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Drive-by Saviours an e-book

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

I'm happy to announce that Drive-by Savious is now available as an e-book on Kobo ($12.39) and NOOK Book ($11.37).

So, for all those who have been waiting patiently overseas, or those who wanted to save paper and space, or those who simply prefer this format, have at it!

All the best,

Chris

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Chris Benjamin reads from Drive-by Saviours Chapter 1

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Saturday, July 9, 2011, In : Drive-by Saviours 

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Globe and Mail Review

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, June 30, 2011, In : Drive-by Saviours 

The Daily Review, Tue., Dec. 21

An unlikely friendship that offers a lifeline

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

Novels with big themes can make dull reads. In Drive-By Saviours, first-time novelist Chris Benjamin examines the chains of culture and politics and the barriers between established and new Canadians. There’s an unusual plot and a character whose vitality an...


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Contest Time!

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, February 18, 2011, In : Drive-by Saviours 
It's contest time!

With input from my publisher I've come up with a series of discussions for book clubs reading Drive-by Saviours. But, as I proved in high school when I formed the Chris Benjamin Club, one member is often enough to qualify for club status.  What I'm getting at is you can answer these questions all by your lonesome.

And if you do, in writing, you could win a copy of Earlit Shorts 4!

I'm pasting the questions below. The first 10 people to email me [chrisbenjaminwriting@g...
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Reading at the Biscuit Eater

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, January 27, 2011, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

My reading at the Biscuit Eater Cafe in Mahone Bay (16 Orchard St) Nova Scotia has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb 11 at 7 pm. Please spread the word to any South Shorians.

Many thanks!
Chris Benjamin


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Globe and Mail: Bumi's Vitality Illuminates...

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Drive-by Saviours 

The Daily Review, Tue., Dec. 21

An unlikely friendship that offers a lifeline

REVIEWED BY CAROL MOREIRA

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail

Novels with big themes can make dull reads. In Drive-By Saviours, first-time novelist Chris Benjamin examines the chains of culture and politics and the barriers between established and new Canadians. There’s an unusual plot and a character whose vitality and en...


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Upcoming Readings

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, January 14, 2011, In : Drive-by Saviours 
I'll be reading from and signing copies of Drive-by Saviours on the following dates and at the following locations:

Saturday, January 22, Wolfville, Box of Delights, 466 Main Street, 2 pm

Saturday, February 5, Mahone Bay, The Biscuit Eater Cafe and Bookseller, 16 Orchard Street, 2 pm

Hope to see you there!

Chris Benjamin

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Globe and Mail Reviews Drive-by Saviours

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
WOOHOO!! Canada's premium national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, has reviewed by novel, Drive-by Saviours. Click here to read the review.

Chris

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Drive-by Saviours Wins Cover Design Competition (but won't be flying high for environmental reasons)

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Sunday, December 12, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
I'm happy to announce that John van der Woude's cover design for my book, Drive-by Saviours, has won this year's Judge-a-Book-by-Its-Cover Competition! That's good news for me because the prize is a review by Salty Ink, a wildly popular blog on Atlantic Canadian literature. See the announcement at http://saltyink.com/2010/12/10/chris-benjamins-drive-by-saviours-wins-salty-inks-2010-judge-a-book-by-its-cover-competition/.

Speaking of Salty Ink, it has also selected Drive-by Saviours as on...
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Book Tour Video

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Saturday, December 4, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
This is a highlight reel from my recent book tour. I had fun making it and revisiting all the joy of celebrating a new book in the world! Hope you enjoy it too: Chris
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In Conversation with Arts East Magazine

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Monday, November 29, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks, I was recently interviewed by Arts East Magazine about Drive-by Saviours, my new book.  The interview is now available online.  Just click this here link to see it, complete with cool visual stuff.

Thanks,
Chris

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Upcoming Readings

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

I'll be signing books on Sat Nov 27, 2:30-4:00pm, in Bridgewater NS, at Coles Books, Bridgewater Mall, 421 Lahave St, Bridgewater.

Hope to see you there!
Chris Benjamin

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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?

Btw, he...
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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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Updated Book Tour Schedule for Drive-by Saviours

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, September 23, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 

Hi folks, some things have firmed up for my book tour dates. Take a look to see when I come to your town. More will be added later.


Tues Oct 19, 11:30am-1:30pm, Charlottetown PEI, Bookmark, 172 Queen Street

Thurs Oct 21, 7:00pm, Tatamagouche NS, Fables Literary Club, 259 Main St.

 Wed Nov 10, Time TBA, Antigonish NS, St. Francis Xavier University

Thurs Nov 25, 12:00-2:00pm, Halifax NS, Halifax Club, 1682 Hollis St

Sat Nov 27, 2:30-4:00pm, Bridgewater NS, Coles Books


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Chronicle Herald Loves Drive-by Saviours

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Monday, September 20, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Immigrants’ stories inspired debut novelist



Journalist Chris Benjamin is a first-time novelist. His book, Drive-By Saviours, has recently been published.  (Molly Crealock)
Journalist Chris Benjamin is a first-time novelist. His book, Drive-By Saviours, has recently been published. (Molly Crealock)

LAUNCH

Chris Benjamin will launch Drive-By Saviours on Sept. 22, 7 p.m., at The Company House, 2202 Gottingen St., in Halifax.

As most writers will tell you, there is often a fine line between fact and fiction — a small, grey space where worlds collide, and ...


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Updates on the New Book

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, August 19, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

Three updates on Drive-by Saviours:

1) Fernwood (which owns Roseway, my publisher) did a feature interview with me for their latest newsletter. You can read it on their blog at http://fernwoodpublishing.ca/blog/2010/08/a-conversation-with-author-chris-benjamin-drive-by-saviours/

2) There's a great new reading, by my friend Amanda Mongeon, from Drive-by Saviours up at http://www.myspace.com/chrisbenjaminwrites

3) I've also added the Drive-by Saviours trailer at http://www.myspa...
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Launch Dates and new video

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

A couple of important dates to announce. The Halifax launch of my novel, Drive-by Saviours, will be September 22 at The Company House on Gottingen St. We'll likely kick things off around 7 pm, but I'll confirm that later.  There will be music and probably some spoken word.  Here's hoping we get half of Nova Scotia in there!

Second, the Toronto launch is tentatively booked for October 4 at the Lula Lounge on Dundas West, so if you're in Toronto please mark that on your calendar. I...
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Drive-by Saviours Trailer

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, July 30, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

I'm thrilled to announce the official online launch of the Drive-by Saviours Trailer!  It's a two-minute appetizer to get folks salivating for the novel, which will be released in September. For now, enjoy the scenery:


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Drive-by Saviours on Facebook

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hi folks,

Drive-by Saviours now has a Facebook fan page. Just click http://tinyurl.com/fbdbs and click the "Like" button to join.

Chris

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Drive-by Saviours Excerpts

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Saturday, June 26, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Roseway Publishing (an imprint of Fernwood Publishing), which is publishing Drive-by Saviours, has put up a web page for the novel.  Click on the Fernwood logo to see it. You can also find an excerpt from the first chapter there.

     


I have also created a myspace page and put up a clip of me reading from the first chapter, and some fusion music my brother created for a trailer we're working on. Click my face to listen:


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Drive-by Saviours Cover

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Monday, June 7, 2010, In : Drive-by Saviours 
Hot off the e-presses from artist John van der Woude, here is the cover for Drive-by Saviours, which will be released this fall:



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