The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: Aug 17, 2019

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Richard Van Camp, Shauntay Grant and more.

Richard Van Camp discusses highlighting the humour and hope within Indigenous communities

The celebrated fiction writer talks to Shelagh Rogers about his new short story collection, Moccasin Square Gardens.

Why Shauntay Grant wrote a picture book about the Nova Scotian legacy of Africville

Africville is about a black community in Halifax that thrived for more than 150 years before being demolished by the government in the 1960s.

Michael Lyons at Glad Day Bookstore shares the popular LGBTQ reads that are selling at his store

Books by Joshua Whitehead and Kai Cheng Thom are popular at this historic Toronto bookstore.

Antanas Sileika reviews anonymously written spy thriller, The Kingfisher Secret

In The Kingfisher Secret, a fast-paced conspiracy novel, a beautiful Russian spy marries an egotistical man running to be president of the United States.
Bedside Books

Why Sally Shaar of indie rock band Monowhales had a burning desire to read the classic novel Fahrenheit 451

The singer talks about the classic 1953 Ray Bradbury novel.

Full episode: Aug. 12, 2019

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Yasuko Thanh, Daniel Kalla and K.D. Miller.

What would happen if we had a modern pandemic? That's the question at the heart of Daniel Kalla's new novel

We All Fall Down imagines what would happen if the Black Death reoccurred in the present day.

Why writing stayed with Yasuko Thanh through turbulent times

Yasuko Thanh’s new memoir Mistakes to Run With explores her troubled upbringing and abusive relationship.

How the art of Alex Colville inspired K.D. Miller's latest short story collection

Late Breaking explores the lives of characters inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville.
Bedside Books

Why singer-songwriter Kalle Mattson recommends this oral history of New York's music scene

The Ottawa-based singer loved Lizzy Goodman's Meet Me in the Bathroom.

If you liked Girl Interrupted, you'll love Strange Heaven by Lynn Coady

A listener recommends a great Canadian novel for fans of Susanna Kaysen's classic memoir

Full episode: Aug. 10, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to musician and author Tanya Tagaq, novelist Emma Hooper, publisher Barry Callaghan and more.

Tanya Tagaq melds memoir and fiction with emotional first book, Split Tooth

The musician talks to Shelagh Rogers about why she turned to fiction. Split Tooth was longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Proust Questionnaire

Barry Callaghan on fears, love and the merits of drinking a glass of wine every day

The author and publisher takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust Questionnaire.

Why Janie Chang can't get over Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient

The Vancouver author shares the book she loves to re-read.

How Emma Hooper balanced grit & whimsy while writing a novel set on Canada's East Coast

The author discusses how she wrote her second novel, Our Homesick Songs.

How Jean Genet & Marguerite Duras inspired playwright Jordan Tannahill's love for autofiction

The Governor General's Literary Award-winning playwright shares two works of autofiction he thinks you should check out.

Full episode: Aug. 5, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to Katherena Vermette, David A. Robertson, Andrea Dorfman and more.
Reading List

David A. Robertson wants you to read these 3 graphic novels

The novelist, comics writer and columnist for The Next Chapter recommends three graphic novels you should pick up right away.

Andrea Dorfman fell in love with a plastic surgeon and learned to embrace her 'flaws' in the process

The filmmaker and writer talks about her autobiographical comic Flawed.
Proust Questionnaire

Katherena Vermette on her favourite journey and idea of perfect happiness

The award-winning poet and novelist takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust Questionnaire.
Like That? Love This

If you liked All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy, read this award-winning Canadian novel

The Next Chapter listener Heather Touet reveals why Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers is the perfect Canadian counterpart to Cormac McCarthy's classic novel.
Bedside Books

Why musician Alysha Brilla loved reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Ontario singer-songwriter says the book blends science and Indigenous knowledge to describe the teachings of plants.

Brian Francis tries to turn his ideas into cash with the help of 3 business books

The Next Chapter columnist takes a look at All In by Arlene Dickinson, Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau and Craft a Creative Business by Fiona Pullen.