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Rutu Modan on the BBC

by Dan
Graphica / August 24, 2007

Rutu Modan has been interviewed by the BBC about her acclaimed graphic novel EXIT WOUNDS:

We have also just found out that Rutu will be appearing at this year's International Festival of Authors in Toronto with fellow Drawn & Quarterly artists James Sturm, author of the forthcoming JAMES STURM'S AMERICA (which includes the out-of-print story THE GOLEM'S MIGHTY SWING) and Adrian Tomine, whose first full-length graphic novel SHORTCOMINGS is out this fall (woop!).

(Fans of Adrian Tomine on the west coast, might also like to know that he will be appearing at Sophia Books in Vancouver on Tuesday, November 13th! More details soon...)


Beyond Buzz - Work Industries Review

by Dan
August 22, 2007

Monique at Work Industries has reviewed Lois Kelly's BEYOND BUZZ: THE NEXT GENERATION OF WORD-OF-MOUTH MARKETING for the her company blog and newsletter 'Underwire':

Beyond Buzz--is about learning to create meaningful dialogue about organizations and products, instead of marketing blah blah blah.

If you are the lone evangelist in your organization--get it in front of as many managers as possible, especially those in communications, marketing and PR.

Work Industries are also offering a few free copies of book if you interested...

Click her for the Work Industries review


Peeling the Onion - Lancette Arts Journal Review

by Dan
August 09, 2007

Alidė Kohlhaas has posted a extensive review of Günter Grass' contentious memoir PEELING THE ONION on the Lancette Arts Journal website:

The controversial German winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature has chosen tell us a bit about himself and in the process has revealed a lot, and then again, very little. The reason for this statement is that Grass plays a mental game with his readers about his early life story and what has motivated him to be who he is. He does this game playing very artfully as he jumps back and forth between memory and speculation.

But, whilst admiring Grass' artistry, Alidė does not let him off the hook:

A tone of resentment and even self-pity runs through the book. He far too often makes mention of the 'Gustloff', the German ship sunk by an overeager Russian captain with thousands of civilians as well as soldiers and nurses aboard. It was the subject of his book 'Crabwalk' in which he began his whining about the victimization of Germans during WWII. While this act of unnecessary carnage is regrettable, let Grass be reminded that a U-Boat attack on a civilian liner, the Athena on Sept. 3, 1939 was an unprovoked killing of civilians, the first of its kind in WWII. The sinking of the Lusitania in WWI by the Germans was the first of its kind in any modern war--Self-pity and self-justification can lead a writer down a very slippery slope, in this case a watery one.

John Irving was more forgiving of Grass in a strident defense of the author in The New York Times Book Review, but Joel Yanofsky who reviewed PEELING THE ONION for The Montreal Gazette seems to agree with Alidė:

Memoirs, the best of them, always walk a fine line between the self-serving and the self-excoriating, and while Grass is hard on himself in Peeling the Onion, he's not hard enough, especially when it comes to the long-overdue confession at the core of the book--his time in the SS.

And so the controversy continues--Perhaps the only way to decide is to read the book for yourself...?

Click here for Alidė Kohlhaas' review


Untapped - Rabble Review

by Dan
August 07, 2007

UNTAPPED: THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA'S OIL by John Ghazvinian, one of the most timely non-fiction books of the season, has just been reviewed by the good people at Rabble.ca:

Untapped aims at being far more than a mere catalogue of--sorry statistics--and Ghazvinian traveled to twelve countries to discover something of the ways in which oil can torture impoverished nations--Untapped is--a strong piece of journalism, a thorough look of the effect the world's most divisive resource can have on some of its most divided and troubled nations, a worthy attempt at understanding a harmful collision of prospectors, corporations, fishermen, farmers, nomads, despots, guerilla armies, and roughneck opportunists.

Click here for Rabble's review of UNTAPPED


I Have The Right To Destroy Myself - So Misguided Review

by Dan
Fiction / August 07, 2007

Monique has reviewed Young-ha Kim's eerie love story I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELF over at her blog So Misguided:

highly dreamlike and cinematic--There's a certain dark brilliance in the writing and how Young-Ha Kim has captured the tone of these listless characters--the intensity and aimlessness of the characters is alarming and the ease with which they seem to destroy themselves is unnerving.

