amongst books

amongst books

Friday, April 28, 2006

Ron Sexsmith

"My dear friend, if you are not already aware of Ron Sexsmith, I'd like to turn you on to one of my favorite singer songwriters. Visit his website at I think you will like what you see and hear. If you do, please help me spread the word and win prizes. Send a fresh email to with Friend of a Friend in the subject line. In the body of the email, please include the email address of the person who referred you (that's me: amanda underscore earl at, your current email address, and the territory in which you live."

For a really great concert of Ron's go to and search for Ron Sexsmith.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Book Thugs launch...ah men

Jay MillARs' Bookthug Press of Toronto came to town to read at Richard Fitzpatrick Books on Somerset. It was fun, crazy, involved pyrotechnics, ladders and spontaneous reading until past my bed time. All the readers were male, several of them were oh so beautiful. I adore men. I'll say it again. Just to be around them pleases me. And literary types? If I had a car, I would have a bumper sticker "I cream for writers." If only I could have taken a few of them home...

For something with more substance and some great photos:

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

non literary topic due to outrage

Normally my posts here have to do with literature, music etc, but Harper's latest shenanigans have me pissed off enough to post my Citizen letter to the editor here.

re: Canadians won’t see fallen troops come home, Ottawa Citizen, Tuesday, April 25, 2006

It is unacceptable that Prime Minister Harper has barred the media from the CFB Trenton ceremony to repatriate the remains of the four soldiers killed in Afghanistan. To say that the government is doing this in order to respect the privacy of the families is nonsense and a typical example of the current Conservative double speak. The families did not request a coverage black out. This decision dishonours the memory of Cpls. Matthew Dinning and Randy Payne, Bombardier Myles Mansell, and Lieut. William Turner.

More generally, this decision, as does the new policy not to lower the flag on Parliament Hill when a soldier dies, demonstrates that Harper, like his American counterpart, is trying to control and stage manage the public’s knowledge and perceptions about the consequences of Canada’s military presence in Afghanistan. It is clear that Harper expects the death toll to rise and doesn’t want Canadians to see a constant reminder. If he thinks he can suppress information, he’s dead wrong. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the families themselves or even members of the Canadian military in attendance at the ceremony take photographs to send to the media. Harper has made a huge mistake. He has drawn more attention to his information quashing policy, and to the soldiers’ deaths. I noted two photos showing troops carrying coffins in the front section of the April 25 Citizen. The media, as it always does when the government attempts to curtail freedom of the press, will find ways to ensure that this issue is brought to the public’s attention.

Opposition parties are taking too long to get rid of this minority government. Luckily with decisions like these, the Conservatives are doing a great job of ensuring they won’t be in power long.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Writers Festival

see my posts on the poetry cabarets at the Ottawa Poetry Newsletter blog. I plan to do write ups for each one of the cabarets, unless I drink too much beer.