July 2013

Maureen Jennings, Hilary Davidson, Twitter Smackdown (Encore)

  "I found it a very interesting question: who will crack and who won't?"-- Maureen Jennings.  In this episode (originally aired March 11, 2013): * Maureen...

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Literary Smackdown #11: To tweet or not to tweet (Encore)

The Next Chapter and Canada Writes join forces once again to present the Literary Smackdown, our ongoing series where writers playfully joust on an...

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Susan Swan, Leonard Cohen bio, Patrick Ledwell (Encore)

  "Maybe heroes are people who give away too much."-- Susan Swan.  In this episode (originally aired Feb. 25, 2013): * Susan Swan on The Western...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Susan Swan (Encore)

In her latest novel The Western Light, Susan Swan reintroduces us to Mouse Bradford.  Mouse is a 12-year-old girl coming of age in small...

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Donna Morrissey, Kevin O'Leary (Encore)

  "Some do not go back and let that light into that dark underbelly. They won't let go of the past."-- Donna Morrissey.  In this episode...

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Thomas King, Priscila Uppal (Encore)

  "Apologies are cheap, I'm afraid."-- Thomas King.  In this episode (originally aired Feb. 4, 2013): * Thomas King on The Inconvenient Indian* Will Whitwham from the...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Thomas King (Encore)

In the early weeks of 2013, the Idle No More movement raised international awareness of the deep frustration and discontent felt by many aboriginal people...

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Eden Robinson, Lisa Moore (Encore)

  "Rage is useful, but you can't make it sing and dance."-- Eden Robinson.  In this episode (originally aired Jan. 7, 2013): * Eden Robinson...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Eden Robinson (Encore)

From the moment Eden Robinson burst onto the literary scene, she established a reputation as an unflinching writer.  Her debut novel Monkey Beach was nominated for the Giller Prize...

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Linda Spalding, Margaret Atwood, Richard Lemm (Encore)

  "Those two things don't go together.  How could we possibly have been slave owners and also Quakers?"-- Linda Spalding.  In this episode (originally aired...

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Candace Savage, Linwood Barclay, Sci-Fi Smackdown (Encore)

  "I think we create stories sometimes to help us forget."-- Candace Savage.  In this episode (originally aired Oct. 29, 2012): * Candace Savage on A Geography...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Candace Savage (Encore)

Candace Savage has long roots in the Canadian prairies.  She's the descendent of prairie homesteaders, grew up in Alberta, and recently found herself drawn to the Cypress...

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Literary Smackdown #9: Is the Best Sci-Fi Optimistic or Pessimistic? (Encore)

Minister Faust vs. Peter Watts    The Next Chapter and Canada Writes join forces once again to present the ninth Literary Smackdown. Up for debate this...

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Katrina Onstad, Leonard Cohen's novels, Grace O'Connell (Encore)

  "If parenthood is uninvited, what does it do to these people?"-- Katrina Onstad.  In this episode (originally aired Sept. 24, 2012): * Katrina Onstad on Everybody...

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Best of CanLit 2012 (Encore)

  "This isn't a modern gimmick or a technological tweak.  This is something deep in human nature."-- Will Ferguson.  In this episode (originally aired October 22,...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Will Ferguson (Encore)

Will Ferguson won the Leacock Medal for Humour several times for his books Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw, Happiness, and Spanish Fly, but his latest novel 419 is a serious departure.  419 is a thriller about...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Ken Babstock (Encore)

In some Newfoundland dialects, a 'methodist hatchet' is an axe with two edges.  The phrase reflects how local Anglicans regarded their Methodist neighbours - as two-faced...

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