Monique is not alone in identifying the dark qualities of the the book. This is what the LA Times had to say about it:

The philosophy--life is worthless and small--reminds us of Camus and Sartre, risky territory for a young writer. Such heady influences can topple a novel. But Kim has the advantage of the urban South Korean landscape. Fast cars, sex with lollipops and weather fronts from Siberia lend a unique flavor to good old-fashioned nihilism. Think of it as Korean noir.

Apparently it's also been made into a movie. Has anyone seen it?

Click here for the So Misguided review


Charles Simic is the New U.S. Poet Laureate

by Dan
News / August 02, 2007

Congratulations to Pulitzer Prize winning poet Charles Simic on becoming the 15th U.S. Poet Laureate today!

The New York Times reports:

James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will announce Mr. Simic's appointment. Mr. Billington said he chose Mr. Simic from a short list of 15 poets because of "the rather stunning and original quality of his poetry," adding: "He's very hard to describe, and that's a great tribute to him. His poems have a sequence that you encounter in dreams, and therefore they have a reality that does not correspond to the reality that we perceive with our eyes and ears."

Yugoslavian-born Charles Simic, emigrated to the U.S. in 1954. His collection of poems THE WORLD DOESN'T END won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and, like his latest collection of poetry THE VOICE AT 3:00 A.M., it is published by Harcourt, inc. and distributed by Raincoast in Canada.


Guy Kawasaki talks to Moira Gunn

by Dan
July 31, 2007

Tech guru Guy Kawasaki has posted an excellent in-depth interview with Moira Gunn, author of WELCOME TO BIO TECH NATION, on his website How to Change the World:

Question: Just how pervasive is biotech in our everyday lives?

Answer: Today, one third of the world's economy is driven by biotech. I was shocked to learn that, but think about it: There's the big pharmaceuticals, there's what we usually think of as biotech R&D and their start-ups, there's genetically-modified agriculture, there's the new biofuels like ethanol, there's manufacturing processes, there's bio-defense, and the list goes on. The growth potential in these industries can all be attributed to biotech.

Wow.

Click here for the whole interview


Parenting Beyond Belief - Newsweek

by Dan
July 10, 2007

Dale McGowan's PARENTING YOUR PARENTS: ON RAISING ETHICAL, CARING KIDS WITHOUT RELIGION is review by Lisa Miller over at Newsweek online:

"Parenting Beyond Belief,"... aims to help folks who are raising their kids without religion deal with the sticky questions that come up about Santa Claus and heaven, and it raises more serious concerns about how to bring up ethical, confident, nonbelieving kids in a culture saturated with talk about God--Parents on both sides of the culture war will find this book a compelling read.

Click here for the full review

Click here for the Parenting Beyond Belief website


Parenting Your Complex Child - Education Review

by Dan
July 06, 2007

Andrena Lockley, an Education Coordinator at the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region (Ontario), has reviewed Peggy Lou Morgan's PARENTING YOUR COMPLEX CHILD for the Education Review journal:

Morgan is the parent of 23 year old man named Billy Ray, who has autism, down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as bi- polar disorder. The combination has brought about unique and complicated hurdles for the family to overcome. She writes of the successes, setbacks and frustrations of the family in a way that only a parent could--This is not the first parenting advice book of its kind. Others have outlined their experiences, offered suggestions and advice based on the lessons they have learned, but somehow Morgan manages to do all this in an easy to read manner that is neither preachy nor all knowing. She does well at presenting other perspectives, all the while keeping the child at the centre of her discussion. In addition to her own advice she offers outside sources such as books and websites throughout. This is a must read for any parent, care provider or educator of a child with multiple disabilities.

Click here for the full review (NB you will have to scroll down to find it!)

Click here for Peggy Lou Morgan's website


Beyond Buzz and How to Change the World

by Dan
July 06, 2007

Lois Kelly, author of BEYOND BUZZ: THE NEXT GENERATION OF WORD-OF-MOUTH MARKETING, explains the types of stories that get people talking on Guy Kawasaki's blog How to Change the World. As the entrepreneurial evangelist Mr Kawasaki, author of Art of the Start and Rules for Revolutionaries, says:

If you're pitching your company to investors, customers, partners, journalists, vendors, or employees and you don't use at least one of these types of stories, you probably have a problem.

He even sets you some homework:

Here's a good exercise for your team: Have it read this posting and then answer the question: What story line does our marketing currently use? Then, if you're brave enough, ask the question: What story line should our marketing use?

Click here for Lois's explanation


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