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!
A lovely article in the McMaster Daily News to share with you, talking about Captain of Kinnoull Hill and my Hamilton Arts Award – check it out here!
Today’s show features poet Angela Hibbs, discussing her recent collection Control Suppress Delete. First, however, we talk with poet and editor Jim Johnstone about his recent anthology entitled The New Wave. It’s an incredible collection, I highly recommend you pick it up.
Spent a glorious week at the Pelee Island Book House. You may recall (assuming you follow the show here, I guess, or know me maybe?) that I spent a week there last spring and did workshops with Margaret Atwood. This time around it was a different kind of jam. There was no workshop, so it was technically a “residency” not a retreat. It was myself, two other writers, and Book House owner Dawn Kresan. I did a month’s worth of writing in a week, went for bike rides, drank some wine and basically loved every minute of note living in a basement from 9 to 5. Hope to have Dawn on the show soon to talk about how you writers can learn more.
Today’s guest is bestselling author Paula McLain. Love and Ruin is sort of, but not really, a companion piece to her hugely successful The Paris Wife. She was wonderful to talk to and I hope you enjoy our conversation!
Hey folks! Had a super reading in Windsor last week with some great local authors, hope to return in July. May even be venturing out to Montreal to read, if it can be worked out, so stay tuned.
Today’s show is with fellow Hamiltonian (though she lives in California now, we’ll still claim her residency!) Liz Harmer. She had a super launch here this past Sunday, great turnout. Her debut novel, The Amateurs, is wonderful, a lot of fun, and full of interesting ideas. Check out the program to hear more about it. Thanks!
The lifespan of a novel is still a mysterious thing to me. The little bumps that come along when someone goes on the CBC and mentions your work (thanks, Terra Lightfoot), or when some fella says something on a Facebook page, or when you get shortlisted for awards. This weekend I’ll be doing my part to sell one or two by traveling to Windsor, ON for a reading at Biblioasis. A great chance to meet up with my publisher/editor Aimee at Palimpsest too. Details below the show link!
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.