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Favourite Young Adult Books

Kathy Gregg: "The Summer of My German Soldier" by Bette Green
I was a small town librarian in Northern Ontario when I came across this marvelous YA book. Written in 1973, it was set in the small town  American South during the Second World War. Patty Bergen is 12, older sister of two in a Jewish household with a raging abusive father, and a narcissistic mother who has only eyes for the pretty younger sister. Patty befriends an escaped German soldier - Patty steps beyond the pale...the book does a remarkable job of delving into race, class, being Jewish - in some ways, the touching story of Ruth Hughes, the household maid and Patty's only emotional support in the household anticipates the themes explored in the the movie "The Help".  This is a must read.

Dominique Mongeau: "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness.
It is the first of a series of three books that features heady themes such as war, racism, and sexism, all set in a fictional planet with aliens, men and a strange lack of women. Oh, I forgot to mention - it also has a talking dog! Intrigued? I couldn't put it down and went on to read all three books to the satisfying end.

Ann Marie from Nanaimo: "Warriors" by Erin Hunter
I am in my early 60s and have been reading Erin Hunter's book series called Warriors for several years - it is about 4 cat Clans who live in the wilds. It begins when Rusty the "kittypet" who discovers a whole new world of cat tribes in the forest behind his house. Eventually he is taken in and becomes the Warrior leader of Thunderclan. I am a cat lover and Erin Hunter's books have no human characters - the cats lives and tribal rituals are compelling, endearing & mystical. You can tell the author is steeped in cat knowledge. I have felt "different" for reading youth books at my age so it was terrific to hear you both discussing this issue today. There are many book clubs in my area and when I am invited to join I ask if they would consider reading youth fantasy like Warriors. The invite usually stalls there. Thank you for the interview with Erin Bow - it has opened up my fantasy world to more adventuresome reading.

(Stella) Heather Smith: "Are you there God, it's me Margaret!" by Judy Blume
Hands down, my heroine and paradigm challenger was Judy Blume. "Are you there God, it's me Margaret!", encouraged me down a path of critical thinking and pushed my very parochial views of the world, while engaging my interest and answering some of my own questions, that I was unable to ask. When  I read her books I felt as though I was being mentored, understood and encouraged by a caring big-sister, or a well loved and trusted friend, whom otherwise was abjectly absent in my childhood.

Kate Soles: "The Cardturner" by Louis Sachar
The most surprisingly excellent young adult novel I've read recently is Louis Sachar's "The Cardturner" about a boy who learns to play bridge. Really? A novel for teens about the intricacies and strategies of bridge? The story of a boy who turns cards for his uncle sounds like a recipe for sheer boredom yet this tale is comic, engaging and wise beyond expectation. 
Narrator and protagonist Alton Richards, his quirky uncle Lester, his level-headed sister Leslie and a host of other characters are all dealt (pun intended!) tragedy and joy, sorrow and laughter, resulting in a philosophical and complex cast. Furthermore, issues of sexism, domestic violence, romance and religion weave into an intriguing plot filled with family secrets. 
The Cardturner draws the reader into a passionate world of excitement and intelligence, one in which the conventionally tedious becomes a clever depiction of strategy, relationship and maybe even the meaning of life.

Patricia Fannagan: "Tomorrow, When the War Began" by John Marsden
A group of teens returned from "Hell" a hidden camping spot, to find foreign soldiers had overun their homes and had put their parents and friends in a concentration camp in the nearest town. The action procedes from there. What would you do? How would you react?  How far would you go to defend your family, home and country? 


Tanis Wilke: "Hunger Journeys" by Maggie DeVries
It is a superb tale, based in fact, about a young woman's experiences in WWII Holland. DeVries has deftly woven her family's stories and her great imagination together, into a powerful and captivating book that carries the reader along like the trains at the heart of the journey. We are drawn closely in to a teenager's harsh awakening to Hitler's dark reality, and her valiant attempts to help her family survive starvation. It is an excellent portrayal of a horrific time, beautifully captured in a colourful portrait of a young person's innocent mindset.

