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Full episode: Sept. 25, 2021

This episode features interviews with Katherena Vermette, Brian Francis, Catherine Leroux and more.

Katherena Vermette's novel The Strangers is an intergenerational story about anger, pain and survival

The Métis writer spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing a follow-up to her bestselling book The Break. The Strangers is on the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.

Brian Francis's nonfiction book Missed Connections explores body image, desire — and the price of secrecy

The Ontario author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about the courage it takes to be unapologetically yourself. 

Catherine Leroux recommends two Quebec novels now available in English

The Montreal author reviews You Will Love What You Have Killed by Kevin Lambert, translated by Donald Winkler, and Imago Stage by Karoline Georges, translated by Rhonda Mullins.
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Set in North Korea, Ann Shin's novel The Last Exiles is about class struggle and family ties

The Toronto writer and filmmaker talks about writing her latest novel.
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Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara loved reading My Year of Rest and Relaxation By Ottessa Moshfegh

The Canadian musician talks about the book they loved reading.

Full episode: Sept. 18, 2021

This episode features interviews with Jesse Wente, Elisabeth de Mariaffi and a 2001 conversation with the late Gord Downie.
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Watching Star Wars led Jesse Wente on a journey in search of Indigenous identity, truth and joy

The writer, broadcaster and arts leader spoke to Shelagh Rogers about his new memoir, Unreconciled.

20 years ago, Gord Downie reflected on music, songwriting and how poet Al Purdy inspired Coke Machine Glow

Coke Machine Glow, the first solo project by Canadian rock musician Gord Downie, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021. In this 2001 interview, Downie spoke with Shelagh Rogers about music and writing poetry.
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Eddy Boudel Tan's novel The Rebellious Tide explores blame, belonging and oppression

The Vancouver author and 2021 Writers' Trust of Canada's Rising Star talks about writing a debut novel.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi's experience at a scenic retreat inspired her latest thriller, The Retreat

The St. John's author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her latest novel.
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Leanne Betasamosake Simpson was 'stunned' by the poetic beauty of Eat Salt Gaze at the Ocean by Junie Désil

The Polaris Music Prize finalist and Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg activist, musician and author on the book she's reading.

Full episode: Sept. 11, 2021

In the season opener, Shelagh Rogers speaks to Mona Awad, Linden MacIntyre and Norma Dunning.

Inuk author Norma Dunning explores life, death and identity erasure with story collection Tainna

The Edmonton-based Inuk author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about why she wrote her latest work.
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Mona Awad's latest novel All's Well explores personal pain, suffering and self-doubt set to Shakespeare

The Canadian author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her new book.
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Polaris Music Prize finalist Cadence Weapon loved reading this book about post-1960s urban Black America

The Canadian hip-hop artist talks about Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain.

Linden MacIntyre examines lies, truth and human nature with new novel The Winter Wives

The author and former CBC journalist spoke with Shelagh Rogers on location in Newfoundland at the Writers at Wood Point Festival.

Full Episode: Sept. 6, 2021

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Asha Bromfield, Genki Ferguson and Wendy McLeod.

Asha Bromfield's YA novel Hurricane Summer is a coming-of-age story that embraces womanhood and sexuality

The author and Riverdale actor spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her first book.

Genki Ferguson explores feelings of young love and isolation with debut novel Satellite Love

The Calgary author, and son of acclaimed writer Will Ferguson, talks about writing his first novel.

Jo Treggiari at Block Shop Books shares the bestselling titles at her Nova Scotia bookstore

The Canadian author is also a co-owner at of the independent store in Lunenburg, N.S.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight recommends 3 favourite works of historical fiction

The author and columnist reviews The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
, Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
 and Hamnet and Judith by Maggie O’Farrell
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Jon Hembrey of The Strumbellas loved reading Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

The actor and musician talks about the book he's reading.

Full Episode: Sept. 4, 2021

This week, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Joshua Whitehead and Darcie Little Badger, Wayne Grady and Victor Dwyer.

Joshua Whitehead and Darcie Little Badger talk about the power of Indigenous speculative fiction

Love After The End is an anthology of speculative fiction that imagines a utopian future for Indigenous queer, two-spirit and LGBTQ people.

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