Hey! It’s that time of year again. For those of us in the Hamilton area, GRIT LIT is upon us!
We bring back our most frequent guest, the most excellent Jennfer Gillies, to talk about all that’s happening with this year’s fest. I will be hosting an event too, which I’ll detail for you next week.
Also, if you’re in Hamilton and want to come see some folks read their work, come on out Friday April 5, 7 pm, to King West Books. I’ll be reading, along with Chris Bailey and Owain Nicholson, to support the book launch of Mooncalves by Victoria Hetherington. Dig this show!
After six weeks I’m still battling some kind of cold/flu/evil spirit invasion, so I’m going to get right to the point. Today we chat with Barbara Langhorst about her new novel, Want. Met Barbara a couple weeks ago as I joined her for a couple of dates on her book tour. It was a blast, and I hope you enjoy our conversation!
The blog section of this site is becoming a bit unwieldy. I’m looking into a simple table of contents plug-in that will allow you to browse past episodes of the show by guest, so look out for that.
I’m also about to launch the show, in edited forms (with time-sensitive information removed) as a podcast. It will likely be available in all the usual places – iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.
I’m also working on some exciting things that I cannot currently reveal. I’ll keep you in the loop! Otherwise, it’s business as usual – writing, writing, and more writing.
Hey folks! I’m off on another run down to Windsor doing a reading for the ChiZine folks at Phog Lounge. By the time this posts, I’m probably on a via train on the way home. Maybe I saw you?
Today’s program features two interviews with fabulous poets. Klara du Plessis joins us to talk about her collection Ekke. After that, we chat with Linda Frank about her newest collection, Divided.
Hope you enjoy….!
I haven’t made as many personal blogs as I originally intended to, but hopefully no one minds (or cares!). It seems that whenever the time comes to post the new show, I’m just too busy or exhausted to bother saying much. As such, I’ll keep it to interesting news and self-serving information.
Work continues on the new novel. I’ve been struggling with it. Writers, has this ever happened to you? You’ve really, really needed an opinion on a draft…but the draft is so unfinished that there’s no one anyone should read it (let alone form an opinion based on it). What do you do? Personally, I’m doing two things. The first is doing the work. No matter how long it will take, it’s important to just do it, to rewrite and touch up no matter how long it takes. Eventually, there will be a readable draft.
The second is learning to trust yourself. When that little voices pipes up to tell you that you have no idea what you’re doing and you need a second opinion…you learn to ignore it, trust your talents, and keep going.
There will be plenty of time for second opinions.
Speaking of opinions, my opinion on today’s guest is that she seems super cool and has written a wonderful book. In Search of the Perfect Singing Flamingo is a very enjoyable read and I hope you enjoy the conversation with author Claire Tacon. Dig.
Ron Sexsmith is one of those cats who flies under the radar. He’s never had a radio hit that I know of, but he’s still known around the world. His songwriting has been praised by the likes of Elvis Costello and Sir Paul McCartney – with whom he’s dined, at Sir Paul’s house, I believe…there are some pretty great stories there.
Ron didn’t join me to talk about brunch with famous musicians, though. He’s on Get Lit to talk about a dream he had – the dream that became the fairytale Deer Life, published by Dundurn Press. Ron’s a pretty swell fellow, and I hope you dig this conversation.
Also, it’s hot out, but if you live around here, you knew that.
I’m away on Pelee Island on a writing retreat (no Margaret Atwood this year, just a buncha writers doing their thing). Gonna keep it short.
Two great guests on the the show this week – great folks, great poets, and hopefully you’ll agree, great conversation. Michelle Brown is here to talk about her collection Safe Words (Palimpsest Press) and David James Brock joins us to talk about his own collection Ten-Headed Alien (Wolsak & Wynn). Hope you enjoy!
Hey everyone! Lots happening here in Hamilton with Arts Week on the way. Hope to update you on the Arts Awards when they’re done.
Keeping it local with our author again this week. We speak with Melissa Kuipers about her collection of short stories, The Whole Beautiful World. Hope you enjoy!
(P.S. Don’t forget to check out Wolsak & Wynn’s spring launch next week!)
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!