Shelagh's feature interview with Dionne Brand

Shelagh's feature interview with Dionne Brand
Dionne Brand is perhaps best known as a poet... with good reason.  In 2011 she won the Griffin Poetry Prize for her collection Ossuaries -- that's after winning the Governor General's Poetry Award and the Trilium Book Award for previous collections. She was also the Poet Laureate of Toronto for three years from 2009 to 2012.  But Dionne Brand doesn't only write poetry...

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Charles Foran, Edmund Metatawabin

Charles Foran, Edmund Metatawabin

"We are all one accident of chance, one accident of birth, from being the other girl."
-- Charles Foran. 

In this episode: 

* Charles Foran on Planet Lolita
* Kinnie Starr on Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets
* Edmund Metatawabin
on Up Ghost River
* Wade Davis, author of Into the Silence, on his day job as a logger on Haida Gwaii
* Robert J. Wiersema reviews A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrianne Harun

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Aislinn Hunter, if you liked "Twelve Years A Slave"...

Aislinn Hunter, if you liked

"We are so hungry as a species to be regarded and not to be a ghost moving through the lives of others."
-- Aislinn Hunter. 

In this episode: 

* Aislinn Hunter on The World Before Us
* Afie Jurvanen (a.k.a. Bahamas) on The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
* Victor Dwyer
says if you liked Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, you'll love Sugar Falls by David Alexander Robertson
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How I Wrote It: Caroline Adderson on Norman, Speak!
* David Carpenter on The Literary History of Saskatchewan Volume 2

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Elizabeth Renzetti, Stacey May Fowles

Elizabeth Renzetti, Stacey May Fowles

"I like to think of it as an alcohol-soaked revenge comedy."
-- Elizabeth Renzetti. 

In this episode: 

* Elizabeth Renzetti on Based on a True Story
* Terry Fallis, author of No Relation, answers the Proust Questionnaire
* Vish Khanna reviews Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
* Stacey May Fowles
 on Infidelity

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TNC Sneak Listen: Shelagh's conversation with Aislinn Hunter

TNC Sneak Listen: Shelagh's conversation with Aislinn Hunter
The protagonist of Aislinn Hunter's new novel The World Before Us has a complex relationship with time.  She works as an archivist at a London museum, where the objects of the past are the stuff of her daily life. She is also haunted by a trauma she experienced when she was fifteen. Turns out, the inspiration for The World Before Us also came from the past, namely a bizarre encounter between two escaped asylum patients and a famous 19th-century poet...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Margaret Atwood

Shelagh's extended conversation with Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood's latest book is Stone Mattress, a collection of nine stories that she describes as "tales," because they all have a touch of the unworldly. There's a woman who's mistaken for a vampire, and a new twist on the classic scary yarn about a murderous hand. And in one story, the witchy Zenia, from Atwood's novel The Robber Bride, reappears.

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Margaret Atwood, Tom Rachman

Margaret Atwood, Tom Rachman

"There is a reason why religions stress forgiveness. It's very hard to do."
-- Margaret Atwood. 

In this episode: 

* Margaret Atwood on Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
* Tom Rachman on The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
* Jen Sookfong Lee 
on How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? by Doretta Lau
* How I Wrote It: Michael Crummey on Sweetland
* Antanas Sileika on Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You by Dan Riskin

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Richard Wagamese, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Richard Wagamese, Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

"There's displaced fathers and displaced sons everywhere in our communities and I thought: that's me, that explains part of my life."
-- Richard Wagamese. 

In this episode 

* Jillian and Mariko Tamaki on This One Summer
* Catherine McCandless from Young Galaxy on Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
* Richard Wagamese
on Medicine Walk
* Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath, answers the Proust Questionnaire

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Shelagh's feature interview with Richard Wagamese, author of Medicine Walk

Shelagh's feature interview with Richard Wagamese, author of Medicine Walk
Richard Wagamese became a household name when his novel Indian Horse was part of Canada Reads in 2013. It is a haunting, powerful novel about a young boy in residential school whose life is redeemed through hockey.  

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Elaine Lui, Nancy Lee (Encore)

Elaine Lui, Nancy Lee (Encore)

"The joke is that my mother gave birth to me on the mah-jong table... and the game resumed within five minutes."
-- Elaine Lui. 

In this episode (originally aired May 5, 2014):

* Elaine Lui on Listen to the Squawking Chicken
* Loreena McKennitt on The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
* Ben Kaplan on Feet, Don't Fail Me Now
* Nancy Lee on The Age

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