Helen Piddington: "Taash and the Jesters" by Ellen Kindt McKenzie
When my daughter was 4 months old I met an interesting Polish woman with two beautiful children & they insisted on giving her a copy of their favourite book: "Taash and the Jesters" by Ellen Kindt McKenzie. Do you know it? I found it both terrifying and fascinating. So did my two.

Sharon Jackson: "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" by Joan Aiken
Takes place in a fictitious Britain 1832. Bonnie's parents are taking a holiday touring the Mediterranean by ship, leaving her in the care of a distant fourth cousin, Letitia Slighcarp. Also due to arrive is Bonnie's orphan cousin Sylvia, who lived in London with Sir Willoughby's impoverished older sister Jane, coming to keep her cousin company in her parents' absence.
The girls soon learn that the blissful existence they anticipate together is not to last. With the help of Mr. Grimshaw, a mysterious man from the train, Miss Slighcarp takes over the household, dismissing all but the most untrustworthy household servants, wearing Lady Green's gowns, and tampering with Sir Willoughby's legal papers. Bonnie and Sylvia also overhear ominous hints about their parents' ship, which has sunk, perhaps intentionally.
The countryside is overrun with wolves and there is a wonderful chase across the snow with the wolves closing in that still has me shivering! It all ends happily with the clever girls tricking the evil villains into admitting their wrongdoings.

Sharon Jackson: "The Ship That Flew" by Hilda Lewis
Peter walks into the village one day to go to the dentist with some of his own money and some of his father's. He finds a little lane which he has never seen before and in it is an antique store with a little Viking Ship in the window. The one-eyed shop keeper (who is Odin in disguise) tells him it will cost him all the money he has in the world and a little bit more. So he buys it with his own money plus part of his father's money. He leaves the shop and then no longer can find the lane. On the way home, he is caught by a swiftly rising tide and fears he will drown. He says, "If only this ship could carry me to safety!" And sure enough, the ship grew big enough to carry him floating through the air to his home, where it shrinks into his pocket again. He and his brothers and sisters have many adventures in the flying boat, including going back in time to Norman England. I keep this book on my bookshelf right next to a little Viking Ship I found and when my granddaughter is old enough, I am going to give them both to her.

Tannis Fisher: "The Star of Kazan" by Eva Ibbotson
The heroine is a young woman, Annika, who lives in Vienna. Annika begins her life as a foundling and is raised in a delightful home with three eccentric professors and two loving housekeepers. Her life changes dramatically when the mystery of her birth begins and adventures follow. I fully entered in to this vivid story and would love to have been in the kitchen of her childhood, eating warm apple strudel surrounded by the love of her adoptive family and friends. You get a taste of the life of Viennese aristocrats and the joys and tribulations of simple hard working people, as well as a great read. Eva Ibbotson also wrote the award winning, "Journey to the River Sea", which I now very much want to read as well.

Ruth Nelson: "A Girl of Limberlost" by Gene Stratton-Porter (1909)
It is a fascinating story about Elnora, a girl who is determined to get an education despite a difficult home situation and a mother who seems not to love her. She braves ridicule and teasing when she goes to the high school in town and continues to pay for her own education by capturing and selling moths and cocoons that she finds in the swamps around her home. There is the mystery of her father's death and her mother's lifelong bitterness and anger
towards her only child. And the kindness of a childless couple who live nearby and give Elnora the love that she so sorely needs. Elnora's huge heart and loving nature carry her through all the difficulties she encounters. The descriptions of the beautiful woodlands and swamps of the
Limberlost in Indiana are fascinating.

Ruth Nelson: "Mrs. Mike" by Nancy and Benedict Freedman.
Is a true story of Katherine Mary O'Fallon who travels to southern Alberta from Boston in the early 1900's. She meets her husband Mike, a Mounted Police officer and their life in Northern Alberta and British Columbia is described in colourful detail. There is tragedy and triumph and humour as they work with the natives and the early settlers who people the small settlements where Mike is posted. The book was written by Nancy and Benedict Freedman, as told to them by Kathy in her later years. My mother introduced me to these books in the early 60's and I have loaned them to many friends over the years. My own daughter also loved these books as she was growing up, and I'm hoping her new little daughter will one day read them too.

