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!
Pretty excited about some upcoming things, including this weekend. I’m off to Toronto to do research for the novel-in-progress. Wish me luck.
In the meantime, this week’s show featuring an interview with poet Ben Robinson, author of the (now sold-out) chapbook, Mayami. Listen for some local lit news and a book recommendation from author and explorer Kate Harris as well. Enjoy!
Hey all! Hope life is grand. Nothing to pre-blog about today, just trying to get stuff done. Still waking early and writing about 2500 – 3000 words a week. Is that good? I don’t know.
It is with great pride that I can tell you I did not win at this week’s 24th annual Hamilton Literary Awards.
Lemme explain that further: if you’ve gotta lose, lose to a Leacock Medal winner. It’s hard to feel like you lost anything when you are in such esteemed company. It’s surreal to even have my name on that finalists list, given the list included Caroline Stellings, Gary Barwin and Brent Van Staalduinen. Gary took the fiction prize, as he should have. I did what was probably the best reading of my new career so far, so I’m happy as hell about the whole thing. Plus I got to hang out with the amazing people I’ve been meeting on the Hamilton lit scene. Kudos to the other winners as well – Chris Pannell for poetry, Shawn Selway for non-fiction, and Andrew Baulcomb, winner of the Kerry Schooley Award. Way to clean up, Wolsak & Wynn!
Today’s show features an interview with lawyer, musician, political consultant, commentator and (of course) author, Warren Kinsella. His book Recipe for Hate has been receiving a lot of attention lately and its combination of politics and punk rock meant it was pretty much in my wheelhouse. Hope you enjoy the show.
Hey folks! I probably have some writerly musings…but what I do not have is time. So let’s get to the main event!
Today GET LIT features David Baillie. We got to hang out over pints and talk about the old days here in Hamilton, and we continue that conversation on today’s show as we talk about his latest novel released in 2015, What We Salvage, which Baillie describes loosely as “Holden Caulfield, but from the wrong side of the tracks, coming of age in A Clockwork Orange.” Sounds about right to me. Hope you enjoy the show.
Finally, Get Lit is available at jamietennant.ca!
In case you have no idea what that means, an introduction. In November 2016 – on my 47th birthday, for some reason – I started Get Lit, a weekly 30-minute literary program on 93.3 CFMU FM (Hamilton, ON) and online on Soundcloud. We feature authors, booksellers, publishers, poets – anyone related to books and literature.
I’ll post the show here on a weekly basis, and try to upload some past episodes as well. This episode features GritLit’s Jennifer Gillies and author Marnie Woodrow. Marnie’s exceptional book Heyday won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction in 2016.