Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Halifax Is Burning :: S02E41

Still looking for that unique gift to give to that special someone for Christmas? Might I suggest Grant Lawrence's new book "Adventures In Solitude." I had the opportunity to read the book, which is full of great stories and memories from a remote BC paradise called Desolation sound, and then catch up with Grant to talk about his recent success as an acclaimed author. Check out the interview on this week's episode.

In the meantime, here are some words of praise for Grant's book:

“By turns hilarious, terrifying, profound and strange, Adventures in Solitude is the great lost Canadian adventure story; Swiss Family Robinson as if rendered by Ken Kesey in his youth, a kind of Lord of the Flies through a fog of BC chronic.”
- Dave Bidini, author of On A Cold Road, and Tropic of Hockey.

“Grant Lawrence is a raconteur extraordinaire. With Adventures in Solitude, he reinvents his rock’n’roll persona to become part Bruno Gerussi, part Stuart McLean, part David Cross… A harrowing and hilarious tale of how a zit-ridden nerd survived hippie orgies, family feuds, and a rugged Canadian coastline that defeated one of history’s greatest explorers.”
- Michael Barclay, writer, Macleans Magazine

“Wow! The details are different but the story is very similar to my own: Being dragged kicking and screaming to a remote location with the family as a child, later rejecting it and refusing to go for 15 years or so and then going back and trying to figure out what my problem was. Of course, I was on the east coast of Canada, I never allowed my parents’ house to be destroyed by teenage hooligans and my band was actually pretty good, but the themes are universal.”
- Chris Murphy, bassist, Sloan

December 14, 2010
(right click, "save as," send to your favorite book club member)

Bird World - Swamp
Make No Gains - Write-Off Report
Bloodhouse - Endless Vacation
The Caravan - Alchemy
Buck 65 feat. Jenn Grant - Cold Steel Drum
The O' By Gollies - The Little Drummer Boy
Coco et. Co - Young Nation
Feature interview with Grant Lawrence
The Smugglers - Canadian Ambassadors
Spincycle Squared - My Love
Scribbler - My Old Lady
Grand Theft Bus - Do I Have To Dance?

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