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Monday, March 26, 2007

I'm Litminded!

Litminds.org, based out of the U.S., is a site I recently discovered through fellow blogger, Sam Houston. They refer to themselves as "a community of people who are enthusiastic about reading, sharing their book endeavors with others, connecting with authors and independent booksellers." I've been mostly enjoying it because of the message boards. There have been a lot of interesting book related discussions happening, and it's a great way to meet people with similar reading tastes and habits. They also feature occasional interviews with authors, readers, and bloggers. Still, I didn't expect to be one of them!

Last week I was contacted by a member of the Litminds team who was interested in doing an interview with me (probably in large part due to my physical location). Whatever caught their attention, I jumped on the opportunity. My immediate reaction was, "I wonder if I can sneak my Canada Reads 2008 ambitions into the interview" but couldn't decide if that was tacky or not. Lo and behold, it was one of the first things they had asked about (they had been checking out my blog). Perfect! The more publicity that I can get linking me to next year's show, the better chance I should have. I know it's American publicity and the program itself is Canadian, but hey, if I can direct a few American fans in their direction it surely couldn't hurt.

You can check out the entire interview here.

11 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You celeb! What will you wear when Ah-nold invites you over for a bbq?

I will have to go over to Litminds and check out your interview when it's up. You might want to drop the cbc a line too, maybe?

John Mutford said...

The interview is already up actually. And dropping the CBC a line- I'm one step ahead of you!

Debbie Strom said...

Congratulations on your newfound fame!!! 10000 hits and a great interview on Litminds!!! Can't wait to hear you on Canada Reads in 2008!!!

John Mutford said...

Thanks Debbie, but I haven't begun chicken counting just yet.

John Mutford said...

The wonderful Litmind people have now added a topic to their discussion boards entitled, John Mutford: Canada Reads or Bust. (This was without any prodding on my part, I swear!) Please add your support there as well.

Allison said...

I loved your comment about how Canada Reads is the 'Superbowl' of Canadian literary debate.

I have to say that was a very compelling interview, and it was interesting to read about Nunavut as well. You're becoming a blogging celeb, I really hope this helps on your quest with Canada Reads.

John Mutford said...

Allison, reading it back last night I feared the "Superbowl" comment might come across as hyperbole, or that I was trying too hard for a soundbite or something. But after giving it some thought, I stick by it. Of course, perhaps Stanley Cup final may have been more appropriate! To me though, it does hold that level of excitement. While it may not hold as much esteem in some circles as does the Gillers or Governor General awards, it certainly gets more public attention. And why not, unlike those others, Canada Reads lets us in on how their decisions are made. We don't always agree but that's part of it. Our disagreements with panelists are a large part of what drives the public discussions.

Rebecca said...

Very nice! Congrats on the interview - you've did a great job of promoting Iqaluit at the same time you were doing your Canada Reads 2008 pitch!

John Mutford said...

Rebecca, it is a great place. I was taken aback by how much it has to offer.

Sam Houston said...

Congrats, John. I really enjoyed the interview and love the way that your enthusiasm comes through.

The folks over at Canada Reads just aren't going to be able to ignore the little people who are demanding your inclusion in 2008. Best of luck...I'm pulling for you.

John Mutford said...

I'm sure they're at least aware of my presence. I just hope they recognize the effort and that any publicity that I can send their way has to be a little help! Thanks Sam!