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August 2011 Archives

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David Lester: The Listener

David Lester is a musician, painter, writer and graphic artist.  His new graphic novel, The Listener, is getting great reviews.Guest host Paolo Pietropaolo talked to him recently on the show.

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Timothy Taylor: The Blue Light Project

It's always great to have a chance to talk to author Timothy Taylor.  I enjoy reading his essays, his magazine articles and of course his award winning novels!  He has some really interesting perspectives on the world and how we live in it. 

His latest novel is The Blue Light Project and it's set in the very near future.  It deals with questions about the nature of fame, the value of art and the ways a community defines itself.  It's also a thriller that is hard to put down and a book that seems to have eerily foreshadowed the recent riots in Vancouver and England.


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No Words Barred

When a writing class at Selkirk College in Castlegar decided to celebrate the end of their second years of studies they went all out.  No ordinary student reading for them! 

Bill Metcalfe is a freelance broadcaster in Nelson. He went to the event, No Words Barred and found surprises at every turn!

Bill's documentary aired on NXNW and after that someone made a slide show with the documentary and photos from the event!

 

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Featured Guests:

Roberta Rich


In her first novel, Roberta Rich takes on 16th Century Venice. The Midwife of Venice tells the story of Hanna, a Jewish woman in a city ghetto who has a talent for delivering babies safely as well as a talent for escaping from certain disaster!

The book is quite a romp. It's funny, suspenseful and filled with wonderful historical detail.The Midwife of Venice has had some very good reviews including one from the Globe and Mail which includes this:
"a lively tale involving love, blackmail, family, murder, plague, intercultural compassion, dramatic last minute rescues and some very creative disguises"

It has all been very exciting for Roberta!  I had a chance to talk to her recently about the book and about her change of career from law to writing.


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Ranj Singh and The Discriminators

It was a beautiful midday when Ranj Singh and the Discriminators took to the CBC Musical Nooner stage on Wednesday.  I loved hearing their blend of what Ranj calls Indo-Folk-Rock drift across the plaza.  The rest of the crowd seemed to love it to as there was a nice line up afterwards to purchase their new cd Found A Way Home.

You can hear highlights from the concert this weekend on the show plus a conversation with Ranj and drummer David Eadie and some tracks from that new cd.

Ranj Singh and The Discriminators

Ranj Singh and The Discriminators



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A.J. Woodworth rocked the Nooner stage

Country singing sensation A.J. Woodworth wowed the audience on the CBC Musical Nooner stage this week. She was backed up by The Matinee.  A.J. Is off to Nashville for a song writing session with some folks there and will have a new cd this fall. I hope she remembers us when she hits the big time!

AJ Woodworth and The Matinee

AJ Woodworth

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Chinstraps!

Direct from the Ladies Institute for Endless Rectification:Chinstraps (and other remedies) is a new one woman play from multi-disciplinary artist Sheila Norgate.

 It was born from her fascination with vintage books aimed at helping women maintain beauty and deportment at all times. 

It's one of the productions in the line up for this year's Gabriola Theatre Festival. (Aug 19-21)

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Chocolate Heaven

James and Mary Heavy have created a kind of chocolate nirvana in Fernie at their Beanpod Chocolate Cafe.  There they start with raw cocoa pods which they roast and then process in a variety of wonderful vintage machines (which you can watch at work through the glass walls at the back of Beanpod)  In the cafe they sell Mary's beautiful hand crafted chocolates, their own bars, gelato and some memorable chocolate drinks.

The Beanpod is the culmination of a long time dream for James and Mary. They have worked for years learning about chocolate and travelling the world sourcing beans and collecting machinery.

I learned about Beanpod when I was there a few weeks ago to do the show.  First I went in to do some deep research (oh the things I have to do for this job!) and then, when the afternoon rush was over, I went back to talk to James.

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If you are on Facebook check out the Beanpod Chocolate page.

James and Mary at Beanpod in front of the amazing vintage chocolate machine from Europe.




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Hiking the Rockies

Graeme Pole has spent a lot of time hiking the Rockies.  He first came to the mountain range as a city kid from Toronto and spent a very wet season in the back country but that did not deter him in the least! In fact he's gone on to write eleven books (so far) about the human and natural history of western Canada. 

