Hi folks! Still away, so let’s get right to it. This week we have author Melanie Hobson, a former Hamiltonian living in the U.S. Her novel Summer Cannibals is a great read for anyone, but my #HamOnt folks will appreciate the fact that it takes place right here in town. Enjoy the interview, buy the book 😀
I’m currently away on what I like to think is a well-earned vacation, so I’ll keep it brief!
Rabindranath Maharaj‘s Adjacentland is an incredibly unique work. Funny, weird, thoughtful, reminiscent (to me, at least) of some on Murakami’s work, though more so in imagination than in language and tone. Hope your enjoy our conversation!
Note: Due to the, uh, weirdness of publishing contracts, I talked to her about this book…but the second in the series, It All Falls Down, is already available!
Today we’re talking with author Shekhar Paleja. An Extraordinary Destiny is a multi-generational tale and “an intricate narrative that reveals, in layers, how decades-old grief rooted in the trauma of history, and couched in familial duty and custom, threaten to sever the sacred connection between ancestors and descendants.” Enjoy the show!
A lovely article in the McMaster Daily News to share with you, talking about Captain of Kinnoull Hill and my Hamilton Arts Award – check it out here!
Today’s show features poet Angela Hibbs, discussing her recent collection Control Suppress Delete. First, however, we talk with poet and editor Jim Johnstone about his recent anthology entitled The New Wave. It’s an incredible collection, I highly recommend you pick it up.
The blog section of this site is becoming a bit unwieldy. I’m looking into a simple table of contents plug-in that will allow you to browse past episodes of the show by guest, so look out for that.
I’m also about to launch the show, in edited forms (with time-sensitive information removed) as a podcast. It will likely be available in all the usual places – iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.
I’m also working on some exciting things that I cannot currently reveal. I’ll keep you in the loop! Otherwise, it’s business as usual – writing, writing, and more writing.
Hey folks! I’m off on another run down to Windsor doing a reading for the ChiZine folks at Phog Lounge. By the time this posts, I’m probably on a via train on the way home. Maybe I saw you?
Today’s program features two interviews with fabulous poets. Klara du Plessis joins us to talk about her collection Ekke. After that, we chat with Linda Frank about her newest collection, Divided.
Hope you enjoy….!
I haven’t made as many personal blogs as I originally intended to, but hopefully no one minds (or cares!). It seems that whenever the time comes to post the new show, I’m just too busy or exhausted to bother saying much. As such, I’ll keep it to interesting news and self-serving information.
Work continues on the new novel. I’ve been struggling with it. Writers, has this ever happened to you? You’ve really, really needed an opinion on a draft…but the draft is so unfinished that there’s no one anyone should read it (let alone form an opinion based on it). What do you do? Personally, I’m doing two things. The first is doing the work. No matter how long it will take, it’s important to just do it, to rewrite and touch up no matter how long it takes. Eventually, there will be a readable draft.
The second is learning to trust yourself. When that little voices pipes up to tell you that you have no idea what you’re doing and you need a second opinion…you learn to ignore it, trust your talents, and keep going.
There will be plenty of time for second opinions.
Speaking of opinions, my opinion on today’s guest is that she seems super cool and has written a wonderful book. In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo is a very enjoyable read and I hope you enjoy the conversation with author Claire Tacon. Dig.
Ron Sexsmith is one of those cats who flies under the radar. He’s never had a radio hit that I know of, but he’s still known around the world. His songwriting has been praised by the likes of Elvis Costello and Sir Paul McCartney – with whom he’s dined, at Sir Paul’s house, I believe…there are some pretty great stories there.
Ron didn’t join me to talk about brunch with famous musicians, though. He’s on Get Lit to talk about a dream he had – the dream that became the fairytale Deer Life, published by Dundurn Press. Ron’s a pretty swell fellow, and I hope you dig this conversation.
Also, it’s hot out, but if you live around here, you knew that.