Russell Wangersky, Naomi K. Lewis

Russell Wangersky, Naomi K. Lewis
"As a writer...you're exposing yourself and you're seeking attention, but in a really controlled way."
-- Naomi K. Lewis. 

In this episode:

* Russell Wangersky and Naomi K. Lewis on Shy: An Anthology 
* Justin Rutledge on Post Office by Charles Bukowski
George Elliott Clarke and Jennifer Wynne Webber on exuberance
* Gail Vaz-Oxlade answers the Proust Questionnaire

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Anna Hope and Jennifer Robson

Shelagh's extended conversation with Anna Hope and Jennifer Robson
The First World War has inspired many powerful works of fiction. But most of this literature has centred on the men in the trenches and their struggles in the aftermath of the conflict. Debut novelists Anna Hope and Jennifer Robson take readers into the hearts and minds of women whose lives have been irrevocably changed by the war.  

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Anna Hope, Jennifer Robson

"You have this arrogant empire brought low, absolutely crippled by grief."
-- Anna Hope. 

In this episode:

* Anna Hope on Wake 
* Jennifer Robson on Somewhere in France 
* Wilt Whitwam on Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver
Treasa Levasseur on The Human Stain by Philip Roth and Joshua Then and Now by Mordecai Richler
Motion on Global Reggae edited by Carolyn Cooper

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Katherine Palmer Gordon's book launch

Katherine Palmer Gordon's book launch
Katherine Palmer Gordon is an award-winning author and journalist who interviewed dozens of young First Nations people living in British Columbia for her latest book, We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us. Shelagh was on hand for the launch of the book at Gabriola Island Public Library.

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Ernie Louttit

Shelagh's extended conversation with Ernie Louttit
As a beat cop in Saskatoon, Ernie Louttit earned the respect of the people he was policing and protecting. In a way, he was one of them: Ernie was Cree, and grew up in Northern Ontario. For some First Nations people in the neighbourhood, that made him more approachable.

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Ernie Louttit, Monique Gray Smith, James Daschuk

Ernie Louttit, Monique Gray Smith, James Daschuk
"You see enough blood, you see enough children hurt...your soul's at risk."
-- Ernie Louttit. 

In this episode:

* Ernie Louttit on Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership 
* Monique Gray Smith on Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience 
Katherine Palmer Gordon on We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us
James Daschuk on Clearing the Plains

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Ross Pennie, Ceri Marsh

Ross Pennie, Ceri Marsh
"I think I can write about it as a story about the clandestine tobacco trade, not about bad people."
-- Ross Pennie. 

In this episode:

* Ross Pennie on Up in Smoke 
* Doug Paisley on A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat
* Charles the Butler on his day job at a florist shop
Ceri Marsh on How to Feed a Family
* Loretta Gatto-White and Delia De Santis on Italian Canadians at Table 
Edward Jones on Salt Cod Cuisine

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Todd Babiak, David Mason

Todd Babiak, David Mason
 
"I want people to stay up all night reading this book."
-- Todd Babiak. 

In this episode:

* Todd Babiak on Come Barbarians 
* Little Miss Higgins on The Birth House by Ami McKay
* David Mason on The Pope's Bookbinder
* Donna Bailey Nurse on Middlemarch by George Eliot
* Phil Fernandez on his collection of Canadian first editions 

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Shelagh's 1993 interview with W. O. Mitchell

Shelagh's 1993 interview with W. O. Mitchell
This week marks the centenary of W. O. Mitchell's birth. The beloved author is best known for his classic novel of prairie life, Who Has Seen the Wind, which is so iconic that actor Donald Sutherland quoted from it as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


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Claire Cameron, Andrew Cohen, Andrew Pyper

Claire Cameron, Andrew Cohen, Andrew Pyper
 
"It's very much about grief and having grief become a part of you...something you learn to grow with."
-- Claire Cameron. 

In this episode:

* Claire Cameron on The Bear 
Andrew Cohen on Lost Beneath the Ice: The Story of HMS Investigator 
* Antanas Sileika on This Great Escape by Andrew Steinmetz
* Stephanie Domet on Fallsies Downsies
* Andrew Pyper answers the Proust Questionnaire

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