Like many people, I’m wary of “resolutions.” However I can say two big things are going to happen in 2020. First, I’m going to find a home for this finished novel. Second, I’m going to start writing the “new” new novel (well, it’s already started, but you know what I mean). Hope you have some goals, and that you achieve all of them!
It amazes me, quite honestly, that GET LIT is in its fourth season. The first episode aired on my 47th birthday, and now we’re here, on the cusp of 2020, with the one hundred sixty-first episode. How’d that happen?
What this means is I’m starting to get more and more repeat authors, who have new books available (what a kick in the pants for me to make MY next book happen!) (it’s finished, I just need to shop it).
Today’s guest, back for a second time, is the fantastic Leslie Shimotakahara. We talk about her newest, Red Oblivion. Check it out and if you like it, you can hear her talk about her last novel, After the Bloom, in Episode 24.
Merry merry and happy happy, all!
Hi everyone! Taking a break from authors this week to make it local. We talk with Dave Kuruc, owner of King West Books, about…well, books, among other things!
Also: the 26th Annual Hamilton Arts Council Literary Awards were held this week, hosted by CBC personality Jeff Goodes. It was the culmination of much effort on the part of the HAC as well as the Literary Committee, of which I am privileged to be a part. I even got to step in on behalf of absent sponsor PV&V Insurance and present this year’s Kerry Schooley Award.
The Schooley award goes to the book that best encapsulates the spirit of Hamilton. This year’s winner was author and poet John Terpstra. It’s possible a collective “oof” was heard at City Hall over the news, as his winning title is Daylighting Chedoke, a work that “weaves the history of the creek with the lyrical observations of nature and humankind’s connections to nature that he is celebrated for, while also examining the reality of our contaminated waterways.” As he pointed out at the podium, it was a timely win, though perhaps not for the greatest reasons, given this is the year of Sewergate. If you don’t know what that means, read this and weep.
(You can listen to John and I chat about the book here!)
Darrell Epp won the poetry award for his collection Sinner’s Dance, the fiction award went to Sylvia McNicoll for her book Body Swap, and the non-fiction award went to legendary playwright Sky Gilbert for small things: a random selection of anti-essays.
Hope you dig this week’s show.
Here’s the second half of the Sean Michaels show, recorded in conversation at the Hamilton Public Library. Not only do we talk about The Wagers but there’s a Q&A at the end and an amazing story about luck that involves an infamous software developer. Trust me.
Once again, apologizes for the sound quality; there was no way to monitor as we recorded and any time one of us speaks too loudly there is distortion. The conversation was so good and Sean is so entertaining and insightful that we decided to air it anyway. Dig!
Hey folks! A few weeks back, I was given the opportunity to host Sean Michaels in conversation at the Hamilton Public Library. I’ve known Sean since 2013, before his Giller-winning Us Conductors was released; we met on the grand jury for the Polaris Music Prize.
It was fantastic to get to talk to Sean, at length, about his newest novel. The Wagers is a very different book than Us Conductors, but I loved it immensely just the same.
This episode is separated into two parts (the second comes next week). I must apologize for the sound quality; there was no way to monitor as we recorded and any time one of us speaks too loudly there is distortion. I weighed the pros and cons and decided to air it anyhow, as the conversation was so good and Sean is so entertaining and insightful. Enjoy!
Today’s show involves very little me! Which is a nice change. Instead, the head of McMaster’s Peace Studies program, Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty, interviews Dr. Ram Guha about his epic work, Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World, 1914-1948. Enjoy!
Hey all! OK so I updated WordPress and now have ZERO understanding of how this will all lay out on a screen hahahaha damn I have computers.
(See, I want to change the colour on those links, but I don’t know how, computers are dumb).
On a personal level – because after all, this website has my name in it – I am literally less than a week away from a version of the new novel. If only I could find…a…damned…title. It’s exciting though.