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SATURDAY September 7

0730 Fresh Air's resident "bookies"---CBC book columnist Becky Toyne and CBC Books producer Erin Balser---joined Mary to recommend some of the hot fall books.
Listen audio (runs 7:22)
Erin and Becky's on-air (and some bonus) recommendations:
MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO by Michael Winter
DOCTOR SLEEP by Stephen King
BLEEDING EDGE by Thomas Pynchon
OH, MY DARLING by Shaena Lambert
KICKING THE SKY by Anthony De Sa
SAVAGE LOVE by Douglas Glover
THE LUMINARIES by Eleanor Catton
Check out the CBC Books website for more literary topics...and pay a visit to
Becky's website, too!

0800 Forensic semiotics is the latest of Marcel Danesi's many specialities. Marcel is a professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. And forensic semiotics deals with techniques that can be used in the investigation of crimes and in connecting criminality to cultural produces and tendencies. Marcel elaborated when he visited Mary.
Listen audio (runs 10:09)
One of Marcel's latest books deals with this topic---he co-authored it with Antonio Nicaso. It's called "Made Men: Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth" and it's published by Rowman & Littlefield. You can learn more about the book at Marcel's
publisher's website.

0830 Who should pay when a gal and a guy go out on a date? That's the question that Mary put to a pair of singles who have plenty of experience with the dating game---Ashley Rodger and Andrew Parsons. And their answers may surprise you.
Listen audio (runs 11:31)