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The Interruption With Russell Thornton

Welcome to a special edition of The Interruption. Today and for the next few episodes we will be featuring interviews with and readings by the Canadian poets who have been short listed for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.

Today I am speaking with North Vancouver poet Russell Thornton whose book of poems, The Hundred Lives, was published by Quattro Books and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Russell Thornton has published five previous books of poetry, with House Built of Rain being shortlisted for the BC Book Prize and the ReLit Poetry Award and Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain shortlisted for the 2013 Governor General’s Award. Thornton won the League of Canadian Poets National Contest in 2000 and The Fiddlehead magazine’s Ralph Gustafson Prize in 2009. He lives in North Vancouver.

The Interruption is 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. The first podcast is my conversation with Russell, while the second is his reading from The Hundred Lives.

Thanks to our friends at the Griffin Poetry Prize for being so helpful in arranging these interviews.

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The Interruption With Shane Book

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Welcome to a special edition of The Interruption. Today and for the next few episodes we will be featuring interviews with and readings by the Canadian poets who have been shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.

Today I’m speaking with Shane Book, who is an award-winning poet and filmmaker. He was educated at the University of Victoria, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Stanford University where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His writing has appeared in more than twenty anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. Shane’s most recent book of poems, Congotronic, is published by House of Anansi Press and is shortlisted for the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize.

The Interruption is 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.

Thanks to our friends at the Griffin Poetry Prize for being so helpful in arranging these interviews.

The first podcast is my conversation with Shane, an …

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The Interruption With John Vaillant

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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 chat with the masterful John Vaillant, author of the new novel The Jaguar’s Children, out now from Knopf Canada. John is a hugely talented writer who has won almost every prize available including The Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Pearson’s Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, the CBA Ex Libris for Non-Fiction Book of the Year and many more. His work has been translated in 15 languages around the world.  He lives in Vancouver and you can find him online at www.johnvaillant.com and on the twitter at @johnvaillant.

The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the first podcast features my interview with John. The second podcast features a really great reading from The Jaguar’s Children.

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Jennifer LoveGrove

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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 Jennifer LoveGrove, a poet and novelist who divides her time between the bustle of Toronto and walking her dog among the wild turkeys of the Haliburton region. Her poetry collections are The Dagger Between Her Teeth and I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel. Her most recent novel is called Watch How We Walk. All of these titles have been published by ECW Press.

You can find out more about Jennifer and her work at www.jenniferlovegrove.wordpress.com

The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the  first podcast features my interview with Jennifer. The second podcast features Jennifer reading from a series of new, unpublished poems.

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Matt Rader

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Welcome 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.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Matt Rader, whose most recent book is a collection of stories titled What I Want to Tell Goes Like This (Nightwood Editions). Matt has also published three books of poems: A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle Over The River Arno, Living Things, and Miraculous Hours. His poems, stories, and non-fiction have appeared in The Walrus, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, The Journey Prize Anthology, as well as many other publications around the world. He has also been nominated for numerous awards including the Gerald L …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Michael Winter

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Welcome 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.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Michael Winter, whose novels (including This All Happened, The Big Why, The Architects Were Here, and The Death of Donna Whalen) have variously won the Writers’ Trust Notable Author Award and been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.

Michael has now ventured out of fiction to write Into the Blizzard: Walking the Fields of the Newfoundland Dead, which as its jacket copy notes, is …

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The Interruption: Arthur Slade Reads from The Hunchback Assignments

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration in which Sean Cranbury interviews Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, Sean chats with Arthur Slade, author of The Hunchback Assignments series, whose first volume won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and whose second volume, The Dark Deeps, was a finalist for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Slade is also the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Saskatchewan …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Michael Crummey

Welcome 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.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with poet and storyteller Michael Crummey. Michael is the Newfoundland-born and raised author of the critically acclaimed novels River Thieves, The Wreckage, Galore, and now Sweetland, as well as half a dozen well-loved poetry collections and a book of short stories. River Thieves was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and longlisted for the IMPAC Award; it won the Thomas Head Raddall Award. Galore was shortlisted for the 2011 IMPAC Award and admired as recently as yesterday on 49th Shelf's The Recommend.

In the first podcast, Michael talks about productive and not so productive interruptions in his writing life (hint: doing nothing is sometimes essential). In the second podcast, he reads from …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Zsuzsi Gartner

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Welcome 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.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Zsuzsi Gartner, the author of the short fiction collections Better Living Through Plastic Explosives and All the Anxious Girls on Earth, and the editor of Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow. Her stories have been widely anthologized, and broadcast on CBC and NPR’s Selected Shorts. Better Living Through Plastic Explosives was shortlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize.

In the first podcast, Sean and Zsuzsi explore the idea of what can be a productive interruption in a writer's life, as well as the questions Zsuzsi thinks are essential to ask when considering what book one wants to put out in the world. In the second podcast, Zsuzsi reads from a new, unfinished short story, "The Secret Life of Plants."

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Avi Silberstein

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Welcome 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.

The Interruption is generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Avi Silberstein, author of Human Solutions, a 1980s-Chile-based political thriller that Carmen Aguirre calls "gripping, disturbing, darkly funny, and impossible to put down."

Avi was born in Chile, and he is a librarian in British Columbia, Canada. His short stories have appeared in publications including The New Quarterly and Grain. Human Solutions is his first novel.

The first segment is the interview, while in the second, Avi reads from Human Solutions.

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio podcast in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process. The Interruption is now generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer, authors of The Couch of Willingness: An Alcoholic Therapist Battles the Bottle and a Broken Recovery System, described by Michele Marko in the Vancouver Sun as "a riveting and anxiety-inducing read." It's the story of Micheal's two-year battle to regain sobriety and his encounters with a sorry state of recovery resources afforded to him.

Michael Pond is a psychotherapist practicing in West Vancouver who specializes in mental health and addictions and is now four and a half years sober. He offers individual, family, and group therapy and has become an expert in residential school abuse healing and addiction recovery. H …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Richard Rosenbaum

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Welcome to The Interruption, a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio podcast in which I interview Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process. The Interruption is now generously sponsored by The UBC Creative Writing Program, celebrating 50 years of excellence in creative writing. Programs include undergraduate minor and major degrees, Masters of Fine Arts in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world! For more information visit creativewriting.ubc.ca.

Today, I chat with Richard Rosenbaum, the author of Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ECW Press, 2014). Here's what one reviewer (Vic Sage, at Retroist) had to say about the book:

"The highest praise I can give to Richard Rosenbaum is that while his book is quite educational and smartly written [it is] enormously humorous .... during my first read through I kept imagining the author and I sitting at a restaurant just chatting about characters that we loved very much .... He proudly announces in the first few pages …

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