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: Abraham Verghese author of Cutting for Stone
Acclaimed non-fiction writer and doctor Abraham Verghese talks about how his new novel, Cutting for Stone
(now available in trade paperback), came to be.
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: Rex Murphy author of Canada and Other Matters of Opinion
Canada's most distinctive commentator, Rex Murphy
, chats about talking to strangers on tour, his non-celebrity status at home in Newfoundland, and the politics of Global Warming.
Linda Haynes and Devin Connell, authors of Two Dishes
Mother-Daughter team Linda Haynes
and Devin Connell
share the inspiration and development for their new cookbook, Two Dishes
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Joan Clark author of Road to Bliss
takes up the challenge of writing for teens in Road to Bliss
. In this interview, Joan explains why she doesn't try to "teach" through her young adult novels, and how she came to this story.
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Karen Connelly author of Burmese Lessons
For Karen Connelly
, Burma united her political and emotional connections to South Asia. From the same period and place that inspired her novel The Lizard Cage
comes her memoir, Burmese Lessons
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Denise Chong author of Egg on Mao
In Egg on Mao
, Denise Chong
brings to light the story of Lu Decheng, a protester who defaced the portrait of Mao using paint-filled eggs – an unthinkable act during the height of China's Communist regime.
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Michael Wex author of How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck)
wants to bring the everyday wisdom gleaned from traditional Jewish texts to a modern world in How to Be a Mentsh (And Not a Shmuck)
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Thomas Trofimuk author of Waiting for Columbus
discusses the various voices that weave together the story in Waiting for Columbus
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Rosalind Brackenbury author of
Becoming George Sand
In Becoming George Sand
, Rosalind Brackenbury
explores the complexity and multifariousness of love and relationships.
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Michael Crummey author of Galore
explores the mythology and realities of life in Newfoundland in his new novel, Galore
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Tilda Shalof author of Lives in the Balance
Nurse and author Tilda Shalof
shares the stories of ICU nurses from across North America in Lives in The Balance
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Linden MacIntyre author of The Bishop's Man
MacIntyre's new novel explores the world of Catholic priests, of guilt, and of betrayal in The Bishop's Man.
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Chris Hedges author of Empire of Illusion
Is the WWE a metaphor for our modern society? This is just one lens Chris Hedges has used to explore our society and its problems in Empire of Illusion
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Lauren Kirshner author of Where We Have To Go
Where We Have To Go
started out as a short story, but as Lauren Kirshner
explains, her character, Lucy Bloom, had a bigger story to tell.
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: Thomas Homer-Dixon author of Carbon Shift
addresses the twin problems of climate change and oil consumption in our near future in his new book, Carbon Shift
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Natasha Turner author of The Hormone Diet
Naturopathic Doctor, Natasha Turner
, relates her personal experience with hormone imbalances, and how that led to her research the hormonal diet approach in The Hormone Diet
Eric Walters author of Tell Me Why
tells us about how he came to write a non-fiction book for children, Tell Me Why
, which is meant to inspire, provoke and engage our youth. Along the way, he met some truly amazing young adults.
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Claire Letemendia author of The Best of Men
explains how her budding academic career led to her debut novel, The Best of Men
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Damon Galgut author of The Impostor
explores the idea of corruption in his new novel, The Impostor
, and which character, among many, is the title character.
Daniel Clay author of Broken
Author Daniel Clay
discusses his various inspirations for Broken
, a darkly funny debut novel narrated by Skunk, an eleven-year-old girl in a coma.
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Giles Blunt author of No Such Creature
talks to publisher Anne Collins about his new novel, No Such Creature
, and his temporary departure from the dark world of his Cardinal series.
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Russell Banks author of The Reserve
Listen in on a chat between Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher of Knopf, Random and Vintage Canada and Russell Banks
, author of The Reserve
, as well as The Sweet Hereafter
, among other novels.
Jane F. Kotapish author of Salvage
Enjoy an audio interview with Jane F. Kotapish
, author of the extraordinary debut novel, Salvage
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Mary Lou Finlay author of The As It Happens Files
Michael Schellenberg sits down with Mary
to talk about her new book, The
As It Happens Files
. Listen as she tells of her love of 'stories'.
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Gwynne Dyer author of Climate Wars
Listen as Gwynne Dyer
, author of Climate Wars
, tells us why we need to start honestly talking about Climate, and the disappointing way Canada has failed to act.
Bryce Wylde author of The Antioxidant Prescription
A favourite at CityTV's Breakfast Television
joins us to talk about The
. Here, he describes why the
human health threshold is so important, and how you can get your
body to do what it does best on its own.
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Miriam Toews author of The Flying Troutmans
Listen in to a conversation between best-selling author Miriam Toews
and Associate Publisher Michael Schellenberg as they talk about the themes of her forthcoming novel, The Flying Troutmans
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Andrew Davidson author of The Gargoyle
Listen as The
, tells Anne Collins about how his lead characters, the eccentric
Marianne Engel and the nameless narrator, came to be.
