Keep up to date with my latest news

01 Aug 2011

Would the Sh*t Hit the Fan?

My book Answers to Rhetorical Questions (see the books page), published last autumn, has just come out in the USA. The American publishers, Plume, part of the Penguin Group, chose to call it Does A Bear Sh*t in the Woods? (their asterisk) – you can find it on their website here.

As a result, I have been doing my first ever interviews, on American radio. During the first one, I noticed after a few minutes that my interviewer hadn’t mentioned the title, so I asked – discreetly, I hoped – if he was allowed to say it on air. ‘Does a bear shit in the woods?’ he said, without a hint of embarrassment or asterisk. ‘Sure.’

That was in Seattle; later I spoke to a station in St Louis which had a similar lack of qualms. Then it was the turn of Baltimore and clearly they don’t like bad language on their breakfast show. The closest we got was ‘poop’, although we did agree that the listeners – being no fools – probably knew what we were trying not to say.

I’m ‘doing’ Boston in a few weeks – an overnight show that requires me to be at my brightest and best at 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning. I’ve always assumed, based on no evidence at all, that the people of Boston would be rather prim, but that may not be true at 3 in the morning their time. I’ll report back.

Latest News: Impressive first novel with an unlikely heroine
© 2021 Caroline Taggart | Contact Me Bright-Site