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The Chat with Alex Leslie

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Alex Leslie’s fantastic second short story collection, We All Need to Eat (Book*hug), covers the shifting emotional and physical landscapes of a young woman from Vancouver named Soma. The collection moves back and forth through time, tracing Soma’s relationship with lovers, family members, and her own historical ghosts.

The Toronto Star calls the collection “a thematically rich and sophisticated portrait of an individual and her entwined networks” while Kirkus Reviews calls the book “A magnetic collection that must be read over and over.”

Alex Leslie was born and lives in Vancouver. She is the author of the short story collection People Who Disappear (2012) which was nominated for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction and a 2013 ReLit Awar …

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The Chat: 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Roundtable

In honour of all things Griffin, this week’s Chat is a conversation with the three 2018 Canadian Griffin Prize finalists—Billy-Ray Belcourt, Aisha Sasha John, and Donato Mancinci—whose collections are challenging, provocative, and wholly original.

The Chat With Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight’s debut memoir Dear Current Occupant (Bookt*ug) takes a closer look at childhood trauma and the uncertain idea of home. It’s a haunting, experimental, and deeply moving book which follows the author as she returns to many of the apartments she lived in as a young girl.

The Chat With Jessica Westhead

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 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).

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