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Filling the Gaps, Minding the Gaps: the Unconventional (Mostly) Small Town Girls of CanLit

By Robin Durnford

An amazing recommended reading list by Robin Durnford, whose new poetry collection is Gaptoothed.

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Kid Sterling: Books on Jazz and Justice

By Christine Welldon

Christine Welldon introduces her debut novel, Kid Sterling, and she marks its release with a list of inspiring books tha …

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Most Anticipated: Our 2020 Fall Poetry Preview

By 49th Shelf Staff

Our Fall Preview continues with poetry, an intriguing selection of debuts, collected works, and excellent new releases.

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Shelf Talkers: Books for Summer 2020

Shelf Talkers: Books for Summer 2020

By Robert J Wiersema

Here are our booksellers’ picks for your endless summer days. And if you exhaust this list, remember, more recommendat …

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The Chat with Madhur Anand

The Chat with Madhur Anand

By Trevor Corkum

Our first conversation this month is with writer Madhur Anand, whose brilliant experimental memoir This Red Line Goes St …

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Awesome August Giveaway

Awesome August Giveaway

By Kiley Turner

We hope you've had some wonderful summer escapes by now – we all deserve some magic this season! Today, we're highligh …

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Let's Get Out of This Town: Literary Travel

By Kerry Clare

Journey through place and time with this collection of new and forthcoming travel books, spotlighting some of the best t …

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Ann Eriksson Launches BIRD'S EYE VIEW

By Kerry Care

"Anyone, young or old, who wants to learn more about the birds that live in their neighbourhood or on the other side of …

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The Chat with John Elizabeth Stintzi

The Chat with John Elizabeth Stintzi

By Trevor Corkum

Writer John Elizabeth Stinzi has the distinction of publishing two fabulous debuts a week apart this past spring. On The …

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Bird Books

By Julie Booker

A flock of tales to get young readers into birding.

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Jordan Abel

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We are pleased to present the inaugural episode of The Interruption, a podcast hosted by Sean Cranbury and a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration.

In The Interruption, Sean interviews Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

Sean Cranbury is a writer, media maker, literary event organizer, and itinerant mixologist living and working in east Vancouver. He is the creator and host of Books on the Radio, co-Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series, and curator of Storm Crow Reading Series. He's also a former independent bookseller, and managing editor for House of Parlance Media; indie publisher of spoken word poetry and manga.

Today Sean interrupts Jordan Abel, a Nisga'a writer living in Vancouver.

Abel's conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology through the technique of erasure. He has been described as “a master carver of the page” who passes the work of sculpture along to the reader “who reads, and rereads, i …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Nancy Lee

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

Today, I chat with Nancy Lee, author of the new novel, The Age. Of The Age, Annabel Lyon says:

"Nancy Lee has created a world of contradictions for our times: thoughtful terrorists, naive cynics, children as parents, girls who dream as boys. In sharply poetic prose, she delineates a world of gorgeous horrors and eerie loves.”

Nancy Lee lived her early years in England before immigrating to Canada. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has taught at the Simon Fraser University Writing and Publishing Program, and is the former Associate Director of the Booming Ground Writers Community.

Lee’s first book of fiction, Dead Girls, was named Book of the Year by NOW Magazine, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literar …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Richard Rosenbaum

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio podcast in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process. The Interruption is now generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Richard Rosenbaum, the author of Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ECW Press, 2014). Here's what one reviewer (Vic Sage, at Retroist) had to say about the book:

"The highest praise I can give to Richard Rosenbaum is that while his book is quite educational and smartly written [it is] enormously humorous .... during my first read through I kept imagining the author and I sitting at a restaurant just chatting about characters that we loved very much .... He proudly announces in the first few pages …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio podcast in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process. The Interruption is now generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer, authors of The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System, described by Michele Marko in the Vancouver Sun as "a riveting and anxiety-inducing read." It's the story of Micheal's two-year battle to regain sobriety and his encounters with a sorry state of recovery resources afforded to him.

Michael Pond is a psychotherapist practicing in West Vancouver who specializes in mental health and addictions and is now four and a half years sober. He offers individual, family, and group therapy and has become an expert in residential school abuse healing and addiction recovery. H …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Avi Silberstein

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Avi Silberstein, author of Human Solutions, a 1980s-Chile-based political thriller that Carmen Aguirre calls "gripping, disturbing, darkly funny, and impossible to put down."

Avi was born in Chile, and he is a librarian in British Columbia, Canada. His short stories have appeared in publications including The New Quarterly and Grain. Human Solutions is his first novel.

The first segment is the interview, while in the second, Avi reads from Human Solutions.

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