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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Shelagh's extended conversation with Elaine Lui (Encore)

Shelagh's extended conversation with Elaine Lui (Encore)
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, Listen to the Squawking Chicken. Elaine's mom earned the nickname "squawking chicken" when growing up in Hong Kong -- and she has plenty to squawk about. 

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Claire Cameron, Andrew Cohen, Andrew Pyper (Encore)

Claire Cameron, Andrew Cohen, Andrew Pyper (Encore)

"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 (originally aired March 10, 2014):

* 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 Fallsy Downsies
* Andrew Pyper answers the Proust Questionnaire

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Cecil Foster, remembering Mavis Gallant (Encore)

Cecil Foster, remembering Mavis Gallant (Encore)

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

In this episode (originally aired February 24, 2014):

* Cecil Foster on Independence
* Randy Boyagoda remembers Mavis Gallant
* From the TNC vault, Shelagh's last conversation with Mavis Gallant

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