Hi folks! Today’s episode features some Hamilton lit news and an interview with poet Julie Cameron Gray, whose latest collection is the fabulous Lady Crawford, out with Palimpsest Press. Hope you dig it.
Hey folks! This week we chat about Hamilton bookseller Bryan Prince. We then have a feature interview with Emily Robbins, whose debut novel A Word for Love is out via Riverhead / Penguin Random House. Hope you enjoy!
Yeah, don’t click on that. It’s just an image.
With many thanks to the good folks at Palimpsest Press, The Captain of Kinnoull Hill is finally avalable as an ebook! I screencapped Amazon so, you know, I could have an image of some kind with this post…but you can buy it in all ebook formats in most of your favourite ebook sellin’ places. Thanks for your patience.
Speaking of buying books…this week’s episode of Get Lit features an interview with Scott Dagostino, manager at Glad Day Bookstore in Toronto. Glad Day is the world’s oldest LGBT bookstore. Scott’s a thoughtful and well-spoken fellow, and I really enjoyed this interview. Hope you do as well!
Happy Thursday! Time for another edition of Get Lit. Shanthi Sekaran is a Berkeley author whose latest, Lucky Boy, came out with Putnam/Penguin Canada. I enjoyed this book immensely, I hope you do as well.
Finally, Get Lit is available at jamietennant.ca!
In case you have no idea what that means, an introduction. In November 2016 – on my 47th birthday, for some reason – I started Get Lit, a weekly 30-minute literary program on 93.3 CFMU FM (Hamilton, ON) and online on Soundcloud. We feature authors, booksellers, publishers, poets – anyone related to books and literature.
I’ll post the show here on a weekly basis, and try to upload some past episodes as well. This episode features GritLit’s Jennifer Gillies and author Marnie Woodrow. Marnie’s exceptional book Heyday won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction in 2016.
Welcome to my blog at jamietennant.ca
This is the first blog I’ve written for my own website.
That’s boring as hell.
What’s hilarious is in the photograph. This is the first long-form story I ever wrote. Inspired by Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, I did what any budding storyteller would do. I shamelessly ripped off the great Mordechai Richler, stole his characters, and then, always one to live vicariously through fiction, turned his characters into me and my friends. I figured he wouldn’t mind.
I found this recently, as I was searching for a long-lost manuscript about demons from other dimensions (as one does). Written on a plastic portable typewriter in my parents’ kitchen at the age of about 10, it reminded me that inside, I’d always known I would be a novelist. Adult life wasn’t proving it – from the ages of about 25 to 35, in fact, I wrote tens of thousands of words but nary a clause of fiction. Now, rounding that last bend to middle age, I’m published and have caught the bug again. It began with this 4,000 word riff on Intrepid Shapiro and Fearless O’Toole.
This blog will be about…well, tons of things, I’m sure. I’m a music nerd, a father, a husband, a pop culture geek, an author, a community radio program director…it might get unwieldy here. It might go off on tangents. I will be posting episodes of my soon-to-air radio/podcast, Get Lit, as well as some short videos, if I can stomach looking at my own face during the editing process.
Hopefully, you’ll come see it.
In the early days of this program, I wasn’t swamped with wonderful reading material as I am today. This is one of the few examples of a filler – i.e. when I took a past interview and “turned it into” an episode of Get Let.
I had the distinct pleasure of working, however briefly, with Sean Michaels. As he runs the music blog Said the Gramophone, he’s considered a music journo; as Program Director at CFMU and freelancer, I am the same. As such, we’re both on the jury for the Polaris Music Prize. In 2013, the year of the “controversial” Godspeed You! Black Emperor win, both Sean and I were on the grand jury. He was “working on a book” at the time and was remarkably modest about it, even though that book turned out to be the fabulous Us Conductors. If you watched the Gillers that year, that look of shock on his face when he won? 100% genuine. A humble fellow and a cool dude.
Anyhow, I interviewed him a propos of nothing, and here it is now, repackaged as episode seven of Get Lit. Dig!