Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Dalton Digital (In An Analog Industry?)

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I carry more than a few sobriquet's (or nom de plumes). Blame it on hip hop. My Daltpak Chopra alias disseminates Big Ideas and delivers streetcorner spirituality to all who'll listen. Pure unaDalterated word of mouth transmissions. Usain Dalt, named after the famed Jamaican world record sprinter, comes from me having this innate ability to speed through most projects (excluding writing books, of course) at the speed of, well, Usain Bolt! Then there's Dalton Digital. This web-inspired alter ego of mine, is like the Andre 3000 of the literary world. He zigs when the rest of the literary world zags. And he's not as interested in the very analog aspects of the publishing industry. I transmit info at the near speed of light, and expect my ramblings to do the same. In book form. Or not. Sir Digital of Dalton figures that if Baby Boomers don't embrace technology, their projects and companies may flounder and struggle to stay afloat. As I struggle to fit my newly purchased copy of an old Benjamin Zephaniah book "Gangsta Rap" - picked up at one of those Public Library sell-offs - I ponder for a Weazyian milli-second ("a milli, a milli, a milli") the concept of diminished storage space. I've always had a voracious appetite for literature, have too many books lying around the house, and am wondering where I will find shelf space for Zephaniah. Digitizing books is wack - i'll save this rant for a future blog - but might become necessary, sadly. I was talking to a Sony sales rep at the Word On The Street launch soireee regarding one of their e-readers, and wasn't quite sold upon third impression. And not to say that I'm an arbiter of good reading tastes, but if the Kindle concept ain't exactly winning me over just yet, that could be a problem for the legions of erstwhile hip hoppy 20 and 30-somethings who drive popular culture. I think I'd need to take one of these joints home, and mess around with one to see if there's a fit (i'd load it up with some of my favourite books, and some of the books I'm trying to complete right now, Junot Diaz, War Child, and see what happens). Kindle this.

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Dalton Higgins

Dalton Higgins is a music programmer, pop culture critic, author, broadcaster and journalist. He is also Canada’s foremost expert on hip hop culture. His latest book is Hip Hop World (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi).

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