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!
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.
Hey everyone! Lots happening here in Hamilton with Arts Week on the way. Hope to update you on the Arts Awards when they’re done.
Keeping it local with our author again this week. We speak with Melissa Kuipers about her collection of short stories, The Whole Beautiful World. Hope you enjoy!
(P.S. Don’t forget to check out Wolsak & Wynn’s spring launch next week!)
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.
No personal updates this week except to say: the work continues…