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Patrick Lane author of Red Dog, Red Dog
Enjoy an interview with one of Canada's best poets, as Patrick Lane
discusses Red Dog, Red Dog
, his extraordinary debut novel.
Mel Hurtig author of The Truth About Canada
Listen in as Mel Hurtig
chats about his latest book The Truth About Canada
with Douglas Gibson, Publisher of Douglas Gibson Books at McClelland & Stewart.
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Marie Phillips author of Gods Behaving Badly
Perhaps the Gods were smiling on Marie Phillips
when she submitted her book Gods Behaving Badly
for publication. Listen in on this conversation with Anne Collins, Publisher Random House Canada, to discover the good luck in getting thirteen deals within three weeks.
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Peter Carey author of His Illegal Self
Check out this video trailer for two-time Booker Prize-winner Peter Carey
’s His Illegal Self
. It’s a boisterous, moving tale about a monumental adventure in the life of a precocious seven-year-old boy as he seeks out his parents.
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Nick Heil author of Dark Summit
Sit in as Nick Heil
chats about his experience in writing about the deadly and controversial 2006 climbing season on Mount Everest. Dark Summit
is a riveting account of the death of climber David Sharp, and the troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiraled out of control.
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: Catherine O'Flynn author of What Was Lost
Listen in on the conversation between Mark Veldhuizen, Advertising Director, and Catherine O'Flynn
as they discuss the background of her new novel What Was Lost
, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Costa First Novel Award in the UK.
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Jan Wong author of Beijing Confidential
Listen in as Mike Fuhr, Director of National Accounts Marketing chats with award-winning journalist Jan Wong
and her quest to find someone she encountered briefly in 1973, and whose life she was certain she had ruined forever.
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: Henning Mankell author of Kennedy's Brain
Listen to Publisher of Vintage Canada Marion Garner in conversation
with Henning Mankell
internationally acclaimed author of the Inspector Wallander
mysteries about his new thriller Kennedy’s
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: William Marsden author of Stupid to the Last Drop
Michael Schellenberg, Senior Editor for Knopf Canada sits down with William Marsden
to discuss Stupid to the Last Drop
– Marsden’s controversial book about the environmental Armageddon that Alberta is bringing to Canada.
photo credit: Phil Sawyer and Jason Ayer
Janette Turner Hospital author of Orpheus Lost
Listen in as Mark Veldhuizen, Advertising Director for Random House of Canada, speaks with Janette Turner Hospital
about her new novel, Orpheus Lost
, and the role of music in the story.
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David Davidar author of The Solitude of Emperors
Sit in on this candid conversation between President & Publisher of McClelland & Stewart Doug Pepper and his long-time friend and author of The Solitude of Emperors David Davidar
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Mary Novik author of Conceit
Don’t miss this one! Lara Hinchberger, Editor at Doubleday Canada speaks with Mary Novik
, author of Conceit
— a historical first novel (long-listed for the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize
) about the poet John Donne’s daughter Pegge.
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Todd Babiak author of The Book of Stanley
Hear our interview with the award-winning author of The Garneau Block
as he discusses his new novel, The Book of Stanley
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Sir Martin Gilbert author of Churchill and the Jews
Sit in as Sir Martin Gilbert
speaks with Marilyn Biderman, Director of Rights & Contracts for McClelland & Stewart, about Churchill and the Jews
and the effect on today’s terrorism if Churchill had lived for another twenty years.
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Bernice Morgan author of Cloud of Bone
Listen to an interview with bestselling author of Random Passage
and Waiting for Time
, Bernice Morgan
, as she describes her upcoming novel Cloud of Bone
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John Mighton author of The End of Ignorance
Don't miss John Mighton
's revolutionary call for a new understanding of how people learn as he talks about his important book, The End of Ignorance
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Mohsin Hamid author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Sit in as Mohsin Hamid
talks about his new novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist
, and his desire to get inside the minds of characters that we as a society know very little about.
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Michael Ondaatje author of Divisadero
Enjoy an interview with one of the greatest Canadian literary voices, as Michael Ondaatje
his most intimate and beautiful novel to date.
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Heather Mallick author of Cake or Death
Enjoy an entertaining conversation with Heather
, as she mulls over excruciating choices like Cake
and reflects on the complicated state of our lives and our world today.
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Jen Sookfong Lee author of The End of East
Don't miss 2007 New Face of
, in this delightful interview about her exquisite, evocative and often-funny novel, The
End of East
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Sally Armstrong author of The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor
Listen to our interview with Canadian journalist, Sally Armstrong
, as she explores the story
of her great-great-great-grandmother, Charlotte Taylor, the first woman settler of the Miramichi.
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Alissa York author of Effigy
Enjoy an audio interview with Alissa York
, one of Canada's best young fiction writers.
York speaks with Anne Collins, VP, Publisher, Random House Canada, about her new novel, Effigy
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Chantal Hébert author of French Kiss
Listen as celebrated political scribe, Chantal Hébert
, talks about her new book, French Kiss
, and the Conservative's attempts to woo Quebec.
