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The 2nd Annual Daybreak Christmas Book Show

December 17 & 18, 2011.

BookshowJPGFor two days, Russell brings you 8 authors and 8 books including Patrick DeWitt, Will Ferguson, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Lynn Coady and more.

Plus an amazing lineup of book prizes.

Listen in this week-end to find out to win the Grand Prize of Russell's Mini-Library of great books from 2011, including works from Daniel Francis, Irshad Manji, Chris Turner, Wendy McGrath, Lev Grossman, Stephen Bown, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ron McLean, Elizabeth Hay and more. 

Plus other book giveaways from Patrick DeWitt, Terry David Mulligan, Paul Henderson, Terry Fallis, Carol Shield Angie Abdou, Holger Peterson and more. 

To win the Library or one of the individual books, just follow Russell on Twitter and tell him about a favourite book read of your's from 2011.

For more author interviews from 2011, click here.

Will Ferguson

It's not something they planned but Russell Bowers and author Will Ferguson have sitting down for a chat every year at Christmas for the last three years. The occasion of their most recent conversation was centered on Will's new book, Canadian Pie, a collection of stories and essays on the identity of Canada and the people who have shaped that identity for Will.

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Ian Ferguson

From a family of 7 kids, Ian Ferguson emerged from the wilds of Fort Vermillion, Alberta to  become one of Canada's best humour writers.  In fact the Ferguson home must have been a wealth of creativity and Canadiana because along with his brother Will Ferguson, they have written together and invidually on the various aspects of this country's identity.  Their collaboration on How To Be Canadian won the 2002 Leacock Medal for Humour.  Ian's own book, Village of the Small Houses also won a Leacock Medal in 2004.  This past September, the city of Wetaskiwin chose the book for their One City, One Book project.  Ian spoke with Russell about small town life and big city television.

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Patrick DeWitt

In 2011, Patrick Dewitt was nominated for The Giller Prize and the Man Booker however he won the Governor-General's Award for Literary Fiction, all for his book, The Sisters Brothers.  A tale set in "The Old West" of DeWitt's imagination, it told the story of Eli & Charlie Sisters and their journey to commit one last murder. After a heady year of book promotion and award feting, Patrick DeWitt capped off 2011 in a prison, reading to inmates. Patrick visited with Russell Bowers to talk about that experience and how he almost wound up back in construction. 

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Lynn Coady

Another celebrated author from 2011 is Lynn Coady.  Her book, The Antogonist, was also a Giller Prize finalist. In fact, as she revealed to Russell, 2011 was an entire year new things and firsts. Her first Giller nomination, the first issue of her magazine 18 Bridges, and a new marriage.

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John Vaillant

vaillant.jpgImagine the story of a man-eating tiger, wounded, unable to hunt, robbed of his kill by the same man who shot him. Now - the tiger is out for revenge. While it may seem like a story from someone with a great imagination - it is in fact a true story. John Vaillant is the author of The Tiger: A true story of vengeance and survival, and it's been selected as one of the Canada Reads books for 2012. John sat down with the Daybreak's Nola Keeler to talk about writing, tigers, and the battle of fiction versus non-fiction.

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Janice MacDonald


Edmonton holds the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of Canada right now as the capital city recorded its 45th homicide of the year on December 14. So perhaps it is fitting that Edmonton is the setting for the latest murder mystery by author Janice MacDonald. Hang Down Your Head is the fourth in the Randy Craig mystery series and Daybreak's Nola Keeler sat down with Edmonton's murder queen to talk about her latest novel.

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Jamie Fitzpatrick

It's story of a man, his relationship, his family and his game.  You Could Believe In Nothing is the debut novel from Jamie Fitzpatrick.  Jamie is a broadcaster in Newfoundland as well as an avid hockey fan and blogger, however, bringing out his first work of fiction was a long time coming. The book is set in St. John's and reveals a complex millstone of secrets amid the familiar.  Jamie spoke with Russell from the Daybreak St. John's studio.

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During 2011, the environment once again found the headlines with things like the Keystone XL Pipeline inflaming passions both for and against the project. The fact that Western Society needs energy sources to maintain our way of life is not up for debate. However, what we use for those energy sources is where so much of the debate seems to lose focus. Author and journalist Chris Turner has offered some options for a way forward and, he believes, a path to a new energy economy. His book, The Leap outlines what he says is a How To on Surviving and Thriving in the sustainable economy. Chris Turner joined Russell in the Daybreak studio.

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