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November 1, 2010

November bits and bobs

CBC Books’ Monthly Book Report Podcast is now online, and at about 8:40 you can here a panel discussion with me, Jen Knoch of the KIRBC, Ron Nurwisah from The Afterword (moderated by Erin Balser) about what’s going down with Canada Reads 2011. Admittedly, I was feeling a bit more optimistic about the Top 40 that day than I was last Friday, but you’ll be happy to know that I’ve come around a bit. That it might be the journey and not the destination that matters– if what I love best about Canada Reads is obscure recommendations, then here is a list of 20 books I haven’t read yet, and why not pursue those avenues? What if the authors pushing their books are not so much saying, “Win me a prize!”, but “Read me, read me, read me!” Which is the kind of plea I tend to listen to. You know, it was never so much Canada Reads itself and the panel discussions I cared about as much as the reading that led up it (and the conversations online with other readers), and perhaps this changed format is just going to extend that whole experience.

That said, have you voted for Sean Dixon’s The Girls Who Saw Everything yet? If I’ve got to have a reread in the final five, might as well be the one that I brought to the table.

Anyway, I’ve officially decided to bring on Canada Reads Independently 2011, because it was a great deal of fun last year, and complemented the actual Canada Reads in all kinds of interesting ways. And also because it was the Canada Reads subject to my whims, and how brilliant is that? I’m already a-thinking about panellists, and I think we can come up with something amazing. Watch this space.

Watch also for news of my work appearing in all kinds of interesting places– I’ve got essays and reviews coming out this month that I’m very excited about, and though I still have to keep my mouth shut about them, I look forward to soon when I no longer have to. I’ve finally got started on a blog for Literature for Life, and am going to visit their new digs tomorrow to get an update on where we are at. I will also be giving a guest lecture at Ryerson later this month about “Bringing Children’s Books to Life” and I’m wholly enjoying the preparation, looking forward to the delivery, but there’s still plenty of work to be done in the meantime, and so onward.

6 thoughts on “November bits and bobs”

  1. alexis says:

    Hi Kerry,
    I only started reading your blog recently, and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. Fantastic work!

    1. Kerry says:

      Thank you, Alexis. Encouragement from the likes of you means a lot to me.

  2. m says:

    I listened to this while washing dishes this morning. I have to say, you have such a lovely voice. You should be on the radio more often!

    1. Kerry says:

      Thanks– to be on the radio more often is actually my life’s ambition. More often than never shouldn’t be *too* difficult to achieve, though I do wonder if I don’t sound too much like Megan Follows as Anne Shirley in recitation. Or someone who sucks on helium.

  3. m says:

    Not at all! I can’t think of a more apt word than lovely, and it is. Maybe they’ll have you on as a Canada Reads panellist? I would like that.

  4. Paul says:

    You sounded great on the radio, Kerry. You should be on it more!

    You certainly know your stuff, naturally.

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