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WAM Sept. 10-11 New Book - "Easy to Like"

Edward Riche’s most recent play, Hail, enjoyed a sold-out run at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s recently. His first novel, Rare Birds, made it to the silver screen. The Nine Planets, his second, sat atop the Globe and Mail’s 2004 best fiction list. He adapted Rare Birds for the movies and has won awards for his radio documentaries and the CBC cult-classic, The Great Eastern. Ed won the NLAC Artist of the year award in 2004, the Winterset Award and the Raddall Atlantic Book award for fiction. Ed’s new book, “Easy to Like”, has just been published. It chronicles the wild ride of Elliot Johnson, a workaday screenwriter in the tinseliest of towns, Los Angeles. But Elliot also makes wine, and while his screenplays seem schlocky, his wine is almost … almost, the best wine you ever tasted. In pursuit of the final ingredient for that wine, at least he hopes it’s the final ingredient, Elliot ends up running CBC TV in Toronto. I invited Ed in to the studio to talk about the new tome.

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WAM Sept. 10-11 Wooden Boat Conference

The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates the art and craft of shipbuilding. One manner in which they do this is with their annual Wooden Boat Conference. This year, the meetings take place in Trinity, a place with a fair share of the shipbuilding history of the province. As a director of the museum, Chris Osmond is up to his gunwales in this year’s event. I called him the week and asked him what they have to confer about!

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WAM Sept. 10-11 Sobey Art Award

Each year since 2002, the Sobey Art Award has recognized leading young artists creating outstanding contemporary work. The shortlist exhibition for this year’s award goes on view in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 17th and the winning artist will be announced at a Gala at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on October 13th. The Atlantic finalist this year is Zeke Moores. He is a sculptor from Conception Bay South, but has been teaching at the University of Windsor for the last 6 years. That’s where I reached him this morning.

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WAM Sept. 10-11 Writer In Residence

Memorial University invites writers to its campus for the fall and winter semesters to act as authors in residence. This placement is for both new and established artists whose work shows a high level of accomplishment. While here, the writers are encouraged to work on their own projects, offer assistance and advice to students and to the larger local community as well. This semester’s author in residence is award-winning poet and novelist Anne Simpson. I asked her what it means to her to be writer in residence at Memorial University.

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Weekend Arts Magazine Sept. 10-11

Parlez-vous fran├žais? And do you like to sing? Claire Wilkshire and La Rose des Vents want you! Find out how and why when she speaks with host Mack Furlong. A new writer takes up residence at Memorial University, Anne Simpson talks about the position. Mack takes a tour through a mock refugee camp in Bannerman Park in St. John’s, a Doctors Without Borders public information event. Edward Riche sees his newest novel hit the bookstore shelves. Easy To Like is now available and Ed will discuss the book. Liner Notes features Mark Bragg and his brand new cd, Your Kiss.

The Weekend Arts Magazine airs from 6 to 9:30 island time - 5:30 to 9:00 in parts of Labrador - on Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio 1.

If you miss an interview or a show, then check our podcasts and streaming interviews, available at cbc.ca/wam. Or follow @CBCWam on Twitter. Or search for CBC WAM on Facebook. Or listen live from anywhere in the world. Go to cbc.ca/nl and choose the Listen Live to Radio One button. Mack will meet you there!

If you’d like to comment on the show or anything you hear on the show, email us; our address is wam@cbc.ca. Or call us at 576.5245, 1.877.576.5245 toll-free from the globe.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 Sex, Pies And A Few White Lies

Monica Parker has worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Anthony Hopkins, George Clooney, Gwenyth Paltrow. Even our own Gordon pinsent. She’s had roles in ER, The “X” Files, Murder She Wrote. And in movies such as Nancy Drew and A Perfect Murder in a career in LA spanning 20 years. But Parker has had one life-long struggle: body image. And that’s the subject of her one-woman show, Sex, Pies and a few White Lies.It’s on stage this week at the Spirit of Newfoundland’s Masonic Temple. Chris O’Neill-Yates spoke with Parker from her home in Toronto.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 Joel Hynes' New Book

For those who love the raw, unvarnished reality depicted in the works of Joel Thomas Hynes, you’ll get your fix in his new book. But that’s not all you’ll get. “Straight Razor Days” is also full of love and tenderness and emotion. Inspired by the males in his life: his grandfather, his father and his young son. The work is one of poetry, or poetic narratives. It’s a new kind of work for Hynes. Chris O’neil-Yates caught up with him by phone earlier this week. Here is their conversation.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 Pipe Organs

Since he was a boy, Dr. David Peters has loved pipe organs. He learned to play at a very young age, studied under some great organists. And for years has been the organist at the Cochrane Street United Church. Now, Dr. Peters is on a quest. A quest to find every last pipe organ in the province. No small task. But as you’re about to find out it’s a labour of love. Chris O’Neill-Yates caught up with Dr. Peters at Cochrane earlier in the week.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 "Bridging the Gap".

It’s the first time exhibiting in St. John’s for the West coast group of artists known as LAWN. LAWN stands for the League of Artists of Western Newfoundland. There are 60 artists in the group, and 19 of them are exhibiting their works at the Eastern Edge Gallery. It’s curated by Don Foulds of Sir Wilfred Grenfell Gollege. Chris O’Neill-Yates dropped down to the Eastern Edge where artist Irve Manuel and Nancy Jacobsen were mounting the exhibition with gallery staff on Friday. You will hear from Irve Manuel. But we begin and end with Nancy Jacobsen. Chris asked nancy to take her through some of the works in the exhibit.

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WAM Sept. 03-04 New Wine Magazine

The advent of digital media is having an impact on the way we find information and the way we read books and subscribe to magazines. Increasingly, we’re using our smartphones and tablets to access what interests us. A new weekly wine magazine is taking advantage of our addiction to our electronic devices. Nomad Editions is coming out with a new wine magazine, and it’ll be as close as your ipad. John Benditt is the Editor in Chief of Nomad Editions, a New York-based startup that’s publishing a high-quality digital wine magazine tailored to tablets and smartphones.

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