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.
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.
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.