Brent Van Staalduinen
Hey all! Brent’s back!
It’s only been a few months since Hamilton author Brent Van Staalduinen was on the show. His second novel in a row is already in the world. Nothing But Life is a really great YA novel that has the depth to appeal to everyone. Tune in!
Also: at his launch last week Brent asked attendees to support Kids Help Phone. If you want to help, or learn more, go here.
Today’s show sounds a little different. A while back I had the honor of hosting the book launch for Boy, by Hamilton author Brent van Staalduinen. It was, of course, online, so what you’re hearing is a reading, my questions, and some questions posed by people in the virtual audience.
You’ll notice that my voice is the one that sounds phoned-in for a change! Sadly we had to edit out some great performances by Elisa Arsenault, due to legal nonsense (i.e. Soundcloud would shut it down – but hey, check out her bandcamp page here!) Enjoy this week’s show.
Quite note, soon to be obsolete: if you’re interested in attending an online book launch for Brent Van Staalduinen’s BOY, it’s tonight, Oct 1, at 7 pm. Just visit www.brentvanstaalduinen.com for info! Hosted by me. 😀
Hey folks! Okay so here’s the thing: I’ve done 193 shows without missing a week. I’m proud of that (hey, I need something) but this summer has been difficult due to, well, 2020. So when I was not able to get an interview in time for this week’s show – despite having 3 or 4 books read in advance – I decided to fashion something different to fill the space.
Today’s show features a long reading from Brent van Staalduinen. He reads from his novel Saints, Unexpected, captured at a LitLive event in 2016. His next, Boy, comes out in a couple months so stay tuned for info!
It is with great pride that I can tell you I did not win at this week’s 24th annual Hamilton Literary Awards.
Lemme explain that further: if you’ve gotta lose, lose to a Leacock Medal winner. It’s hard to feel like you lost anything when you are in such esteemed company. It’s surreal to even have my name on that finalists list, given the list included Caroline Stellings, Gary Barwin and Brent Van Staalduinen. Gary took the fiction prize, as he should have. I did what was probably the best reading of my new career so far, so I’m happy as hell about the whole thing. Plus I got to hang out with the amazing people I’ve been meeting on the Hamilton lit scene. Kudos to the other winners as well – Chris Pannell for poetry, Shawn Selway for non-fiction, and Andrew Baulcomb, winner of the Kerry Schooley Award. Way to clean up, Wolsak & Wynn!
Today’s show features an interview with lawyer, musician, political consultant, commentator and (of course) author, Warren Kinsella. His book Recipe for Hate has been receiving a lot of attention lately and its combination of politics and punk rock meant it was pretty much in my wheelhouse. Hope you enjoy the show.