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Featured Guests: August 2011 Archives

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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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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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