Recently he updated Classic Hikes in the Canadian Rockies which offers maps, directions, photos, natural and human history and guides to flora and fauna in the region as well as an invaluable section of "nuts and bolts" about preparing for the hike.

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You can find his book on his website or at independent books stores in B.C.

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Rebecca Davies

Rebecca has been an artist for many years, working as a graphic designer. Then a few years ago she began trying her hand at creating fine art.

San Miguel Trees by Rebecca Davies

















At first it was a bit of a challenge making the transition as you will hear in our conversation.                 

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 In Excess I by Rebecca Davies


















But she persisted and has her first ever art show at 1351 Railspur Alley on Granville Island.


Martian Mama by Rebecca Davies









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Chef Bruce:

Chef Bruce Wood on beets and zucchini

I first met Chef Bruce Wood at his restaurant on Salt Spring Island.  It's called Bruce's Kitchen and for a very good reason.  His workspace fills about a quarter of the space and from every table you can watch him and his crew creating your wonderful meal.

I was lucky enough to be there on a Friday night which means getting a chance to eat a wonderful set menu at a communal table.  It was a wonderful experience. It was around the time of St Patrick's Day and so every course had an Irish theme.  Each was delicious and surprising. What sticks in my memory now is the cheese cake with the addition of Bailey's and a toffee sauce that I dearly wanted to lick from the plate!  We enjoyed the food and the chance to meet so many great Islanders at our table.

Chef Bruce has been passionate about cooking with local ingredients in season since he began his career in Ontario.  Since moving to Salt Spring he's been filling his menus with the bounty of local farms and wineries and cheese makers.


Chef Bruce with bounty in the garden.













For his latest visit on NXNW Chef Bruce celebrated Canada Food Day with beets and zucchini!

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Thanks to Gary Diers

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Gary Diers' photo

Sometime in the last century I asked listeners to submit a photo for the new NXNW website and I am happy to say that this shot from Gary Diers was the one chosen by the web designers. So thanks to Gary and to everyone who sent in a BC image!  You can see how the picture was used in the top bar of this site.

Here is a note Gary sent in after hearing from a friend that his photo was the backdrop for this site:

The photo is taken at the completely pristine Edouard Pass looking at Taurus Mountain in the Purcell Mountains.

To me, this photo is so much more than just a pretty picture. I led an expedition for the Wilderness Committee at Edouard Pass after plans were announced to punch a transmission line though this very pass for the proposed Glacier/Howser private power project. Can you imagine transmission lines through this untouched wilderness?

Incredibly, like no other time in my 32 years in the Kootenays, people from all walks of life came together to protect this wilderness!

I see this photo as a tribute to all those in BC actively supporting keeping Beautiful BC beautiful!





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Lisa See in the Studio One Book Club

We were thrilled to host Lisa See in the Book Club.  She's a critically acclaimed and best selling author of  Snowflower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy. Her first book was On Gold Mountain which tells the story of her extraordinary family history in Los Angeles.

I enjoyed each of the novels immensely.  I started with Snowflower and the Secret Fan and when I found myself crying buckets while reading the story of two friends in 19th century China I knew I was going to enjoy meeting Lisa See and getting to talk to her in the book club.

Each of these novels is set in a different and very interesting period of Chinese history.  Besides being engrossing stories with vivid characters they are a window into times and places I really knew nothing about.

I haven't read On Gold Mountain yet but when I ran into author Judy Fong Bates at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts this weekend she told me it was amazing.
We recorded this Studio One Book Club at the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver.

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Jake James: blacksmith and artist

I had a great visit with Jake James in his forge and studio in Metchosin recently.  Jake is a blacksmith who moved here from England after apprenticing with a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths. I knew I was in the right place because as I approached the barn at the end of a long, tree lined lane I could hear the distinctive sounds of the forge.
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 Besides talking to Jake about how he discovered his passion for metal work and some of the commissions he's worked on for clients also had a chance to see some of his wonderful sculptural pieces in a gallery he's created above the forge.

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