Newly created video clips for Douglas Coupland's Generation A exclusively available on iTunes



    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Today Random House Canada proudly announces the
availability of three free video clips inspired by Douglas Coupland's new
novel, Generation A, exclusively available on the iTunes Store
(www.iTunes.ca). Generation A is Douglas Coupland's version of a sequel to his
hugely influential novel, Generation X. It's set in a near future where bees
are extinct - until one autumn when five people are stung in different places
around the world. This shared experience unites them in a way they never could
have imagined. The exclusive clips, entitled "Generation A - 10 Questions for
Douglas Coupland," "Colour Samples" and "The Tragic Death of the Channel Three
News Team," are available on iTunes (itunes.ca/douglascoupland) as part of the
Douglas Coupland Video Podcast. The video clips can be downloaded beginning
today through September 14.
    Toronto-based Crush Inc. created the video clips in collaboration with
Coupland and Random House Canada. Crush was responsible for creating the
innovative clips for The Gum Thief, which went viral on the internet and won
numerous design and advertising awards for the company.
    Generation A - 10 Questions for Douglas Coupland is a 10-minute video
clip that captures author and artist Douglas Coupland, sealed in a sterile
white room, bombarded with a series of questions designed to gain some insight
into his thought processes and his new novel, Generation A. Intermittently
punctuated by advertising for a television news team and a mysterious drug,
both of which feature in his novel, the clip covers a wide and seemingly
random range of topics, from Coupland's working methods, to his favourite
letter of the alphabet. The video clip tries to mirror the novels fragmented
structure while offering an unguarded window into a celebrated thinker,
artist, and cultural icon.
    Colour Samples is a two-minute clip excerpt from Douglas Coupland's new
novel, Generation A and focuses on a character from the book, who tries to
ease his mind by going through fancifully named paint colours, as the samples
build and animate.
    The Tragic Death of the Channel Three News Team is an animated video
clip, re-imagining one of the stories within Generation A, about a cult bent
on gaining enlightenment by killing celebrities, as a lurid graphic novel. The
circle of people considered famous enough to be targets grows until no one is
safe.
    Said Anne Collins, Vice President, Publisher, Random House Canada: "Doug
Coupland's novels are so innovative in themselves they push you to try new
things to spread the word about them. Each of these pieces from Crush takes
off from the content of the novel, spreads its own little wings and flies. I
get a huge kick out of what Crush does. It was really fun to watch the
interview segment, in which Doug gets subjected to the same kind of
disembodied interrogation his five characters undergo in the novel."
    Said Gary Thomas, Creative Director, Crush Inc.: "Working with director
David Hicks, we set up a clean white space, four cameras and Doug Coupland,
and then recorded it. We wanted to inject elements of Generation A into the
interviews, which we did by making a series of promos for a fictional Channel
Three News team, and ads for a mood altering drug, both of which feature
prominently in the novel. Finally, we chose to animate two excerpts from the
book to act as stand alone 'teasers.' We found that using onscreen type and
unexpected visual techniques worked really well with Doug's writing, and paid
a little homage to his other life as a visual artist."
    Douglas Coupland is the author of the Number One international bestseller
JPod and ten other novels including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All
Families Are Psychotic and Generation X. His books have been translated into
35 languages and published in most countries around the world. Hey
Nostradamus! (Unabridged), JPod (Unabridged) and Miss Wyoming (Unabridged) are
available as Audiobooks on the iTunes Store in Canada. Coupland is also a
visual artist, sculptor and furniture designer and the screenwriter of a
feature film called "Everything's Gone Green."
    To learn more about Random House of Canada Limited, please visit
www.randomhouse.ca




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For further information: Sharon Klein, Random House Canada,
sklein@randomhouse.com


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