2014

 

Jane Christmas, Tom Howell (Encore)

"There's been a whisper in my ear about this all the way through my life."-- Jane Christmas.  In this episode (originally aired December 2, 2013): *...

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Robbie Robertson, if you liked "Wheat Belly Cookbook" (Encore)

"These were the originators."-- Robbie Robertson.  In this episode (originally aired November 11, 2013): * Robbie Robertson on Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the...

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Robbie Robertson and the Music That Changed the World (Encore)

Robbie Robertson has had a stellar music career.  He was inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2011 for his work with...

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Sally Armstrong, Mark Abley, Ken Setterington (Encore)

"If you can't talk about it, you can't change it.  And today, the world over, the women are talking."-- Sally Armstrong.  In this episode (originally aired...

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TNC Bonus: Shelagh's conversation with Jean Vanier (Encore)

On this week's episode of The Next Chapter, the rapper Shad talked about reading Jean Vanier's book Becoming Human.  Shad described it as "a beautiful book...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Mark Abley (Encore)

Who really was Duncan Campbell Scott?  How could he be a celebrated poet and, at the same time, be the engineer behind Canada's notorious residential school system?...

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Michael Winter, Margaret Atwood (Encore)

"What is a dangerous life?  What does it mean to risk things?"-- Michael Winter.  In this episode (originally aired November 4, 2013): * Michael Winter on...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Michael Winter (Encore)

Michael Winter "is a writer who dangles the delicate bait because he knows we will take it, then sets the hook and reels us in...

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Elizabeth Ruth, Daniel David Moses (Encore)

"Art is not a democracy. It's a dictatorship and you are in charge."-- Elizabeth Ruth.  In this episode (originally aired September 30, 2013): * Elizabeth Ruth on...

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Greg Malone, Michael Crummey (Encore)

"It's a fraud.  It's a sham.  It's an international crime, is all it is."-- Greg Malone.  In this episode (originally aired September 23, 2013): * Greg...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Greg Malone (Encore)

Greg Malone has long been fired up by history and politics.  In the 1980s and 90s, he channeled his passion and critique into his work...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Michael Crummey (Encore)

Michael Crummey made a big splash a few years ago when he published his third novel Galore.  It began with an unforgettable opening scene of the...

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Lauren B. Davis, 1950s Mothers and Daughters (Encore)

"If I had continued drinking, I would have died."-- Lauren B. Davis.  In this episode (originally aired September 9, 2013): * Lauren B. Davis on The...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Lauren B. Davis (Encore)

Sometimes a book comes along that grabs ahold of you on the first page and you really can't look away.  That's what happened to Shelagh...

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Lisa Moore, Monica Kidd (Encore)

"It's a story based on lore that I heard all my life."-- Lisa Moore.  In this episode (originally aired September 2, 2013): * Lisa Moore on Caught*...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Monica Kidd (Encore)

Way back in 2008, in the very first season of The Next Chapter, Shelagh spoke with Monica Kidd about her book Any Other Woman: An Uncommon...

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Thomas King and Leanne Simpson, Joseph Boyden (Encore)

  "When you hear a story in our tradition, it comes with a responsibility."-- Leanne Simpson.  In this episode (originally aired January 27, 2014): *...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Thomas King and Leanne Simpson (Encore)

Storytelling has a special place in indigenous culture.  It's a cultural torch passed from one generation to another, and from it flows teachings, lessons, and...

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Ruth Ozeki, The Monkey's Paw (Encore)

"Kids are cruel. If it's not one thing, it's another. In my case, it was all about race."-- Ruth Ozeki.  In this episode (originally aired...

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Take a look inside The Monkey's Paw bookstore... (Encore)

The Monkey's Paw bookstore in Toronto doesn't sell bestsellers or books on popular subjects. In fact, it doesn't carry anything published after 1980. What...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Ruth Ozeki (Encore)

One day, while walking along the beach of her remote B.C. island home, a novelist named Ruth discovers something even better than a message in...

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Wayne Grady, Eleanor Catton, Lawrence Hill (Encore)

"They were always expecting that hand on their shoulder.  They were always expecting to be found out."-- Wayne Grady.  In this episode (originally aired November 25,...

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Shelagh remembers Robert Arthur Alexie

I was shocked and saddened to learn that the Gwich'in leader, writer, musician, and photographer Robert Arthur Alexie Jr. is dead. A few years ago, Theytus Books...

Kate Pullinger, Julian Porter

"I was amazed by this story, amazed by the bravery of it at the same time as the desperation."-- Kate Pullinger. In this episode:* Kate...

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Mystery Book Panel - Summer 2014

Nothing goes better with warm, sunny, summer days than gory, urban mystery novels.  So says Margaret Cannon, one of the members of The Next Chapter's...

