Sunday, February 27, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Hunter S. Thompson: in his own words
Hunter S. Thompson on work, on drugs, on America, lifestyle advice, and finally... well, you will just have to read for yourself.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Science Fiction Cruise Cancelled
According to www.sciencefictioncruise.com , they are reporting that "due to unforeseen circumstances, this cruise has been cancelled." The main sponsor of the event was Dell Magazines (publishers of Analog and Asimovs) and they could not be reached for comment. Ahh, honestly, I did not try to reach them for a comment. I just wanted to always say that.
The cruise ship would have departed from Port Canaveral, Florida, with stops at Key West, Belize, Cozumel, and Merida. Nice.
Hunter S. Thompson self murder...
In a statement released to the Aspen Daily News, Juan Thompson said his father shot himself to death in his home in Aspen, Colo. on Sunday night. He was 67.
From the New York Times today:
Even ESPN has not been left out of the tributes. HST was a regular page two for over four years. Oddly, his last column was about his newly invented game of "shotgun golf".
And his suicide had its own terrible logic. A man who was so intent on generating a remarkable voice that he retyped Hemingway's novels just to understand how it was done, gave a final bit of dramatic tribute in turning a gun on himself.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Anne Giardini in Ottawa
From the dust jacket: "Anne Giardini was a columnist for the National Post for three years, and has written numerous essays, stories and articles on a wide range of sujects. The Sad Truth About Happiness is her first novel. The daughter of beloved novelist Carol Shields, Anne Giardini lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children."
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Man Booker International Prize Press Conference
This webcast will air Friday, February 18, 2005
Eighteen authors have made it on to the Judges’ List of contenders for the first ever Man Booker International Prize. They come from thirteen countries and ten are writers in translation.
The Judges’ List was announced by the chair of judges, Professor John Carey, at a press conference at Georgetown University, Washington, DC today (Friday 18th February, 2005).
The eighteen authors on the list are:
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Tomas Eloy Martinez
The judging panel for the 2005 Man Booker International Prize is: Professor John Carey (Chair); writer, novelist and editor, Alberto Manguel; and writer and academic, Azar Nafisi.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Winter in Greely
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Book Launch: The Sad Truth About Happiness
Friday, February 18 @ 7:30 pm
Book Launch: The Sad Truth About Happiness By Anne Giardini Nicholas Hoare Books 419 Sussex Drive A Free Event
From OWIF's bio: Anne Giardini is a lawyer, a writer and a mother of three school-age children. A columnist for the National Post for three years, she has written numerous articles, stories and essays on wide-ranging topics. The Sad Truth About Happiness, her first novel, will be published in the U.S. and the U.K. by Fourth Estate. The daughter of author Carol Shields, Anne lives in Vancouver
Gift Cards: The Gift That Keeps On Giving (To the Retailer, Too)
Over recent months, there's certainly been no shortage of media reports touting the burgeoning mass appeal of gift cards. According to gift card sales figures recently compiled by ABA, sales of Book Sense gift cards increased by 256 percent in December 2004, compared with the same period last year. Less reported on, however, is how a little inventive marketing can push those numbers even higher. The significant advantage of gift cards is that they can be displayed throughout the store since they have no monetary value before being activated. And the card lends itself to creative, and sometimes publisher subsidized, promotions. "The idea is to put the cards as many places as possible," said ABA Marketing Director Jill Perlstein. "Booksellers can use things from a stationery supply store or from home to display the cards. Anything that can be used to hold photographs can be used for gift cards--a wire tree, picture frames -- it can be fun to create different merchandizing ideas."
Read the rest here. Update: link is now broken.
A perfect night to go to China : a novel
Rising Up and Rising Down weblog
Michael Standaert of Nipposkiss has grand ambitions: to read William T. Vollmann's seven-volume Rising Up and Rising Down -- and to chronicle his adventures (and reactions) at a dedicated Rising Up and Rising Down weblog. He's serious, and he's probably up to it: last year he read the whole Tim LaHaye/Jerry Jenkins Left Behind-series. Anyone who can survive that ..... He explains: The purpose of this weblog for which these simple stories introduce is to offer a close reading of William T. Vollmann’s Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom, and Urgent Means. I’m not aware if anyone else has been doing this, but if you are, please let me know as I’d like to compare notes. (For those not quite as ambitious, there's always the Gaddis Drinking Club .....) Rising Up and Rising Down is actually a book we've been planning to review for about a year now, but organisationally (and conceptually) it has defeated us so far. Maybe Standaert's approach will help.
Friday, February 11, 2005
It's begining all over again. This time it's earlier than usual. From Telegraph online:
Ladbrokes is tipping Ian McEwan's Saturday to win this year's Man Booker Prize at odds of 4-1 - even though the shortlist is not announced until September. Offering odds so early was unprecedented, said Ladbrokes, but the novel earned such praise that readers had already asked for odds. The bookies' early confidence is surprising because authors such as Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith have new novels out this year.
I hesitate to add that it is probably not the "readers" but sad, pathetic betters that have asked for odds.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Plan 99 Presents Carmine Starnino, February 5 @ 5pm at The Manx
From Chris Swail's email:
Plan 99's End of Winter Series begins this Saturday with a reading by Carmine Starnino.
Carmine is a poet, essayist, critic, editor of Signal Editions (an imprint of Véhicule Press), and associate editor at Maisonneuve magazine. His first poetry collection, The New World, was nominated for the 1997 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. His second collection, Credo, won the 2001 Canadian Authors Association Prize for Poetry and the 2001 David McKeen Award for Poetry. His new book of essays, Lover’s Quarrel, was also released last year. His reviews and essays have appeared The Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, Matrix, Arc and The Montreal Review of Books. Starnino is the editor of Vehicule Press' Signal imprint. He lives in Montreal.
Carmine Starnino won the 2004 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for his latest poetry collection With English Subtitles. The book catches Carmine Starnino at his most inventive. The poems are exceptionally focused, musical and inviting. Household objects, Italian relatives, Yukon landscapes, worst-case scenarios and relationships are pushed onto the page with new-found urgency and delight.
The reading takes place the Saturday, February 5 @ 5 pm at The Manx.