The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: Jan. 16, 2021

Shelagh Rogers talks to Souvankham Thammavongsa, Ben Philippe, Angie Abdou and more.

Souvankham Thammavongsa shares her feelings about winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Toronto writer talks to Shelagh Rogers about her short story collection How to Pronounce Knife, which won Canada's largest literary prize in 2020.

Ben Philippe's YA novel Charming as a Verb explores the complexities of being a Black teenager

The Haitian-born, Montreal-raised author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a romantic comedy featuring Black teenagers.

Hana Shafi's Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty is an essay collection about the power of affirmation

The Toronto writer and artist talks about what inspired her to explore self-discovery and the power of creativity.

Angie Abdou recommends three books about the great outdoors

The author and columnist reviews The Adventure Gap by James Edward Mills, Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese and End of the Rope by Jan Redford.
Bedside Books

Afie Jurvanen was jolted out of his comfort zone after reading David Goggins' Can't Hurt Me

The Canadian musician professionally known as Bahamas shares the self-help book he's reading.

Full episode: Jan. 9, 2021

Shelagh Rogers talks to Jann Arden about her memoir, Cicely Belle Blain about her poetry collection and Walter Scott about his graphic novel.

Jann Arden reflects on growing older, getting sober and learning what she wants in life

The Canadian singer-songwriter spoke to Shelagh Rogers about her latest memoir, If I Knew Then.

Why Walter Scott created a humourous comic about art, anxiety and coming-of-age

The Kahnawá:ke-born artist spoke to Shelagh Rogers about his new graphic novel, Wendy, Master of Art.

Cicely Belle Blain explores Black identity and history through their powerful poetry

The poet and activist talked to Shelagh Rogers about her poetry collection, Burning Sugar.

Katłįà wrote her novel Land-Water-Sky / Ndè–Tı–Yat'a to inspire Indigenous youth

The Dene writer discusses the importance and power of Indigenous history, culture and sharing stories.
Dog-eared Reads

Why mystery writer Peter Robinson loves the James Bond books

The author of the Inspector Banks series shares why he loves re-reading the classic Ian Fleming novels.

Full episode: Jan. 2, 2021

This episode features Marlowe Granados, Njoki Wane, Victor Dwyer and more.

Marlowe Granados's novel Happy Hour is about naked ambition and being the life of the party

The Canadian author and filmmaker spoke with Shelagh Rogers about what inspired her debut novel.

Njoki Wane's memoir From My Mother's Back is a story of Black resilience and developing a strong sense of self

The Toronto-based academic and author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about her debut memoir.

Lennie Goodings's A Bite of the Apple is a look at being a book editor and 3 famous writers she published

The Canadian and U.K.-based publisher of Virago Press talks about working with writers Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood and Sarah Waters.
Like This? Love That

If you liked The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, you'll love Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet

The Next Chapter columnist Victor Dwyer finds a Canadian counterpart to the international nonfiction book.
Bedside Books

Why Tenille Townes enjoyed reading Alicia Keys' bestselling musical memoir More Myself

The Alberta country music star talks about the book she's reading.

Full episode: Dec. 26, 2020

In this episode, we revisit conversations with Shelagh Rogers from The Next Chapter in 2020 that deserve a second look.

Nancy Lee looks at what it means to be a woman in her poetry collection What Hurts Going Down

The British-born Canadian writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about her first poetry collection.

How teaching high school prepared Paul Bae for a life of comedy

The comedian and podcaster spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing You Suck, Sir, a humorous memoir about his time spent teaching high school.

Janice Lynn Mather wanted to show readers the real side of paradise in her latest novel

The Vancouver-based Bahamian writer spoke to The Next Chapter about her YA novel Facing the Sun.

Marianne Boucher was a cult member back in the 1980s. Now she's telling her story in a comic book

The artist spoke with Shelagh Rogers about Talking to Strangers, which is about her experience with Sun Myung Moon's controversial Unification Church.

Why Randy Lundy recommends finding nature, wherever you are

The Saskatchewan-based short story writer and poet spoke with Shelagh Rogers about his latest poetry collection, Field Notes for the Self.

How vintage cookbooks inspired Karma Brown to write a novel about marriage

The Toronto novelist talks to Shelagh Rogers about writing the novel Recipe for a Perfect Wife.