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Hot Off the Gaspereau Press/ Commander Josee Kurtz / Astronomy Phone In


Hot Off The Press: Good luck getting your hands on Johanna Skibsrud's Giller-prize winning book, The Sentimentalists. The author grew up in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and almost no one had ever heard of her book before it made the short-list for Canada's most prestigious and richest literary prize. The Sentimentalists was published by Gaspereau Press, a little company tucked away in the Annapolis Valley, and its first print run was only 800 copies. Publisher Andrew Steeves is over the moon about the book's success.

Commander Kurtz: Remembrance Day is a particularly poignant time for military leaders, and a reminder that they are directly responsible for the lives of those under their command. One of those leaders is Josee Kurtz. She's the commander of HMCS Halifax, which is currently undergoing a major refit. And she's the only woman ever to command a naval warship. Commander Kurtz recently joined us for a wide-ranging interview about her responsibilities, her crew's mission this year to Haiti, and what Remembrance Day means to her.

On the phone in, from the aurora borealis to the space station and everything in between, our Astronomy Panel of Dave Lane and Douglas Pitcairn answered all your questions about the night sky.


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