The following segment aired on News at Noon on May 15, 2008. We think she may have been making fun of us by the end of this. How do you like them apples?


And, after two evenings at Fredericton’s Snooty Fox and Andrew’s romp through the bars on Barrington in Halifax one night, it seems the Maritimes have also hit the Kickstart authors – pretty hard.

Queen Anne showing off her assets in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Andrew sees his name in bright lights at Westminster Books in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is cheering on the inside.

The famed three steeples in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

Is this what they call a crag? Andrew and Alexander by the lighthouse on Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

A fountain by False Creek

Fish and Chips near Granville Island

The Marina on False Creek

House boats on Granville Island

The view from John Robinson’s beautiful apartment (where we were staying), on a rainy day, no less

Downtown from Robson

Kitsilano Beach, looking downtown

Public parks, waterfalls and progressive architecture. A lesson for all cities

The interstellar Sky Train stop near Simon Fraser University

Signing books at Blackberry Books on Granville Island

Speaking at Blackberry Books

To read the latest tour blog on Open Book, click here:




Here we are in downtown Calgary, on Stephen Avenue, looking up at the Calgary Tower. Please avoid any CN Tower comparisons - they don\'t like that here.

Here we are in downtown Calgary, on Stephen Avenue, looking up at the Calgary Tower. Please avoid any CN Tower comparisons – they don’t like that here.


A typical scene in downtown Calgary, come 5 pm. A real blue collar place.


 Andrew Feindel, the endless salesperson, spreading the Kickstart word around Calgary – at least doing his best.

Calgarian sprawl at its best.

Bringing Kickstart to the schools: Alexander Herman at Henry Wise Wood High School in south Calgary. The audience of grade twelves was more captive than captivated, but the students caught on to the importance of thinking about what to do with their lives – eventually.

The University of Calgary (alma mater of Kickstart feature and Java-founder James Gosling): who says Alberta ain’t green?

The Calgary Public Library, Central Branch, across from City Hall – where we had our Kickstart event.

Signing books and looking useful at the Calgary Public Library.

Kickstart in Calgary

May 13, 2008

Read more about stop two on the cross-country Kickstart tour at our Writers in Residence page for Open Book:

The Kickstart national tour has officially commenced. At the moment, it consists of only Alex, who’s doing the Saskatchewan events on his own. This morning, we received the following e-mail:

“Hi all,
It’s 9am Regina time. Spring hasn’t exactly sprung here. The trees are still dry and leafless. My grandparents have apparently put posters for our event “all over the city”. Someone we bumped into at the airport heard the bit on CBC Blue Skies.”

This is the beginning of something good.

Alex being Alex, this whole endeavor couldn’t have gone by without a soundtrack. Alex is a pathological producer of Mix CDs: Songs to do your Laundry To, Songs to Get Funky To, etc.

The following is the Track listing to the “Kickstart 2008 Tour Mix”. It’s like Big Shiny Tunes 8, but with less suck.

1. Thank You For Sending Me an Angel – Talking Heads

2. Holland, 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel

3. Denis – Blondie

4. Nantes – Beirut

5. Harborcoat – REM

6. Shine a Light – Wolf Parade (CanCon)

7. Love Minus Zero-No Limit – Bob Dylan

8. Genesis Hall – Fairport Convention

9. Here He Comes – Brian Eno

10. Can You Get To That – Funkadelic

11. Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off – Hawksley Workman (CanCon)

12. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! – The Magnetic Fields

13. Heatwave – The Jam

14. Yes Sir, No Sir – The Kinks

15. Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones

16. Luscious Life – Patrick Watson (CanCon)

17. Disorder – Joy Division

18. Connection – Rolling Stones

19. Family Snapshot – Peter Gabriel

20. Videotape (Live at Place des Arts, Montreal) – Radiohead

21. Midnight Special – Leadbelly

Please feel free to leave comments, complements, or disparaging remarks.

The authors of Kickstart will be setting out on their cross-Canada tour this week. Find them at a city (or bookstore, or library, or university, or street corner) near you! If you know anyone from these places, please pass on the message. We’re very keen about teaching people across the country about the Kickstart project.

May 9-11: Regina, SK

EVENT: Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 pm: Reading and signing at the Book & Brier Patch, 4065 Albert Street

May 12: Saskatoon, SK

May 13-15: Calgary, AB

EVENT: Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm: Reading and signing at the Calgary Central Library, 616 MacLeod Trail SE

May 15-17: Edmonton, AB

EVENT: Friday, May 16 at 12:00 pm: Reading and signing at Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave NW

May 18-21: Vancouver, BC

EVENT: Tuesday, May 20 at 5:00 pm: Reading and signing at Blackberry Books, 1666 Johnston St.

May 21-23: Fredericton, NB

EVENT: Thursday, May 22 at 6:00 pm: Reading and signing at Westminster Books, 445 King Street

May 23-27: Halifax, NS