I also took a moment to chat with Tim Hanna from The City & The City Books, here in Hamilton, about how they’ve been doing during the pandemic. Even if you’re not from around here, the story is likely similar to a bookstore near you. Enjoy the show.
Hey all! Hope you’ve been finding ways to enjoy the new (temporary) reality. I’ve been managing to support some local businesses without, you know, really seeing anyone. Music and books! They help. As for writing…still shopping. We’ll see what happens with the new, still-untitled-after-all-the-years manuscript!
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.
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!
It’s an annual tradition for GET LIT to talk to Jennifer Gillies. While we try and make the show national (and occasionally international), sometimes we have to go local, and the Grit Lit Readers & Writers Festival is one example. If you’re within driving distance of Hamilton, Ontario, this festival’s worth the trip. Tune in and hear more about it!