Nina Dickins: "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zuzak.
The setting is a small town in Germany during the second World War; the protagonist a young girl who steals books from the mayor's wife. She has a very special friendship with a neighbourhood boy......written very convincingly I felt. As I am a contemporary of that young girl I really related to the book. I was going through many of the things she went through only on the other side of the English Channel!

Ashley Blacquiere: "The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper.
Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence was one of my favourites growing up. It was written in the '60's so I suspect it's been largely forgotten by now (in spite of a relatively unsuccessful Hollywood adaption of the second book in the sequence a couple years back). It has all the necessary elements to compete with today's YA fiction: The protagonists are kids doing unexpected and very adult things; there are mysteries to be solved and unknown country to be explored; and, of course, there is magic. What I love most about this series though is that it's securely grounded in some well-known western myths, in particular of King Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table. It's a world that kids - and adults - can easily understand and relate to, and in some way helps us better understand the history and myths that helped shape our culture today. Susan Cooper's world is our own, but acknowledges the mystery and wonder of ages past - of magic lost, and of birthrights forgotten. At least, until the Dark comes rising once again...

Sheila Graham:
I belong to a Book Club of secondary English teachers who read only current YA fiction for our discussions.  Recent titles include Rot and Ruin by Maberry, Incarceron by Fisher, and Unwind by Shusterman.  Our original purpose was to read titles we could recommend to our students, and to discuss the use of the books in our instructional practice. However, we have all come to love YA fiction for the enjoyment we gain from reading it. As one of our members said, "I'm not going back. I've found books I love to read."

Ruth Tubbesing: "Winne the Pooh" by A. A. Milne.
For me two favourites come to mind immediately in literature for young people are Anne of Green Gables and Winnie the Pooh, and since I should choose one, it is Winnie. The magic of animal characters, their "personalities" and weaknesses that portray our own so much, the simplicity of the original illustrations, always delight me. I Recently I saw a movie of the real story of Winnie, the orphaned cub saved by a soldier in the Winnipeg area, smuggled to Britain, and how things evolved was so incredible and heart warming:: the basis of A.A. Milne's story. Winnie the Pooh is always worth a reread.

Janis McKenzie: "Blue Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
I've been thinking about this since you put out the call yesterday. I read a lot as a kid, and read a lot of young adult until I was about thirteen or fourteen. But once I hit that age, most of us were reading adult books (mainly bestsellers like Stephen King and Danielle Steele). The bit of "literary" reading that I (re)discovered at that point -- and it was something I didn't want people to know about at the time -- was fairy tales. My favourite was Andrew Lang's Blue Fairy Book. It included some of the best-known stories (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood), but the real treasures were the dark tales I'd never heard of, and that certainly hadn't been made into Disney movies. These tales didn't make much sense, they followed a kind of dream logic, and they were intensely thrilling. My favourite was "The Master Maid," about a young woman who fends off unwanted suitors in creative (and savage!) ways while waiting for her forgetful prince to return. She was so powerful, not at all a passive character. It has been a challenge not to send in a list of favourite books! If I had to name one written for young adults specifically, I'd want to add Ursula Le Guin's Tombs of Atuan, from the Earthsea series. What a great author, what a great book.

Joan Davies:
I am suggesting three books for your list of young adult books. Author Suzanne Fisher Staples wrote a series of books set in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan (the first was a Newbery Honour Book). The first is "SHABANU, Daughter of the Wind" followed by "HAVELI" and the "HOUSE OF DJINN". Suzanne Fisher Staples worked for years as a correspondent in Asia, including Hong Kong, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, and worked on the foreign news desk at the Washington Post. During her years in Pakistan, she became involved with the nomads of the Cholistan Desert, and said that "it was the unfailing generosity and courage of the people of Cholistan that inspired her to write these books." In the 1990's, I was fortunate to spend about three years in Pakistan when all was serene in that part of our world! A few weeks, full of wonder, were spent in the Cholistan Desert among those kindly, hospitable people and their camels. The author portrays the lives of the desert dwellers "to a T".

