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The Interruption With Kristi Charish

Hi everyone! Welcome back to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

Today I speak with author Kristi Charish about leaving a career in science for a life in writing and how she finds inspiration in RPG-style video games.


Kristi is an author, a scientist, and an RPG enthusiast who possesses a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She is also the author of a new book called Owl and the Japanese Circus, out this year from Simon and Schuster Canada. It’s an urban fantasy about an ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief. Available in paperback wherever fine books are sold.

You can find out more about Kristi and her work online at

The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the first podcast features my conversation with Kristi. The second podcast features a reading from the early part of Owl a …

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Kristi Charish: Canadian Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Book Cover Owl and the Japanese CIrcus

Kristi Charish's debut novel is Owl and the Japanese Circus, about the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day "Indiana Jane" who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. The book draws on Charish's own background in science and archeology, and joins a fine tradition of Canadian Sci-Fi/Fantasy writing. In this recommended reading list, Charish tells us more about that tradition, and how she has been inspired by it. 


As I’m an urban fantasy author, I thought it’d be appropriate to come up with a mix of Canadian authors I consider essential reads. I’ll be the first to admit it’s an eclectic list—a couple speculative fiction literary greats alongside adventure and urban fantasy authors, and a few who toe the line somewhere in between. That said, they all do have one thing in common. They’ve heavily influenced the Canadian Sci-Fi/Fantasy landscape and this (very) new author’s own writing.

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Robert J Sawyer

With 21 novels, a Nebula Award, Hugo Award, John W. Campbell Memorial Award, (one of only 7 sci-fi authors in the world to win a …

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