The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: Aug. 13, 2022

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Ralph Benmergui, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Charles Demers and more.

One fateful morning changed Ralph Benmergui's outlook on comedy, family and mortality

Radio and TV personality Ralph Benmergui spoke with Shelagh Rogers about looking back on his life in the memoir, I Thought He Was Dead.

How Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm's poetry collection (Re)Generation turns anger into beauty

The Anishinaabe writer speaks with Shelagh Rogers on location in Vancouver about her poetry collection (Re)Generation.

Comedian and author Charles Demers reviews 3 books about funny people

The B.C.-based writer talks about three of his favourite stand-up comedy memoirs: Based on a True Story by Norm Macdonald, Born Standing Up by Steve Martin and Pryor Convictions by Richard Pryor.

June Hur's The Red Palace is a historical romance full of danger, politics and secrets

The South Korea-born Canadian author talks about what inspired her YA novel The Red Palace.

How Nice Horse's Tara McLeod found empathy in Becoming Ms. Burton by Cari Lynn and Susan Burton

The Canadian vocalist and guitarist reflects on a book that enhanced her outlook on life.

Full episode: Aug. 8, 2022

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers speaks with David Demchuk, Donna Morrissey, Heather Greenwood Davis and more.

In David Demchuk's horror novel Red X, fiction and reality blur together in Toronto's Gay Village

The Toronto author and CBC communications officer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a personal novel about queerness, urban history and isolation.

Halifax author Donna Morrissey shares her personal story of grief and hope in her memoir Pluck

The Newfoundland-born and Nova Scotia-based author speaks with Shelagh Rogers about her memoir Pluck.

Heather Greenwood Davis reviews 3 books about changing your life for the better

The Toronto writer, editor and travel blogger reviews People Change by Vivek Shraya, No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler and Find Your Unicorn Space by Eve Rodsky. 

Farah Heron's novel Tahira in Bloom is a rom-com full of fashion, flowers and summer love

The Toronto-based author talks about what inspired her latest romantic comedy, Tahira in Bloom.

Why Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey reminded singer Kelly Bado to take life as it comes

The Winnipeg-based singer speaks about a book that helped in accepting life for what it is.

Full episode: Aug. 6, 2022

In this episode, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Nicola Campbell, Brian Francis, Donna Bailey Nurse and more.

Nicola I. Campbell's memoir Spílexm weaves poetry and prose to tell 'remembered stories' of resilience

The Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis author speaks with Shelagh Rogers about her memoir Spílexm.
Like This? Love That

If you liked The Window Seat by Aminatta Forna, you'll love What You Are by M.G. Vassanji

The Next Chapter columnist Donna Bailey Nurse finds a Canadian counterpart to the international bestselling collection of essays.

Kathleen Winter wanted to celebrate the life and work of nature writer Dorothy Wordsworth

Kathleen Winter on her novel Undersong, which reflects on the work of Dorothy Wordsworth, who has long been overshadowed by her famous brother, William Wordsworth.

Brian Francis recommends three books to help busy readers manage their time, money and stress

The Toronto writer and The Next Chapter columnist reviews Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman, Get Your $hit Together by Aleks Jassem and Nikita Stanley, and The Art of Taking It Easy by Dr. Brian King.

Marlowe Granados loves rediscovering Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

The Toronto-based writer and podcaster talks about the book she loves to re-read.

Why musician K the Chosen found comfort in The Book of Mac by Donna-Claire Chesman

The Calgary-based musician speaks about the book that's helped him deal with loss.

Full episode: Aug. 1, 2022

In this episode, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Lynn Crawford & Lora Kirk, Tareq Hadhad, Aparita Bhandari and more.

Peace By Chocolate founder Tareq Hadhad tells a sweet story of family, food and fortune

The Syrian Canadian entrepreneur and Canada Reads 2022 panellist shares his story as a former refugee and building a chocolate-making business with his family.

Chefs Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk dish about a new cookbook, moving back home and the importance of family

The chefs and partners spoke with Shelagh Rogers about their new cookbook and the joys of rediscovering home.

Aparita Bhandari shares 4 cookbooks that will change the way you think about cooking

The Next Chapter columnist tells Shelagh Rogers about some of her favourite cookbooks.

Musician Lexxicon reconnected to his Jamaican roots with this Caribbean cookbook

The dancehall/hip-hop artist speaks about the cookbook that's helping him rediscover the recipes he grew up on, The Food and Cooking of the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Food blogger and caterer Valerie Azinge shares quick low-carb meals in her first cookbook

The foodie and caterer talks about the quick and easy recipes in her new cookbook, 30 Minute Low-Carb Meals.