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Drive-by Saviours on Canada Reads Longlist!

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, October 28, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Exciting news all!  Drive-by Saviours has made the Canada Reads longlist of Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.

And we the people will decide which books make the top 10 list. You only get one vote.

If you want to vote Drive-by Saviours, just go to http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/ and click the circle next to Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin, scroll down and click the vote button.  You have until Nov 7 - but really why wait until Nov 7 what you could do right now?

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Please Nominate Drive-by Saviours for Canada Reads

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

This year Canada Reads is letting the public decide on the top 40 must-read novels of the past decade. As a new novelist, my fervent hope is that my book get noticed, read, talked about, and through Canada Reads CBC has created the perfect avenue for that to happen.

Please take a moment to nominate Drive-by Saviours for the top 40 list. Go to http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/2010/09/canada-reads-top-40-contest-reader-recommendation-form.html and fill out your name, email, Dri...
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Apparently I'm Big in Germany

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Monday, October 18, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
We left Lachutes in what we thought was plenty of time. But we hit Friday afternoon rush-hour traffic at the outskirts of Montreal. "City squirrels go to the cottage and their kids come back from school," Jeff said, his fingers tapping frantic rhythm on the wheel.

We crawled another hour-and-a-half to our turnoff, then bolted through downtown as the rain hammered everything. We drove by the Canadian Pacific sign and scanned the streetscape with stretched eyes until Jeff pulled the truc...
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Lachutes

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, October 14, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 

Lachutes

I'm writing from Lachutes, Quebec, about 40 km northwest of Montreal. A good friend of mine is Superintendent of a golf course here and he's putting me up. Tonight, (Thurs Oct 14), I read at 8:00pm in Montreal, at Argo Bookshop, 1915 Ste Catherine W. There will be three writers reading tonight, starting at 7:30 pm. Also up will be Susan Gillis, author of Volta, and Claudia Coutu Radmore, author of A Minute or Two/Without Remembering. Hopefully more authors means more people, more ener...

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Bookstore Hustle

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
I met blogger and author Ivan Prokopchuk the other night, in person. He's long been one of the most colourful personalities I've met as a blogger, and a character who consistently captures my imagination.

But there he was in the Lula Lounge, in full colour, three dimensions, in the flesh, across the table from me with his book, The Fire in Bradford, in hand. "I'll show you mine if you you show me yours," he grinned.


[That's me in the pink shirt, reading to an enthusiastic crowd at the Lula L...

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