“AMERICA, BUT BETTER” LAUNCH
BRIAN CALVERT AND CHRIS CANNON IN CONVERSATION WITH MARNI JACKSON AT “AMERICA, BUT BETTER” BOOK LAUNCH
Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free and The Canada Party will show them a world where Americans can become born-again Canadians by accepting hockey into their life and dipping their forehead into a bowl of maple syrup. Witness the plan to restore America to its former glory as authors Brian Calvert and Chris Cannon discuss The Canada Party’s platform with writer Marni Jackson on their Toronto campaign trail stop to launch America, But Better, The Canada Party Manifesto. Presented by This Is Not a Reading Series, D&M Publishers, the Gladstone Hotel, and The Toronto Review of Books.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7 pm; Event begins at 7:30 pm
Admission is $5 or FREE with purchase of a book
America, but Better, The Canada Party Manifesto by Chris Cannon and Brian Calvert.
Based on their hilarious viral campaign, a new satirical political party announces its CANADAcy for president of the United States.
As the American election increasingly resembles a production of CATS performed by actual cats, U.S. citizens are looking for a new leader. That leader is Canada, and they want your vote for president of the United States.
Since launching their video campaign in January, the Canada Party has gone viral, with almost a million hits on YouTube and coverage ranging from CNN and the BBC to the Huffington Post and German State Television. Their new book, America, but Better: the Canada Party Manifesto, balances the doctrine of American exceptionalism with a dose of Canadian humility and common sense in an effort to secure Canada as the new leader of the free world, by proxy.
Their promises: One gay couple will be allowed to marry for every straight couple that gets divorced. The phrase "job creators" will be changed to "job creationists," and they will be given seven days to actually create some. Corporations will still be people, but if they can't provide a birth certificate they will be legally obligated to care for your lawn. Corners will be installed in the Oval Office, and timeouts given to congressmen who can't play nice.
Devoted to restoring America to its former glory, the Canada Party will soon have the whole world chanting, "Yes We Canada." Visit AmericaButBetter.com
“Cannon and Calvert may sound like a Bay Street firm, but in my mind their manifesto possesses the key to reforming our politics: “a nation returned to the principles of liberty and equality, plus some stuff about hockey.” Here, for example, is the kind of wisdom we Americans would be smart to adopt: “As Canadians find actual wars costly and inconvenient, we’ve become purists in the realm of sports, choosing to honor our athletic forebears by conducting all our murder, rape and pillaging in controlled 60-minute sessions on Saturday afternoons. Because we also prize our dry sense of humor, we hold this sport on a sheet of ice, combining the grace of carefree skating with the brutality of beating your colleagues with large wooden sticks.”
David M. Shribman, executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via special to the Globe and Mail
Brian Calvert has written, acted, produced, directed or edited over fifty short films and five multi-media (live and video) stage shows. He is co-creator of the online sketch comedy groups ChurchofJerks.com and VILLAGEiDiOT.ca. Brian completed much of his schooling in Sarnia, Ontario, border city to Port Huron, Michigan. He now lives in Vancouver, B.C. Read Brian’s complete bio at http://www.dmpibooks.com/author/brian-calvert
Chris Cannon is the author of four books and hundreds of articles in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and the Tyee. A former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, Chris served in the Presidential honor guard and in the intelligence and counterterrorism fields. He now teaches cultural criticism at the University of British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver, B.C. For more information about Chris, visit http://www.dmpibooks.com/author/chris-cannon
Marni Jackson One of Canada’s most respected nonfiction writers, Marni writes about a broad range of subjects, including family, motherhood, medical education, pain studies, the literary world, and wilderness expeditions. Her books combine novelistic narrative elements with cultural analysis, and she is best known for her stylish and darkly comic family memoirs, The Mother Zone and the forthcoming companion volume, Home Free: The Myth of The Empty Nest. Her work has been published in Canada, the US and England.
In the course of her career, Marni’s columns, features and essays have appeared in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Explore, Outside, Rolling Stone, The London Sunday Times, Utne, and Brick magazine, among others. Her journalism has won numerous National Magazine Awards, for travel, humor, columns, and personal journalism. For more information about Marni, visit her website at marnijackson.com.
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