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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Shelagh's extended conversation with Ann-Marie MacDonald

Shelagh's extended conversation with Ann-Marie MacDonald
Ann-Marie MacDonald's first novel Fall On Your Knees was published in 1996 and it was a big hit. It was the kind of book people shared and cheered for. When it was picked by Oprah for her uber successful book club, there was almost kind of a collective "You go girl!  Chalk one up for the Canuck."  Her second novel The Way the Crow Flies was well received too. That was ten years ago. Now the wait for a third has ended with the publication of her new book Adult Onset

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Cynthia Reyes, Kim Moritsugu, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen

Cynthia Reyes, Kim Moritsugu, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen

"I'd lost myself, I didn't know where to find me, and didn't even know if I wanted to find me."
-- Cynthia Reyes. 

In this episode: 

* Cynthia Reyes on A Good Home
* Grant Davidson (a.k.a. Slow Leaves) on Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar
* Kim Moritsugu
on The Oakdale Dinner Club
* Mary-Ann Kirkby on Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen

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Alan Doyle, if you liked "Bossypants" by Tina Fey...

Alan Doyle, if you liked

"There was much fist-bumping as we ran back across the bridge."
-- Alan Doyle. 

In this episode: 

* Alan Doyle on Where I Belong: Small Town to Great Big Sea
* Kathleen Winter on Boundless
* Treasa Levasseur says if you liked Bossypants by Tina Fey, you'll love Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford
* How I Wrote It: Alexi Zentner on The Lobster Kings
* Arjun Basu on Waiting for the Man

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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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