Hey all! In a bit of a rush today so just a quick note on today today’s guests. We have Chris Bailey (who was on last week) reading some poems to start. After that, a feature interview with Andrew Wilmot, whose fun, creepy and insightful novel, The Death Scene Artist, is out through Wolsak and Wynn. Enjoy!
Insert every cliche about time flying, etc., right here. It’s been almost two years since I started this humble podcast/radio show, and it’s been a trip. Who’d have thought I’d get to talk to so many amazing people? To celebrate, I’m going to start giving away some stuff! Before you delve into this week’s show, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and win some books.
The skill-testing question is…name me two guests that have been on the show (excluding this week, that’s too easy, hey?) and you can win a book. First come first serve! Here’s a list of titles:
Alan Bradley, The Golden Tresses of the Dead
Yvonne Blomer, Sugar Ride
Martina Scholtens, Your Heart Is The Size Of Your Fist
Melanie Hobson, Summer Cannibals
Eden Robinson, Trickster Drift
SJ Sindu, Marriage of a Thousand Lies
Dania Tomlinson, Our Animal Hearts
Dave Bidini, Midnight Light: A Personal Journey to the North
Melissa Kuipers, The Whole Beautiful World (x2)
Liz Harmer, The Amateurs
Clemantine Wamariya, The Girl Who Smiled Beads
The show! Amazing stuff. First up, Geoffrey Taylor, Director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors. If you haven’t experienced the IFOA yet, I highly recommend it. It starts today (which is October 18) and takes place, for the most part, and Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
Next up is poet Chris Bailey, who splits his time between PEI and Hamilton (I know one’s a province and one’s a city, sorry for the lack of specificity). We had a great conversation about all sorts of things, including his debut collection, What Your Hands Have Done. Be sure to check it out. Cheers!
Quick time-sensitive announcement: if you’re in the Toronto area tonight and are in the mood for a reading, I will be participating in the Pivot Reading series tonight, Oct 11. I’m reading with Djamila Ibrahim and Paul Vermeersch, and you can find more info here! I will read from The Captain of Kinnoull Hill (as always) but may do my first, very brief reading from the novel in progress.
Today’s show features award-winning author and poet (and member of the Order of Canada) Dionne Brand. We talk about her two – yes, two – new books, Theory (a novel) and The Blue Clerk (poetry, recently nominated for the GG). I was a little intimidated by this one, for sure…but she was amazing and I think you’ll enjoy our conversation. Cheers!
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!