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Republic of Pirates - CBC Radio Noon

by Dan
July 03, 2007

Colin Woodard, author of REPUBLIC OF PIRATES was in Montreal last week and he dropped by the CBC Radio Noon studio on Friday to take calls from listeners interested in pirates! Arr...!

The show will be archived on the Radio Noon website for a week:

Click here to listen to part one

Click here to listen to part two


Tintin and the Secret of Literature - The Elegant Variation

by Dan
July 03, 2007

Mark Sarvas has an interesting post about Tom McCarthy's book TINTIN AND THE SECRET OF LITERATURE on The Elegant Variation Blog. Mark asks Richard Nash, publisher at the extraordinary Soft Skull Press, why he acquired the US rights to the book:

One of the things that drives me as a publisher is my curiosity about the world. I publish in order to discover. Tom, from the first page, engendered in me a desire to discover what he had to say about Tintin. To me, this is a world-in-a-grain-of-sand book. Like the Salt book, or that book about the history of barbed wire, or God: A Biography. Also: The utter commitment. Tom commits to the premise of the book like a paratrooper off a helicopter.

Sadly American readers will have to wait until May 2008 before they can read the book. Canadians, on the other hand, can purchase the paperback edition from Granta at their leisure...

Click here for The Elegant Variation interview with Richard Nash

** UPDATE **

Joyce Carol Oates has reviewed Tom McCarthy's novel REMAINDER for The New York Review of Books!


Rutu Modan - Maisonneuve Interview

by Dan
Graphica / July 03, 2007

Rutu Modan, Israeli author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel EXIT WOUNDS is interviewed by Deborah Ostrovsky for Maisonneuve online:

I wanted to write a story that takes the perspective of everyday life. Art is not for telling your opinions. Art is not good for this. Usually when someone tells you their opinion, it's not very interesting. But almost anyone can tell you about their personal life, and most of the time it will be interesting. I wanted to tell the truth, but I did not want to talk about my opinion of a situation that I am not capable of explaining.

Deborah has also posted a short review of the book and excerpt.

Click here for the Maisonneuve interview

Click here from the Maisonneuve review of EXIT WOUNDS


Gunter Grass - Charlie Rose Interview

by Dan
July 03, 2007

Gunter Grass, author of PEELING THE ONION, was interviewed by Charlie Rose for PBS-TV on Monday night:


Nature of Monsters - The Lancette Review

by Dan
Fiction / July 03, 2007

More praise for Clare Clark's historical novel THE NATURE OF MONSTERS comes from AlidŽ Kohlhaas at the Lancette Arts Journal:

If you are someone who makes in part a living by reviewing books, it is a bit risky to state that an author is tops in a specific field because next month a new one may come along and change your mind. Still, I have absolutely no hesitation in claiming here that Clare Clark is a master of the art of historic fiction. Her latest book, The Nature of Monsters, is a breathtakingly audacious novel that, if anything, surpasses her outstanding first novel, The Great Stink. The titles alone capture the very essence of the place and the periods to which she takes us in her stories.

AlidŽ has also posted an interview with the author she conducted during Clare's recent visit to Toronto:

As every writer has a different way of approaching the writing of a novel, I wondered whether Clark knew in advance where the book will lead her. "My story comes out of my research. My characters come out of my research. They walk out of it. That way they come out of their time. If a book is good, the characters speak to me. They have a voice in which they speak to you. If not, you end up with Dick van Dyke and Mary Poppins."

Click here for the Lancette review of THE NATURE OF MONSTERS

Click here for Lancette interview with Clare Clark


How to Read Freud and Jung

by Dan
June 29, 2007

CBC Radio One Ideas has devoted an entire program to two books from Granta's excellent 'HOW TO READ' series. Ideas host Paul Kennedy interviews Josh Cohen, the author of HOW TO READ FREUD, and in turn David Tacey, the author of HOW TO READ JUNG, to discuss the concept of the 'unconscious' in the work of Freud and Jung.

I particularly enjoyed discovering that there is a Sigmund Freud action figure, but on a deeper level it is a truly fascinating discussion, and it is now available as a podcast from the CBC website.

Click here to listen

In fall, Ideas will also be discussing Richard Holloway's HOW TO READ THE BIBLE. Watch this space!


Fall 07 - Eclectic Closet Preview

by Dan
News / June 26, 2007

Janelle Martin has posted an extensive preview of the the adult titles coming from Raincoast in Fall 2007 on her blog Eclectic Closet.

Janelle has also previewed the new releases from Random House, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and H. B. Fenn. I'm sure there are more to come. How does she find the time?

Click here for the Eclectic Closet's Raincoast preview

Click here for all Janelle's 2007 previews


The Good Eater - The Literary Word Review

by Dan
June 26, 2007

Charlene Martel has posted a great review of THE GOOD EATER, Ron Saxen's account of his struggle to overcome an eating disorder, on her blog The Literary Word:

This book was such a moving memoir. At times I found myself blown away by certain actions, or perhaps more by his honesty and vulnerability in admitting to these things. The reader can't help but feel sense of intimacy with the author as he shares his experiences with us. Binge Eating Disorder is a disease that fills the sufferer with a deep sense of shame and I am so thankful that Ron Saxen was courageous enough to deal with that, provide this incredibly informative book on the subject and let other BED sufferers know they are not alone.


Publishing? It’s An Art Form

by Dan
Fiction / June 26, 2007

Tom McCarthy, has caused a something of a furore in the UK with an article published in The Times at the weekend:

While artists and curators still draw inspiration from writers, publishing has dumbed itself down--where the UK art market is driven by no more than 50 very well-informed collectors, every schmoe is a book buyer. The point is elitist, and possibly reactionary, but true.

Ouch. As 3AM Magazine says "All hail the New Elitism"!

Incidentally, Tom's debut novel REMAINDER was reviewed by Alex Good in Ontario newspaper The Record this weekend:

The book, as a whole, is an enjoyably self-conscious literary performance. Echoes of other books, such as The Collector and J. G. Ballard's Crash, are obvious. There are also plenty of elements tossed in for symbol-hunters, especially the leitmotifs of stains and cracks. The smell of cordite is another motif, seeming to follow the narrator around and foreshadowing an appearance by the Devil himself as a London borough councillor, apparently leading the narrator on to the Other Side.

Blogger Ellis Sharp is less convinced of Tom's influences though:

Alex Good is enthusiastic about Tom McCarthy's Remainder - but to my mind, oddly so--Lots of novels remind me of other novels. Not so Remainder, which struck me as utterly and brilliantly original. Whatever the influences may have been, they have been absorbed, filtered and made invisible.

The review refers to the paperback edition which is published by Vintage. We still have a few copies of the lovely hardcover edition available though if you'd like one. They will be collector's items...

Tom's new novel MEN IN SPACE is published in September and his nonfiction book TINTIN AND THE SECRET OF LITERATURE has just been released in paperback.

TINTIN AND THE SECRET OF LITERATURE is reviewed in the most recent edition of EYE WEEKLY.

Click here for Tom's article for The Times

Click here for Alex Good's review of REMAINDER for The Record

Click here for Eye Weekly's review of TINTIN AND THE SECRET OF LITERATURE


The Good Eater on Canada AM

by Dan
June 20, 2007

Author and former male model Ron Saxen talked about his intensely personal battle with binge eating disorder (BED) and his new book THE GOOD EATER with Canada AM's Seamus O'Reagan this morning.

Click here to watch the interview


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