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Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Isla Fisher, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and more

Today on q: actor Isla Fisher, author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, director and animator Brad Bird.

Isla Fisher on her children's book series and why she prefers writing for kids

You may remember Isla Fisher from movies like Wedding Crashers or Confessions of a Shopaholic, but she's also the author of a series of children's books. She opens up about writing for kids, going to clown school and why she's more than just "Borat's wife."

Why author Jarrett J. Krosoczka doesn't hide the hard truths about addiction from kids

Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks about his new graphic novel Hey, Kiddo, a memoir about his life growing up as the son of a heroin addict.

Director Brad Bird on how 'a gumbo of spy movies, superhero things and action movies' inspired Incredibles 2

The Oscar-winning director and writer behind Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2 talks about how his own childhood and parenting experiences inspired the film.

'As Caucasian people, it's our job': Ellen Pompeo calls for diversity on and off screen

Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo became one of the highest paid actors in television when she signed a $20 million deal with ABC last year. Now she's using that leverage to make changes in the industry when it comes to representation.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018: Esi Edugyan, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and more

Today on q: Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan, cartoonist Liana Finck, Cadence Weapon's Edmonton block party, author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Esi Edugyan on winning her second Giller Prize

Last night in Toronto, Esi Edugyan won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Washington Black. Remarkably, this is not her first time taking the honour. Her 2011 novel Half-Blood Blues also won the prize, which makes Edugyan the third author to win the Giller Prize twice.

Tickets here: Serena Ryder, Kardinal Offishall and more join us for a live holiday special

It's q for the holidays!

Why the author of Friday Black thinks his book is the dystopian satire we need

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection of stories is about race and class, as well as love and the reckoning that comes with our life decisions. He joins guest host Saroja Coelho to chat about his sudden rise and the themes in his work.

Liana Finck on her new graphic memoir Passing for Human

Liana Finck is a cartoonist for The New Yorker, but she's also made a name for herself on Instagram where her cartoons explore themes like relationships, gender dynamics and anxiety. Finck talks about how drawing changed her life and why less can be more when it comes to her work.

Cadence Weapon pays tribute to Edmonton in his q block party

Edmonton rapper and former poet laureate Cadence Weapon picks songs that remind him of his hometown.

"For the sake of a couple of bucks, they deserted us": Vancouver's last classical record store to close

Sikora's Classical Records has been open 40 years, but couldn't survive the age of Spotify and Amazon

Monday, November 19, 2018: John C. Reilly, Karina Longworth and more

Today on q: actor John C. Reilly, q screen panel with John Semley and Tina Hassannia, Cary Elwes presents an oral history of The Princess Bride, film critic and podcast host Karina Longworth.

John C. Reilly on his return as Ralph in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet

John C. Reilly plays Ralph in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the new sequel to Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. He joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about reuniting with cast member Sarah Silverman and why the character of Ralph is close to his heart.

Have we reached peak reality dating TV?

Reality dating shows are having a moment right now. With a reboot of Temptation Island on the way, the q screen panel discusses what exactly draws us into this guilty pleasure.

Cary Elwes reveals secrets from the set of The Princess Bride

Actor Cary Elwes presents an oral history of The Princess Bride to mark the beloved film's 30th anniversary earlier this year.

You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth on sexism in Howard Hughes' Hollywood

Karina Longworth talks about her latest book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood. She talks about the objectification female actors faced in the film industry of the '30s and '40s.

Nirvana's MTV Unplugged at 25: fascinating facts about the landmark live show

Everyone thought it would be a disaster, but it became one of the most important live albums of all time.

Friday, November 16, 2018: Susan Harris, Classified and more

Today on q: The Golden Girls creator Susan Harris, Classified, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes perform live in the q studio, q This music panel with Lisa Christiansen and Tabassum Siddiqui, a brief history of Las Vegas residencies, rapper Classified.

The Golden Girls creator Susan Harris on pushing the boundaries of the sitcom

Harris talks about The Golden Girls' enduring popularity and how the show broke down walls in the sitcom genre.

Classified on the power of lifting people up through music

East Coast rapper/producer/songwriter Classified drops by the q studio to chat about his latest record, Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.

Classified, Choclair, Maestro Fresh Wes perform LIVE in the q studio

Classified, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes perform a very special medley live in the q studio.

Netflix greenlights music competition series featuring Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I.

The q This music panel is joined by special guest panellist Classified to discuss Netflix's recent announcement that it has greenlit a new show called Rhythm + Flow.

Mobsters, golf carts and glitter: A brief history of Las Vegas concert residencies

Who says Las Vegas is where entertainers go to retire? Sarah Feldberg, the former editor of Las Vegas Weekly, tells us how the Las Vegas residency got its start and who made these concerts cool again.

Look back at Gordon Lightfoot's early days as a 'famous country dancer'

In honour of his 80th birthday, we chart Lightfoot's rise to the top in this CBC From the Vaults clip.