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SATURDAY September 21

0730 J. Kent Messum's debut novel is called "Bait". It's a dark psychological thriller about a group of strangers who find themselves stranded on a deserted island. Jamie graduated from York University's Fine Arts Program and has an interesting career history---he's worked as a session musician, freelance writer, producer, internet radio station disc jockey, bartender, office gopher, music teacher, movie grip, laborer, contractor, and a few other things he'd rather not admit. He elaborated when he sat down with Mary.
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"Bait" is published by Penguin Canada.
Jamie will be interviewed by Mary at the Toronto edition of Word on The Street this coming Sunday (Sept 22). It all happens at Queen's Park Circle on the Bestsellers Stage from 12:45 to 1:45PM.
You can learn more about the author and the book at Jamie's website.

0800 Pockets is a capuchin monkey who lives at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland. He's also an accomplished artist. Indeed, Pockets has been listed as the eighth top-selling animal painter in the world. Mary learned more when she talked with a HUMAN artist named Scott Cameron.
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An exhibition of Pockets' work is currently on display at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel. The details are at the Gladstone's website.
To learn more about the "artist", visit Pockets' Facebook page.

0830 Celebrity chef Michael Smith has been passionate about cooking simple, great-tasting food since his mom first introduced him to cooking at an early age. His latest book is called "Back To Basics". He joined Mary to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 9:25)
"Back To Basics: is published by Penguin Canada.
Learn more at Michael's website.