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The Chat With Jessica Westhead

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Jessica Westhead has an uncanny ability to combine humour and despair in her writing. In her latest collection, Things Not to Do, we meet folks at the end of their rope who still manage to unearth wry and gorgeous moments in their day-to-day lives.

The Toronto Star agrees, stating, “Westhead brings empathy and humour to everyday absurdities with believable and recognizable characters.” Steven Beattie, writing for the Globe and Mail, says her writing “is infused with a generosity that is infectious: It draws a reader in and demands an emotional accounting.”

It’s a pleasure to speak to Jessica about her new work.

Jessica Westhead’s fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, selected for the Journey Prize anthology, and nominated for a Na …

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The Chat With Kevin Chong

A modern-day story of infectious disease and rising social inequality, The Plague is Kevin Chong’s take on Camus’ classic novel, set in present-day Vancouver.

The Chat With Erin Frances Fisher

It’s not every day you come across a collection of short stories with settings as diverse as revolutionary Paris, the moons of Saturn, and the ice roads of the Northwest Territories. But that’s exactly what Erin Frances Fisher offers up in her stellar debut, That Tiny Life.

The Chat with Djamila Ibrahim

Djamila Ibrahim has put together a moving and timely debut collection fiction called Things Are Good Now, out this month with House of Anansi Press. This week, she’s our guest on The Chat.

The Chat with Canisia Lubrin

Today on The Chat, a conversation with Canisia Lubrin, author of the superb debut collection of poems, Voodoo Hypothesis.

The Chat with Jordan Tannahill

This week on The Chat, we speak to Jordan Tannahill, interdisciplinary artist and author of the much-anticipated debut novel, Liminal (House of Anansi Press).

The Chat with Carleigh Baker

Next up on The Chat, we speak to Carleigh Baker, author of the sensational short story collection Bad Endings, a finalist for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

The Chat with Ahmad Danny Ramadan

We begin The Chat in 2018 with a conversation with Ahmad Danny Ramadan, author of the stirring debut novel The Clothesline Swing (Nightwood Editions). A journey through the aftermath of the Arab Spring, The Clothesline Swing is “an enthralling tale of courage that weaves through the mountains of Syria, the valleys of Lebanon, the encircling seas of Turkey, the heat of Egypt and finally, the hope of a new home in Canada.”

The Chat with Tanya Talaga

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.

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).

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