The Chat

With Trevor Corkum

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).

The Giller jury citation reads “French or English, stick or twist, Chevy or Ford? Michelle Winters has written an original, off-beat novel that explores the gaps between what people are and what they want to be. For a short book I am a Truck is bursting with huge appetites, for love and le rock-and-roll and cheese, for male friendship and takeout tea with the bag left in. Within the novel’s distinctive Acadian setting French and English co-exist like old friends – comfortable, supple to each other’s whims and rhythms, sometimes bickering but always contributing to this fine, very funny, fully-achieved novel about connection and misunderstanding. And trucks.”

Michelle Winters is a writer, painter, and translator from Saint John, NB. She was nominated for the 2011 Journey Prize and her work has been published in Thi …

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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.

The Chat: A Griffin Poetry Prize Special With Canadian Finalist Jordan Abel

The next installment of our 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize special edition of The Chat features our conversation with Jordan Abel, author of the collection Injun.

The Chat: A Griffin Poetry Prize Special With Canadian Finalist Hoa Nguyen

We are delighted to partner with the Griffin Prize in celebrating the three Canadian finalists over the next week. First up is Hoa Nguyen, author of Violet Energy Ingots.

The Chat With Michael V. Smith

Today I'm in conversation with Michael V. Smith, author of a brand spanking new collection of poems, Bad Ideas (Nightwood Editions). Bad Ideas “deals heavily in themes of family, sexuality, spirituality, life and death. Smith’s poetry is moving, beautifully written and heartfelt.”

The Chat With Catherine Hernandez

We start off May in conversation with Catherine Hernandez, a multi-genre artist whose savvy debut novel Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been generating lots of buzz.

The Chat With Elan Mastai

This week we’re in conversation with Elan Mastai, author of the much-buzzed about debut novel All Our Wrong Todays.

The Chat With Eden Robinson

We start this month on The Chat in conversation with Eden Robinson, author of the much-heralded new novel Son of a Trickster, the first in her Trickster trilogy.

The Chat With Paul Carlucci

In this week’s Chat, I’m in conversation with Paul Carlucci, author of the deeply compelling new short story collection A Plea for Constant Motion.

The Chat With Lori McNulty

We start this month on The Chat in conversation with Vancouver writer Lori McNulty, author of the sizzling collection Life on Mars.

The Chat With Ashley Little

This week, we’re in conversation with Ashley Little. Her new novel, Niagara Motel, tells the story of Tucker Malone, an eleven-year-old boy who sets out on a journey across North American in search of his birth father, whom he believes to be Sam Malone from Cheers.

The Chat with Zoey Leigh Peterson

It’s a pleasure to be in conversation this week with Vancouver writer Zoey Leigh Peterson. Her sublime first novel,

Peterson, Zoey Leigh -- credit Vivienne McMaster

is out this month with Doubleday Canada.

The Chat With Jen Sookfong Lee

What happens when an adult daughter finds the corpses of two teenaged girls at the bottom of her dead mother’s freezer? That’s at the heart of Jen Sookfong Lee’s latest novel, The Conjoined.

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