Fame Whores, Cocaine and Smelling Tom Ford: The Shinan Govani Interview

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It wasn’t a famously grim Vancouver day on the cusp of autumn.  It was a little overcast, a little rainy.  The weather couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to be and so settled on a kind of consistently unadorned greyness with a minor chilling, insubstantial breeze.

This was the backdrop to my interview with Shinan Govani at the Elephant and Castle Pub in downtown Vancouver.

Shinan showed up for the interview umbrella in hand, clearly having heeded the advice of the concierge at the Shangri-La Hotel where he was staying.

We ordered a round of gin & tonics and settled in for the interview.

You can listen to the interview by clicking this link.Bold Face Names

Shinan is the National Post’s “resident snoop, town crier and people watcher.”

According to Richard Johnson of the New York Post’s legendary Page 6, “Shinan Govani works with bemused detachment in a bizarro world of fame whores and the truly famous, and he knows the difference. In Boldface Names, he plumbs the depths of the shallow party circuit, and finds humanity beneath the celebrity, and wisdom beyond mere wit.”

Shinan was in town to promote the launch of his new book, Bold Face Names, which, if the back cover copy is to be trusted, carries a narrative that sweeps “…from the beaches of Anguilla to the towers of Dubai, from LA to London to the social mines of Toronto…”

Social mines of Toronto?!!?  Dear god help us all.

Sean Cranbury is the Executive Editor of Books on the Radio. He's also Founder and Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series. Sean is General Manager at the legendary Storm Crow Tavern and consults with literary arts organizations on digital communications strategies.

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