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Full episode: June 11, 2018

Listen to Shelagh Rogers in conversation with David A. Robertson, Bill Gaston and Laurie Petrou and get book recommendations for yourself and your kids in this week's episode.

David A. Robertson's supernatural YA novel is about learning to cope with mental health issues

Strangers is David A. Robertson's first novel for young adults and is the first book in a planned series.

Laurie Petrou talks about publishing her award-winning manuscript Sister of Mine

Laurie Petrou won the Half the World Global Literati Prize her manuscript Sister of Mine. It's now a published novel.

The Next Chapter summer children's book panel: 8 great book recommendations for young readers

Michele Landsberg and Ken Setterington share their favourite children's literature of the year so far, from YA to middle-grade reads and picture books.

Michael Kusugak celebrates the 30th anniversary of his book A Promise Is A Promise

The picture book A Promise Is A Promise, co-written with Robert Munsch, weaves together Michael Kusugak's grandmother's traditional Inuit tales with his own stories.

Bill Gaston wrote a memoir about his tumultuous relationship with his father

In the memoir Just Let Me Look At You, Gaston writes that the one place he and his father found common ground was on the water, fishing for salmon.

If you liked Harry Potter, you'll love Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson

This recommendation comes from ​Campbell River teacher Natalie Raedwulf and student Tabatha Wyatt.

Writers Sarah Henstra and Kerri Sakamoto share what they are reading this summer

Both Sarah Henstra and Kerri Sakamoto have books earmarked for the summer months.

Why, behind the pain, Terese Marie Mailhot's Heart Berries champions hope

The B.C. writer reflects on the lessons her struggles have taught her.

Daniel Heath Justice answers the question at the centre of Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

The scholar of Indigenous studies lays out the complexities of the simple question.

Why Liz Harmer fills her post-apocalyptic novel with amateurs

The short story writer talks about her debut novel, The Amateurs.

If you liked Susan Ee's Angelfall, you'll love Sarah Raughley's YA novel Fate of Flames

Blues vocalist Shakura S'Aida discusses the importance of heroism in YA fiction.
Bedside Books

Why Grant Davidson found David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest challenging, but rewarding

The folk singer points out the finer details in David Foster Wallace’s writing.
Summer Reading

What novelists Madeleine Thien and Joshua Whitehead hope to read this summer

The list includes Canadian and international authors alike.

How Jackie Kai Ellis's passion for food inspired a journey of self-discovery

The founder of Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery & Café shares her journey in a new memoir, The Measure of My Powers.
Proust questionnaire

Kim Thúy shares her greatest fear and her idea of perfect happiness

The celebrated author of the novels Ru and Vi answers the Proust questionnaire.

Brian Francis checks out 3 books that will help you mind your manners

The author of the novel Fruit picks out etiquette manuals dating as far back as 500 years ago.

Why it was important to Casey Plett to portray realistic transgender life in her debut novel

In Little Fish, the author imagines life for Mennonite trans people across generations.

How covering the city of Toronto as a columnist inspired Joe Fiorito's new poetry collection

The newspaper columnist discusses City Poems’s lyrical treatment of everyday life.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why Sheila Heti has kept the Penguin Dictionary of Symbols on her desk for 20 years

The author of Motherhood discusses one of her favourite books.

How Louise Penny keeps her Armand Gamache mystery series fresh and surprising

The award-winning author discusses the latest installment of her series, Glass Houses.

Why David Adams Richards wrote a novel about the tragedies of the rich

The acclaimed New Brunswick writer discusses his latest novel, Mary Cyr.

Liked the backstage stories in Joe Hagan's Sticky Fingers? Then you'll love this book about MuchMusic

Music journalist Vish Khanna recommends you read Christopher Ward's Is This Live? Inside the Wild Early Years of MuchMusic: the Nation's Music Station.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why Cherie Dimaline loves Charles Bukowski's poetry

'There is something quite extraordinary about the way he illustrates and lives within the ordinary.'

How Brad Smith's series of odd jobs prepared him for a career as a novelist

The author discusses what it took to write his latest work of historical fiction, The Return of Kid Cooper.