Find the time, if you can, to check this out too – two poets published this fall by Inanna Publications. Myna Wallin‘s Anatomy of an Injury and Heidi Greco‘s Practical Anxiety are both great collections. Hope you enjoy our chats.
I used to kinda-sorta know Dave Bidini. We both circled around the Toronto scene in the 1990s, him as a member of the much-lauded Rheostatics (one of my fave Canadian bands of all time) and me as…well, no one, really, but I worked in the biz and we had some mutual friends and acquaintances (including the late Paul Quarrington). I’m pretty sure I called Dave at home once or twice, while I was drunk and living in Japan, and I’m pretty sure we weren’t nearly close enough for me to have done that.
As a result of these tenuous connections, I’ve been inclined to follow Bidini’s career, so I was happy to get to talk to him about his latest work, Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North. Hope you dig!
“Canada, you are in the midst of an Indigenous renaissance,” said Jeremy Dutcher as he accepted the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. If you don’t agree, you haven’t been paying attention, at least not to the arts. Four out of the last five Polaris winners have been Indigenous (Dutcher, Buffy Ste Marie, Tanya Tagaq and Lido Pimienta, who is Colombian Canadian with Indigenous roots). In the lit world, Indigenous writers have been coming to the fore more often, too. Tanya Talaga, Bev Sellers, Eden Robinson (who GET LIT will interview in October), Tanya Tagaq (Split Tooth is long-listed for the Giller and it’s not even out yet), Richard Wagamese, Drew Hayden Taylor, Lee Maracle…that’s off the top of my head, there’s plenty more.
This leads us to another player in this renaissance, Waubgeshig Rice, whose Moon of the Crusted Snow comes out Oct 2. It’s an amazing story, but I don’t want to say too much about it, so tune in and hear us dance around the spoilers and mostly succeed. Enjoy!
Hey folks! Hamilton’s abuzz this week, with the CCMA‘s wrapped and Supercrawl about to launch. The city will be full of art and music. This year, I’ll be hitting up some shows as always (Weaves and Cadence Weapon and my friend Terra Lightfoot and who knows who else). I’ll also be at the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Advisory Committee tent. Rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? Need to short then. HACLAC? Hack-lack? Dunno. Anyway, find us on James St. N. We’ll have readings and guests and we’ll be selling books too!
I was going to have a pile of my own books to sell, but I’ve been bought out by the Alumni Department at Mac. That’s because – cool news – Captain of Kinnoull Hill is going to be in the Alumni Book Club! I’ll get more details for you as I get them.
In the meantime, let’s lean into this – our guest on Get Lit this week is author Dane Swan. He was a cool guy to talk to and his story collection, He Doesn’t Hurt People Anymore is excellent. Pick it up, and in the meantime, enjoy this interview!
Well, I’m back on North American soil after two weeks in Switzerland and France (I think? I’m writing this in advance. Maybe I fell in love with it and I stayed). So, once again, right into the show! This week we talk with Brindle & Glass author Julie Roorda about her novel A Thousand Consolations. Hope you enjoy!
P.S. No, I did not stay (he says, tears of regret welling in the corners of his eyes). What a fantastic trip though. Look forward to the fall, and all the great guests we have lined up 😀
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.