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Irving Spence discusses his new book

Canada’s greatest author, and a regular guest of the program, Irving Spence has written a new book entitled Bunny Hug.
These are Alberta's three native species of rabbit and hare, which belong to the order Lagomorpha. (Government of Alberta)
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Canada's greatest author, and a regular guest of the program, Irving Spence has written a new book entitled Bunny Hug.

The book follows the journey of its protagonist, Gertrude Instacart, as a community of prairie rabbits teaches her how to love.

"It's about an unusual relationship," Spence says, "that develops between a 93-year-old woman and a coven of rabbits."

Over the course of the book's 48 chapters, the heroine lives with the rabbits, earning the nickname Shartson, which loosely translates to saddle, Spence says.

"Because she always bore the weight of the world around her, she was a saddle for emotions," he said. "But then she finds herself surrounded by this coven of rabbits, and they are frisky."

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