Penguin Random House
What can I say about Gary Barwin? Amazing author and poet, entertaining reader, fellow Hamiltonian, and the first-ever guest on GET LIT! Gary’s newest novel, Nothing The Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy, is something else (in the best possible way). Read it, and check out our conversation about it on today’s episode.
So, I honestly have some information to share with y’all, but I can’t really do so quite yet. Stay tuned!
It was my great pleasure to have Krista Foss on the program this week. Krista’s a wonderful author and one of the first lovely folks I ever met on the Hamilton lit scene. Krista’s new novel Half Life is great. Hope you enjoy our conversation.
There are so many great books by Hamiltonians this spring. It’s kind of unbelievable (or should I say, I totally believe it? I don’t know). One of my favourites is Kill the Mall by Pasha Malla. It’s a very unique, highly unusual and even more highly entertaining work. Pasha joins me today to discuss!
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I would not normally post an (edited for length) press release from a publisher, but as it’s about accessible publishing and how this book makes a difference…I think it’s worth it. Read on, and enjoy the show! (Note: it’s in future tense, but the book came out last month)
“Hamilton author Amanda Leduc’s book The Centaur’s Wife will be published in all accessible and conventional formats simultaneously, thanks to a unique partnership between the author, Penguin Random House Canada and Canada’s two accessible library services, the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS).
The Centaur’s Wife will be released by Random House Canada on February 16 in standard print and audio, but also in accessible audio, e-text and braille, and will immediately be made available to Canadians with print disabilities through both NNELS and CELA.
“This is Amanda’s second book to be published in conventional and accessible formats simultaneously and represents a significant shift towards creating an equitable reading landscape,” says Laurie Davidson, Executive Director of the Centre for Equitable Library Access. “Amanda’s energy and passion for accessibility, and the commitment of her team at Penguin Random House Canada, made this possible. We hope this collaboration might become a template for other publishers moving forward so we can increase books for those with print disabilities.”
Typically, books are published in conventional formats first and then converted to accessible formats, resulting in a delay between the publication date and the time when the estimated 1 in 10 people with print disabilities in Canada can read these books.”
Hey everyone. I ‘ve been pretty sparse with the personal notes on this blog, haven’t I? Is it really a blog, or just a repository for links to Get Lit? (Answer: the latter, but that’s OK). I will say that I do have news of my own to announce. Vague, distant news, but news nonetheless. I am also working on a new novel…but isn’t everyone?
Fun fact: if you’re checking it out on release day (Thursday, in this case the 25th of February) Kelly will be hosting the book launch for Hamilton’s Brent Van Staaduinen. Tonight!
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you managed to eke out a satisfying holiday season.
Kicking off 2021 with a very special interview. I had the chance to talk to Lorna Crozier about her memoir Through The Garden: A Love Story (with Cats). Lorna is a remarkable poet and author, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and from my brief experience, a lovely human being. Through the Garden chronicles her life and life during her late husband Patrick Lane‘s illness and tragic passing (I was lucky enough to speak with him before he passed, you can hear it here).
Hope you enjoy the show.