The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: Aug. 2, 2021

Shelagh Rogers talks to Farzana Doctor, Christa Couture and Armand Garnet Ruffo.

Farzana Doctor's novel Seven examines a community and the balance between modern and traditional customs

The Canadian novelist and social worker looks at the age-old ritual of khatna, also known as female genital mutilation.

Christa Couture looks at life, loss and lessons learned in memoir How to Lose Everything

The writer, musician and broadcaster spoke with Shelagh Rogers about sharing her story in a new book.

Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize winner Armand Garnet Ruffo reflects on his writing on Norval Morrisseau

In this 2015 interview, Shelagh Rogers spoke with the author and poet about writing a biography and poetry collection about the late Ojibwe shaman-artist and painter.

Tyler LeBlanc uncovered a forgotten family history — and wrote about it in Acadian Driftwood

The Nova Scotia writer spoke with The Next Chapter about exploring family origins and history.

Full episode: July 31, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Murray Sinclair, Sarah Raughley and Eva Crocker.

Why Senator Murray Sinclair has decided it's time to share his story and write a memoir

The Canadian senator and First Nations lawyer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about why he's writing a memoir.

How Muskrat Falls and a police incident inspired Eva Crocker's latest novel All I Ask

The St. John's writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel about identity, privacy and freedom.

Heidi L.M. Jacobs's novel Molly of the Mall is a charming look at life in Edmonton

Molly of the Mall won the 2020 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

Sarah Raughley recommends 3 historical books that centre Black characters

The author and columnist reviews Everfair by Nisi Shawl, They Call Me George by Cecil Foster and No Crystal Stair by Mairuth Sarsfield.

Singer-songwriter Ben Kunder explores love in all its many forms by reading this 1997 book

The Toronto musician is reading True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Full episode: July 26, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Valerie Mason-John, Zsuzsi Gartner and Randy Boyagoda.

Valerie Mason-John's I Am Still Your Negro uses social justice poetry to explore why society hasn't changed

The Vancouver poet and educator spoke with Shelagh Rogers about how James Baldwin inspired her latest poetry collection.

How being a 'three-times lapsed Catholic' shaped Zsuzsi Gartner's latest novel The Beguiling

The Vancouver author and journalist spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel that challenges societal mores and conventions.

Randy Boyagoda examines the shared literary themes in the books of Elena Ferrante and Margaret Laurence

The author, academic and columnist compares the novels The Lying Life of Adults by Italian novelist Elena Ferrante and The Stone Angel by Canadian author Margaret Laurence.
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What Meg Remy learned about grief and trauma by reading Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

The alt-pop U.S. Girls singer-songwriter talks about the book she's reading.

Full episode: July 24, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Kate Pullinger, Bertrand Bickersteth and Leslie Stein.

Bertrand Bickersteth's The Response of Weeds poetically explores the Black Canadian experience in full bloom

The Calgary poet, playwright and educator spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a poetry collection about the legacy of Black history in Canada.

Leslie Stein's I Know You Rider asks questions about abortion that society is reluctant to answer

The Canadian author and cartoonist talks to Shelagh Rogers about writing a memoir about deciding whether or not to have kids.

Bahar Orang's Where Things Touch is a thoughtful exploration of beauty in a fast-paced world

The Toronto-based writer, poet and physician-in-training spoke with The Next Chapter about writing a nonfiction book that explores the human experience.

Kate Pullinger explores the nature of homelessness and tragedy in novel Forest Green

The Canadian writer and academic spoke to Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel based the life of an estranged uncle.

Sylo Nozra avoids any 'haters' that may come his way by reading Robert Greene's Mastery

The Ontario-raised Korean Canadian singer-songwriter and producer talks about the 2012 self-help book he's currently reading.

Full episode: July 19, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers has conversations with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Dennis Bock and Vish Khanna.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia subverts genre expectations with the spooky suspense of her novel Mexican Gothic

The Mexican Canadian author spoke to Shelagh Rogers about the themes of class, gender and genre in her latest novel.

Dennis Bock's novel The Good German is a fictionalized account of the death of Adolf Hitler

The Toronto author spoke to Shelagh Rogers about writing a fictionalized account of Georg Elser, a man who attempted to assassinate the German leader of the Nazi Party in 1939.