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January 2013 Archives

The Sparks Literary Festival, Part Two

in_the_field.jpgThis Saturday we sample more poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from the dynamic and ever-changing literary scene in Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the second of two shows recorded at the 2013 Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's, we hear from Joan Sullivan, Gerard Collins, and Eva Crocker.

They're joined by special guest Carmine Starnino, one of Canada's renowned poets.

Joan Sullivan is the author of In The Field, published by Breakwater Books. It tells the story of Stephen Norris, a volunteer with the Newfoundland Regiment in World War One, and the lasting impact the war had on his family and community.

Gerard Collins is the award-winning author of a short story collection, Moonlight Sketches, and a novel, Finton Moon. Both books are set in the fictional town of Darwin, Newfoundland.

Eva Crocker is part of the new generation of Newfoundland writers. Currently a student at Memorial University, she has been writing acclaimed fiction and poetry.

Carmine Starnino is a poet, essayist, and critic in Montreal. He's a past winner of the Canadian Authors' Association Prize for Poetry and the David McKeen Award for Poetry. His latest book is Lazy Bastardism.

Newfoundlanders With a Story to Tell: The Sparks Literary Festival

That-Forgetfu-Shore-Trudy-Morgan-Cole-Cover.jpgThis week's show features scenes from a Newfoundland outport during the war years, poetry about old hockey players, a glimpse of a Greek vacation gone wrong, and much more.

We'll hear it all as guest host Jamie Fitzpatrick presents the first of two shows recorded last weekend at the 2013 Sparks Literary Festival in St. John's,

The annual festival has been showcasing Newfoundland and Labrador writers since 2010, and the Performance Hour has been there every year.

For the 2013 edition, book lovers packed the Petro Canada Hall on the campus of Memorial University.

They were treated to a showcase of the spectacular range of Newfoundland literature. From that event, we'll hear:

Trudy Morgan-Cole reading from her novel, That Forgetful Shore.

Randall Maggs with selections from his acclaimed collection, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems.

Plus brand new fiction from Ramona Dearing, and the poetry of Iain McCurdy.

We'll hear further highlights from the festival in our second Sparks show, on February 2.

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The Fictional Life: Newfoundland Books, Readers, and Writers

Writer, broadcaster and guest host Jamie Fitzpatrick presents The Fictional Life, a two-part series featuring readers and writers in Newfoundland and Labrador..

Jamie's guests include: Joan Clark, who reveals the perfect opening paragraph as composed by Carol Shields;Monica Kidd, explaining how Tom Robbins perfectly captures the month of February; Fred Armstrong, defending Wind in the Willows as a novel for adults; Andrew Loman, casting his vote for the best ever book-to-movie adaptation.
Also, in our panel discussions, Michael Crummey and Bernice Morgan discuss what happens when history meets fiction in the Newfoundland novel, and Kenneth J. Harvey and Edward Riche talk about myths and stereotypes in Newfoundland writing.

The Fictional Life will run on the Performance Hour Saturday January 12 and 19.

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Sessions In The Old Town Vol 2 - The Radio Mix

St. John's can proudly boast one of the most vibrant and robust music scenes in all of Canada. This week The Performance Hour presents Sessions In The Old Town Vol 2, the Radio mix of our CBC TV special featuring three of the hottest acts to have come out of the old town in years. We'll hear some fantastic live studio recordings and interviews with host Tom Power featuring award winning singer songwriter Andrew James O'Brien, jazz composer and multi instrumentalist Patrick Boyle with his Quartet and the hot young trad pop group Ashelin.

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