Rich Wilson: Freddy the Pig books by Walter R. Brook
As an adolescent, some fifty-five years ago, I had a utopian world I inhabited for several years. While other kids wanted  to become firemen, cowboys or policemen, I wanted to be a pig. Freddy the pig, to be exact, an articulate, down to earth adventurer, entrepreneur, and bon vivant, whether in the farmyard or the world at large, in any one of his many escapades. While largely a series of adventures, they took place in the context of the Bean's farm, where a diverse collection of colourful characters lived in harmony and friendship,from the sensible Mrs. Wiggins (the cow), to the self absorbed Charles the rooster,who would attempt to take over the barn meetings with gusts of oratorial flourish, until brought down to earth by his wife, Henrietta. There was Jinx the cat, a philosophical ant named Jerry Peters who lived in a hill in the farmyard, a much beloved spider couple, the Webbs, who  would make a spider web between the horns of Mrs Wiggins when traveling on an adventure. It was a community of warmth and friendship, of which I became a part.As about a ten year old I started the Commercial Drive news, mirroring Freddy's Beqn Home news, in which I would report neighbourhood events, whose cat had kittens etc. and sell door to door Saturday morning. Freddy would have stories like "Mr. and Mrs. Webb will move next week from their winter headquarters in the Bean parlor to their summer home on the third rafter in the cow barn." Freddy has been described as Everypig- he succumbs to gluttony , laziness, and is messy, but in turn is a  poet, a detective, a magician, and countless other things. These classic books were written from the late twenties to the late fifties by Walter R. Brook and have been for my entire life, part of my brain that is associated with childhood happiness.

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Elizabeth Courtney - Music and Mythology

Elizabeth Courtney is teaching a course at the University of Victoria Continuing Studies department titled A Mythic Journey through the World's Sacred Music.  The course begins on October 3 and runs until the end of November.

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Sonny Assu - found art

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Sonny Assu is a first nations visual artist from Vancouver. In this interview with Sheryl MacKay he talks about finding pieces of discarded cedar that came to be his latest exhibition at West Vancouver Museum.

 
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Sonny's work is also in a show on now in Ottawa titled Decolonize Me and in an upcoming show at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

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J.J. Lee - The Measure of a Man

J.J. Lee's book The Measure of a Man opens with his discovery of an old suit that belonged to his father hanging in a back corner of his closet.  This find launches J.J. on a social history of suits, an exploration of his time trying to become an apprentice at Modernize Tailors in Vancouver and a recalling of his sometimes troubled relationship with his father.  He ties these three elements together seamlessly in a memoir that is interesting and moving.

Many CBC listeners know J.J. as the sartorial voice on the program On the Coast with his Fashion Monday reports.  He also writes about fashion for the Vancouver Sun and is an award winning radio documentary producer.

I could hear J.J.'s voice so plainly in the pages of this, his first book.
The Measure of a Man JJ Lee


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VIFF - Short Films

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs Sep 29 - Oct 14, 2011 and as always, they will highlight short films as well as feature length ones.
There will be short films from Canada and abroad.
Sheryl MacKay spoke with 3 of the programmers of the Short Films at this year's VIFF.
Sandy Gow and Kellie Ann Benz who worked with the international shorts and Stephanie Damgard who programmed the Canadian ones. The conversation starts with a clarification on how long shorts are.

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Studio One Book Club:

Erin Bow

I knew from the moment I met author Erin Bow that she was going to be a great guest in the Studio One Book Club.  She has a great sense of humor, a wonderful way of talking about her writing and such an interesting and unexpected back ground in particle physics!

