Lori Lansens was born in Canada and now lives in California. I read her book, This Little Light, a few months ago, and absolutely loved it. Now that it’s available I can share our interview! From the Penguin page: “This brilliant new novel is an urgent bulletin from an all-too-believable near future in which the religious right has come out on top. And where a smart young girl who questions the new order is suddenly a terrorist.” The book delivers, believe me. Enjoy the show!
Hey folks! After reading Treed and speaking with author Ariel Gordon, I got to go up to Killbear Provincial Park for a few days. It made me take in the surroundings with a whole new level of attention and mindfulness. Also, I was looking for mushrooms. Check out this week’s interview to see what I’m talking about! Treed is available through the good folks at Wolsak & Wynn.
If there seems to be a familiarity between myself and this week’s first guest, it’s not your imagination. Professor and poet Alexandra Pasian is a McMaster graduate, my former roommate and one of my favourite people on earth. I try to keep it professional, I really do. I had to cut out parts where we talk about people you don’t know (sorry, Alexandra, all references to Carm Iachelli and Chris Dovey were excised lol). The important part is: poetry! Alexandra’s latest chapbook, Work Until You Find Resistance, is available through Junction Books.
This interview is coupled with a great chat with about Natalee Caple, who, in keeping with our unintentional academic theme, is an assistant professor at Brock U. Love In The Chthulucene (Cthulhucene), her latest collection, is wonderful and available through Wolsak & Wynn.
Hope you enjoy!
Hey everyone! Hope summer life is super. I am spending these dog days editing, preparing to do some narration work, and basically trying to pretend my book isn’t sitting with a bunch of amazing readers, that I’m not excited/terrified of their thoughts….
I have let go of my manuscript and it’s in the hands of beta readers. Really, all I feel right now is terror.
So let’s focus on this week’s show, then!
Author Casey Plett is our guest this week. Little Fish is a wonderful book and we’d met at Grit Lit two years ago. I’m so glad she agreed, we had a great talk. If you haven’t read it yet, get to it – it also won the 2019 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. Enjoy the show!
Yesterday, I finished a draft of my new novel. The working title is A Matter Of Water – which I don’t love, it’s a little pretentious and doesn’t necessarily fit the book, but hey, that’s ok – and I’m sending it out to beta readers already. Pretty exciting. Not sure what will happen next, but I’ll keep you updated! I’m lucky to have a lot of friends who are willing to read and give me solid advice.
Today’s guest is Hamiltonian Sally Cooper. She’s officially the first guest returning to GET LIT to talk about a new book, so I guess a/ she writes quickly or b/ we’ve been on the air a while! Her newest, With My Back To The World, is available through Wolsak & Wynn. Check out the interview and enjoy.
It’s another greenhouse-hot day in Hamilton, Ontario. Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far, folks.
On a personal note, it’s looking like an interesting time for yours truly. I am about 50 pages of edit away from beta readers, a few weeks away from starting to narrate the audiobook of The Captain of Kinnoull Hill, and I’ve already started my first gig as a fiction editor. On top of that I’m helping to organize the Hamilton Literary Awards for 2019. It’s all pretty great. Now, if only it paid well enough for me to quit this day job.
Hey folks! Happy summer!
If you’re from the Hamilton area and you’ve published a book in 2018, you should quickly get on submissions to the Hamilton Literary Awards. Deadline July 12th! Check here for details.
A few weeks ago I got to host a live event with Aleksandar Hemon. His newest book is actually two – My Parents, a memoir about his parents journey from Bosnia to Canada, and This Does Not Belong To You, a collection of memories from his childhood. They’re packaged together in a dos-a-dos binding, so the layout is as uncommon as the quality of the work. I didn’t know Hemon’s writing until I read this, and now I want to go pick up all his books. He is incredible. Our event was at the Hamilton Public Library in Hamilton, ON – where I live and so do Aleksandar’s parents, ever since they fled Bosnia during the war. The event was filled with friends and family, and I managed to ask some not-entirely-dumb questions, so it was a great night all around.
This recording isn’t the greatest quality, but it isn’t the worst either. Please forgive the background hiss – and the random clapping of the audience in the next room. Extra thanks to the always fantastic Jaime Krakowski from Epic Books, Rita Bozz from the HPL and Nicole Winstanley from Penguin Random House.