The Word This Week

Show #5-17 – March 30, 2006

Post Secret
Frank Warren started PostSecret in November 2004 when he invited people to anonymously mail in their secret on a post card, to a group art project.  That project grew into the website PostSecret.com which is now the 3rd largest blog on the internet, with over 19 million visitors since it’s launch.  Frank has taken some of those secrets and archived them into the book - PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions From Ordinary Lives.


Peter Bergen
CNN’s terrorism analyst Peter Bergen is one of the few journalists to have interviewed Osama bin Laden.  Bergen went on to conduct more than 50 interviews with the friends and family of the allusive terrorist, all complied here in the compehensive portrait: The Osama bin Laden I Know.

Alan Lightman
What do art & science have in common? Plenty according to Alan Lightman. A professor at MIT...a physicist...an essayist...and a novelist to boot, his book Einstein's Dreams was an international best seller. His latest work, The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science, Alan not only explores the creativity and emotion behind science, but the personalities of the scientists whose discoveries profoundly changed our world.

Greenpeace
Journalist and ecologist Rex Weyler gives us a first hand look into the early days of the small Vancouver protest group, that grew into the international phenomenon known globally as Greenpeace

Charles Taylor Prize
The 2006 Charles Taylor Prize ceremony was held at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Toronto recently. The lucky winner of the $25,000 prize for Non-Fiction was J. B MacKinnon for his novel Dead Man in Paradise.

Norval Morriseau
Norval Morriseau is perhaps the greatest Native artist ever to have lived.  Through his magical paintings he has given life to Ancient native legends and fables. Recently published is a collection of his work Return to The House of Invention.

Book Lovers Ball
The First Annual Book Lovers Ball took place in Toronto recently. Guests, who included many famous authors, were asked to dress up as their favourite literary character and we joined in on the festivities.

Poker
When he’s not busy writing Grant McCrea spends his ‘spare time’ as one of the world’s leading litigation lawyers.  So if the world of high stakes poker, murder, and corruption gets your blood flowing, then may we suggest his book Dead Money.

Jackie Collins
Speaking of secrets and somebody who can't keep one, Jackie Collins was in The CHUM Building recently talking up her latest Hollywood insider book Lovers and Players.  It’s all about 7 days in New York featuring a dysfunctional billionaire, his three sons, two murders, an illegitimate child, hookers, mobsters, betrayal, lust and oh yes, New York virgin.

 

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