The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


How former CBC journalist Louise Penny keeps her Armand Gamache mystery series fresh & surprising

How former CBC journalist Louise Penny keeps her Armand Gamache mystery series fresh & surprising

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.
Bedside Books

How reading Jack Kornfield's Bringing Home the Dharma inspired folk singer Ashley Condon to be a better person

Ashley Condon is a P.E.I. singer-songwriter and winner. She recently read and loved Jack Kornfield's guide to spiritual balance.

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.'

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

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

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.

Louise Penny, David Adams Richards

Louise Penny, David Adams Richards and others talk to Shelagh Rogers on this episode of The Next Chapter.

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

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

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

Michael Ondaatje, Carrianne Leung

Michael Ondaatje, Carrianne Leung and others peer behind the stories of a bygone era.

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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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

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

Sue Goyette, Maia Caron

Sue Goyette, Maia Caron and others explore what's behind a literary point of view.
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.