Attention, local types! The Hamilton Arts Council is now taking submissions for this year’s Hamilton Literary Awards. Check out the info here.
During this year’s Grit Lit festival I was lucky enough to host an event featuring Waubgeshig Rice, Thea Lim and this week’s guest, Larissa Lai. Larissa’s book, The Tiger Flu, is a fascinating story of a world in the future…so strange and wonderful. Larissa herself is amazing, and I really enjoyed our conversation. I hope you do too!
So, last week I spent five nights at a 20th floor AirBnB condo in Ottawa, ON. Why? Strictly to get cracking on the new book, get a lot of work done at once, and if possible, ride that momentum forward. I’m thrilled to say: achievement unlocked. I did four weeks’ worth of work in four days, and have managed to write every day since my return on Friday. It’s exciting, even if it’s scary as hell. I made some major changes and now, once again, I’m not 100% sure how my book ends! I guess I could plot it all out but…eh, we’ll find out when we get there. Yay, adventure!
The guest on GET LIT this week is Thea Lim. We talk about her first novel, also short-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, An Ocean of Minutes. Incredible book and a great conversation! She was amazing. If you are a fan, she’ll be doing TWO events in Hamilton this weekend (April 11 -1 4) including one I’ll plug because it’s mine. If you’re in the Hamilton area, you should come to this incredible event – Saturday April 13 at 9 pm.
Confronting the Apocalypse
In worlds devastated by disease and destruction, what does it take to survive? Resistance, resilience, rebirth, and the enduring, fearless power of hope shape post-apocalyptic tales by Larissa Lai (The Tiger Flu), Thea Lim (An Ocean of Minutes) and Waubgeshig Rice (Moon on the Crusted Snow). Hosted by Author and CFMU Presenter Jamie Tennant. (That’s me.)
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Otherwise, enjoy this week’s show!
“Canada, you are in the midst of an Indigenous renaissance,” said Jeremy Dutcher as he accepted the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. If you don’t agree, you haven’t been paying attention, at least not to the arts. Four out of the last five Polaris winners have been Indigenous (Dutcher, Buffy Ste Marie, Tanya Tagaq and Lido Pimienta, who is Colombian Canadian with Indigenous roots). In the lit world, Indigenous writers have been coming to the fore more often, too. Tanya Talaga, Bev Sellers, Eden Robinson (who GET LIT will interview in October), Tanya Tagaq (Split Tooth is long-listed for the Giller and it’s not even out yet), Richard Wagamese, Drew Hayden Taylor, Lee Maracle…that’s off the top of my head, there’s plenty more.
This leads us to another player in this renaissance, Waubgeshig Rice, whose Moon of the Crusted Snow comes out Oct 2. It’s an amazing story, but I don’t want to say too much about it, so tune in and hear us dance around the spoilers and mostly succeed. Enjoy!