Oh it was a dog fight on Day 2 of Canada Reads. Two people voted against Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets, two people voted against Cocksure. And then John K Samson's turn came up and he voted against Deafening. So there was a tie. And then the host, Bill Richardson, told JKS that he had to break the tie.
What a tough position for a guy who has been trying hard (and successfully so far) to fly under the radar!
He voted off Cocksure. His rationale was that it is important that poetry is recognised as a legitimate part of Canada Reads.
Oh and then the discussion got rather heated, with barbs flying about the nature of satire versus political correctness. Woof!
And Scott Thompson got right snarky, as his book had been dropped so he's got nothing to lose. Not that he ever did.
Some vintage Thompson quotes:
I have no problems with ultra violence, but I do have a problem with poetry.
I am not a humour fascist!
I'm one of those Philistines who don't read poetry unless it's set to rap music by men not wearing any shirts. Maybe if they said "yo yo"...
<---- the perpetually sassy Scott Thompson
Oh and they printed my email on the Canada Reads website today. They probably print all of them. But the really weird thing is, they also printed the email of the woman from whom we bought our first house in London, Ontario in 1988. Two emails away from mine.