Merry Merry and Happy Happy to everyone out there in lit land. Our weekly show lands on Christmas Eve, so you might not get around to it quite yet, but if you’re looking for something to do between the holidays, we’ve got you covered.
Hey folks! Two guests today. First up, author Anne Bokma joins us to talk about her 6-Minute Memoir series. If you’re reading this prior to June 20, 2020, at 730 pm, buy a ticket! I’ll be joining in to read a bit on the topic of leaving home / coming home. Should be good times.
This week we have two guests. First up, Amanda Leduc will tell us about how the Festival of Literary Diversity managed to take their entire festival online, and what they’ve got going on in the future. After that, we talk with poet Tanja Bartel, whose excellent collection Everyone At This Party is available through Goose Lane. Hope you enjoy!
For those who don’t know, this program/podcast is recorded at 93.3 CFMU FM in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I gleefully pilfer company time to pre-record interviews and piece shows together in our production room. Alas, our production computer has collapsed, so I’ve been duct-taping shows together with speakerphones and microphones and, for the first time every, broadcasting live on FM just so I can capture the web download after.
All that to say: apologies for a few tech problems (such as our voices being at different levels) but the show must go on! Today we talk to J.R. McConvey about his excellent short story collection, Different Beasts. Dig!
Just a quick note about the show this week, that’s all…busy prepared for a mini-retreat to dive headlong into a new draft of the current novel.
The wonders of publishing never cease. Incredibly, two and a half years after publication, The Captain of Kinnoull Hill has received a review in the University of Toronto Quarterly. It was an overdue issue, by about nine months. Still, will the wonders never cease? I have posted it in another blog – as the Quarterly is not free and I can’t post a link, the author has given me permission to cut and paste. Read it here.
This week’s guest is Dartmouth-based author Amy Spurway. Her book, Crow, is a wonderful read, I enjoyed getting to know its titular character. There’s a lot of personality in this one, and I hope you dig the interview.
Remember, if you’re one of those people who goes into a bookstore to browse, but then brags about how you’re going to go home and order those books on Amazon because they’re cheaper there…? You’re kind of a jerk. Santa will bring you a lump of coal, which Krampus will then put into a sock in order to beat you with it. You will deserve every moment. Support authors, support bookstores!
(Also, because authors need to put in promo time once in a while – my own Captain of Kinnoull Hill makes a fine gift).
But most of all, Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and the like. Today’s program features Ottawa-based author Paul Carlucci. We talk about his collection of interconnected short stories, The High Rise in Fort Fierce, available via Goose Lane. Enjoy 😀
The lifespan of a novel is still a mysterious thing to me. The little bumps that come along when someone goes on the CBC and mentions your work (thanks, Terra Lightfoot), or when some fella says something on a Facebook page, or when you get shortlisted for awards. This weekend I’ll be doing my part to sell one or two by traveling to Windsor, ON for a reading at Biblioasis. A great chance to meet up with my publisher/editor Aimee at Palimpsest too. Details below the show link!