Erin is one of the nominees for this year's TD Children's Literature Prize for her novel Plain Kate. It's a story set in a kind of medieval Russia.  Kate is the daughter of a wood carver and she is learning to be a very talented carver in her own right.  Then, as so often happens in these stories, her world falls apart. She is suspected of being a witch (which will mean certain death) her father dies and she is forced to sell her shadow to a very worrisome character.  As you can imagine things do not get any better after that transaction!

We has such an interesting conversation in the Book Club with Erin about writing and fairy tales and physics!









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Dean Brody

Dean Brody had me in tears today even before I met him. It happened when I was listening to his song Trail in Life, a song that just helped him win three prizes at the Canadian Country Music Awards. He won Best Single and Best Songwriter for that tune and also nabbed Best Album too!

So I was sitting at my desk watching the video for the song on his website with tears streaming down my face. There were some odd looks from co-workers but what can I say, I love a story song. I love a song that makes me cry. And anyone who has been following Dean Brody's career knows that he can sure write and sing song like that.  (Mind you he can also have a bunch of fun with his music too)

Then I got the call that Dean Brody was waiting at the reception desk so I dried my eyes and went down to meet him and bring him back up to studio for our chat.  In the elevator I told him about my reaction to Trail in Life and he said that when he recorded it he also had a bit of a time not weeping himself!

I really enjoyed meeting Dean. He seems like a very grounded, lovely person.  We talked about some of the ups and downs of his career, about his foundation that helps street children in Brazil and about his own family. 

He has shows in Vancouver, Kamloops and Cranbrook left in this BC part of his tour.




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Why Music Works in Kelowna!

June Goldsmith will be presenting another in her Why Music Works series on Sunday October 2 in Kelowna.  She'll be talking about the life and music of Chopin and the two award winning Venables sisters will be performing some of Chopin's best loved pieces.
Tickets for the event are free. Reserve via email at rsvp.radio@cbc.ca
The performance begins at 2 pm at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna at the Mary Irwin Theatre.

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Vancouver Kids author Lesley McKnight

Kids have a unique way of seeing the world. Author Lesley McKnight has written new book that tells the history of Vancouver through the voices of the some of the youngest citizens. From bank robberies to wartime to the 2010 Olympics, she brings it all through to life through the eyes of real Vancouver kids, past and present.

Vancouver Kids is shortlisted for the 2011 City of Vancouver Book Awards. She'll be reading at Word on the Street at 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 25 at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch.
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Chin Injeti

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Chin Injeti is a multi-awarding winning musician and producer who first rose to stardom as part of Bass is Base. He's forged a successful solo career since then, and recently won a Grammy for his work with Eminem and a Juno as part of the Young Artists for Haiti.

On September 17 he took part in the 3rd annual Ride for Music Therapy. It's a cause that's close to his heart, as I discovered when I visited him in his studio.

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Voices of BC - Lillian Collier

British Columbia's history is filled with fascinating characters and lives lived. Broadcaster Rob Budd brings us some of those voices. From the CBC archives here's a conversation with Lillian Collier, recorded in 1964.


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Bus Stop Sheet Music

Waiting for a bus can seemingly take forever.
A new public art project in Vancouver invites you to make music to pass the time away..
"Adorno and Nose" is a series of 10 songs, composed and illustrated by Barry Doupe and James Douglas Whitman.
The sheet music is installed at transit shelters throughout the city.
Margaret Gallagher met up with Barry Doupe at one such bus stop.
He wrote the lyrics to James Douglas Whitman's music.

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Shawn Place: Award-winning furniture designer

Three years ago, Shawn Place walked into a high-end furniture store and had an "aha!" moment. The bike designer decided he wanted to create beautiful, modern wooden chairs. The former journeyman carpenter taught himself how to build furniture. Now he's winning awards for his whimsical yet classic designs, such as the "Owl Chair" and the "Bird Chair."

Margaret Gallagher chatted with the Prince George-based artist earlier this week. He was in Vancouver for the Western Living Design Awards, where he was shortlisted for Furniture Designer of the Year. He also recently picked up a Carter-Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award.

