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Literary Jabs

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To pound out some publicity for his upcoming book, Craig Davidson intends to fight a willing literary pugilist at his book launch in October. More often than not, publicists are trying to keep their writers out of trouble. But in this case, “the idea was thought up by his publicist, Stephen Myers at Penguin, who met Davidson in Toronto at last year’s International Festival of Authors. ‘He showed up with a posse of farm-boy dudes who were all 6½feet tall,’ Myers says, ‘and just drank up the bar.’

Davidson’s book is entitled The Fighter and it revolves around the attempt to eliminate all fear from one’s life. So far, Davidson has received interest from a number of trained boxers who want in on the action. He should give Thom Jones a call if he’s really feeling ambitious.