Articles 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:
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...
** UPDATE **
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.
July 03, 2007
Gunter Grass, author of PEELING THE ONION, was interviewed by Charlie Rose for PBS-TV on Monday night:
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."
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.
In fall, Ideas will also be discussing Richard Holloway's HOW TO READ THE BIBLE. Watch this space!
Janelle Martin has posted an extensive preview of the the adult titles coming from Raincoast in Fall 2007 on her blog Eclectic Closet.
June 26, 2007
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.
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.
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...
June 20, 2007