Hey all! Today we chat with two people on the show. First up is Jaime from Epic Books, talking about how they’ve been keeping business alive and getting people books during the pandemic shutdown. After that, we chat with poet Canisia Lubrin about her newest work, The Dyzgraphxst. I’m always intimidated by poets – I’m still unsure about my understanding of the form – but I’m getting better at it. I feel that I understand this work more than I did before our conversation, which is wonderful. Thanks to Canisia and thanks to you for listening!
Hi folks! As I type this, we’re still on self-imposed lockdown. Hope you’re all ok out there and getting lot of reading done!
Today’s guest is Jane Christmas. Open House: A Life in Thirty-Two Moves is a wonderful memoir. Doesn’t matter if you frequently move house or renovate or any of that, the book can speak to anyone. Enjoy the show.
Hey all! This week’s show features Whitehorse-based writer Eva Holland. Nerve: A Personal Journey Through the Science of Fear isn’t directly about the fear we’ve all been feeling – this creeping-dread-end-of-times type fear – but it certainly seemed timely when it landed in my mailbox.
We talk about fears, the process of facing them, and the process of putting it all into a cohesive piece of written work (note: it’s more than just cohesive of course – it’s a very enjoyable and interesting read!). Dig it.
We’re all having unique, difficult experiences these days, and I don’t want to dwell on it but: be safe, take care of yourselves, take care of each other. There’s been a lot of loss in my family in the last 10 days, and now it’s harder than ever to deal with such things. So…be kind to people. You can’t know what they’re facing.
Okay that’s way heavier than usual. I hope you’re reading what you can, if you’re finding yourself with free time. I recommend Souvankham Thammavongsa‘s new collection, How To Pronounce Knife. It’s wonderful. Listen to her talk about it on this week’s show.
Small talk, at this time, seems pointless. I hope you’re all well. We’ll get through this. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a distraction, there are books. As long GET LIT can put out new episodes, you’ll hear about books from us!
Hey everyone. Where to begin? What madness surrounds us! I’m both terrified and not worried at all, depending on a/ what we’re talking about and b/ the moment you ask me. All I know is that most of the people I love are washing hands/staying home/covering coughs, all the things we need to do. The economic prospects are scary but, really, not the immediate concern, so I just sort of push it out of my mind.
Anyway, books are a sweet way to pass the time while you’re at home, and a good method of distraction. As I work at 93.3 CFMU FM, deemed an “essential service” at McMaster University, I will continue to provide new programs for as long as I am able. Listen in! Read books! Order from local bookstores. Do it all if you can. Do what you can, as it’s all you can do.
Today’s guest is the fabulous Amanda Leduc, talking about her thoughtful and fascinating book, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space. I hope you enjoy – both the show and the book. Be well, be safe!
Also: if this is your kind of thing…
The station of origin for GET LIT is 93.3 CFMU FM out of Hamilton, Ontario. We’ve been a community voice since January 1978. Recent decisions by the provincial government really hit us hard. We lost about a third of our budget. Every year, we do a fundraiser, and this year it’s more important than ever. If you’re inclined to support community radio, please consider doing so at cfmu.ca/fundraising (or cfmu.ca and click the “donate” button as long as the pop-up is still popping).
This week we have our second in-studio conversation with David Baillie. The former Hamiltonian drove up from the Boston area, where he is a teacher, to talk about his latest, Little Bones. We also discussed traditional skinheads, punk rock, Hammer City Records, and whatever else came to mind. I even convinced him to do a short reading at the end. Tune in!