So Many Writers, All in One Place


One of the best things we ever did at 49th Shelf was asking Trevor Corkum to join our team to lead the interview series, The Chat. For the past two years, Trevor has been talking with some of Canada's most exciting writers about their books and the stories behind them, and while you can always check to see the latest instalments at, this post groups all the interviews to date for your ready reference.

Thanks to Trevor for this tremendous body of work, and stay tuned for Trevor's interviews with both 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General's Literary Award finalists!


Jordan Abel (Injun)

Carmen Aguirre (Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter)

André Alexis (Fifteen Dogs)

Karim Alrawi (Book of Sands)

Samuel Archibald (Arvida)

Mona Awad (13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl)

Gary Barwin (Yiddish for Pirates)

Kris Bertin (Bad Things Happen)

Paul Carlucci (A Plea for Constant Motion)

Michael Christie (If I Fall, If I Die)

Rachel Cusk (Outline)

Farzana Doctor (All Inclusive)

Emma Donoghue (The Wonder)

Anne Fleming (The Goat)

Brett Josef Grubisic (From Up River and For One Night Only)

Kevin Hardcastle (In the Cage)

Michael Harris (Solitude)

Teva Harrison (In-Between Days)

Steven Heighton (The Waking Comes Late)

Catherine Hernandez (Scarborough)

Amy Jones (We're All in This Together)

Joy Kogawa (Gently to Nagasaki)

Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka (Tokyo Digs a Garden)

Martine Leavitt (Calvin)

Lazer Lederhendler (The Party Wall)

Catherine Leroux (The Party Wall)

Jen Sookfong Lee (The Conjoined)

Ashley Little (Niagara Motel)

John Lorinc, Rahim Thawer, and Jane Farrow (Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer)

Elan Mastai (All Our Wrong Todays)

Lisa Moore (Flannery)

Rhonda Mullins (Twenty-One Cardinals)

Colleen Murphy (Pig Girl)

Lori McNulty (Life on Mars)

Pamela Mordecai (Red Jacket)

Hoa Nguyen (Violet Energy Ingots)

Grace O'Connell (Be Ready for the Lightning)

Heather O'Neill (Daydreams of Angels)

Kevin Patterson (News from the Red Desert)

Zoey Leigh Peterson (Next Year, For Sure)

Caroline Pignat (The Gospel Truth)

Jael Ealey Richardson (The Stone Thrower)

Sandra Ridley (Silvija)

Eden Robinson (Son of a Trickster)

Damian Rogers (Dear Leader)

Naben Ruthnum (Curry: Eating, Reading and Race)

Robyn Sarah (My Shoes Are Killing Me)

Anakana Schofield (Martin John)

Gregory Scofield (Witness, I Am)

Vivek Shraya (even this page is white)

Karen Solie (The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out)

Michael V. Smith (Bad Ideas)

Sydney Smith and JonArno Lawson (Sidewalk Flowers)

Jess Taylor (Pauls)

Madeleine Thien (Do Not Say We Have Nothing)

Guy Vanderhaeghe (Daddy Lenin and Other Stories)

Katherena Vermette (The Break)

Bill Waiser (A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905)

Betsy Warland (Oscar of Between)

Zoe Whittall (The Best Kind of People)

Mark L. Winston (Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive)

David Yee (carried away on the crest of a wave)




October 13, 2017
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