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The Chat with Tanya Talaga

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Today we are in conversation with Tanya Talaga. Her hard-hitting and important Seven Fallen Feathers tells the story of seven Indigenous teenagers who have gone missing in Thunder Bay over the past several years. Throughout the narrative, she unpacks the legacy of the residential school system and explores how ongoing colonialism and bureaucratic indifference impact Indigenous youth in Northern Ontario. The book was a finalist for this year’s Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust of Canada Prize for Nonfiction.

According to The Walrus, "Seven Fallen Feathers is a must-read for all Canadians. It shows us where we came from, where we’re at, and what we need to do to make the country a better place for us all."

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The Chat with Governor General's Award Winners David Alexander Robertson & Julie Flett

In the final installment in in our Governor General Award special edition of The Chat, we speak to David Alexander Robertson and Julie Flett. Their book, When We Were Alone, won the 2017 Governor General's Award for Young People’s Literature (Illustration).

The Chat with 2017 Governor General's Award Winner (for Translation) Oana Avasilichioaei

Today we’re in conversation with Oana Avasilichioaei, translator of Bertrand Laverdure’s novel Lectodôme. Her English translation, Readopolis (BookThug) is the winner of this year’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation (French to English).

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 Award winner for Fiction.

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 of the work. “Hiro Kanagawa masterfully navigates the tension between Indigenous and settler identities as they work to figure out how we can live together. Mythic. Heart-breaking. Poetic."

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 On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood (Buckrider Books/Wolsak and Wynn) is the 2017 GG's winner for English-language poetry.

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 has been talking with some of Canada's most exciting writers about their books and the stories behind them.

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 receiving rave reviews across the country.

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 series published by Coach House Books.

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 their group of childhood friends. Caught as a bystander on a hijacking on a New York City bus, Veda is forced to re-evaluate her past.

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 Kid, who accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, but hears rumours of a goat living on the roof of her building and decides to investigate.

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 world constantly demanding our attention.

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 most diverse cities.

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.

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