soon all publicly broadcast episodes of Books on the Radio will be able to be found via torrent tracking sites such as Pirate Bay, Vancouver’s own Isohunt and H33T.

This is an experiment with possibility and an opportunity for me to better understand how these sites work and what communities live there.  I am interested to learn more about how people communicate with one another in these places.

Also, obviously I am interested in the supreme efficiency of the digital transfer of files around the world and the possibility of finding kindred souls who love books and love listening to people discuss them.

There’s a lot of opportunity here, a lot of potential to build bridges and find new markets.

I’ll send back news of strange foreign ports of call, abandoned treasure and monsters under the sea.

In the meantime, I’ll be in the crow’s nest scanning the horizon for signs of plunderable booty.



Copyright in the Digital Age: BOTR Talks to Jesse Finkelstein

Books on the Radio vs Jesse Finkelstein: Copyright in the Digital Age.

Click Here to Listen to Jesse Finkelstein & Sean Cranbury Talk Copyright

At the beginning of February 2010, just before the Olympics rolled into town and before the independent literary showcase W2 Real Vancouver Writers’ Series took root in the local imagination, I was invited to speak on Copyright in the Digital Age to the Masters of Publishing class at SFU.

In preparation for that talk at SFU I spoke to an expert in the field of book publishing, copyright, international rights contracts by the name of Jesse Finkelstein.

Jesse is the Digital Assets and Foreign Rights Director at Douglas & McIntyre, Greystone Books and New Society Publishers.  She leads the company’s digital publishing initiatives and the development of international rights sales for all three imprints.

Jesse was formerly an Associate Publisher at Raincoast Books as well as the Everything-That-Needs-Doing Person at Vehicule Press in Montreal.  She is a graduate of McGill University as well as Simon Fraser’s Masters of Publishing program.

Over the past year I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jesse.  We have had a few great, passionate conversations about rights, the digital wave and the adaptability of traditional publishing business models to fit new demands.

It was a real honour to have Jesse on the show and I think that you’ll agree that it’s a fascinating conversation.

And, even at 30 minutes, it’s way too short.

Please comment below with any thoughts, ideas or questions that you have about these issues or our conversation.

Thanks, Jesse!



How you’re spending Wednesday nights in February 2010

Every Wednesday @ 7pm in February 2010. 112 W. Hastings Street. DTES!



The Books, Smells Like Content. Great Video.
January 24, 2010, 3:07 PM
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Balance.
Repetition.
Proposition.
Mirrors.

Most of all, the world is a place where parts of wholes are described
within an overarching paradigm of clarity and accuracy.
The context in which makes possible an underlying
sense of the way it all fits together,
despite our collective tendency not to conceive of it as such.

But then again, the world without end is a place where souls are combined,
but with an overbearing feeling of disparity and disorderliness.
To ignore it is impossible without getting oneself into all of kinds of trouble,
despite one’s best intentions to not get entangled with it so much.

Meanwhile,
the statues are bleeding green.
And others are saying things much better than we ever could;
as the quiet become suddenly verbose.

And the hail’s heralding the size of nickels.
And the street corners are gnashing together like the gears
inside the head of some omniscient engineer.
And downward flows the garnered wisdom that has never died

Then finally,
we opened the box, we couldn’t find any rules.
Our heads were reeling with the glitter of possibilities, contingencies…
but with ever increasing faith we decided to go ahead and just ignore them,
despite tremendous pressure to capitulate with fate.

So instead, we went ahead to fabricate a catalog
of unstable elements and modicums and particles.
With not zero total strangeness for brief moments which amount
to nothing more than tiny fragments of a finger snap.

Meanwhile,
we’re furiously seeing green.
And the map has started tearing along its creases due to overuse…
when in reality it’s never needed folds.

And the air’s withholding the sound of its wellspring.
And our heads approach a density reminiscent of the infinite productivity of the center of the sun.

And therein lies the garnered wisdom that has never died.

Expectation –
leads to disappointment. If you don’t expect something big huge and exciting…
usually…
I dunno,
just, uh yea…”



Video Recommendations for CBC’s Canada Reads
January 21, 2010, 11:16 AM
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Me and my fold-out record cover poster of Isaac Hayes get down to the business of recommending some books for CBC’s Canada Reads program.



Me and the Book Madam: We’re Cookin’ Somethin’ Up!

Some of my most dedicated readers know that I’m good in the kitchen.  I’m always workin’ with the heat and mixin’ the ingredients and layin’ surprise concoctions of extreme tantalization upon your tongues!

Well… this Holiday Season I’m stepping away from the charcoal broiler, the freshly oiled cedar planks and the dwarf-sized oak peppermill and I’m stepping back into the ring of Bookseller.

A kind of Bookselling 3.0 Digital Handsell / Best Books of the Holiday Season by the People Who Should Know – the Writers, Booksellers, Editors, Designers, Publicists and other Creators who help bring great books into the world.

The irrepressible Julie Wilson aka the Book Madam (and the artist formerly known as the Seen Reading lady, who may or may not be making a surprise reappearance of her own in a certain iconic American digital periodical)  is joining me in largest non alcohol related herding of book publishing professionals in Canadian History.

The 2009 Advent Books Calendar

Julie and I are working to gather some of the best people that we know in books – from the booksellers to the writers to all points on the publishing compass – to bring you their selections for the best books for gift giving this holiday season.

We’ll be publishing 3+ book reviews a day on out TBA Blog.  Each review will be written in 25 words or less!

That’s right.  Maximum enthusiasm, minimum space.

Micro-reviews of the best books available to make your shopping easier.

If you’re in publishing and we haven’t contacted you yet and you’re sure that we would because, seriously, what are we, crazy?  Then drop me a line sean[at]booksontheradio[dot]ca.

It all starts on December 1.



The Shinan Govani Interview: Bold Face Names

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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.”

Bold Face Names

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.



Telepathic Exercises: The Chris Hutchinson Interview, Ep. 01

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Books on the Radio has finally launched!

The first interview was conducted in the front room of the temporarily empty Kelowna home of poet Chris Hutchinson.

During the interview we discussed telepathy, Henry Miller’s the Tropic of Cancer, Sharon Thesen, institutionalized poets and John Coltrane.

Chris’ new book of poems is called ‘Other People’s Lives‘ and is published by Brick Books.  You can purchase a copy at any quality independent bookstore.

You can listen to the interview by clicking this link.