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Saturday May 11, 2013
It's a bit of a cliché... you meet a Newfoundlander and then the inevitable question, "Oh do you know So-And-So from Newfoundland?" In the case of Russell Bowers and the members of the Canadian folk-pop trio, Great Big Sea, they actually do know each other, going back over 20 years to the pubs of St. John's. This past year, Great Big Sea has been celebrating two decades since the release of their eponymous debut CD. They have been on a North American tour that included four sold out shows at the Jubliee Auditoriums in Edmonton and Calgary back in March. Alan Doyle, Sean McCann and Bob Hallett were in the Daybreak studio to look back at these 20 years, play some music from the new Double CD and Box Set called XX - plus, if you listen in to this interview, you have an opportunity to win a copy of the double disc set, exclusively online.
Kenna is a talented career woman whose life gets turned upside down when her fiancé betrays her, and to compound that, her boss makes unwanted passes at her. So, she decides to quit the job, the man, and head out to the ranch. However, even in the tranquility of the Alberta foothills, Kenna still finds intrique, emotion and a threat to all she's worked for. That's the premise of a new novel from Alberta writer, Sandra Anderson. Open Spaces Open Hearts is just out and for those who've read it so far, they find action, mystery and a love story inside the pages. Sandra Anderson joined Russell in the Daybreak studio.
Canadian country artist Jamie Stever has been writing songs with a number of hit songwriters as well as performing with names like Gord Bamford, Chantal Kreviasuk and Jann Arden. Stever was also part of CBCmusic.ca's Country songs that celebrate summer last year. Add to that, he's a singer with a conscience. Portions from the sales of Jamie's newly released CD will go to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Daybreak's Nola Keeler met up with Jamie as he was passing through Edmonton.
The boys of summer are back as the baseball season is well underway. For fans of the sport who also enjoy a good read, things are also looking up. The recent Jackie Robinson movie 42, had the highest opening weekend ever for a baseball movie and a total of 15 books about the sport are expected to come out before the all-star break in July. Daybreak's books columnist, Erin Balser, has a preview of three of them.
Categories: Books, Music, Past Episodes
Saturday May 11, 2013
The 3 finalists for the 2013 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize have been announced. The award recognizes literary achievement by Calgary authors with a $5,000 prize for an outstanding book published in the award year. The winner will be recognized at The Calgary Awards presentation on June 13, 2012.
Daybreak's Russell Bowers, spoke with all three of the nominated authors.
Described as an "ambitious blend of travel and reportage," the Alberta travel writer travelled to the world's most disputed edges to tell the stories of those who live on the world's hardened edges, in the shadows of walls in the Western Sahara, Israel/Palestine, Belfast, on the U.S.-Mexico border, or in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla. He asks, "What does it mean to live against the walls?" When he and Russell spoke, he was also part of a Canada Writes project on the subject of Close Encounters With Science.
This author offers a compelling look into the aftermath of a suicide that involves two sisters. Ominous sounding in subject, the book is also described as a joyous look at the lives of Darcy and her younger sister, Carly. She discussed the issues in her book with Russell.
The environmental writer argues that our fossil fuel powered machines are modern day versions of slaves: they cook our food, transport us great distances and we are completely dependent on them.
Categories: Books, Mitchell Awards, Past Episodes
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