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The Next Big Thing

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, November 23, 2012, In : New Books 

So I was tagged in a meme just for authors, and it gives me a good chance to talk about my new novel, which is seeking a good home. Here goes:


What is your working title of your book?

'Burban Boys

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Before Drive-by Saviours came out Lesley Choyce read it, liked it, but suggested writing something with more local content. I thought about that and figured maybe it was time for the great contemporary Halifax novel. But everything I know about Halifax takes m...


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Eco-Innovators makes top 5 Atlantic Canadian books list

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Monday, January 16, 2012, In : Eco-Innovators 
Hi folks,

I'm happy to say that Arts East Magazine has named Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada to its Top 10 Atlantic Canadian Books of 2011 list - coming in at number 5.

It's fabulous company to be in, with legends like Sue Goyette, Wayne Johnston, Ami McKay, Marq de Villiers, Harry Thurston, David Adams Richards, well...the whole list. Check it out:

Top Ten Atlantic Canadian Books of 2011!

1. Facing the Hunter – David Adams Richards
2. A World Elsewhere – Wayne Jo...
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Great student journalist video on Eco-Innovators

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, December 16, 2011, In : Eco-Innovators 

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Eco-Innovators Prince Edward Island Launch Dec. 5 at UPEI Campus

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Eco-Innovators 
Hi folks,

I'm launching Eco-Innovators on PEI on Monday, December 5 at 7 p.m. Come join us at the Main Building faculty lounge at UPEI, 550 University Avenue. Bookmark Charlottetown will be on hand selling the book.

PEI eco-innovators will also be on hand to say a few words before I read, including:

David Ling, organic farmer;
Marion Copleston of the Environmental Health Co-op;
Harry Smith, innovator of a wind-powered car;
David Taylor, the man responsible for UPEI campus' incredible sustainabi...

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Book signings, readings, NS's absent water strategy, the richest 10%, and the media's science blindspot

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : New Books 
Hi folks,

Some events and new material:

1) On Saturday (Nov. 5) at noon I'll be signing copies of Eco-Innovators at the Coles bookstore in County Fair Mall, New Minas. So Nova Scotia people, please let your Valley friends know - these things get very lonely.

2) On Sat Nov 12 at noon I'll be signing Eco-Innovators at Chapters in Mic Mac Mall, so proud Dartmouth people please pop by and say hello.

3) On Sunday Nov 20 I'll be doing two signing sessions, the first at noon at Chapters in Bayer...
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Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada - the Book Launch!

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, September 23, 2011, In : New Books 
Hi friends,

I'm launching my second book into the world the evening of Oct. 11 at Dalhousie University in Halifax. There will be a roundtable discussion on Creating a Sustainable Future featuring some of the leading environmental thinkers in Halifax, with questions from the audience. And I hope you will be among them - consider this post your official invitation! 

All the details are below, but if you have any questions fire them my way. And please spread the word to collea...

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Drive-by Saviours e-book; Eco-Innovators in Quill & Quire; Chris Benjamin Lilah Kemp Reading podcast; BookClubBuddy feature

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, In : New Books 

Fun stuff this week:

1) Just found out that Drive-by Saviours will be re-launched as an e-book in Spring 2012!

2) Quill & Quire Magazine, a national literary arts journal, made a nice advanced mention of my new book, Eco-Innovators. I'm with some pretty great company on this one. Read it here.

3) I did a backyard reading in north-end Halifax last week, part of the ongoing Lilah Kemp reading series, and they made a podcast of all the readings (includes Corey Mom...


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Book Club Interview

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : New Books 
Hi folks,

I'm featured in a new interview up on Book Club Buddy, in which I discuss the mental gymnastics of my secret identities, among other things. See http://www.bookclubbuddy.com/2011/08/chris-benjamin-on-drive-by-saviours/.

Also, I have an article on farmland conservation in the current issue of Canadian Dimension magazine (on stands now! as I've heard it described).

Happy reading!

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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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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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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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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My Big Day Downtown

Posted by Chris Benjamin on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, In : New Books 
I was given $100 by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission to spend on anything I wanted, as long as I documented the experience publicly. I, naturally, chose books. Here's a video (shot by my wife, edited by me, with music by my brother) of the experience:


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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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