Friday, February 19, 2010

the persuasive power of the ceeb

i went to see terry o'reilly speak at the library wednesday night about his new book, the age of persuasion, based on his cbc radio show, the age of persuasion. it was the night after a major snowfall in halifax and word had spread rather last minute that he was coming, so i trudged out of the house to attend, fearing he would come all this way and talk to the stacks.

evidently, more than 100 people had the same idea - all 80 seats were full and people were jammed down the book aisles, sitting on the radiators, climbing the shelves and crouched on the floor. never underestimate the pulling power of the cbc! especially its curious ability to draw bearded men from across hrm.

o'reilly was great, as usual, although one patron asked him why his voice didn't sound as rich in person. that's a bit like saying you're so much better looking on radio, but he manage to take it in stride. it's a great show, if you're not already a fan, and you can listen 'on demand' via the ceeb's website, but you can't podcast it. o'reilly explained that was due to the difficulties of securing permission to run clips from volkswagon ads in the 1960s. everyone involved is dead and no one there now wants to say ok. they can run them on the ceeb show because it's public radio, but anything beyond that terrifies the copyright lawyers.

the last book event i had with the black snow show was a night at fables in my ancestral lands of tatamagouche. it was the end of a busy week in tata and i had a small but very interested crowd of a dozen or so in the fabulous pub/literary club. it's a great spot - i found it in my road warrior ramblings last summer. tata is like a mini halifax (they would doubtless describe halifax as an overgrown tata) and fables its cultural centre. i'm hoping to take the hermit there this summer.

on that front, we have a launch date: the july 23 weekend, in africville. ink it in! i've started working as backup webwriter for cbc.ca - mebbe that will bring the beards out?

i had two interesting pieces for the weekly news this week - the first is cow bay earning nova scotia's spot in a contest to find canada's top top-secret winter destinations. the second is about last weekend's induction ceremony to the black cultural centre's wall of honour. darrell oake's shot of irvine carvery is him in the africville exhibit at the centre.

it was a great night, with lots of potent music and powerful speeches. funny thing is, media was me and eastlink, who was filming it for podium tv. when there's a killing or police bust in north preston, every media outlet in nova scotia is on the scene. when a man like wylie cain of north preston is honoured for his lifelong dedication to his community, no one shows up. forget the 'two solitudes' of english and french-speaking white canadians - our race relations are the deeper, more troubling, solitudes.
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