Been busy with events lately – GritLit (which, despite the ice storm, garnered a healthy audience) and the Hamilton event for Michael Barclay who we featured on the show last week. Lots of reading to do, with plenty of great guests lined up for the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I have my great days (1700 words on Tuesday!) and my crappy days (zero words yesterday!) but as always, I say, keep at it!
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.
Hey all! On today’s show I’ll talk about my own personal impression of gritLIT, and then feature an interview with Trevor Cole, one-time Hamilton resident, HarperCollins author and the man behind The Whisky King: The remarkable true story of Canada’s most infamous bootlegger and the undercover Mountie on his trail. Now that’s a serious title.
Rocco Perri was one of Hamilton’s – and, indeed, Canada’s – most notorious gangsters. He was also notoriously good-natured and gregarious, and most of the city loved him. A great read!
As for gritLIT, it was a highly entertaining weekend. We managed to sneak in some interviews with Leslie Shimotakahara and Rebecca Rosenblum, which we’ll get to in future weeks. I also managed to stay up way too late talking to the likes of Denise Donlon (one of my music journo heroes, former host on The New Music, telling me Tom Waits stories for cryin’ out loud…NBD, though, right?). Stayed up even later with the immensely entertaining Lesley Livingston, doing Guy Gavriel Kay impersonations and telling stories until far too much wine was drunk. Look forward to next year’s festival already!