Posts Tagged ‘BBC’


Nifty: Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler

July 25, 2011

Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler via BBC 1958Carolyn Kellogg‘s reflection on Raymond Chandler at Jacket Copy includes this gem:

… writer Geoff Nicholson sent me a link to an amazing 1957 interview between Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler on the BBC. It was the first time I’d heard Chandler speak, a strange and marvelous experience. He’s a little moody, a little distracted, and quite possibly drunk. The two were, apparently, sitting in the same studio in England.

Yeah. Click that link. It is about twenty-five minutes long. Absolutely fascinating.



LA 8: Bound for Newport Beach

April 7, 2010

SCWC LA 8 - Newport BeachSo what are you doing come September? I’m thinking maybe the weekend of the 24th – 26th?

I don’t know, how does Newport Beach sound?

Sound good? Well, yeah. Because that’s the time and place for SCWC LA8, the eighth annual Los Angeles gathering of the Southern California Writers’ Conference.

And we would very, very much like to see you there. All of you. Every one of you. And bring a friend. Maybe we’ll buy bonus drinks, or something, if you don’t have to tie them up and hide them in your baggage. (No smuggling corpses, though; we will eventually figure it out. Probably sometime Sunday, but still ….)

So come on ’round and raise a glass. LA8 will feature some great talent assembled to teach you the ins and outs of writing, publishing, and surviving as a professional author. And, hey, how about this? If enough people sign up, maybe we can force MSG, Wes, and Decker to treat us to a sing-along of Beach Boys hits, including a serenade for our writing contest winners. (Come on, what would you give to see Michael on his knees, singing, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, or Decker crooning, “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”?)

Okay, okay, so that idea is going to take some work.

But I said something about talent, so here we go. Already confirmed is special guest speaker Ellen Bryson, whose forthcoming The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno (Henry Holt & Co.) is due in June. Also, we have award-winning writer and producer Erik Bork (HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers, and Rome) onboard, as well as the beloved Drusilla Campbell (Blood Orange and Bone Lake, from Grand Central Publishing), acclaimed horror novelist Mark Clements (6:02, Children of the End, The Land of Nod, and Lorelei, from Bushido Press), and the adored, revered, and treasured Judy Reeves (A Writer’s Book of Days and Writing Alone, Writing Together, from New World Library).

What? That’s not enough? Are you serious? I mean, come on, it’s only April, folks. What more do you want for early confirmations? Oh, right. Agents, editors, publishers, and all those cool folks from the business end of the writing and publishing gig.

Well, guess what? We’ve got those, too. Including Paul Fedorko (N. S. Bienstock), Mollie Glick (Foundry Media), Matt Hudson (William Morris Endeavor), Georgia Hughes (New World Library), Jill Marr (Sandra Dijkstra Agency), and she without whom we could not … er … um … do without, the newly independent and entrepreneurial Sally van Haitsma (van Haitsma Literary).

And if that lineup isn’t enough—really, what do you want?—we can always tempt you with more. We’ll post the news here as we get it, but also be sure to check in on the newly revamped SCWC website, with our great appreciation and deepest thanks to Jeremy Lee James and the folks at Write Click Media for their hard work and wonderful results.

Still with me? Well, you better be. Because here’s the good stuff. I mean, you know, if all that talent and the slick new look for the main site aren’t enough. Because we’re not at all insensitive to these economic times. (Really, ever wonder why MSG cuts his hair so short? It’s so he can’t pull it out.) That’s why we’re offering … you guessed it … a discount.

So register before June 1, 2010, and save $75 on your conference fee.

Wait, wait, wait. Let me try that again:

Register before June 1, 2010, and save $75 on your conference fee!

That looks much better with the exclamation point, doesn’t it?

And, of course, one final offer. Register today and I’ll stop bugging you about it.

For now. I mean, sorry, but I’ll have to harangue the slowpokes at some point.

Sign up. Write well. And we’ll see you in Newport Beach.