Today’s show involves very little me! Which is a nice change. Instead, the head of McMaster’s Peace Studies program, Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, interviews Dr. Ram Guha about his epic work, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948. Enjoy!
Hey all! OK so I updated WordPress and now have ZERO understanding of how this will all lay out on a screen hahahaha damn I have computers.
(See, I want to change the colour on those links, but I don’t know how, computers are dumb).
On a personal level – because after all, this website has my name in it – I am literally less than a week away from a version of the new novel. If only I could find…a…damned…title. It’s exciting though.
Today we chat with author Nairne Holtz about her last novel, Femme Confidential. She’s great and it’s a fun conversation (sadly my mic is wonky so I apologize for sounding like I’m across the room lol). Enjoy!
More poetry this week! First, we talk to AbleHamilton Poetry Festival participant, poet, and musician Leo Dragtoe (with a cameo appearance by festival organizer Shane Neilson). After that we speak with poet Laura Kooji about her collection No Rainbow. Both amazing people and amazing talents (who managed to get into the studio in person, which means they both got to read on the show, too!) Hope you dig our conversations.
Got to spend last night having dinner with Sean Michaels and his excellent publicist Ruta from Penguin Random House. After that Sean and I were in conversation at the Hamilton Public Library, talking about his new book, The Wagers. It was a great time, and you’ll hear our chat on an upcoming episode.
This week we talk with Geoffrey Taylor. He’s stepping down as director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors, so we had one last conversation on the topic. The festival starts Oct 24 and runs through Nov 3.
Two big changes this week. First, Get Lit will now be available in real podcast form. So, if listening here isn’t working for you and you prefer to dig it via other platforms, you can check it out on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. So they’ve told me. It might take a day or two…their timeslines are kinda funky. Found it on Stitcher though 😀 For now I’m putting recent shows but I’ll be upping all my past shows too.
Second, I’m not hosting this week! Guest host Shane Neilson (physician, editor, poet, writer, sage) interviews Gregory Betts, co-editor of Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries. Tune in and enjoy!
Awards season has fallen on us faster than September prairie snow. Is that a saying? Does it even make sense? Anyway, the GG Award finalists were announced this week, as was the short list of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A few weeks ago we spoke to K.D. Miller, who was announced as a GG finalist, though she didn’t appear on the Giller short list.
A name you will see on the short list is that of this week’s guest, Steven Price. Tune in as we talk about his novel Lampedusa, a fictional look at real-life author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (whose posthumously published novel The Leopard became a classic of Italian literature). Two notes to make: Steven took at least 20 minutes to chat after the interview, asking about my own work, so: cool, classy dude. Also: when he refers to his spouse Esi, yes, he means Esi Edugyan, if you were wondering 😀
Enjoy the show
Posting on a good day! Feedback is in from beta readers, and now I feel confident I can give the novel one more run-through before the terrifying process of deciding what to do with it. Beyond that, success so far with the fiction author I’ve been editing, so it’s wonderful to be doing something new and exciting that also happens to, you know, go well. Ha.
Today’s show features an interview with author Lilian Nattel. Her newest, Girl At The Edge of Sky, tells the story of real-life Soviet WWII pilot Lily Litvyak…it explores the history we know to be true, and the history that may have been true. Hope you enjoy!
Hey folks! I hope everything’s swell for you as September flows on. Nothing much to report on the writing side of things. I’ve been working with an author of his debut novel; substantive edits are new for me but I’m enjoying this experience. In the meantime, I wait for beta readers to tell me if the new book works.
As for radio, we have a great one this week. K.D. Miller (a one-time Hamilton, for the local folk) published this collection of short stories, Late Breaking, earlier this year. Inspired by the paintings of Alex Colville, the book has gone on to be long-listed for the Giller. Check out our conversation below!