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The Chat

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

The Chat with 2017 Governor General's Award winner Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves is this year’s English-language Governor General’s Award winner for Young People’s Literature.

The Chat with Governor General's Nonfiction Award Winner Graeme Wood

Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State is this year’s Governor General's Award winner for English-language nonfiction. …

The Chat with Governor General's Fiction Award Winner Joel Thomas Hynes

Today we chat with Joel Thomas Hynes, author of the novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night. It’s this year’s English-language Governor General’s …

The Chat with Governor General's Award for Drama Winner Hiro Kanagawa

"Indian Arm is a timely and evocative manifestation of the characters’ struggle with their relationship to the land,” said the peer assessment committee …

The Chat with Governor General's Award for Poetry Winner Richard Harrison

We kick off our conversation with this year’s English-language Governor General’s Award winners in conversation with Richard Harrison. His collection …

Giller Prize Special: The Chat with Michael Redhill

Next up in our Giller special, we’re in conversation with Michael Redhill, author of the novel Bellevue Square.

Giller Prize Special: The Chat with Ed O’Loughlin

We continue our Giller special this week in conversation with Ed O’Loughlin, author of Minds of Winter (House of Anansi).

Giller Prize Special: The Chat with Rachel Cusk

Next up on our special Giller Prize edition of The Chat, I’m in conversation with Rachel Cusk, author of Transit.

Giller Prize Special: The Chat with Michelle Winters

To kick off our Giller Prize special edition of The Chat, we’re in conversation with Michelle Winters, author of I Am a Truck (Invisible Publishing). …

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 …

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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

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    Kerry Clare

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