Eustace Tilley gets a makeover

Johnny Depp is mad as a hatter if he thinks that lipstick works for him

It’s the 21st Century, folks. That “Edwardian Dandy” look may be okay for Johnny Depp, but if you’re not as gifted in the “devastating physical beauty” category, it’s critical to keep your look modern and fresh. To that effort, the esteemed (if hardly ever, you know, read) New Yorker magazine sponsored a makeover of its beloved, if fusty, mascot, Eustace Tilley.

You can click through all the selected winners (in the finest tradition of literary magazines, I believe not one of them got paid) or you can scroll below to see some of my personal favorites. Yes, I’m a little bit Goth. What can I say: everything old is new again.

Big Daddy Tilley

Big Daddy Tilley

Tilley Makeover Horror

Tilley Makeover Horror

Mr Burns is a Tilley for the new century

Mr Burns is a Tilley for the new century

Zombie Tilley. So hot right now.

Zombie Tilley. So hot right now.

Eustace Tilley goes sci-fi

Eustace Tilley goes sci-fi

and my favorite, and not just because that stupid Facebook quiz told me I was Dorian Gray:

The Picture of Eustace Tilley

The Picture of Eustace Tilley

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This is a post for Blogathon, by the way.

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Federation of BC Writers: Lower Mainland Regional Rep volunteer position

Charles Dickens breaks through writer's block

Charles Dickens breaks through writer's block

Yes, I’m stepping down, not that my slightly insane schedule ever let me do a proper job of this. It’s a great position for someone who’s organized and community-minded, who likes to support and promote events, groups, and individual writers around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It’s highly social, and great exposure. I’d say the job takes four or five hours a week to do properly, since the Lower Mainland is so active and there’s so much to keep track of. Here’s the official posting:

CALL FOR LOWER MAINLAND SUNSHINE COAST REGIONAL REP

The Federation of BC Writers is looking for a member to serve as the LowerMainland/

Sunshine Coast Regional Representative. As a regional representative, your responsibilities

include:

• participating as a member of the Federation board of directors

• helping to organize Federation-sponsored regional events

• representing the Federation at regional literary events

• writing quarterly regional reports for WordWorks magazine and e-newsletters

• communicating regularly with regional members

• acting as a resource for member queries

• maintaining a regional email list

If you’re interested in serving a two-year term for this position, please send an email to

bcwriters at shaw.ca that includes your resume (attached as a Word document) with a succinct cover letter that tells us 1) why you’re interested in the position, 2) how much time you’re able to commit on a monthly basis, 3) a bit about your writing background, and 4) your skills and interests by Friday, July 30. Please put Regional Rep in the subject line.

This is as good a spot as any to mention that this Saturday I’ll be participating in Blogathon, a 24-hour, 48 blog post postathon, to raise money for the Fed. You can sponsor me by selecting “raincoaster.com” from the list of available blogs to sponsor. All the posts will be going up over there. After Blogathon, you just tote up your donation and send the cheque straight to the Fed, which will put it to good use on behalf of British Columbia’s home-grown literary talent.

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BC Book Prizes Online Auction Live!

Online Auction

Online Auction

The BC Book Prizes Online Auction

Bid Now!

We are pleased to announce our first BC Book Prizes Fundraising Auction – that will take place entirely online! You can bid on event tickets, gift certificates. and vacation packages as easily as checking your email and best of all, all proceeds go to support the BC Book Prizes.

Our third auction packages are posted on our website right now! Bid on a Golf and Spa adventure to Kamloops or a literary trip to Whistler, and much more!

Bidding is Now Open
Click here to check it out!

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