The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: Sept. 19, 2020

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Darrell Fox, Donna Bailey Nurse and Sidura Ludwig.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson reclaims Anishinaabe storytelling in her new book

The Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, activist, artist and author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about why she wanted to reimagine what a novel could be.

Darrell Fox reflects on the dedication and perseverance that his brother Terry Fox embodied

In this 2008 interview, Darrell Fox talks to Shelagh Rogers about his brother's determination and resolve. His 2020 book Forever Terry commemorates the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope.

Sidura Ludwig's You Are Not What We Expected explores love, sadness and hope within a Jewish community

The Toronto-based author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a short story collection set in a venerable Ontario neighbourhood.
Like This? Love That

If you liked The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, you'll love Daughters of Silence by Rebecca Fisseha

The Next Chapter columnist Donna Bailey Nurse finds a Canadian counterpart to the international novel.
Bedside Books

Indigenous indie rock band nêhiyawak's Kris Harper recommends Capturing Women by Sarah Carter

The Alberta singer-songwriter talks about the book he is currently reading.

Murray Sinclair on tragedy, respect and the lessons of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Here is of Shelagh's conversation with the senator and former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sinclair won the 2020 Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship.

Full episode: Sept. 12, 2020

In the season premiere of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Desmond Cole, Saleema Nawaz and John Elizabeth Stintzi.

Desmond Cole calls out anti-Black racism with his book The Skin We're In 

Cole spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a bestselling book about his lived experience in Canada as a Black person.

Saleema Nawaz's novel Songs for the End of the World searches for hope in the middle of a pandemic

The novelist and short story writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about the timeliness of writing a book about a global pandemic.

Why John Elizabeth Stintzi used their debut novel to explore the nature of gender, identity and memory

The Ontario-born poet and novelist spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing the novel Vanishing Monuments.

Nosakhare Ibraheem of Nile Valley Books shares the books that are popular in his Toronto store

The indie bookstore specializes in diverse and inclusive books and resources by Black authors.
Bedside Books

Whenever Polaris Music Prize finalist Witch Prophet seeks answers from the universe, she reads this book

The Ontario-based singer-songwriting is currently reading Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson.

Full episode: Sept. 7, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Katrina Onstad, Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson and Dennis Lee takes our version of the Proust Questionnaire.

Why Carey Newman & Kirstie Hudson created a book about the making of the Witness Blanket

Picking Up the Pieces tells the story about the living work of art conceived and created by Indigenous artist Carey Newman.
Proust Questionnaire

Iconic Canadian poet Dennis Lee wishes he was a better singer

The Canadian literary icon answers The Next Chapter's version of the Proust Questionnaire.

What would you do with $10 million? Katrina Onstad answers that question in her new novel

The Toronto writer and journalist spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing Stay Where I Can See You.
Dog-eared Reads

Sarah Raughley's love of Harry Potter books kickstarted her own writing career

The Ontario fantasy novelist talks about the why she re-reads the iconic children's books.

How the Great Auk inspired Joanna Lilley to write poetic odes to extinct animals

The Whitehorse poet is the author of Endlings, a collection of poems about animals now extinct.
Bedside Books

Jaaji and Chelsey June of Twin Flames loved reading this children's book inspired by a traditional Inuit story

The Ottawa musical duo recently read The Walrus and the Caribou to their children.
Dog-eared Reads

Why Amy Stuart re-reads this Ian McEwan novel for writing inspiration

The Toronto novelist and short story writer is a fan of the 2001 novel Atonement by Ian McEwan.

Full episode: Sept. 5, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Jenny Heijun Wills, Rachel Matlow, Randy Boyagoda and more.

Jenny Heijun Wills reconnected with her Korean birth parents, and wrote a memoir about it

The Winnipeg writer shares her story in the memoir Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related, which won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Why Rachel Matlow had to laugh away the pain after discovering their mother had cancer

The radio producer and writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about their memoir Dead Mom Walking.

Keith Ross Leckie revisits the infamous 19th-century murder of the Black Donnellys in his novel Cursed!

The Ontario scriptwriter and writer stopped by The Next Chapter to discuss his latest novel.