March 8th, 2006

buzz

P-Con

I seem to be on a number of panels at P-Con this weekend:

Saturday

10:15 Just a Minute Quiz with Paul Cornell, autopope, Leah Moore (moderated by Frank Darcy)
Panellists must speak on a given topic for 60 seconds without hesitation, deviation, or repetition

13:00 Fantastic! The Doctor Who Panel, with Paul Cornell and Colin Greenland, with me moderating (note to self - make sure I have eaten something first).
The enormously successful relaunch of Doctor Who under the microscope, with one of the series’ scriptwriters on hand to give an insight into how it all happened.

17:00 The Sow That Eats Her Own Farrow: How the Book Business is Destroying Itself, with pnh, Ariel, Juliet E McKenna, Bob Neilson, Colin Smythe, and me moderating again.
As bookshops continue to sell more books for less money, and publishers only want guaranteed bestsellers, is the book trade in danger of destroying itself?

Sunday

11:00 Is It About a Bicycle? Flann O’Brien: Ireland’s Master Storyteller, with Leah Moore, Colin Smythe and John W Sexton moderating
Flann O’Brien is Ireland’s most popular writer, according to a recent BBC poll. Now, sales of The Third Policeman have soared after the book appeared in an episode of TV series Lost. Here’s an introduction to his work.

15:00 Awards? We Don’t Need No Steenking Awards!, with Colin Greenland and autopope, and me moderating.
Do awards serve any useful purpose, or are they simply good for the winner’s ego? A few award winners tell it like it is.

I'm glad that slovobooks and the team have such confidence in my moderating skills! Though I think I will have one or two things to say about the topics in question myself...

See some of you there, perhaps?
politics

New Book meme

From ninebelow:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bible
(most of the interesting bits anyway)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

All Quiet on the Western Front by E M Remarque
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzenhitsyn