Funny things happen when you least expect them, like, striking up a conversation with Paul Alves from The Book Guys.
Not only does Paul and company host a great website, but since the summer of 2011, they’ve been running a fantastic (and free!) podcast series available through iTunes. When you’re in the iTunes store, search “Book Guys Show” and you’ll find it. Subscribe and start downloading some of those most entertaining episodes.
They do reviews of such genres as mysteries (yay!), science fiction and fantasy (yay!), biographies (yay!) and fiction (okay). On top of that, they have a big interest in audiobooks and radio plays. They had me at “Audio Drama – Philip Marlowe.”
But believe it or not, that’s not how Paul first caught my attention. I’m sure everyone has people on their Facebook that they don’t remember adding, and in this case, Paul the Book Guy was one of them. I’d seen some of his updates, but I hadn’t really paid that much attention (sorry Paul), until he asked for authors to donate their books to be shipped to men and women serving overseas. I wanted more information, because – having been in the Reserves and having at least one friend who has served in Afghanistan (hi Stuart!) – I liked this idea very much.
So he asked me to send him an email if I had more questions. Later, Paul whipped up this: a post with all the info you need for Operation Santa Claus. I’ll be sending him a few things myself, as soon as they become available.
I also mentioned that I would like to spread the word about this to some of my friends at the Crime Writers of Canada. He was happy to hear the suggestion, and wanted to know more about the Crime Writers of Canada. The conversation went from there.
And now I’m scheduled to be on the Book Guy Show podcast on February 27th, talking about the Crime Writers of Canada.
So darn it, subscribe already! Barring that, you can also listen to various episodes via their website. But isn’t it more fun to disconnect from the computer and take The Book Guys with you?
Speaking of which, I’m uploading a recent episode right now, and I’m going to dive to the bottom of a nice cup of hot chocolate, because it is freakishly cold inside my apartment. Darned Montreal winters.
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