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Why The Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman loved Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

The Toronto folk musician explains why she identifies with Sally Rooney's book, Conversations with Friends.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why Grace O'Connell reads Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy every single year

The author of Be Ready for the Lightning discusses one of her favourite books.

Why Kai Cheng Thom believes there's power in being vulnerable

The award-winning poet discusses her collection, a place called No Homeland.

Dennis Lee reflects on being one of Canada's most beloved poets

The poet behind Alligator Pie looks back at this 50-year career, which is captured in the anthology Heart Residence.

Why Thomas King created an illustrated edition of his bestselling memoir The Inconvenient Indian

The Inconvenient Indian, which won the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize, explores the treatment of Indigenous people in Western culture.

Full episode: Aug. 13, 2018

Shelagh Rogers talks to Thomas King, Dennis Lee and Kai Cheng Thom about their latest books.

Ann MacMillan shares the heroic lives of 34 ordinary people during times of war in a new book

Journalist Ann MacMillan gives an account of the feats of heroism included in War Stories, which she co-authored with her husband Peter Snow.

Why artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas believes ancestral stories are more relevant than ever

The author and graphic novelist behind War of the Blink explains the topical meaning of ancestral stories.

The man behind Johnny Cash was Canadian — and Julie Chadwick's new book shares his story

The Man Who Carried Cash explores the relationship between the musician and his manager, Saul Holiff.

Full episode: Aug. 9, 2018

Shelagh Rogers talks to Alan Doyle, Ann MacMillan and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas about conflict and creativity in art and storytelling.

Alan Doyle didn't really understand Canada — until he toured with Great Big Sea

The Great Big Sea singer discusses his memoir about travelling across Canada, A Newfoundlander in Canada.

Mandy Len Catron used science to fall in love — then wrote a book about it

The author of How to Fall in Love with Anyone explores the psychology behind love.

David Wolfman puts a modern twist on traditional Indigenous food in his new cookbook

The acclaimed chef discusses his cookbook Cooking with the Wolfman with Shelagh Rogers.
Bedside Books

Why musician Brenley MacEachern believes The Handmaid's Tale is more relevant than ever

The singer-songwriter says Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is a chilling warning for the world we live in today.

If you liked Waiting for the Punch, you should read The Comedians by Canadian author Kliph Nesteroff

Comedy devotee Vish Khanna scoured his bookshelves to find Maron’s Canadian peer.

Mandy Len Catron used science to fall in love — then wrote a book about it

The author of How to Fall in Love with Anyone explores the psychology behind love.

Why fans of All The Light We Cannot See should read Joy Kogawa's Obasan

The Next Chapter columnist Victor Dwyer says Joy Kogawa's Obasan is a great companion book to Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See.

Why Michelle Alfano says loving, accepting and supporting trans kids is so important

Michelle Alfano's memoir, The Unfinished Dollhouse, attempts to unpack some of the conflicted emotions she experienced as the mother of a trans child.

Ivan Coyote's memoir is about survival — and about being true to yourself

The stage performer and author reflects on the family that shaped their memoir Tomboy Survival Guide.

Why Tanya Talaga wrote a book about the lives and deaths of 7 Indigenous students in Thunder Bay

The journalist discusses her book Seven Fallen Feathers, which won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize.

Full episode: Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

On this episode Tanya Talaga, Ivan Coyote and Brenley MacEachern find creative ways of confronting social issues.

Full episode: Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

Brian Francis, Mandy Len Catron and Roberta Rich talk with Shelagh Rogers.

How a trip to Venice changed Roberta Rich's life — and made her the writer she is today

The novelist and Vancouver resident shares the inspiration behind her Venice trilogy.
Bedside Books

The Karpinka Brothers talk about the books they can't stop reading

Musicians Aaron and Shawn Karpinka recommend two very different books.

Brian Francis tried to save money by following advice from these 3 personal finance books

The Next Chapter columnist and author of the novel Natural Order reviews three books on money matters.