The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: May 30, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Jane Christmas, Gemma Hickey and Jonathan Torrens & Jeremy Taggart.

Michelle Parise's podcast series Alone is now a book. She says it's more than just about life after heartbreak

The CBC producer talks about why her memoir Alone is more than a story of infidelity and its fallout.

What's it like to move 32 times in your life? Jane Christmas's new memoir tells you

The U.K.-based Canadian writer opens up to Shelagh Rogers about writing her memoir Open House: A Life in Thirty-Two Moves.

Gemma Hickey trekked across Newfoundland — and found their purpose on the other side

The St. John's writer and activist wrote Almost Feral, a memoir of the 908-kilometre cross-Newfoundland journey that changed their life.
Dog-Eared Reads

How this 1990 science fiction novel about a utopian society inspired Cory Doctorow

The acclaimed sci-fi writer and editior of Boing Bloing reads Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson over and over again.

Canadian nostalgia and difficult conversations became a winning formula for Jonathan Torrens & Jeremy Taggart

The two podcasters-turned-authors discuss what kind of topics they discuss on air, how no topic is sacred and what exactly makes them "buds."
Bedside Books

Why singer-songwriter Aphrose finds inspiration in this 2013 bestselling self-help book

The Toronto artist is reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero.

Full episode: May 23, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Shani Mootoo, Danny Ramadan and Mary Berg.

How a love for food and belonging inspired Danny Ramadan to write a book for children

The Vancouver author spoke to Shelagh Rogers about his first children's book Salma The Syrian Chef.

Shani Mootoo's novel Polar Vortex is a domestic drama about the complexities of modern love

The Trinidadian-Canadian author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about her novel that explores the secrets, lies and half-truths within a love triangle.

Mary Berg of Mary's Kitchen Crush shares three favourite novels about dysfunctional families

The MasterChef Canada chef reviews French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn and Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple.
Bedside Books

Union Duke's Will Staunton on why he could relate to this 2004 novel while on tour

The musician with the Toronto band is reading Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why Anakana Schofield feels inspired reading this sourcebook by Samuel Beckett

The Irish-Canadian shares why she rereads Samuel Beckett's notebook about his first novel, but not his works.

Full episode: May 16, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Paul Bae, Doyali Islam and Brian Francis.

Griffin Poetry Prize finalist 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.

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.

Brian Francis recommends three YA novels about kids struggling to fit in and find themselves

The Toronto writer and The Next Chapter columnist reviews Cub by Paul Coccia, Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard and Blubber by Judy Blume.

Why Trudy J. Morgan-Cole explored the experiences of female colonists in the 17th century

The St. John's writer talks about her novel A Roll of the Bones.

Full episode: May 9, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Tessa McWatt, Duncan McCue and Treasa Levasseur.

Tessa McWatt explores race through the lens of her own multi-ethnic identity in her latest book

The Guyanese-born Canadian writer talks to Shelagh Rogers about writing the memoir Shame on Me.

Duncan McCue reflects on his unusual nickname in The Shoe Boy

In this 2016 interview, the journalist and CBC host talks about his memoir, which recalls the five months he spent hunting and trapping with a James Bay Cree family.

Michelle Good's Five Little Indians is a fictional look at the real Canadian legacy of residential schools

The Cree writer and lawyer's debut novel follows five characters coping with survival and past traumas.
Road Trip

Treasa Levasseur recalls her summer in Yukon by way of this 2016 mystery novel

The singer-songwriter and The Next Chapter columnist reviews the 2016 noir thriller Strange Things Done by Elle Wild.
Dog-eared Reads

Why Desmond Cole has never finished reading this 1961 classic about race and colonization

The Toronto writer and activist keeps re-reading The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon.

Full episode: May 2, 2020

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Jean Teillet, Catherine Leroux and Antanas Sileika.