Hi folks! Still away, so let’s get right to it. This week we have author Melanie Hobson, a former Hamiltonian living in the U.S. Her novel Summer Cannibals is a great read for anyone, but my #HamOnt folks will appreciate the fact that it takes place right here in town. Enjoy the interview, buy the book 😀
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Hey folks! Had a super reading in Windsor last week with some great local authors, hope to return in July. May even be venturing out to Montreal to read, if it can be worked out, so stay tuned.
Today’s show is with fellow Hamiltonian (though she lives in California now, we’ll still claim her residency!) Liz Harmer. She had a super launch here this past Sunday, great turnout. Her debut novel, The Amateurs, is wonderful, a lot of fun, and full of interesting ideas. Check out the program to hear more about it. Thanks!
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!
Today’s show features a lengthy and fascinating interview with poet Patrick Lane. Words like “pre-eminent” and “distinguished” always seem a bit fussy to me, but they apply to Lane, who has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and three National Magazine Awards. He didn’t come to talk about poetry, though. Instead we talk about his fantastic new novel, Deep River Night.
Hope you dig.
Tom Wilson and I are friends. I’m not saying we’re not besties. We don’t grab coffee once a week. In fact, we have probably never arranged to meet up except to do interviews. Doesn’t matter. There’s a Hamilton-bred loyalty there.
I’ve known Tom since I was an undergrad at McMaster. I was already kicking around with rock’n’roll types, being in a band myself. I met Tom’s bandmate Dan Achen through his then-wife Judy Donnelly, and soon met the rest of Junkhouse. I got to hear the early shows, got to hear a sneak preview of Jesus Sings the Blues (in the Sony studios, no less), but most of all, I got to hear the stories.
If you’ve seen him perform, you already know what a storyteller Tom is, so his new book seems like a natural step for him. Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home is, as Tom says, a collection of stories that pave the road to where Tom Wilson is today. Reading this book, it comes across as what he says it is – a love letter to the people who have helped him through life, as well as a love letter to the city of Hamilton.
We sat down in Tom’s living room, on a wintery afternoon, to talk about the book and whatever else came to mind. Somehow, though I was only a foot or two away, my voice is distant on this recording. Don’t let it distract you – I don’t have much interesting to say. Tom, on the other hand, certainly does. Hope you enjoy the show.
Hi folks! I’m back, I’m over the jet lag, I’m marginally together again. Just in time for our first anniversary! GET LIT E01 aired on my birthday, 2016. Our guest was the ever-generous and incredibly talented Gary Barwin. I had no idea the show would be sustainable, but here we are, a year later with no signs of stopping.
Speaking of Gary, I’m humbled to be mentioned in the same breath as him, let alone nominated alongside him, but…The Captain of Kinnoull Hill is a finalist for Best Fiction at the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Awards. The event happens Monday, November 27, 7 pm, at Theatre Aquarius’ Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre, in the Dofasco Centre for the Arts.
On this show we’re joined by Noelle Allen of Wolsak and Wynn, who is also a member of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Advisory Committee and one of the event organizers. Also listen in as Hamilton Review of Books Editor-in-Chief Dana Hansen joins us to review Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Hope you enjoy!
I am really terrible at writing poetry.
Some might argue I’m really terrible at writing prose, too, and that’s fair enough. Still, at least I managed to get prose published over the years. I have never submitted a poem to be published. The last time I actively wrote poetry it was the stuff I read aloud at the Bahaus Cafe poetry night – sub-Bukowskian observations from the gutter I believed I lived in I was mostly content and angst was strictly the product of an equation (age + temporary poverty x literary ambitions + alcohol & cigarettes x loneliness ÷ actual talent = “Oh, lonely moon, i look upon thee and I see…myself) (and even that I stole from a Henry Rollins joke).
When I recently came back to poetry – reading poetry, that is, not writing it – I found it very difficult. I was used to reading in different ways, with more linear thinking, perhaps. I really didn’t have a clue what anyone was trying to say. Now, at the very least, I find myself able to rest inside a poem, instead of trying to follow its words to the conclusion. It makes a big difference and it’s been a wonderful learning (and re-learning) experience.
Today’s interviews are with two wonderful poets. First up is Phoebe Wang, who I had the pleasure of seeing read at a Lit Live event earlier this. She read from her most recent work Admission Requirements. Next, I speak with Aisha Sasha John, who is a poet and a performer. Her collection I Have To Live is fantastic. I highly recommend them both. Hope you enjoy the show!
Good day folks! Not much in way way of bloggy thoughts today, so let’s get down to the episode.
Today’s show features two poets. First up, Suzannah Showler, author of Thing Is (Penguin Random House). Next is Darryl Whetter, author of Search Box Bed (Palimpsest). I haven’t done a lot of poetry but we’re going to start, with upcoming shows featuring Aisha Sasha John, Phoebe Wang, and plans to speak with Gary Barwin, John Terpstra and Shane Neilson. Stay tuned!