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Full episode: July 22, 2019

Rick Mercer talks about about his book Final Report, Charles Demers discusses his new novel and Donna Bailey Nurse recommends 3 books by black women writers.

Rick Mercer on the bittersweet memories of filing his Final Report

The comedian talks about the end of his CBC show and why he wrote a book about it.

3 books by black women writers that Donna Bailey Nurse thinks you should read

Donna Bailey Nurse recommends reading The Black Peacock by Rachel Manley, Electric Fences by Gugu Hlongwane and Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston.

Why Charles Demers wrote a book that's 'so funny, it's true' about the struggles of home ownership

Property Values is a comedic novel about modern life on the West Coast.
Bedside Books

What books are indie pop band The Burning Hell reading?

Band members Mattias Kom and Ariel Sharratt talk to Shelagh Rogers about books, music and more.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why Mark Kingwell appreciates the novel Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Why the Toronto-based author loves re-reading the classic English book.

Full episode: July 20, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to David Chariandy about his memoir on race, Claudia Dey about her novel, Heartbreaker and Anne Michaels takes the Proust questionnaire. 

Why David Chariandy wrote a letter to his daughter about race

The author talks to Shelagh Rogers about new memoir, I've Been Meaning to Tell You.

How the 1980s fashion and music inspired Claudia Dey's eerie new novel, Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker is about a teenage girl named Pony in 1985, living in a remote town with strict rules and limited contact with the outside world.
Proust Questionnaire

Anne Michaels shares her favourite characters in fiction

The novelist, poet and nonfiction writer answers the Proust questionnaire.

Why Mauricio Segura wrote a novel based on the life of famed pianist Oscar Peterson

Oscar takes a fictional look back at a Depression-era Montreal neighbourhood and explores how race, class and money shaped the world of the jazz giant.
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Why fans of The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach should read The Good Body by Bill Gaston

Columnist Angie Abdou identifies a Canadian companion to read for fans of Chad Harbach's critically acclaimed baseball novel.

Full episode: July 15, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to Miriam Toews about her novel Women Talking, Rawi Hage about his novel Beirut Hellfire Society , Dionne Brand takes the Proust questionnaire and more.

Esi Edugyan explores race, history and identity in epic novel Washington Black

The Calgary-born novelist talks with Shelagh Rogers about her much talked about book.

The real-life 'ghost rapes' that inspired Miriam Toews's novel Women Talking

The award-winning author talks to Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel around a true series of violent events against women that took place in a Mennonite community.
Proust Questionnaire

Dionne Brand reveals her favourite journey, greatest fear and her heroes

The Toronto-based writer released two books this fall: the novel Theory and poetry book The Blue Clerk.

Rawi Hage reflects on why death is for the living in Beirut Hellfire Society

The Montreal-based writer speaks with Shelagh Rogers about his latest novel.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why Madeleine Thien keeps coming back to Hannah Arendt's Between Past and Future

The novelist on the book she loves to read again and again.

Time travel and immigration intersect in Thea Lim's novel An Ocean of Minutes

 An Ocean of Minutes is a dystopian novel about love separated by time and the sacrifices made to preserve it.
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Why fans of Toni Morrison's The Origin of Others should read M. NourbeSe Philip's essay collection Blank

The Next Chapter columnist Motion says both books explore race, identity and power.

Full episode: July 13, 2019

It's the food epsiode! Shelagh Rogers talks to chefs Anthony Rose and Simon Thibault about their new cookbooks, Vikram Vij discusses his memoir, Bonnie Stern takes the Proust questionnaire and Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller discuss their cross-country culinary tour.

How Vikram Vij built a worldwide culinary empire

The restaurateur hopes his memoir Vij: A Chef's One-Way Ticket to Canada with Indian Spices in His Suitcase will help inspire young cooks.

Why Toronto's 'comfort food king' Anthony Rose finally published a cookbook of his own

The Last Schmaltz features some of his famous recipes, like All Day Breakfast and Whole Roasted Cauliflower, alongside memories of cooking in Toronto's vibrant food scene.

These 2 cooks travelled across Canada to discover our country's cuisine secrets

Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller spent five months travelling across the country. They've written about the food they found and people they met in Feast: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip. 

Simon Thibault celebrates the Acadian cooking of his childhood

The Acadian chef's new book, Pantry and Palate, is based on a notebook of old family recipes passed down from his mother.