Hey all! Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch for Amanda Leduc‘s new book, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space. This is the second incredible book about disability that I’ve read lately. The first was the extremely passionate and eye-opening Falling For Myself by Dorothy Ellen Palmer. A must-read, in my opinion. Check out today’s show for our conversation.
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Hey folks! Things are finally coalescing after a rough start in 2020. I think of January 2020 as no more than a 2019 hangover. It’s cleared up now. (I hope).
Today’s show features the very first guest we ever had, the esteemed and yet inestimable Gary Barwin. We talk about…well, plenty of things. Collaboration. His new collected works. The crow in the corner. Traffic islands. Check it all out for yourself (and check out the aforementioned collection, For It Is A Pleasure And A Surprise To Breathe). Cheers!
Like many people, I’m wary of “resolutions.” However I can say two big things are going to happen in 2020. First, I’m going to find a home for this finished novel. Second, I’m going to start writing the “new” new novel (well, it’s already started, but you know what I mean). Hope you have some goals, and that you achieve all of them!
Hey folks! After reading Treed and speaking with author Ariel Gordon, I got to go up to Killbear Provincial Park for a few days. It made me take in the surroundings with a whole new level of attention and mindfulness. Also, I was looking for mushrooms. Check out this week’s interview to see what I’m talking about! Treed is available through the good folks at Wolsak & Wynn.
If there seems to be a familiarity between myself and this week’s first guest, it’s not your imagination. Professor and poet Alexandra Pasian is a McMaster graduate, my former roommate and one of my favourite people on earth. I try to keep it professional, I really do. I had to cut out parts where we talk about people you don’t know (sorry, Alexandra, all references to Carm Iachelli and Chris Dovey were excised lol). The important part is: poetry! Alexandra’s latest chapbook, Work Until You Find Resistance, is available through Junction Books.
This interview is coupled with a great chat with about Natalee Caple, who, in keeping with our unintentional academic theme, is an assistant professor at Brock U. Love In The Chthulucene (Cthulhucene), her latest collection, is wonderful and available through Wolsak & Wynn.
Hope you enjoy!
In the midst of illness – sore throat, which of course lingers while I have readings to do this week, isn’t that always the way? I did manage enough vocal power to talk to author John Terpstra about his adventures in writing his lasts non-fiction work, Daylighting Chedoke. Those local to Hamilton will especially enjoy, though you certainly don’t have to be from these parts to dig the book. (Dig. There’s a daylighting joke in there somewhere). Hope you enjoy the program.
Hey folks and fellow writers,
Been a busy, productive week behind the keyboard. I’ve yet to join the 5 am club, but the 6 am club is working just fine (okay, 6:30, whatever). 1500 words in a morning makes me feel like a writing machine. It’s horrible, of course, but…it’s a rough draft.
In other personal news, it appears that someone from the town of Perth, Scotland picked up my novel The Captain of Kinnoull Hill, enjoyed it, and passed on the word to some other folks from/in the city. Response has been reasonably good so far, and I’ve sold a few. The book was published in 2016…you never know what’ll cause interest in your work to perk up, years later!
This week’s show features an interview with Hamilton author and poet Chris Pannell. Chris is a member of the LitLive committee, and recently won the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry with his collection Love, Despite the Ache. Hope you enjoy the show!
Another week, another show!
The autumn is a time of general frenzy at my day job (I may have mentioned before, I’m the program director at 93.3 CFMU FM, where I record Get Lit). That’s why there’s been nothing pithy or interesting, assuming you ever find me pithy or interesting, in these blog entries. What can I say? I spent some time in Killarney before rushing headlong into the return of McMaster students.
Speaking of McMaster, today’s show features Daniel Coleman, Ph.D., McMaster professor and author of Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place. I tweeted about this book a few weeks ago. When it was described to me as a guy writing about the history of his backyard (that may be a paraphrase), it sounded pretty unusual. However, I trusted the enthusiasm of his publisher Noelle Allen of Wolsak & Wynn. Sure enough, it’s a fantastic read, filled with interesting information for locals and beyond. Heck, it even gave me useful information for my day to day life (read: I used Daniel’s facts to reply to Neko Case on Twitter. Awesome, but maybe sad that I consider that “useful…for my day to day life.” Though I really really like Neko Case).