The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


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Why Michael Ondaatje thinks his latest book, Warlight, is more than a war novel

The author The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion discusses his latest novel, a work set shortly after the Second World War.

How Michael Kaan's father's memoirs about growing up during WWII in Hong Kong inspired his debut novel

The Winnipeg author talks about his historical novel, The Water Beetles, which is nominated for the 2018 First Novel Award.

Liked Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild? You'll love Starting Out In the Afternoon by Jill Frayne

Winnipeg-born and Toronto-based writer Patricia McCowan offers up a Canadian alternative to Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir.

Why Carrianne Leung wrote about the secrets of suburbia in her latest novel

The Toronto-based author dissects the myth of the perfect life suburban life in her interconnected story collection, That Time I Loved You.

Liked Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow? Then read Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard

Poet El Jones suggest two books challenging conversations around race.
Bedside Books

How one book inspired folk singer Kerri Ough to think about writing in a new way

The member of the group The Good Lovelies recently read Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, which taught her about the importance of practice and patience.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why poet Lynn Crosbie loves Pamela Des Barres's music groupie memoir I'm With the Band

I'm With the Band is about the period Des Barres spent following famous musicians in the 1960s and 1970s, including Frank Zappa and Jimmy Page.

Why Floating City is a magical departure for Kerri Sakamoto

The novel follows a young man from his B.C. upbringing through living in a Japanese internment camp to his becoming a real estate developer working on the Toronto waterfront.

Why Sue Goyette wrote a poem from the perspective of the Odyssey's Penelope

The book-length poem Penelope re-tells Homer’s epic from a different perspective.

How Ahmad Danny Ramadan honoured his Syrian home with his debut novel

The author of The Clothesline Swing discusses the power of storytelling.

Why Maia Caron wrote about the untold story of Métis women during the 1885 North-West Rebellion

When the author discovered her family's own untold history, she decided to dig deeper — and ended up writing the novel Song of Batoche.
From the Archives

Listen to bestselling thriller writer Linwood Barclay's 2009 conversation with Shelagh Rogers

His novel No Time for Goodbye came out 10 years ago and turned the Canadian author into an international bestselling phenomenon.
Bedside Books

Why musician Krista Wodelet loved Nora Ephron's essay collection Crazy Salad

The member of Nice Horse is a fan of comedic memoirs. Here's why she enjoyed the filmmaker's 1975 book about feminism.

Why Katherena Vermette uses a 13-year-old Métis time traveller to discuss identity

The author of Pemmican Wars retraces the personal and fictional journeys behind the graphic novel.

How Heather O'Neill's father's offbeat advice shaped her as a writer

Wisdom in Nonsense: Invaluable Lessons from my Father was O'Neill's University of Alberta's Canadian Literature Centre's Kreisel Lecture and is now available as a book.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why novelist Michelle Alfano can't put down Leo Tolstoy's classic Anna Karenina

Michelle Alfano is the author of The Unfinished Dollhouse and she loves to re-read Anna Karenina.

How the history of unmarried Quebec women forced to give up their children inspired Joanna Goodman's new novel

The Home for Unwanted Girls follows the story of a young girl forced by her family to give up her baby. Years later, both she and the daughter search to find each other.
Bedside Books

How Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga opened folk musician Tiffany Ayalik's eyes

The member of the Juno Award-winning band Quantum Tangle recently read Tanya Talaga's award-winning book.

Liked Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Then read Robert Chafe's Two-Man Tent

Short story writer Eva Crocker draws connections between two distinct writers.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why literary critic and professor Nick Mount re-reads Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel Lolita

The author of Arrival: The Story of CanLit talks about his reading practices.

Why Shawn Hitchins invented a new genre for his memoir A Brief History of Oversharing

The comedian invites readers to peek at his embarrassing moments through a series of essays.
Bedside Books

Why Preetam Sengupta found Ragged Company to be good company

The folk musician details his admiration for Richard Wagamese’s novel.

Journalist Aida Edemariam on her 20-year quest to share her grandmother's story

The author of the biography The Wife’s Tale reflects on the lives of many women through the life of her grandmother.

Mystery novelist Gail Bowen on how to write engaging fiction

The author of The Winner’s Circle offers writing and reading tips.