Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Margaret Atwood Wasn’t Available

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If anyone has been watching the book tour circuit that has been looking more and more like a circus, not that it always was. You will have noticed the inundation of CBC talk show hosts talking about their books to other CBC talk show hosts. Let go down the list; first there was Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes talking to George Stroumboulopoulos about his book A Nation Worth Ranting About on CBC’s Tonight with George Stroumboulopoulos. Then there was Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC’s Q talking about his book 1982 with Shelagh Rogers host of the talk show, CBC’s The Next Chapter. Then there was Amada Lang, host of the The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, along with Kevin O’Leary; with her book, The Power of Why, on CBC’s talk show Peter Manbridge’s One on One. I mean really publishing’ Rick Mercer’s rants, couldn’t you just PVR the shows? , buying Amanda Lang’s The Power of Why, couldn’t you just buy the TV show transcripts, for a couple bucks if you were really that hard up to hear what she has to say? And anything that Jian Ghomeshi says can be heard on iTunes for free? So why bother? Canadian literature, really what ? Margaret Atwood wasn’t available? Its not personal. I just find it so tiresome. The same voices again and again, just become so much noise.

For a nation that prides its self as model multicultural society (which I believe is a form of state sanctioned segregation) the only culture I can see is a kind of cronyism on the CBC. And I thought that Michael Coren of Sun News talking with Ezra Levant of Sun News about his book Ethical Oil was crass. Am I ranting? Ooops.

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I was waiting for this, Kevin O'Leary,from CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange promoting his latest book, Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women & Money on CBC Morning with Heather Hiscox. Does it ever end? When will Heather be promoting her new literary offering and on who's show? Stay tuned.

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David Groulx

Award-winning poet David Groulx's most recent poetry collection, Rising with a Distant Dawn, is published by BookLand Press. David’s poetry has also appeared in over a hundred periodicals in Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Austria, Turkey and the USA. He lives in Ottawa.

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