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The Chat

Great writers sit down with us to talk about their books—and the stories behind them.

So Many Writers, All in One Place

One of the best things we ever did on 49th Shelf was asking Trevor Corkum to join our team to lead the interview series, The Chat. For two years, Trevor …

The Chat with Kevin Hardcastle

This week on The Chat we’re in conversation with Kevin Hardcastle. His debut novel In the Cage—about an ex-MMA fighter named Daniel trying to do right—is …

The Chat With Naben Ruthnum

We’re leading off the fall in conversation with Naben Ruthnum, author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race. Curry is part of the Exploded Views nonfiction …

The Chat With Grace O’Connell

In Be Ready for the Lightning, Grace O'Connell's second book, we meet Vancouverite Veda and follow her relationship with her troubled brother Conrad and …

The Chat With Anne Fleming

This week we turn to magical YA fiction on The Chat. I’m in conversation with BC-based author Anne Fleming, author of The Goat. This charming novel follows …

The Chat With Michael Harris

On the heels of Michael Harris’s Governor General's Award-winning The End of Absence comes Solitude, an exploration of what it means to be alone in …

A Chat Roundtable With the Editors of Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer

Published by Coach House, Any Other Way draws on a range of voices to explore how the residents of queer Toronto have shaped and reshaped one of the world’s …

The Chat: A Griffin Poetry Prize Special With Canadian Finalist Sandra Ridley

Our final interview in this year’s Griffin Prize special edition of The Chat is our conversation with Sandra Ridley, author of Silvija.

The Chat: A Griffin Poetry Prize Special With Canadian Finalist Jordan Abel

The next installment of our 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize special edition of The Chat features our conversation with Jordan Abel, author of the collection …

The Chat: A Griffin Poetry Prize Special With Canadian Finalist Hoa Nguyen

We are delighted to partner with the Griffin Prize in celebrating the three Canadian finalists over the next week. First up is Hoa Nguyen, author of Violet …

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  • The Chat

    By Trevor Corkum

    Great writers from across the country sit down with us to talk about their books, and the stories behind them.

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    Rob Wiersema

    Indie booksellers from coast to coast tell us the books they can't stop recommending to their customers.

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    Kiley Turner

    The best books are timeless, and they deserve to find readers whenever and wherever.

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    Julie Booker

    Our resident children's librarian columnist chooses books by theme for children of all ages.

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    Kerry Clare

    We spotlight books generating buzz all over the web, and beyond.