After a two-month hiatus, we return with a new round-up of recent reviews & notices of New Star titles.
Photographer Vladimir Keremidschieff’s last Vancouver gig was for the Vancouver Sun. No surprise, then, that the Sun takes a special interest in the Vancouverite’s return, at least in the guise of author, to his former home town (he now lives Sydney, Australia). First, freelance writer Heidi Greco reviewed Vlad’s Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed 1967–1974 in a piece that ran in the January 6 edition of paper. A few days later, John Mackie’s feature story about Keremidschieff, and his book of photos, ran in the same paper’s Arts & Life section.
(The Sun also featured a review of another recent New Star title last month, when it ran Tom Sandborn’s review of Mac-Pap: Memoir of a Canadian in The Spanish Civil War, by Ronald Liversedge. You can read it here.)
Vlad also shot for the Georgia Straight, and that organ, which began life as an underground newspaper in the late 1960s, printed George Fetherling’s review of Seize the Time a week before Christmas (& too late for our last Review of Reviews). It was the Straight connection that lead to the publication of Vlad’s photos in book form — New Star stumbled upon his work as a result of research in the Straight archives for another another recent New Star title, Lawrence Aronsen’s City of Love and Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties.
We really liked Rebecca Bollwit’s write-up on her lively blog, Miss 604. Joseph Planta interviewed Vlad for his blogsite on thecommentary.ca, where you can download the interview podcast. And The Tyee features a nice sampling of photos from Seize the Time. Over on his Schrodinger’s Cat blogsite, Jamie Reid reproduces his Afterword to Vlad’s book.
A few write-ups about Graeme Truelove’s biography Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics didn’t make it into our December Review of Reviews. The Surrey Leader interviewed local-boy-made-good Truelove, and ran a story about his book in their January 6 issue. Rival Surrey Now’s story, by Carolyn Cooke, ran a bit earlier, on November 12. You can read it here.
The website Gay Vancouver interviewed Truelove back in November. Svend’s smiling face graced the cover of the November 21 issue of Xtra!, which ran former Xtra! editor Gareth Kirkby’s spread on Robinson and the biography. BC Bookworld editor Alan Twigg’s review can be found here. And early in the New Year, the Hamilton Spectator ran the uniquely personal and moving review of Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics written for them by Aidan Johnson.
Finally — a smart review of Franzlations: The Imaginary Kafka Parables, by Gary Barwin, Hugh Thomas, and Craig Conley, a book we published three years ago, & which has mostly been greeted with puzzled silence. Maybe University of Waterloo literature prof Menachem Feuer’s write-up on his brainy, stylish, and fascinating blogsite, The Home of Schlemiel Theory, is a sign that that is about to change.