If you can't make it to Oakville this evening, novelist, blogger and activist (and all-round nice guy) Cory Doctorow has a string of other Canadian events to promote Pirate Cinema and Rapture of the Nerds (co-authored with Charlie Stross) this fall.
Tomorrow night he will be at Bakka Books in Toronto. Then he's off to the US for a few weeks, but he's back in Canada in mid-October for events in Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria and Toronto (again!). The man just does not stop working!
Here's a list of Cory's upcoming Canada appearances:
- Sep 27 Bakka Books, Toronto at 7pm
- Oct 19 Pages Workshop, Edmonton Public Library (registration required)
- Oct 20 In Conversation with William Gibson, Vancouver International Writers Festival 2pm (Tickets available from VIWF)
- Oct 20 "What if?" panel with Margaret Atwood and Pasha Malla, Vancouver International Festival 5pm (Tickets available from VIWF)
- Oct 21 Reading at West Point Grey United Church with Vancouver Kidsbooks, 7pm
- Oct 22 Reading at Bolen Books, Victoria, 7pm
- Oct 25 Reading, International Festival of Authors, Toronto, 8pm (Tickets available from IFOA)
- Oct 26 In conversation with China Miéville, International Festival of Authors, 8pm (Tickets available from IFOA)
Who is your favourite Vancouver author?
Bill Richardson. His Waiting for Gertrude was given to me by my wife on our first date, and I adore it. I recently saw him at the Vancouver International Writers Festival where he interviewed Sarah Waters—so charming and witty!!
Where's the best place for coffee?
There is so much great coffee in Vancouver! If I'm right downtown, I always try to hit Caffe Artigiano. If I'm on Main, I stop in at Bean Around the World—amazing coffee and some scrumptious carrot cake!!!
What's your favourite restaurant for a romantic dinner?
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary recently at the new Pourhouse in Gastown. We went on a week night, so it wasn't super crowded. The atmosphere is quite intimate and the food is amazing. I can see on the weekend how it might get a little rowdier, but our time there was very romantic.
What's your favourite bar?
Well, I am currently reading a great book on forgotten cocktails, so I've been seeking out bars that make drinks from forgotten recipes and ingredients. I've been spending some time at Voya recently, enjoying their unusual potables.
Where do you plan to watch the Olympics?
I live across the street from False Creek where the Athlete's Village, Sochi 2014 House, Molson Hockey House, several provincial pavilions and BC Place are all located. So, I'll be able to do some amazing people watching from my balcony. For sporting events, I'll either be relying on the big screen at home, or wandering to one of the free venues downtown where they will have screens - maybe for the bigger games (like if we make the gold medal round
in hockey!) There is a great list of free events and venues at City Caucus.
In what promises to be one of the highlights of this year's Vancouver International Writers Festival, Canadian cartoonist Seth will be in conversation with author Douglas Coupland on Friday, October 23 8:00 pm at the Waterfront Theatre.
Tickets, which go sale Friday, September 11, 2009, are $18 and are available from the VIWF box office.
I would get your in there early if I were you!
In the meantime, The Daily Cross Hatch have posted a great 3-part chat with Seth.
I wanted George to be someone who was in the public eye, but obviously not a genuine celebrity, because then you'd have to deal with the problems of real celebrity in the story. It's not a story about fame, because that's too easy. But George's limited fame is an essential ingredient. It's a story about things falling away with time. That minor fame of his simply gave me another element of his life to fall away.