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The sounds of Frye Fest

The 12th edition of the Frye Festival came to a close Sunday with a little jazz and a little poetry in the Moncton Airport Lounge. Our reporter Matt Tunnacliffe was there, and he brings us this report of the sounds of the 2011 Frye Festival

Margaret Atwood charms Moncton

It was the Frye Festival's big night, and it didn't disappoint. Over 600 people packed the Capitol Theatre in Moncton Saturday to hear Margaret Atwood give the Antonine Maillet-Northrup Frye Lecture. In her lecture she talked about Canada's literary mythology, her early years at Victoria College at the University of Toronto, and of course, Northrup Frye.

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Sylvia Tyson's new novel

Folk music pioneer Sylvia Tyson is town for Moncton's Frye Fest. Now in her 70's, she has emerged as an accomplished novelist. Her first novel, Joyner's Dream, came out a couple of months ago. It tells the story of eight generations of a family, all from the points of view of eight very different characters.

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You can find Sylvia Tyson's "MP3 album", called Joyner's Dream-the Kingfold Suite, at

From Rocket to Richler

Author Charles Foran talks to Dave MacDonald about his two biographies of major Canadian figures from Quebec. Mordecai: the Life and Times is a sprawling potrait of author Mordecai Richler. It was followed this year by Foran's study of Maurice Richard.

Frye for kids

Over the past quarter-century, Kenneth Oppel has become a household name in Canadian children's literary circles. He's published 26 books for kids and young adults, with a 27th coming out this summer. Our Frye Festival reporter Matt Tunnacliffe met up with him at Bessborough School.

And the winner is ...

Johanna Skibsrud has both feet firmly planted in two literary camps: poetry and prose. Her poetry collection, Late Nights with Wild Cowboys, was published in 2008. Her first novel, The Sentimentalists, won the Giller Prize in 2010. Jonna Brewer caught up with her during Moncton's Frye Festival and asked her about winning the Giller.

What's on your Kindle?

The LP became the CD, the VHS tape the DVD and the Walkman became the iPod. The way we consume our media is constantly changing, and the book world is no exception. Reporter Matt Tunnacliffe checked out a discussion on "New Technology and the Changing Face of Reading".

Happy to be here

A primer on the Frye Festival from the man whose website pays homage to the scholar raised in Moncton. Dave MacDonald speaks with Michael Happy.

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