Over the past few weeks, I've developed and launched a radio program on CICK 93.9 FM, Smithers Community Radio. The show is called Interrobang. What is an interrobang? It's a publishing/printing mark, the unlikely combination of the interrogative, more commonly known as the question mark, and the bang, or exclamation point. It looks like this: _
The show is similarly an unlikely combination, of books and music. Each episode takes a single book and navigates its way through the pages with a carefully selected soundtrack, designed to reflect content, mood, and the general vibe of the plot, as well as the book's characters and the themes of the book. I look for song lyrics and song titles, as well as mood, style, and tone. It's a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.
Here are a few of the books I've done thus far: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey, and Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley. Some upcoming titles: Ecstasy Club by Douglas Rushkoff and Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill.
The show is broadcast live Tuesday mornings from 9:30-12 and replayed Saturday evenings from 7:30-10. In Smithers, you can tune into 93.9 FM; elsewhere, you can stream it at http://smithersradio.com. We're working on podcasting, too, so hopefully soon you can catch the show at your leisure on a computer or mobile device by connecting with iTunes.