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Chef Bruce:

Preserves

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Chef Bruce Wood
of Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring Island talks about preserves this week including how to make catsup.

Chef Bruce Wood's Catsup Recipe

1 6 quart basket tomatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 rib celery, chopped
6 apples, diced
6 pears, diced
8 peaches, peeled and diced
2 green peppers, chopped
            ~ 2 of the peppers can be hot peppers if you like your relish spicy
2 red peppers, chopped
 2 - 3/4 cups white sugar
1 ½ cups cider vinegar

1 tbsp. Whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
            ~ tie the spices in a cheesecloth bag
2 tbsp. Mustard seeds
1 tbsp. Kosher salt

combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer, stir well
cook for 2 hours or until thick
remove the cheesecloth bag and ladle the catsup into clean, sterilized jars
The catsup can be placed in jars and processed following the instructions in any reliable canning guide.

Chef Bruce Wood's famous Rye whiskey BBQ sauce

In Ottawa where I moved from last year you can tell the die hard BBQ addicts by the fact that they are outside in a parka in blowing snow and minus 25 degree temperatures. You don't need to be quite so intrepid here in fact I have barbecued non stop since I got here.

3 lb. roma tomatoes (or 2 x 28 oz tins)
2 large onions
2 heads garlic, top one quarter inch removed
splash olive oil

    Toss the vegetables with the olive oil.
If you have a smoker smoke the tomatoes & onions for one hour. Alternately cook the tomatoes on a cedar plank for 45 minutes over med high heat on the BBQ. Remove the vegetables from the BBQ and reserve.


The reserved tomatoes, onions and garlic (squeeze the garlic out of the skins)
8 apples
2 cups raisins
2 bottles beer
8 oz. rye
1 tbsp. whole cumin seeds
2 tbsp. black peppercorns
2 tsp. dried chili flakes
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. dried mustard
2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 chipotle chile, with one tbsp. adobe sauce
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups maple sirop

In a dry frying pan toast the spices for 4-5 minutes or until aromatic and grind in a coffee grinder.
In a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat sweat the tomatoes and onions until soft add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring often for one hour or until thick, blend until smooth.


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Rachel Ditor

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Rachel Ditor has a fascinating job!  Besides working as a director on various productions around town (for example she directed Merchant of Venice for Bard on the Beach this summer)  she is one of the people working behind the scenes at the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.  There, she is a dramaturge.  It's a term I am a little hazy about but in my conversation with Rachel I found out that might be because it's such a wide ranging job.

It can involve working with a playwright from the moment a play is a rough idea, through writing and rewriting, workshopping, and finally production.  Along the way there are many challenges to overcome and a whole lot of creative thinking to be done.

I went to visit Rachel in her office on Granville Island to get a peek behind the scenes and to hear about her very interesting job.  She ushered me into her office, which was filled with neat piles of scripts on the floor and huge shelves of carefully labelled file boxes.


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Pictures, words and music.

I often ask guests on the show about the source of their inspiration for a story or a song or a painting. The answers are so varied. Some artists dream about their work, others find inspiration in nature, or contemplation.  Still others have only the vaguest of notions where some of their ideas come from.  It's all a wonderful mystery really. 

When I talked to Tina Biello recently she was very clear about the inspiration for her poems published in a lovely collection titled Momenti.  She saw some paintings, created by a cousin, of the village in Italy where her family has its roots  The images conjured up long forgotten family stories which Tina then captured in some of her written works. And then, when her friend Annette Coffin read the poems, she was inspired to put the words to music!  She has been singing and teaching music and leading choirs for years and enlisted the help of her sister to help with composing and arranging and finally recording a cd of the songs based on the poems based on the paintings!  The cd is Dolci Momenti.


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World Jampion!

