Shebeen Club Reunion Party: Thursday, August 22

Typical Shebeen scene

Typical Shebeen scene


That’s right, Vangroover’s classiest literary gathering returns for One Night Only. Or will commit to One Night Only. You know how that goes.

This upcoming Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm, let’s meet up in the Shebeen and talk about old times and new times and, as ever, bitch about getting paid on time. If you’ve published a book since the last time we got together, bring some and we’ll let you show off. If you’ve gotten a new writing/editing/publishing gig since we last met, boast and we will applaud you.  If you’ve created an entire spoken word opera based on the Kardashians, please, in the name of Wagner, keep it to yourself.

Who’s welcome? Everyone except hostile drunks. If you’ve never been to the Shebeen Club before, well, it’s a group for practicing literati, whether they’re making a living at it or not. Writers, editors, publishers, book illustrators, printers, journalists, bloggers, poets, and not a few reprobates. They add a certain style to the mix.

Dress code: Dress writerly. Nobody knows what that means so you can’t get it wrong!

Pay for what you order, and don’t forget to tip nicely. We don’t want them getting annoyed with us after eight years, do we?

For the Facebook-dependent, the event is listed, and I quite frankly got so excited I blew $50 on Facebook ads. What can I say, it’s been a couple of years since our last get-together, and I lost my head.

Directions: the Shebeen is a “secret” pub, so it’s not going to have a giant neon sign out front. Go to the Irish Heather, 210 Carrall Street at the foot of Gastown in Maple Tree Square almost kitty-corner to Chill Winston. Go into the Irish Heather and straight through and out the back door. Turn right, because if you don’t you will walk smack into a brick wall. The door to the Shebeen is just a little ways on, on your left.

The Menu: no dinner special this time, but the menu is constantly changing and always high-quality. Don’t show up early, because they won’t be open yet!

What do you mean, “Reaching?”

No seriously, which one?

No seriously, which one?

But, I mean, like, Why must editors question everything?

Job: Travel Editor, Fodor’s

Set out for unknown shores

Set out for unknown shores

Oooooooh, this looks good, don’t it? Found this via a Simply Hired job alert (LOVE SimplyHired; it aggregates all the best job listings, and the support staff is awesome).

Your challenge:
Fodor’s Travel seeks an Editor to join the editorial team. This position reports to the Editorial Director. You will launch updates for 7 to 10 guidebooks a year; find and hire writers; edit copy and oversee editorial freelancers; and review book passes. Other requirements include: strong researching and communication skills; understanding of the requirements of multi-platform content; participation in social media; representing Fodor’s at relevant events.

Your profile:
Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 4 years editorial experience. Salary and title will be commensurate with experience. Individual must be at once detail-oriented and able to keep an eye on the big picture; proficient with writing, grammar and punctuation; passionate about travel; and possess 4 years experience with guidebooks. Excellent editorial skills and the ability to multitask efficiently are mandatory. Experience finding and hiring writers is desirable.

About our company:
Random House, Inc. is the world’s largest general trade book publisher. It is a division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the foremost media companies in the world.

All applicants must submit along with their resume a letter detailing their travel experience and why Fodor’s is of interest.

Submit application to:
Please apply using our online application process.


Face Up to Facebook

Face Book

Face Book

It has begun.

We’ve gotten a notice that our beloved (well, we’re being generous) Facebook Group is scheduled to be Archived. This means basically the four or five pictures we’ve got will stay and pretty much everything else will be gone. Sooper.

And we cannot convert it into a new style group, because there hasn’t been enough recent activity. And that means for our future plans, you will have to either keep checking the blog, buy raincoaster and Ian drinks at the Heather (and we all know how expensive that can be, right?) or wait for a hand-delivered message on parchment, and who has parchment lying around handy anymore, seriously?

You see where we are going with this, right?

Please, please, for the love of the printed (or pixillated) word, go to our Facebook Group and comment, like, or share something.


Pet Peeve (Part of a Series): Mis’-Use of the Apostrophe’

Sweet Mother of God: thank Heavens someone is still willing to take on this topic!

I don’t buy the argument that dialogue won’t sound believably kid-like if it’s actually grammatically correct. Read any book by Natalie Babbitt or E.B. White or Norton Juster, and you’ll be reassured that good grammar wielded well is invisible and takes a back seat to story and character every single time. Whereas I can’t even finish an easy reader in which a talking animal says “I’m taller than her.” No, you’re not!

Head here for the article ‘Apostrophes Don’t Mean, “Here Comes an S.” ‘

Cover image

Cover image