The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: July 26, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Valerie Mason-John, Zsuzsi Gartner and Randy Boyagoda.

Valerie Mason-John's I Am Still Your Negro uses social justice poetry to explore why society hasn't changed

The Vancouver poet and educator spoke with Shelagh Rogers about how James Baldwin inspired her latest poetry collection.

How being a 'three-times lapsed Catholic' shaped Zsuzsi Gartner's latest novel The Beguiling

The Vancouver author and journalist spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel that challenges societal mores and conventions.

Randy Boyagoda examines the shared literary themes in the books of Elena Ferrante and Margaret Laurence

The author, academic and columnist compares the novels The Lying Life of Adults by Italian novelist Elena Ferrante and The Stone Angel by Canadian author Margaret Laurence.
Bedside Books

What Meg Remy learned about grief and trauma by reading Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

The alt-pop U.S. Girls singer-songwriter talks about the book she's reading.

Full episode: July 24, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers talks to Kate Pullinger, Bertrand Bickersteth and Leslie Stein.

Bertrand Bickersteth's The Response of Weeds poetically explores the Black Canadian experience in full bloom

The Calgary poet, playwright and educator spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a poetry collection about the legacy of Black history in Canada.

Leslie Stein's I Know You Rider asks questions about abortion that society is reluctant to answer

The Canadian author and cartoonist talks to Shelagh Rogers about writing a memoir about deciding whether or not to have kids.

Bahar Orang's Where Things Touch is a thoughtful exploration of beauty in a fast-paced world

The Toronto-based writer, poet and physician-in-training spoke with The Next Chapter about writing a nonfiction book that explores the human experience.

Kate Pullinger explores the nature of homelessness and tragedy in novel Forest Green

The Canadian writer and academic spoke to Shelagh Rogers about writing a novel based the life of an estranged uncle.

Sylo Nozra avoids any 'haters' that may come his way by reading Robert Greene's Mastery

The Ontario-raised Korean Canadian singer-songwriter and producer talks about the 2012 self-help book he's currently reading.

Full episode: July 19, 2021

In this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers has conversations with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Dennis Bock and Vish Khanna.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia subverts genre expectations with the spooky suspense of her novel Mexican Gothic

The Mexican Canadian author spoke to Shelagh Rogers about the themes of class, gender and genre in her latest novel.

Dennis Bock's novel The Good German is a fictionalized account of the death of Adolf Hitler

The Toronto author spoke to Shelagh Rogers about writing a fictionalized account of Georg Elser, a man who attempted to assassinate the German leader of the Nazi Party in 1939.

Joseph Kertes's novel Last Impressions is an ode to his father and his immigrant experience

The Toronto writer, who escaped from Hungary with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956, talks about writing a novel about his father's lived experiences.

Achilles Gentle of shares the Indigenous books that are popular in his online store

The family-owned store specializes in Indigenous education and books by Indigenous authors.
Like This? Love That

If you liked Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein, you'll love The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole

The Next Chapter columnist finds a Canadian counterpart to the international nonfiction book.
Dog-Eared Reads

Samantha Bailey believes classic YA novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was a lifesaver growing up

The Toronto editor and novelist talks about the book she loves to re-read.

Rachel Beck revels in the earthy energy of bestselling novel Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The P.E.I. singer-songwriter talks about the book she's currently reading.

Full episode: July 17, 2021

On this episode of The Next Chapter: Sheena Kamal, Shaena Lambert, Dr. Andrew Furey, Darrel McLeod and Roz Nay.

Darrel McLeod's memoir Peyakow is about love, Indigenous education and 'walking alone'

The Cree writer's new memoir continues his life story from his award-winning debut book Mamaskatch.

Sheena Kamal writes fiction so she and others can feel seen

The Vancouver thriller and YA writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about her passion for writing and representation.

Shaena Lambert wrote a novel about Petra Kelly, who was the face of the 1980s peace and ecology movement

The Vancouver writer is the author of Petra, a historical novel about the life of the late West German pacifist and politician Petra Kelly.

Real secrets and lies spurred Roz Nay to write the psychological thriller Hurry Home

The B.C. thriller writer is the author of novel Hurry Home.
Proust Questionnaire

Newfoundland & Labrador premier Andrew Furey — who just wrote his first book — aims to live more in the moment

The orthopedic surgeon, politician and current premier of Newfoundland and Labrador took our version of the Proust Questionnaire.