The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers


Full Episode: May 21, 2022

This week features Vivek Shraya, Katherena Vermette, Susanna Kearsley, Valerie Mason John and more.

Vivek Shraya's new book Next Time There's a Pandemic examines our collective response to the COVID-19 crisis

The Alberta-based multihyphenate artist's latest book looks at how challenging and changing our expressions, attitudes and behaviours might have transformed our pandemic response.

Why Katherena Vermette's heartbreaking debut novel The Break continues to resonate with readers

The Métis writer's 2016 novel, a powerful intergenerational saga about the lives of residents in Winnipeg’s North End, was the 2022 selection for the national One eRead Canada virtual book club.
Proust Questionnaire

Why Susanna Kearsley loves finding intrigue in the ordinary

The bestselling Ontario author takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust Questionnaire.

If you liked The Death of Vivek Oji... You'll love this Canadian book

CBC Books senior producer and columnist Ryan B. Patrick talks how Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi is the ideal Canadian companion for The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi.

Valerie Mason John on why she loves The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

The Canadian author and public speaker stopped by The Next Chapter to talk about the book she's re-reading.

Full Episode: May 14, 2022

This week features Lorna Crozier, Vish Khanna, Elisabeth de Mariaffi and more.

'He had reached a place of solace within himself.' Lorna Crozier reflects on the life of poet Patrick Lane

The Canadian poet, author and partner of the late Patrick Lane speaks with Shelagh Rogers about The Quiet in Me, Lane's posthumous collection of poetry.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi recommends three of her favourite thriller and mystery reads

The Canadian author and columnist reviews Dark Things I Adore by Katie Lattari, The Verifiers by Jane Pek and Deep House by Thomas King.
Like This? Love That

If you liked Nina Simone's Gum by Warren Ellis, you'll love Massey Hall by David McPherson

The cultural journalist, radio personality and The Next Chapter columnist finds a Canadian counterpart to an international book.

Judy Lin's A Magic Steeped in Poison is a tale of magic, mystery and folklore

The Taiwanese Canadian author talks about writing her debut book.

Full Episode: May 7, 2022

This week features Lisa Moore, Janice Lynn Mather, Daniel Kalla, Jen Sookfong Lee and Brian Francis.

Lisa Moore's new novel This Is How We Love reflects on family and the need for community and compassion 

The St. John's author speaks to Shelagh Rogers about writing her latest novel, This Is How We Love.

Jen Sookfong Lee's poetry collection The Shadow List is an honest and intimate look at agency and desire

The Vancouver author, columnist and broadcaster spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing her debut collection of poetry.
Proust Questionnaire

Why ER doctor and bestselling author Daniel Kalla thinks you should take more chances

The author of the novel The Darkness in the Light takes The Next Chapter’s version of the Proust Questionnaire. 

Why Janice Lynn Mather writes from a youthful point of view in her short story collection Uncertain Kin

The Vancouver-based author discusses growing up in the Bahamas and how she drew on those early experiences for her first adult fiction book.

Brian Francis highlights three books on aging and mortality

The Ontario author and columnist reviews Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, Afterlives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne and Opening Heaven's Door by Patricia Pearson.

Full Episode: April 30, 2022

This week on The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Kim Fu, A. Gregory Frankson and columnist Aparita Bhandari.

Kim Fu taps into the power of short stories in her collection Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

Kim Fu speaks to Shelagh Rogers about writing her short story collection Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century.

Aparita Bhandari recommends middle-grade books for fans of The Baby-Sitters Club

The Next Chapter columnist reviews three middle-grade books and one YA novel for people who love the classic Baby-Sitters Club series.

A. Gregory Frankson curated AfriCANthology to represent the varied voices of Black Canadian poets

The Canadian poet and editor spoke with Shelagh Rogers about the importance of documenting the experiences of contemporary Black Canadians.

How Samantha M. Bailey channels the fear and anxiety of motherhood into her book Watch Out for Her

Toronto thriller writer Samantha M. Bailey tells The Next Chapter about her latest novel Watch Out for Her.

Shelley Macbeth from Blue Heron Books shares 3 books that are popular in her Uxbridge, Ont. store

Shelley Macbeth says that at Blue Heron they believe that, "books are magic," and they take pride in connecting readers with the perfect books.

Why Jordan Circosta of Monowhales revisited coming-of-age story Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

The Monowhales drummer and songwriter talks about how reading Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton helps him reconnect with his younger self.

Full Episode: April 23, 2022

On this episode of The Next Chapter, Shelagh Rogers speaks to Susan Juby, Duncan Mercredi and columnist Marlowe Granados.