Tuesday, February 27, 2007

No surrender, no defeat: I am your pamphleteer

  • I'm not even going to attempt to sum up what's been happening on Canada Reads thus far, mainly because my friend John is doing such a magnificent job of witty and thoughtful analysis on his blog, and also because host Bill Richardson has, against his better judgement, taken up blogging for the purposes of providing daily colour commentary on the sparring.
And it's not too late to jump in, as CBC has provided Real Audio and downloadable mp3 links of each day's show. Each show is only 30 minutes and the first vote took place off mic today. First thing tomorrow we find out which is the first book to get the boot. Will it be:
  • Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmosqis (defended by Stephen Page)
  • The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani (defended by Donna Morrissey)
  • Children of My Heart (Ces Enfants de ma vie) by Gabrielle Roy (defended by Denise Bombardier)
  • Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor (defended by Jim Cuddy)
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill (defended by John K Samson)

To show my solidarity for my homeboy, John K Samson, and the beautiful, funny and heartwrenching book that he is defending , I'll leave you with the always relevant Weakerthans. To the finish line, Lullabies for Little Criminals!

Pamphleteer [mp3] - the Weakerthans


justacoolcat said...

Let me get this straight, a show about reading?

I don't know if I should laugh or nap.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha I guess that does sound kinda lame, doesn't it, JustA? But honestly, it's not just for extreme book weenies, although that certainly helps.

justacoolcat said...

You Canadians make me feel all funny inside. If I were single I'd date the whole damn country and then write a book about it.

"Extreme Book Weenies" would have to be the title.

John Mutford said...

Even better (or worse) Cool Cat, it's a reality show about books! Oh when we party, it's a real page turner. (Groan).

Thanks for the shout out, Barbara!

Teddy said...

Sounded like Denise and Donna were going to start throwing punches. Just going to check Richardson's blog entry to see how close it came...

Allison said...

Ha, all these comments made me laugh. And I enjoyed your label Barb :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

JustA, the whole damn country graciously accepts your offer of a date and will be ready at 8:00. Of course "Extreme Book Weenies" would have to be a metric book.

Word, John (more groans) - it's just like Survivor, with Bill Richardson channeling a balding, geeky, gay Jeff Probst.

Denise and Donna were getting downright vicious today, Teddy. You should check John's too - he remembers all the best parts.

These people are sharp, Al - must be all that book reading. hahha the label - my apologies to the Hidden Cameras.

John Mutford said...

Asides from the books, Canada Reads has definitely made me a fan of John K. Samson as well. Is this what a man-crush feels like?

Just read the lyrics to The Pamphleteer. Gee whiz he's great.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yes, John, it certainly is. And JKS is so easy to crush on, he's so brilliant and talented and dedicated and pleasant. Remind me to tell you about the time I accidently stalked him all day.

"how I don't what I should do with my hands when I talk to you, how you don't know where you should look so you look at my hands" - I love how he finds the little details, he really is such a talented writer, as well as a musician.

Deb said...

Your label was a keeper.

Good group of people there - sounds very interesting. I'll maybe get a little time to read now so this provides a nice little list for the library.

Dale said...

Thanks for the links, I'll try and check them out. What are we wearing and is Coolcat going to be on time or what? You know how we're seeing a few other countries right?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I shamelessly bastardized the label from a Hidden Cameras song "Music is my Boyfriend", Deb. Seemed to fit.
Rest up, read some books, and get well. We'll see you when you get home.

I know, Dale, our social schedule is getting crazy full, what with the dinner with Norway and the karaoke date with China, but JustA did promise to show up on time. We'll see.
I think we're going disco dancing, so that white suit of yours would be perfect!