Sunday, July 1, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
The Sunday Edition goes to the Beach: The first of our series features four mystery novelists: Ian Hamilton, Deryn Collier, Hilary Davidson and Robin Spano, touring as 3 Hip Chicks and an Old Fart.
Documentary: We are Leaving, Mr. Coaker: The people of Port Union, Newfoundland ... North America's only union-built town ... face an uncertain future after their fish plant closes.
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Summer series: The Sunday Edition at The Beach
This summer, The Sunday Edition is off to the beach.
Well, we will still be here, but once every show,guest host Kevin Sylvester and the other summer hosts filling in for Michael Enright (Alison Smith and Karin Wells) will be talking with some of the finest Canadian writers of what is sometimes known as genre fiction.
You know what we mean ... the books you take to the cottage, the beach, the picnic, the patio ... the books you can't put down because the story is astounding or the character is captivating ... mysteries, science fiction novels, historical tales ... I/>
But today, on Canada Day we kick off with Three Hip Chicks and an Old Fart. And before you start writing that email, that's their description not mine.
They are four of Canada's most exciting new mystery writers and throughout June they have been tramping around British Columbia talking about mayhem, plot, and pleasure.
The Three Hip Chicks are: Robin Spano, a former physics student and the author of two novels featuring Clare Vengel, the latest being Death Plays Poker; Hilary Davidson, a journalist from Toronto, living in New York and the author of 18 books and two mystery novels involving the travel writer, Lily Moore, the latest is The Next One To Fall; and Deryn Collier, a former civil servant, a graduate of McGill and the author of the just-published mystery novel Confined Space...
The Old Fart is Ian Hamilton ... who wrote his first book in 1968 and then spent nearly forty years traveling the world as a diplomat and businessman. He's the author of a very successful series of mystery novels featuring forensic accountant Ava Lee. There are three in print, the latest is The Wild Beasts of Wuhan. The fourth is due out this fall.
And if you are searching for more good stuff to read, check out CBC Books, where you can enter contests to win an e-Reader, a copy of this week's beach book, or some of the other books we'll be talking about on The Sunday Edition in the Summer.
Documentary: We are Leaving, Mr. Coaker
From the main highway going up Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula, Port Union looks like a typical Newfoundland fishing outport.
There's a scattering of modest two storey houses and bungalows overlooking the bay. A government wharf and some rickety, handmade older ones.
But when you take a right turn off the road, the community you find is anything but typical.
Its citizens describe Port Union as the "only union-built town in North America," created from scratch in 1916 by and for members of the Fishermen`s Protective Union and their fiery leader, William Ford Coaker.
Throughout its existence, Port Union's lifeblood has been its fish plant, with its unionized workforce.
But in September 2010, Hurricane Igor hit hard and the plant shut down. Then last December, Ocean Choice International announced it was closing its Port Union operation for good.
Now the workers in this town - haunted by history and afraid of the future - have to figure out what to do and where to go.
Heather Barrett's documentary is called We Are Leaving, Mr. Coaker.
Music in Hour One:
Coming to Come by Oliver Shroer
I Am Aglow by Sarah Harmer
Last Chance by John Reischman and The Jaybirds