Remembering mystery writer P.D. James

Remembering mystery writer P.D. James
Mystery-lovers around the world are remembering a legend today.  The great mystery writer P.D. James has died at the age of 94.  Shelagh spoke with P.D. James on The Arts Tonight back in February 1990, shortly after the publication of her novel Devices and Desires.  Click "Listen" to hear their conversation.  Rest in peace, P.D. James.  Thank you for the stories.

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Thomas King, Bev Sellers, Michael Crummey

Thomas King, Bev Sellers, Michael Crummey

"We are not entitled to the life of the planet."
--  Thomas King

In this episode: 

* Bev Sellers on They Called Me Number One
* Donovan Woods on Suddenly, A Knock on the Door: Stories by Etgar Keret
* Thomas King
on The Back of the Turtle
* How I Wrote It: Naomi Klein on This Changes Everything
* Michael Crummey, author of Sweetland, answers the Proust Questionnaire

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Thomas King

Shelagh's extended conversation with Thomas King
It's been a banner year for Thomas King. He started 2014 winning not one, but two, of Canada's top literary prizes for non-fiction. His book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, won both the RBC Taylor Prize as well as the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. And he ended the year as the 2014 winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction for his new novel The Back of the Turtle.

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Catherine Gildiner, Caroline Adderson

Catherine Gildiner, Caroline Adderson

"I'm the only person that's been interrogated by the RCMP at Fran's Restaurant."
-- Catherine Gildiner. 

In this episode: 

* Catherine Gildiner on Coming Ashore
* Julian Taylor on Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman
* Randy Boyagoda
reviews Amerika by Réal Godbout and Helge Dascher
* Caroline Adderson
on Ellen in Pieces

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Michael Winter, Ursula Franklin

Michael Winter, Ursula Franklin

"Underneath these ancient trees are these teenagers who have never seen their old age, their natural life span."
-- Michael Winter. 

In this episode: 

* Michael Winter on Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead
* Frances Itani on Tell
* Ursula Franklin on Ursula Franklin Speaks
* Joe Clark on Engaging China by Paul Evans

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Michael Winter

Shelagh's extended conversation with Michael Winter
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the First World War.  All year there have been centennial ceremonies and gatherings, and more to come, with people around the world remembering and looking back. Michael Winter's new book also looks back at World War One. It's called Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead.

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Ursula Franklin

Shelagh's extended conversation with Ursula Franklin
The news anchor Tom Brokaw coined the term "the greatest generation" to describe the Americans who grew up during the Depression and sustained the ravages of the Second World War. Shelagh thought of that description after she read a book of speeches by the acclaimed scientist, pacifist, and feminist Ursula Franklin. 

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Kim Thúy, Dionne Brand

Kim Thúy, Dionne Brand

"It was an easy link - love and food - because it's so part of the Vietnamese culture."
-- Kim Thuy. 

In this episode: 

* Kim Thúy on Mãn
* Don Brownrigg on Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
* Dionne Brand
on Love Enough
* Antanas Sileika reviews 
They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

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Karen Connelly, Patricia Pearson

Karen Connelly, Patricia Pearson

"I loved the struggle of the poems and in some ways even the pain of the poems."
-- Karen Connelly. 

In this episode: 

* Karen Connelly on Come Cold River
* Alejandra Ribera on Remembered Rapture by bell hooks
* Patricia Pearson
on Opening Heaven's Door
* Sean Foley on Crimes Against My Brother by David Adams Richards

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Ann-Marie MacDonald, Charter of Readers' Rights and Freedoms

Ann-Marie MacDonald, Charter of Readers' Rights and Freedoms

"It's very much about the abyss of Greek tragedy opening at your feet in the aisle of the grocery store."
-- Ann-Marie MacDonald. 

In this episode: 

* Ann-Marie MacDonald on Adult Onset
* Ruth Moody on All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
* Jason Proctor
 proposes a Charter of Readers' Rights and Freedoms, which is seconded by Robert Priest, Vivien Shotwell, Kate Pullinger, and Ben Kaplan
* George Murray
, author of Whiteout, on being Poet Laureate of St. John's, NL

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