I also took a moment to chat with Tim Hanna from The City & The City Books, here in Hamilton, about how they’ve been doing during the pandemic. Even if you’re not from around here, the story is likely similar to a bookstore near you. Enjoy the show.
Wolsak and Wynn
Okay, so, it’s cold. I mean, ice cold. Tauntaun won’t make it to the first marker Hoth cold. At least by Hamilton standards.
Is there a better day to talk about a story based loosely on The Snow Queen?
Hey everyone! Happy new year!
Hope everything is splendid in your worlds. Mine is as swirly as ever. I’m struggling to figure out what’s wrong with my voice, but nevertheless still planning on narrating my own audiobook in the near future. I have a very old manuscript in my publisher’s hands, with the potential for publication; I’m working on a second-and-a-half draft, if you will, of the new book. Plenty happening.
A bit of local content on the first half of today’s show. Noelle Allen from Wolsak & Wynn joins us, on behalf of the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Advisory Committee (I would rather call it HACLAC but it’s maybe too reminiscent of the Aflac duck). We talk about next week’s Hamilton Literary Awards.
Next up, someone else form the Wolsak family – senior editor and poet Paul Vermeersch. We talk about poetry and his latest collection, the excellent Self Defence for the Brave and Happy. Hope you enjoy our conversation!
Hey all! In a bit of a rush today so just a quick note on today today’s guests. We have Chris Bailey (who was on last week) reading some poems to start. After that, a feature interview with Andrew Wilmot, whose fun, creepy and insightful novel, The Death Scene Artist, is out through Wolsak and Wynn. Enjoy!
I’m currently away on what I like to think is a well-earned vacation, so I’ll keep it brief!
Rabindranath Maharaj‘s Adjacentland is an incredibly unique work. Funny, weird, thoughtful, reminiscent (to me, at least) of some on Murakami’s work, though more so in imagination than in language and tone. Hope your enjoy our conversation!
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.
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!
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!