Coffee Shop Culture Inspires San Diego Writer

The Espresso mastheadRight up my alley, John Rippo has been capturing snapshots of coffee shop culture in The Espresso, his independent newspaper for cafe society. Heard in the Houses is a collection of vignettes based on Rippo’s observations of cafe patrons.

Rippo spoke with NPR’s “Morning Edition” about a predilection close to my heart. LISTEN, or READ the full transcript.

Now, enjoy this scene from Coffee & Cigarettes featuring Bill Murray, RZA and GZA from Wutang Clan.

Seen Reading Nominated for Two Alberta Literary Awards

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This news gon’ put a little spring in my step. Seen Reading is nominated for two Alberta Literary Awards: Trade Fiction and Book Design, for Natalie Olsen of Kisscut Design.

The little book that could is thrilled to be among such great company!

Read the full list of nominees.

Hosted by Todd Babiak, with a keynote speech from Shelagh Rogers, the awards will be announced Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Alberta Book Awards Gala, co-hosted by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta and The Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

To celebrate, here’s a cute video of a baby losing it while his mum reads to him.