Trisha Gagnon is known for her singing, song writing, bass playing. She is a member of the wonderful bluegrass group John Reischman and the Jaybirds and she has a solo musical career too.  She is also known to fans all over North America for her fantastic jams!  I've had her raspberry and the blackberry jams myself and they are delicious.  So delicious in fact that she's just won a world jam title for her raspberry!

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Studio One Book Club:

Sarah Salway and William Gibson in the Studio One Book Club

Here is the second part of the event featuring author William Gibson as a co-host in conversation with writer Sarah Salway. You can find the first part of the Book Club a little further down this page.

 
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Haruko Okano

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Haruko Okano is an environmental artist who uses found materials from nature. One of her latest projects is called Ocean Flotilla and it involves messages of peace written on acid free paper and launched in biodegradable paper boats.
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Mary Fox - Potter

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Mary Fox Pottery

Mary Fox is a self taught potter from Ladysmith. Her work ranges from everyday utilitarian mugs and plates and bowls to esoteric, sensual sculpture. Her work is on display now at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island in Vancouver.

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Sam S Mullins and Tinfoil Dinosaur

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Sam Mullins had all but decided that theatre was not for him until he was confronted with a tinfoil dinosaur and his life changed!  Sam told this story first at The Flame, which is a story telling event which happens every month in Vancouver.  We played his story on NXNW and enjoyed it a lot.  So did many other people.  In fact Sam was encouraged to do more with this tale and so he created a one man fringe show and took it to Winnipeg where it was a big hit and now he's bringing it home to the Vancouver Fringe.


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Peter Levitt

Peter Levitt is a poet, a translator, an editor and a well respected teacher of Zen Buddhism who lives on Salt Spring Island.  I have had the pleasure of talking to Peter several times on the show and I really appreciate the way he uses language, on the page and in his conversations.

 A while ago he told me about a big project he was involved in with a good friend of his; a translation of a major Buddhist text.  The book was published earlier this year by Shambhala Publications.


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Kaz Tanahashi and Peter Levitt working on the Dogen book.


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Chef Bruce:

Summer Melon Salsa Recipe

Chef Bruce Wood's Summer melon salsa

One large melon~cantaloupe, charentais, musk etc. though not watermelon
1" piece ginger, minced
1 small hot pepper, minced
one small red onion, minced and placed in a bowl with one tablespoon cane sugar and one tablespoon sherry or cider vinegar
juice and zest of one lime
8 fresh basil and 8 fresh mint leaves, finely shredded
pinch salt and pepper

    Peel and seed the melon and cut into 1" pieces.
    Place the melon in a bowl and combine with the remaining ingredients. Mix lightly and let rest for 30 minutes before using.

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Cherry Clafouti Recipe

Chef Bruce Wood's Cherry Clafouti Recipe

One pound cherries, pitted and tossed with 2 tablespoons cane sugar and 2 tbsp. Phrog (or any good) vodka
6 stale biscotti, crushed -or-any good quality cookie can be substituted
½ cup all purpose white flour
pinch salt
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons cane sugar
¾ cup homogenized milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
    Lightly butter a nine inch oven proof baking dish. (in an ideal world we all have cupboards full of colourful Le Creuset dishes, much more romantic)
    Place the eggs, flour, salt, milk, vanilla and sugar in a container, using a hand blender blend the mixture until smooth. You can also use a regular blender or food processor.
    Line the bottom of the baking dish with the biscotti crumbs and place the cherries on top of the cookies.
    Pour the batter over the cherries and place the dish on a baking tray. Place the clafouti in the oven.
    Bake for 20 minutes or until the clafouti is puffy and nicely browned. The edges should just be pulling away from the dish.
    Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes. Serve with lightly whipped crème and a glass of local Blackberry port.

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Figs!

Dave Chesney from White Rock suggests slicing ripe figs in half, adding a piece of Fontina cheese and wrapping with a slice of prosciutto ham. To freeze them he first dips the figs in concentrated orange juice.

Dave Cohen from Vancouver uses a dollop of marscapone, a drizzle of honey and a couple of mint leaves on a half fig.

