The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: June 15, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to Linwood Barclay, Sabina Khan, Dallas Hunt and more.
Children's Books

11 children's books to check out this summer

The Next Chapter's children's book panel is back! Check out their summer reading picks for kids.

Sabina Khan on writing a YA novel about a Muslim teen who's out and proud

The B.C.-based author talks about why she wrote debut YA novel The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali.

Dallas Hunt on Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

The professor, writer, and member of Wapisewsipi (Swan River First Nation) on why he wrote a charming picture book that makes the Cree language accessible to young readers.

Linwood Barclay's spy dog middle-grade series was a middle-of-the-night idea

Linwood Barclay has written two books about the adventures of Chipper the spy dog and his friend Jeff.

3 children's books that Halifax's Woozles bookstore must have on their shelves

Suzy MacLean from Woozles children's bookstore in Halifax shares three titles that her customers love.
On Location

Why Alice Kuipers has a fondness for reading and silly wordplay

The children's and YA author talks about her love of books and literature.
Bedside Books

Andrew Whiteman on the inspiring series of books he reads to his daughter

The guitarist for music collective Broken Social Scene on the Little People, Big Dreams series of books for children.

Why Zetta Elliott had to decolonize her mind to write the children's book Dragons in a Bag

The Ontario author on writing diverse characters and what inspired a middle grade fantasy book set in Brooklyn featuring characters of colour.

Full episode: June 8, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to Brian Francis, Chelene Knight and Shandi Mitchell.

Brian Francis tries to survive day-to-day life, as well as bear attacks, with these three books

The Next Chapter columnist and acclaimed writer reviews three books that will help you survive in the wilderness, as well as day-to-day life.

How Chelene Knight used an unconventional mix of photos, prose and poetry to write an award-winning memoir

The poet and author describes growing up in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood in her memoir Dear Current Occupant.
Proust Questionnaire

Guy Gavriel Kay reveals his biggest regret, favourite painter and his idea of perfect happiness

The acclaimed writer and recipient of the Order of Canada answers The Next Chapter's version of the Proust questionnaire.

If you liked The Virgin Suicides, you'll love Boundary by Andrée A. Michaud

According to The Next Chapter listener Suzanne McLean, both books explore adulthood and the loss of childhood innocence.

Why Shandi Mitchell wrote a novel about the triumph of failure

The Waiting Hours, the second book by writer and filmmaker Shandi Mitchell, explores the lives of three first responders in the wake of tragedy.

Full episode: June 1, 2019

Shelagh Rogers talks to Lee Maracle and Shannon Webb-Campbell, Adam Sol, Doyali Islam and Ausma Zehanat Khan.

How Lee Maracle helped Shannon Webb-Campbell understand the true meaning of poetry

After the pulling of her poetry collection Who Took My Sister?, Shannon Webb-Campbell and editor Lee Maracle discuss picking up the pieces to create I Am a Body of Land.

Why Ausma Zehanat Khan wrote a novel inspired by the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting

A Deadly Divide puts Muslim cop Esa Khattak in the aftermath of a deadly attack on a mosque in Quebec.

Poetry should be enjoyed — and Adam Sol wrote a book to show you how

How a Poem Moves is a collection of essays that encourages readers to find the pleasure in reading poetry.
Proust Questionnaire

Rabindranath Maharaj reveals his heroes and greatest achievement

The acclaimed novelist takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust questionnaire.

Why Doyali Islam believes poetry and the physical body are connected

Doyali Islam's new collection of poetry, heft, explores culture, family and politics through the evocation of the body.

Full Episode: May 25, 2019

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Antanas Sileika, Nilofar Shidmehr, Megan Gail Coles and more.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight recommends 3 historical fiction books she loved reading

The author and The Next Chapter columnist reviews The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and Caplin Scull by M.T. Dohaney.

Nilofar Shidmehr's Divided Loyalties is a short fiction collection about migration, feminism and sacrifice

The Iran-born, Vancouver-based author discusses why she wrote Divided Loyalties.

How a real Lithuanian spy working in Eastern Europe after WWI inspired Antanas Sileika's new novel

The Canadian-Lithuanian author discusses how he wrote Provisionally Yours, a novel featuring politics, espionage and betrayal.