Happy Boxing Day! (If you’re listening on release day)
Awards season has fallen on us faster than September prairie snow. Is that a saying? Does it even make sense? Anyway, the GG Award finalists were announced this week, as was the short list of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A few weeks ago we spoke to K.D. Miller, who was announced as a GG finalist, though she didn’t appear on the Giller short list.
A name you will see on the short list is that of this week’s guest, Steven Price. Tune in as we talk about his novel Lampedusa, a fictional look at real-life author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (whose posthumously published novel The Leopard became a classic of Italian literature). Two notes to make: Steven took at least 20 minutes to chat after the interview, asking about my own work, so: cool, classy dude. Also: when he refers to his spouse Esi, yes, he means Esi Edugyan, if you were wondering 😀
Enjoy the show
Find the time, if you can, to check this out too – two poets published this fall by Inanna Publications. Myna Wallin‘s Anatomy of an Injury and Heidi Greco‘s Practical Anxiety are both great collections. Hope you enjoy our chats.
Excited to announce that I’ve been nominated in the Writing category for a City of Hamilton Arts Award, along with my emerging artist nominee Ben Robinson (who was my guest on E63). That would be exciting in and of itself, but…okay…
I was nominated last year along with something like eight other writers. I lost to Bernadette Rule, which, yes, damn straight that’s as it should have been! I guess that all of the city’s authors are feeling exhausted though, because this year I’m the only nominee. Which means, so long as I qualify…I win? Yay me?
I certainly win – as do you – with this week’s show (ugh that was an awful segue). First, we have a quick book recommendation from next week’s guest Michael Redhill. After that, our feature interview is with Kathleen Winter, whose Lost in September was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. She’ll be at GritLit on April 14, so come out! In the meantime, hope you enjoy our conversation.