McClelland and Stewart
We also chat with my pal Jennifer Gillies, Artistic Director of the GritLit Readers & Writers’ Festival. Obviously, this year’s festival was cancelled in its usual form, but they continue to bring some programming and workshops to you online, so check out what she’s got to say, too. Cheers!
Once again hoping that you and yours are safe and that you’re managing your new (temporary!) reality. In the meantime, read books! This week’s guest is Michael Prior, with us to talk about his new collection of poetry, Burning Province.
We also take a few minutes to chat with Dave Kuruc from Mixed Media and King West Books. Support indie bookstores in these difficult times!
Some personal updates you didn’t ask for, to kick off this week’s post.
First, had a fantastic event with Aleksandar Hemon last night here in Hamilton. Any gig where a/ my voice doesn’t give out b/ I get paid c/ I get to talk to an amazing author d/ I get to see friends e/ I get a tote gift bag and f/ the publisher of Penguin Canada gives me her personal copy of the author’s book…well…that’s a good gig.
Second, re: the voice comment, I apologize if I sound strained on any upcoming programs. Eight months, several doctors, a speech therapist and several scopes later, and no one is any wiser as to why my larynx gives out so easily. Hopefully I fake it well enough. I am headed to two separate voice clinics this summer…someone will surely know what’s what.
Third, I am excited to say that my new novel (with the tentative and probably brief working title of A Matter of Water) is finally close to what I’ll call “a first complete draft.” Parts of this have been rewritten and edited a half-dozen times, and they shine; parts are just freshly written, rough and fairly terrible. However, within the week I will have a MS that actually tells the entire story tip to tail. So. That’s exciting.
Finally, the show! The last (for now) of the run of poetry I read back in the spring. We talk to Souvankham Thammavongsa about her recent collection Cluster, and to Kaie Kellough about his own collection, Magnetic Equator. Both wonderful works. I’ll stop here and let you listen. Enjoy!
April was poetry month, and now you’re getting the fruits of that in Get Lit land. The first of several interviews today, featuring two poets whose work came out with McClelland and Stewart this year. We’ll talk with Doyali Islam about her new collection Heft, and Cassidy McFadzean about her newest, Drolleries. Both great books, both thoughtful, wonderful people in my limited experiernce! Hope you enjoy our chats.
How do folks!
Personal update: second Canada Council grant app, second failure. No matter. I did it without ’em last time 😀
Local update: It is with great sadness (and no small amount of shock) that we discovered Bryan Prince Bookseller was closing – today, March 29th, 2018. We wish Kerry the best of luck in future endeavors and man, if I were rich, I’d so buy that place…
This week’s show! Two guests for the price of one (now’s the time for me to note that, hey, there’s no price for this program). We talk with poets Jeff Latosik and Stevie Howell. Both have excellent new collections out, – Jeff’s Dreampad and Stevie’s I Left Nothing Inside On Purpose. Get ’em both via McClelland and Stewart. Hope you enjoy!