Since I get so many books sent to me for the show, I’m often unable to read anything other than Get Lit books. It’s for that reason I totally missed Son of a Trickster when it arrived. Eden Robinson‘s tale of a young Indigenous man learning about his magical lineage sounded right up my alley, so I was happy when I got to read the follow-up, Trickster Drift, and speak with Robinson last week. She was lovely (with the greatest laugh, which you’ll hear plenty of in this interview) and the book is fab. Listen and dig!
Penguin Random House
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!
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 😀
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!
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!
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.
Tom Wilson and I are friends. I’m not saying we’re not besties. We don’t grab coffee once a week. In fact, we have probably never arranged to meet up except to do interviews. Doesn’t matter. There’s a Hamilton-bred loyalty there.
I’ve known Tom since I was an undergrad at McMaster. I was already kicking around with rock’n’roll types, being in a band myself. I met Tom’s bandmate Dan Achen through his then-wife Judy Donnelly, and soon met the rest of Junkhouse. I got to hear the early shows, got to hear a sneak preview of Jesus Sings the Blues (in the Sony studios, no less), but most of all, I got to hear the stories.
If you’ve seen him perform, you already know what a storyteller Tom is, so his new book seems like a natural step for him. Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home is, as Tom says, a collection of stories that pave the road to where Tom Wilson is today. Reading this book, it comes across as what he says it is – a love letter to the people who have helped him through life, as well as a love letter to the city of Hamilton.
We sat down in Tom’s living room, on a wintery afternoon, to talk about the book and whatever else came to mind. Somehow, though I was only a foot or two away, my voice is distant on this recording. Don’t let it distract you – I don’t have much interesting to say. Tom, on the other hand, certainly does. Hope you enjoy the show.
Hi folks! I’m back, I’m over the jet lag, I’m marginally together again. Just in time for our first anniversary! GET LIT E01 aired on my birthday, 2016. Our guest was the ever-generous and incredibly talented Gary Barwin. I had no idea the show would be sustainable, but here we are, a year later with no signs of stopping.
Speaking of Gary, I’m humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as him, let alone nominated alongside him, but…The Captain of Kinnoull Hill is a finalist for Best Fiction at the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Awards. The event happens Monday, November 27, 7 pm, at Theatre Aquarius’ Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre, in the Dofasco Centre for the Arts.
On this show we’re joined by Noelle Allen of Wolsak and Wynn, who is also a member of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Advisory Committee and one of the event organizers. Also listen in as Hamilton Review of Books Editor-in-Chief Dana Hansen joins us to review Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Hope you enjoy!