Been busy with events lately – GritLit (which, despite the ice storm, garnered a healthy audience) and the Hamilton event for Michael Barclay who we featured on the show last week. Lots of reading to do, with plenty of great guests lined up for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have my great days (1700 words on Tuesday!) and my crappy days (zero words yesterday!) but as always, I say, keep at it!
The ReLit Awards are awards that celebrate Canada’s independent presses. They’re pleased to have announced this year’s shortlists, and I’m pleased to say I’m on one of them! The Captain of Kinnoull Hill was “long shortlisted” for best novel (other categories include short fiction and poetry). What the hell am I doing on a shortlist with Zoe Whittall? So strange. Very happy and touched by this…huge thanks to my publisher, Palimpsest Press.
Our guest this week was also shortlisted for a little prize, and he won it, too. We talk with Michael Redhill about his Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Bellevue Square. He’ll be in Hamilton on April 14 as part of this year’s Grit Lit Festival. See you there – and until then, hope you enjoy the show.
Today’s show features a lengthy and fascinating interview with poet Patrick Lane. Words like “pre-eminent” and “distinguished” always seem a bit fussy to me, but they apply to Lane, who has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and three National Magazine Awards. He didn’t come to talk about poetry, though. Instead we talk about his fantastic new novel, Deep River Night.
Hope you dig.