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Jane Smiley author of Ten Days in the Hills
Listen to Pulitzer Prize-winner Jane
as she discusses love, Hollywood-style, in her new novel, Ten Days in the Hills
Barry Lando author of author of Web of Deceit
Listen as Tim Rostron, Senior Editor of Doubleday Canada, chats with Barry Lando
, author of Web
. Lando is a Canadian, who worked as an investigative reporter on 60 Minutes
for 25 years. His insight into the situation in Iraq should not be missed.
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Shaena Lambert author of author of Radiance
Vancouver author and poet, Shaena Lambert
, sat down recently to talk to Mike Fuhr, about her latest novel. Radiance
examines the experience of a young Hiroshima survivor as she travels to New York for reconstructive surgery in 1952.
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Neil Smith author of author of Bang Crunch
New Face of Fiction author Neil Smith
sits down to talk to Nadine Silverthorne, Online Marketing Specialist at Random House of Canada. Smith talks candidly about his new book, Bang Crunch
, which features nine highly original and well-crafted short stories.
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José Latour author of author of Outcast
Listen to an interview with Cuban-Canadian mystery author José Latour
as he discusses his latest novel, Outcast
, with Dinah Forbes, Executive Editor, McClelland & Stewart.
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Don Hannah author of Ragged Islands
Listen as Diane Martin, VP, Publisher Knopf Canada, interviews author and friend Don Hannah
about his new novel, Ragged Islands
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Douglas Coupland author of JPod
Listen to our highly entertaining interview as Anne Collins, VP, Publisher of Random House Canada, sits down with Douglas Coupland
to dissect his latest novel JPod
and everything from Google to clowns, and our world today.
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Charles Frazier author of Thirteen Moons
Bestselling author of Cold Mountain
, Charles Frazier
, sits down with Anne Collins, VP, Publisher of Random House Canada to discuss his latest novel Thirteen Moons
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Stephen Cole author of The Canadian Hockey Atlas
Listen as Mark Veldhuizen, Director of Advertising for Random House of Canada, speaks with Stephen Cole
, author of The Canadian Hockey Atlas
about our national obsession.
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Carol Off author of Bitter Chocolate
Listen as Managing Editor of Random House Canada, Pamela Murray, interviews journalist and author Carol Off
, author of Bitter Chocolate
, a shocking expose of the dark side behind a much-loved indulgence.
Noah Richler author of This Is My Country, What's Yours?
Heather Sangster, Freelance Editor for McClelland & Stewart, interviews National Post
columnist Noah Richler
about his new book This is My Country, What's Yours?
Richler travelled Canada, interviewing 100 authors to map out A Literary Atlas of Canada.
John English author of Citizen of the World: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume One: 1919-1968
Listen as Senior Editor of Knopf Canada Michael Schellenberg interviews John English
, author of Citizen of the World
, the authorized biography of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
Diane Setterfield author of The Thirteenth Tale
Listen as New York Times
bestselling author Diane Setterfield
sits down with Mark Veldhuizen, Advertising Director for Random House of Canada, to discuss the books which inspired The Thirteenth Tale
Michael Redhill author of Consolation
Listen as Valerie Gow, Imprint Sales Director for Doubleday Canada, interviews Michael Redhill
, author of Consolation
. Redhill's previous novel, Michael Sloane
, was short-listed for the Giller prize.
David Adams Richards author of The Friends of Meager Fortune
Listen as Giller Prize-winning author, David Adams Richards
, sits down with Lara Hinchberger, Associate Editor for Doubleday Canada, to talk about his latest work of fiction The Friends of Meager Fortune
Tony Aspler author of The Wine Atlas of Canada
has spent over two decades detailing the journey from grape to glass, both as the wine columnist for the Toronto Star
and as the author of eleven books on food and wine. Nadine Silverthorne, Online Content Specialist for Random House of Canada, sits down with Tony Aspler to uncork his latest book, The Wine Atlas of Canada
, a stunning and thorough look at the Canadian wine industry.
William Boyd author of Restless
Celebrated screenwriter and author William Boyd
sits down with Scott Sellers, VP, Director, Marketing Strategy for Random House of Canada. Listen as they discuss Boyd's latest novel, Restless
, a riveting tale of espionage and family secrets.
Robert J. Wiersema author of Before I Wake
Hear bookseller and debut novelist, Robert J. Wiersema
as he discusses his heart-wrenching first book, Before I Wake
with Vintage Canada Editor Kendall Anderson.
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Anita Rau Badami author of Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?
Louise Dennys, Executive Publisher of Knopf Canada, Random House Canada and Vintage Canada,
interviews award-winning author, Anita Rau Badami
Listen in as Anita talks about her deeply personal new novel,
Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?
her own experiences as an immigrant in Canada.
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Kevin Patterson author of Consumption
Listen to Random House Canada Publisher, Anne Collins in conversation with author
. His first novel,
, is an
epic Canadian tale of north and south, infused with stark beauty, startlingly realized characters and fierce truths.