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Heather O'Neill, Children's Book Panel

"We're all kind of stuck in our parents' reality shows..."-- Heather O'Neill. In this episode:* Heather O'Neill on The Girl Who Was Saturday Night* Sebastian de...

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Shelagh and Vish swap festival stories...

Our columnist Vish Khanna came to The Next Chapter studio recently to tell Shelagh about Geoff Berner's novel Festival Man. It's a satirical behind-the-scenes take on Canadian...

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Children's Book Panel - Summer 2014

They're baaaaaack!  Michele Landsberg and Ken Setterington have been recommending summer reading for young people for years and they each have a hefty beach bag full...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Ray Robertson

The blurb on Ray Robertson's latest book, I Was There the Night He Died, describes him as "an irrepressible voice, with brass balls and a...

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Ray Robertson, Guy Vanderhaeghe

"I think the goal is to write well enough and long enough that you don't have anything left to say."-- Ray Robertson. In this episode:* Ray...

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Lynn Coady, Robert Priest

"Interpersonal human conflict is absolutely the most interesting thing in the world."-- Lynn Coady. In this episode:* Lynn Coady on Hellgoing* Matthew Hornell on Book of...

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Janet Marie Rogers, Douglas Coupland

"This is medicine.  The words are medicine.  The poetry is medicine."-- Janet Marie Rogers. In this episode:* Janet Marie Rogers on Unearthed* Douglas Coupland, author of...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Janet Marie Rogers

Janet Marie Rogers is a very busy woman. She hosts two radio programs in British Columbia, one of them on CFUV in Victoria called Native...

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Shani Mootoo, Kim Fu, remembering Farley Mowat

"I believe I am what I feel I am."-- Farley Mowat. In this episode:* Shani Mootoo, author of Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, and Kim...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Elaine Lui

As a maven of celebrity gossip, Elaine ("Lainey") Lui is no shrinking violet. But it's her mother who's the star of Elaine's "sort of" memoir,...

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Elaine Lui, Nancy Lee

"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:*...

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Luba Goy, Silken Laumann

"My part was not so much the writing as just opening my big mouth and telling the journey of my life."-- Luba Goy. In this episode:*...

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Marty Chan, YA writers on Shakespeare

"I like jumping around. I actually like the milky space in between all the different mediums that I work in."-- Marty Chan. In this episode:* Marty...

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Shelagh remembers Alistair MacLeod

Hello, dear Listener and Reader. How sad it was to hear early on Easter morning that Alistair MacLeod had died. As a writer, a teacher, a generous...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Gail Bowen, William Whitehead

 "We live such a privileged life. Five minutes away, there are kids in the street selling their bodies."-- Gail Bowen. In this episode:* Gail Bowen on The Gifted* William...

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Cecil Foster, remembering Mavis Gallant

  "There is something special about coming out of that era.  There is something special about coming from those islands."-- Cecil Foster.  In this...

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Joel Thomas Hynes, Kimmy Beach

  "As far as I went and as mucked up as I might have been at times, I didn't have murder in me."-- Joel...

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Joe Clark, Bob Plamondon

  "We're not a natural country, we're a built country.  And the challenge is to keep on building it.  And we can't build it...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Joe Clark

Joe Clark was only 28 years old when he started his political career. He had a meteoric rise through the Progressive Conservative party and was...

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Rawi Hage, Roy Miki, Alistair MacLeod

  "Within confrontation there is always a grain of honesty."-- Rawi Hage.  In this episode: * Rawi Hage on Cockroach. It's a contender in...

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Thomas King and Leanne Simpson, Joseph Boyden

  "When you hear a story in our tradition, it comes with a responsibility."-- Leanne Simpson.  In this episode: * Thomas King and Leanne...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Thomas King and Leanne Simpson

Storytelling has a special place in indigenous culture.  It's a cultural torch passed from one generation to another, and from it flows teachings, lessons, and...

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Nalo Hopkinson, Margaret Atwood

  "I sort of think the very fact of existence is magical."-- Nalo Hopkinson.  In this episode: * Nalo Hopkinson on Sister Mine* Liam Corcoran from...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Nalo Hopkinson

Relationships between sisters can be fraught. Especially if the sisters are twins. Even more especially if their father is a demi-god, and only one of...

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Priscila Uppal, Kathleen Winter

  "It's not the reunion of the movies, let's put it that way."-- Priscila Uppal.  In this episode: * Priscila Uppal on Projection: Encounters with My Runaway...

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Shelagh's extended conversation with Priscila Uppal

Priscila Uppal hated being the girl in school without a mother.  No one she knew had a mother who had run away and abandoned the...

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Anthony De Sa, Esi Edugyan

  "We re-branded ourselves in many respects after that murder."-- Anthony de Sa.  In this episode: * Anthony De Sa on Kicking the Sky* Odario Williams...

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