The Next Chapter

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, Richard Wagamese

This week's episode features travels far and wide: a family's summer vacation at a cottage is no picnic, and a father and his estranged son set out on an arduous path to reconciliation. Plus, a musical genius from the past is brought to life in fiction.
From the cover of "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

In this episode (originally aired September 1, 2014):

* Jillian and Mariko Tamaki on This One Summer
* Catherine McCandless from Young Galaxy on Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
* Richard Wagamese on Medicine Walk 
* Malcolm Gladwell, author of David and Goliath, answers the Proust Questionnaire

Shelagh's extended conversation with Richard Wagamese

Shelagh Rogers in conversation with Richard Wagamese on Gabriola Island, BC. Summer 2014. (Charlie Cheffins)

Richard Wagamese became a household name when his novel Indian Horse was part of Canada Reads in 2013. It is a haunting, powerful novel about a young boy in residential school whose life is redeemed through hockey.  

Indian Horse won the Canada Reads People's Choice Award that year, as well as the inaugural Burt Award for Aboriginal Writing in Canada.

In 2014, Richard Wagamese published Medicine Walk, a novel he feels is his best yet.

Medicine Walk is the story of a displaced son and his displaced father. It's set in the Interior of British Columbia. Eldon Starlight, the father, a Korean War vet, is dying and seeks out his estranged son Franklin to take him to the mountains so that he may be buried sitting up and facing east, in the Ojibway warrior way.

Shelagh has known Richard since the publication of his debut novel Keeper n' Me in 1994 and they have become friends over the years. Shelagh sat down with Richard on Gabriola Island, BC to talk about Medicine Walk.  

We hope you enjoy their conversation.