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The Next Chapter for Sept. 24, 2022

This week on The Next Chapter: Shelagh Rogers speaks with Dorothy Ellen Palmer about novel Kerfuffle and with Wayne Johnston about memoir Jennie's Boy. Plus, Susan Musgrave takes the Proust questionnaire and Adrian Sutherland shares the book he's reading.

Dorothy Ellen Palmer's novel Kerfuffle uses comedy to reframe the G20 Toronto summit protests

The Ontario author and accessibility advocate spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a comic novel set in 2010 Toronto.

Wayne Johnston reflects on the wisdom, wit and tough love of his mother and grandmother in Jennie's Boy

The Newfoundland author of Jennie's Boy spoke with The Next Chapter's Shelagh Rogers about his latest memoir Jennie's Boy, a humourous and tender look back at the ups and downs of his childhood.
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Why Vancouver writer Susan Musgrave considers her jack-of-all-trades neighbour a personal hero

The Vancouver writer and poet takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust questionnaire.
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Adrian Sutherland feels deeply connected to the novel Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq

The Cree singer-songwriter dropped by The Next Chapter to discuss why he found Tanya Tagaq's 2018 book so relatable.
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The Next Chapter for Sept. 17, 2022

This week on The Next Chapter: Shelagh Rogers speaks with Heidi Sopinka about novel Utopia and with Lorna Goodison about poetry collection Mother Muse. Plus, Ray Robertson talks about his book Estates Large and Small and Katie Tupper shares the book she's reading.

Heidi Sopinka's 70s-era novel Utopia shines a light on gender, agency and empowerment

The Toronto author of The Dictionary of Animal Languages spoke with The Next Chapter's Shelagh Rogers about her latest book, set in the male-dominated art scene of 1970s Los Angeles.
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Lorna Goodison's Mother Muse offer powerful poems of praise and lament

The Jamaican Canadian poet spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her first Canadian-published poetry collection in over nine years.
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Ray Robertson's Estates Large and Small reflects on real-world reckoning and renewal

The Toronto novelist talks about writing a story of one man's reckoning and the power of books.
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Lillian Allen & Courtney Summers reveal their most dog-eared books

Canadian writers Lillian Allen and Courtney Summers share the books that they've read over and over again: Jamaica Labrish by Louise Bennett 
and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
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Katie Tupper can't knock the novel Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

The Saskatoon singer-songwriter reveals the book she's currently reading.

Sept. 10, 2022

The season premiere of The Next Chapter features Danny Ramadan, Kathy Reichs, Marilyn Simonds and Chelene Knight.
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Danny Ramadan's second novel The Foghorn Echoes traces the fallout from forbidden queer love in war-torn Syria

The Vancouver author and former refugee speaks with Shelagh Rogers about his sophomore novel — a story of forbidden love between two young Syrian men whose paths diverge later in life.
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Merilyn Simonds's Woman, Watching is an engaging portrait of a spirited naturalist

Crossing paths with writer and birder Louise de Kiriline Lawrence sparked a lifelong interest for Kingston, Ont. writer Merilyn Simonds.
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Kathy Reichs admits even forensic anthropologists are leery of microorganisms

The Canadian writer of bestselling thrillers like Cold, Cold Bones takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust Questionnaire.
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Chelene Knight on bringing a historic Black community in Vancouver back to life in her debut novel Junie

The Vancouver-based writer, editor and literary agent's debut novel traces a complex mother-daughter relationship set among the backdrop of Hogan's Alley.

A new season of The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers begins Sept. 10

The Next Chapter, with host Shelagh Rogers, returns on Sept. 10 — featuring interviews this season with Danny Ramadan, Kathy Reichs, Heidi Sopinka, Iain Reid, Wayne Johnston and many more.

Full episode: Sept. 5, 2022

This week on The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Chelsea Vowel, Rachel Rose and Randy Boyagoda.

In Buffalo is the New Buffalo, Chelsea Vowel challenges sci-fi tropes and explores Métis futurism

The Métis writer and educator spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her debut speculative short story collection.

Rachel Rose reflects on empathy, acceptance and redemption in The Octopus has Three Hearts

The Canadian American poet talks about writing her debut short story collection, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Randy Boyagoda looks at the shared theme of economic inequality in books by Thomas Piketty and Ian Williams

The Canadian author, critic and The Next Chapter columnist recommends a Canadian counterpart to the bestselling book on economic disparity.

Full episode: Sept. 03, 2022

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Alexander MacLeod, Carol Rose GoldenEagle and Zoey Roy.

Carol Rose GoldenEagle's Essential Ingredients is a poetry collection that explores the power of parenting

The Cree and Dene author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her latest book.

Alexander MacLeod's short story collection Animal Person explores love, compromise and the idea of self

In conversation with Shelagh Rogers, the Nova Scotia-based short story writer reflected on writing about lived experience and our shared humanity.
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Zoey Roy's visual album Zoetry uses poetry and performance art to bear witness

The Nehiyaw, Dené and Métis spoken word artist and emcee speaks with Shelagh Rogers about combining art forms to create her visual album Zoetry.

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