Ernie Sketchley from Saanich dries figs in his dehydrator after cutting them in eights or quarters. With the drier Brown Turkey figs he drizzles on some honey, adds a few pecans and bakes for ten minutes then serves with cream cheese.

Joy Craddock from Gibsons made a fig paste to use in place of dates in date squares.

Charles Goodman from North Saanich sent a recipe for fig wine which I will email to anyone who requests a copy by sending an email to the show.

Here is the recipe from Vicki Grealy

QUICK AND EASY, SPICY FIG PRESERVE


Ingredients
  • 2 cups diced fresh figs
  • 1large orange seeded, peeled, diced
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Method

Place ingredients in (8-cup) PYREX glass measuring jug, let sit for 30 minutes.

Microwave on high 5 minutes.   Stop and stir.    Continue cooking and stirring for further 10 minutes or so till mixture becomes viscous.  To test for 'done-ness'- dip spoon in mixture: jam should not run off spoon!  If it firms up a bit as it drips, it's done.  Mixture should be around the 2-cup measure line when ready.

Preserve should keep in fridge for one month (or longer) when put in clean glass jars.  If you plan to store in pantry, use sterilized jars (heat jars in oven at 200°F for 10 minutes).




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Margaret Evans

Margaret Evans is a writer, photographer, and documentary maker who loves to take on new challenges. She is the author of Heart of a Hoofbeat.  Heather Brown went to visit Margaret on her farm and created a radio documentary called Pushing Boundaries.

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Edac sails again in the pages of a new memoir

Alberta Woodworth, with some help from the family, has taken up where her husband Noel left off and published a history of their beloved boat Edac.  Edac-80 Years Cruising the North Coast of British Columbia tells some of the stories of the wooden vessel built in Prince Rupert in 1914.

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Studio One Book Club:

Sarah Salway and William Gibson

What a great time we had in the Studio One Book Club with British author Sarah Salway and writer William Gibson.  This event came about as a result of a conversation we had with William Gibson on his last visit to the book club when we talked about his latest novel Zero History. Afterwards he mentioned that one of his favourite writers, Sarah Salway, was coming to Vancouver in August.  Producer Sheila Peacock, never one to miss a great opportunity, immediately asked William to co-host the club if we could get Sarah on board.

Sarah Salway is the author of novels Something Beginning With, Tell Me Everything and Getting the Picture.  She has also written many short stories and essays and a very entertaining blog.  Right now she is working on a non fiction book about eccentric British gardeners who have bankrupted themselves for their gardens!

Sarah is Writer in Residence at the London School of Economics, has just been named the Canterbury Scholar and is busy as an on line writing mentor. 

I enjoyed reading Sarah's writing so much and was delighted to have her in the Book Club. She has a wonderful sense of humor and a way of talking about writing that is very interesting and inspiring.  It was such a treat to have William Gibson as a co-host for the event and to be able to listen to both of these talented authors talk about their craft, the books they love to read and about how being short sighted as children has impacted their lives!

You can hear the first part of our Book Club with Sarah Salway and William Gibson on Saturday September 3 after the 8 am news.

Sarah and Bill after the CBC Book Club



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Chef Bruce:

Figs, Cherries and Melons...OH MY

Bruce Wood of Bruce's Kitchen on Salt Spring Island shares recipes featuring Figs, Cherries and Melon.

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June Goldsmith on Dvorak

June Goldsmith is a regular visitor to the show. I love her enthusiasm for music and the way she has of making it so accessible, of providing a new context for listening, for those of us who don't have a deep musical education.  I also love June's great sense of humor and her zest for life.

Recently June was in Ottawa as part of the Chamber Music Fest where she did an interview with violinist James Ehnes which you can hear on line.

This Sunday June will be back on NXNW to talk about and play some of the music of Dvorak. She says he was one of the masters of melody.
 
And June and I will be on stage for another of the Why Music Works events in Kelowna on Sunday October 3 as part of the celebrations for the CBC expansion there. Watch for details soon on the event.