The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers


Full Episode: June 25, 2022

The season finale features Bill Richardson, Mavis Gallant, Thomas King, the mystery books panel and more.

Vancouver's Bill Richardson pays tribute to Canadian writer Mavis Gallant in her centenary year

The Vancouver writer and broadcaster speaks with Shelagh Rogers about the legacy of a Canadian short story master who would have turned 100 in 2022.

Thomas King's novel Deep House delivers humour and pathos wrapped in a mystery

The celebrated writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers on location at the Motive Crime & Mystery Festival about the latest book in the DreadfulWater series.

The Next Chapter's mystery panel recommends 9 thriller and whodunit books to read this summer

The Next Chapter mystery panellists Margaret Cannon, Angela Misri and P.K. Rangachari share their picks of recent books mystery fans are sure to enjoy.

Mavis Gallant on revisiting older stories for her 2009 collection Going Ashore

Shelagh Rogers interviewed the late Canadian writer Mavis Gallant in 2009 about her short story collection Going Ashore, which compiled stories long out of print and those never before published in a book.

Full Episode: June 18, 2022

This week features Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Robyn Maynard, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the children's books panel and more.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Robyn Maynard envision a future shaped by freedom in Rehearsals for Living

Rehearsals for Living grew out of letters Betasamosake Simpson and Maynard wrote to each other during the pandemic, sharing their perspectives from the Indigenous and Black communities.

Buffy Sainte-Marie's new children's book Tâpwê and the Magic Hat draws on the wisdom of Indigenous elders

The Cree folk icon's latest picture book tells the story of a young boy who gets a surprising gift from his grandmother — and learns some lessons along the way.

9 engaging summer picks for young readers from The Next Chapter children's book panel

The panel of Michele Landsberg, Bee Quammie and Ken Setterington recommend 9 books with stories kids can get lost in this summer.

Nap Eyes singer Nigel Chapman on the 'deeply imaginative' sci-fi series he's reading right now

Chapman tells The Next Chapter about reading Hugo Award-winning Chinese writer Cixin Liu's trilogy Remembrance of Earth's Past.

Full Episode: June 11, 2022

This week features Tolu Oloruntoba, Donna Bailey Nurse, Jordan Tannahill, Treasa Levasseur and more.

Tolu Oloruntoba's Each One a Furnace draws on the flight of birds to explore the struggles of modern migration

The B.C.-based writer's newest collection of poetry follows his 2021 Governor General's Literary Award win for his debut book, The Junta of Happenstance, which is a finalist for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize.

Donna Bailey Nurse on 4 novels by Black authors that evoke the spirit of legendary writer Toni Morrison

The Next Chapter columnist Donna Bailey Nurse spotlights books by four writers who will be part of a celebration of Toni Morrison's legacy at Toronto's Luminato festival in 2022.
Road Trip

Treasa Levasseur's audiobook picks offer engaging stories for summertime listening

The Ontario singer-songwriter and columnist recommends three audiobooks by André Alexis, Elizabeth Acevedo and Randal Graham.

Fawn Parker on 'stripping away the masculine voice' in her new novel What We Both Know

The Canadian poet, novelist and literary agent's second novel follows a woman delving into her famous father's legacy.

Jordan Tannahill reveals why he loves Autobiography of Red

The author and playwright on why he returns to Anne Carson's unconventional novel-slash-poem.

Sargeant X Comrade's Yolanda Sargeant on the 'vivid' book of essays that's on her bedside table

The lo-fi soul artist recommends Growing Up Black, a compilation of personal essays by "inspirational Black leaders" like Maya Angelou, John Edgar Wideman and Ralph Abernathy.

Full Episode: June 4, 2022

This week features Cody Caetano, Danielle Daniel, Shyam Selvadurai and more.

Cody Caetano's debut memoir Half-Bads in White Regalia unspools a tangled family history

Of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent, the Toronto-based writer delved deep into his unique upbringing for his award-winning first book.

Danielle Daniel draws on her ancestors' past in debut novel Daughters of the Deer

The Ontario writer's first adult novel, Daughters of the Deer, is historical fiction that imagines the lives of women in the Algonquin territories of the 1600s.
Proust Questionnaire

Making space for contemplation inspires Shyam Selvadurai's life and writing

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

Victor Dwyer says if you loved One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston, you'll like Jane Rule's Desert of the Heart

The Next Chapter columnist Victor Dwyer picks a Canadian counterpart to a bestselling American LGBTQ romance novel.

Full Episode: May 28, 2022

This week features Naben Ruthnum, Charles Demers, Heather Greenwood Davis, Saleema Nawaz and more.

Naben Ruthnum explores the transcendence of body horror in his new novella Helpmeet

The Toronto author has written several books spanning different genres. Inspired by the idea for a film script that never got off the ground, he turned to horror fiction for the first time with his new novella, Helpmeet.

Heather Greenwood Davis reviews 3 books by women leading the push for social change

The travel writer and The Next Chapter columnist recommends three books that inspire readers to make change in your own unique way.