Author and educator Bill McKibben is beloved by many environmentalists for ensuring that so many people understand the perils of climate change.
But until I saw a tweet from McKibben today, I never knew that his dog was also a force for good in the world.
Although the third season of Game of Thrones might be over and the fourth season isn’t scheduled to hit the airwaves until 2014, fans can still get a taste of Westeros with Brewery Ommegang’s newest brew.
The brewery's Take the Black Stout, second in their series of beers designed around the hit HBO program, is inspired by the Night's Watch and will appear on discerning liquor-store shelves later this year.
As a young Fred Savage discovers, the latest Game of Thrones episode pretty much proves that George R. R. Martin can write whatever unspeakable cruelties he wants, and we'll always come crawling back for more. Now that kissing scene from The Princess Bride doesn't seem so bad, does it?
The above video does contain spoilers, so don't watch it if you haven't seen the episode.
In an effort to promote its summer-reading program, the Seattle Public Library recently attempted to set a new record for the world's longest book-domino chain.
According the video above, on May 31, two college students and 27 volunteers used 2,131 books to build a domino chain that wound around the grounds of the library's flagship location (1000 4th Ave., Seattle, Washington).
Whether it shattered the record remains to be seen, but anyway you slice it, that's a lot of books for the librarians to pick up.
The Children’s Writers and Illustrators of B.C. Society present the Walking Read, a costume gala benefiting the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation on June 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Open Road Lexus (5631 Parkwood Way, Richmond).
The gala will feature food, drinks, music by the Gale Force Blues Band, a silent auction, a photo booth, swag bags, and a costume contest. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favourite children’s book character, such as Peter Pan, Katniss Everdeen, Little Red Riding Hood, or the Cat in the Hat. Prizes will be awarded for best costume from a children’s book, best costume from a Canadian children’s book, and best costume from a CWILL BC member’s book.
In his latest work, environmental writer Georgie Monbiot argues that a mass restoration of ecosystems will not only benefit the planet, but also reshape humans’ lives for the better.
“I started work on Feral because I just could not take it any longer,” Monbiot says in the first video below. “I realized that I was ecologically bored….I found myself scratching at the walls of this life, looking for a way out into a wider space beyond. And I think I found it, and it’s called rewilding.”
What that means is the mass restoration of ecosystems.
After watching the antics of Toronto's Rob Ford and observing how Vancouver's mayoral staff distribute Gregor Robertson's statements via email, it would be easy to conclude that none of Canada's big-city mayors ever pop open a book. (Note: I didn't write "crack" open a book.)
But there is proof that one of their brethren, Naheed Nenshi in Calgary, actually does read. Check out the video above.
Local novelist and punk-rock band biographer Chris Walter has sold a shitload of books at punk gigs, which is where he usually holds his launches; past events have seen him reading before sets by local luminaries like the Subhumans, SNFU, and the Rebel Spell. Given this, it might surprise fans to discover that getting on-stage at bar gigs is not high on the list of Walter's favourite things.
Don’t be surprised if you see more books than usual downtown on the weekend of September 28 and 29, because that’s when the Vancouver Book Fair opens its doors at UBC Robson Square (800 Robson).
Touted as the only antiquarian-, collectible-, and rare-book fair in Western Canada, the Vancouver Book Fair features books, ephemera, maps, prints, manuscripts, and works on paper. Topics range from history to children’s books to science and technology to travel. There will also be modern first editions and signed copies up for grabs.
David Gonzalez, a remodeler in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, got quite a surprise when he found a copy of Action Comics #1 inside some old newspapers used for insulation.
Action Comics #1, of course, is famous for featuring the first appearance of Superman, the part-time reporter and super-powered man from Krypton. Printed in 1938, copies of this issue routinely fetch high prices at auctions.
Unfortunately, due to a tear on the cover sustained during extraction, this copy's quality was rated at 1.5 on a scale of 10. Even taking that damage into consideration, online-auction bids on the rare comic book have reached US$127,000.