April 2010

The Tiger Trap

From The Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine April 2010
In December, a pair of UC Davis economists estimated that Tiger Woods's off-course philandering managed to wipe out about $12 billion (all currency in U.S. dollars) market value for his sponsors. It wasn't long before experts were speculating that the whole celebrity endorsement market was headed for a crash. One fallible human could not be relied on to personify a whole brand, was the suggestion from at least one consultant. And the sports attorney who writes the excellent blog Sportsbiz pragmatically pointed out that insurance costs were sure to rise for endorsement deals, driving down any hopes of profitability.
Posted: Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010 9:54am

Launch Party for Darwin's Bastards

Fun launch party planned for the anthology of speculative fiction Darwin's Bastards, to which I contributed the story Sunshine City.
I quote from the D&M website: "Are you one of Darwin's Bastards? There's only one way to find out. Join the stellar cast of contributing writers at one of two great events we have planned to launch Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. We're in Vancouver and Toronto wearing some cosmic costumes, performing some psychedelic shows, and having some futuristic fun. All with the amazing emcee stylings of Zsuzsi Gartner, who edited and compiled the collection."
I'll be reading from the opening of Sunshine City.
Friday, April 16
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street
doors at 8 pm
Also featuring: Laura Trunkey, Jay Brown, Paul Carlucci, Adam Lewis Schroeder, Annabel Lyon, Oliver Kellhammer, Lee Henderson


Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010 8:54pm