Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Listen to Australian Radio online for an ESCAPE ARTISTS discussion

I'll be on the program "Life Matters" on Australian National Radio having a bloody long discussion about THE ESCAPE ARTISTS--whilst drinking a pint of Fosters and grilling shrimp on the barbie--on Tuesday, June 26th at 8:30 pm (Eastern time, which is like five days later in Australia or something.)

Think all Aussies are animal trackers and just like Brits, but with tans? Well, listen in and find out what they think about alternative careers down under. I promise to ask if their toilets flush the other way round.

Link: Listen live to Life Matters on ABC (Australian National Radio)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Great review of THE ESCAPE ARTISTS

There's a great write-up of ESCAPE in The Library Journal, recommending the book to all public libraries. While, granted, I don't get a royalty when people "rent" my book from a library, it's still pretty cool. Here's the text of the review, and a link:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to turn your hobby into a career, to get paid to do what you would do for free? Piven (The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook) profiles ten individuals who have done just that. From the dangerous (e.g., Navy SEAL; drug enforcement agent) to the humorous (stand-up comedian; clown), these jobs all have one thing in common: they are great escapes from the 9-5 world. Instead of a cubicle or corner office, these intrepid individuals report to raging river rapids, remote African villages, or the top of Mount Elbrus, the highest point in all of Europe. This book does not supply a 12-step plan to finding the ideal job; however, it does offer insight into the lives of individuals who have created jobs for themselves in unique and interesting ways. None of these individuals gets rich, but all are richly rewarded. In the tradition of Studs Turkel's Working, this book gives readers a voyeuristic view of the life and work of well-delineated individuals. Recommended for all public libraries.—Jennifer Zarr, NYPL

Library Journal
(review is halfway down the page)