The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Full episode: March 6, 2021

In this episode, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Dr. Bonnie Henry & Lynn Henry, Eden Robinson and more.

Eden Robinson's novel Return of the Trickster completes the story of a teen named Jared

The B.C.-based author spoke with Shelagh Rogers about writing the final book in the bestselling Trickster book trilogy.

Dr. Bonnie Henry & Lynn Henry's Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe reflects on the early days of a global pandemic

The authors spoke with Shelagh Rogers about looking back at the first four weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Treasa Levasseur recalls life in 1990s Toronto by way of this Nalo Hopkinson novel

The singer-songwriter and The Next Chapter columnist reviews the classic dystopian novel Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.
Proust Questionnaire

Why Thomas Homer-Dixon isn't someone who believes in heroes

The Canadian academic, author and political scientist takes our version of the Proust Questionnaire.

Full episode: Feb. 27, 2021

In this episode, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Timothy Caulfield, Kerry Clare and Donna Bailey Nurse.

Timothy Caulfield offers ways to manage anxiety in a world of misinformation

The broadcaster and professor spoke with Shelagh Rogers about his nonfiction book Relax, Dammit!.
Like This? Love That

If you liked Jack by Marilynne Robinson, you'll love Unless by Carol Shields

The Next Chapter columnist Donna Bailey Nurse finds a Canadian counterpart to the international novel.

Kerry Clare's novel Waiting for a Star to Fall explores love, power and politics in the #MeToo era

The Toronto author and blogger spoke with Shelagh Rogers about her latest novel.

Pasha Malla wrote an ode to dying retail spaces with novel Kill the Mall

Kill the Mall is a horror-tinged fantasy about what happens when the novel's narrator takes up a residency at a local mall. 
Bedside Books

R&B singer Loony feels that reading Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward is a life-changer

The Toronto singer-songwriter talks about a book of poetry that she enjoyed.

Full episode: Feb. 20, 2021

In this episode, Shelagh Rogers speaks with Antonio Michael Downing, Damian Rogers and Canada Reads author Jessica J. Lee.

Antonio Michael Downing shares his lifelong search for his Black identity in the memoir Saga Boy

The Toronto musician and author explores his many alter-egos in Saga Boy. It's a search that takes him through dislocation, transformation and re-invention.

Jessica J. Lee brings together history, travel, nature & memoir in Two Trees Make a Forest

Singer-songwriter Scott Helman will champion Two Trees Make a Forest on Canada Reads 2021.

An Alphabet for Joanna by Damian Rogers is an emotional look at secrets, trauma and healing

The American Canadian poet and editor spoke with Shelagh Rogers about being raised by a loving but 'erratic' single mother.
Dog-Eared Reads

Pasha Malla loves the humour and pathos of this classic 20th century novel

The Toronto novelist is re-reading Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser.

Full episode: Feb. 13, 2021

This episode features Lorna Crozier, Natalie Zina Walschots, Lisa Ray and more.

Natalie Zina Walschots's debut novel imagines life working for a supervillain

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is championing Hench on Canada Reads 2021.

Madhur Anand's This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart is a look at the past to understand the present

The Canadian poet and professor talks about writing an experimental memoir about the journey of her immigrant parents.

Lorna Crozier writes about love and loss in memoir Through the Garden

The Governor General's Literary Award winner's memoir is about her 40-year partnership with the late poet Patrick Lane.
Proust Questionnaire

Lisa Ray's perfect happiness is 'a great book, a beautiful turn of phrase, savouring a muffin'

The Canadian actor, model and author takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust questionnaire.
Like This? Love That

If you liked How to Write One Song by Jeff Tweedy, you'll love Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray

The Next Chapter columnist finds a Canadian counterpart to an international book.

Full episode: Feb. 6, 2021

This episode of The Next Chapter features Francesca Ekwuyasi, Alan Doyle, Bruce Kirkby and more.

Francesca Ekwuyasi's Canada Reads novel Butter Honey Pig Bread is about food, family and forgiveness

Roger Mooking is defending Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi on Canada Reads 2021.
Proust Questionnaire

Alan Doyle has a deep fondness for certain Newfoundland slang words and phrases

The St. John's musician and author takes The Next Chapter's version of the Proust Questionnaire.