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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 Jane Munro

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Hi everyone! 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 am speaking with Vancouver poet Jane Munro, whose book of poems, Blue Sonoma, was published by Brick Books in 2014. Jane is the author of five previous books of poetry, most recently Active Pass (2010) and Point No Point (2006). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, and been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award.

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.*****

 

 

 

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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.

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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 www.kristicharish.com/.

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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The Interruption with Marianne Apostolides

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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 Marianne Apostolides, author of the provocative, sensual new novel Sophrosyne (BookThug).

Marianne is a prolific author whose other works include Voluptuous Pleasure: the Truth About the Writing Life, and Swim: a Novel, both also from BookThug. In this really excellent conversation Marianne discusses how Sophrosyne "made [her] psyche crackle a bit," the mystery of how a narrative unfolds for her, the difficulty of restraint and self-mastery in a digital age, and how she abandoned the manuscript for Sophrosyne ... and what brought her back to it.

The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the first podcast features my interview with Marianne. The second podcast features a unique reading from Sophrosyne. Thank you for listening.

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The Interruption With Peter Darbyshire

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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.On today's episode I speak with Peter Darbyshire—aka Peter Roman—about his new book, The Dead Hamlets, published in February 2015 by Chizine Publications. Peter Darbyshire is the winner of the Re-Lit Award for Best Novel for his first book, Please.

His second literary fiction work, The Warhol Gang, was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. He writes speculative fiction under the alias Peter Roman and has published two novels in this series.We talk today about the problems with genre, the difficult confinement of literary fiction, and the freedom allowed by pseudonyms.

Peter Darbyshire lives in a safehouse outside Vancouver and can be found virtually at peterdarbyshire.com. The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the first podcast features my interview with Peter. The second podcas …

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The Interruption With Sean Michaels

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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 Sean Michaels, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel, Us Conductors, and creator of the influential music blog, Said the Grammophone. Sean's writing has been published in all the high quality places such as The Guardian, The Believer, Pitchfork, Maisonneuve, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post. He cut his teeth on the web and won Canada's biggest prize for fiction with one of those print book artifacts (Us Conductors). He has won a couple of Canadian National Magazine Awards and is basically amazing. You can find out more about Us Conductors online at http://usconductors.byseanmichaels.com/ and you can find his writing about music and culture at http://saidthegramophone.com/

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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 Kaleigh Trace

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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 Halifax resident Kaleigh Trace. Kaleigh is a disabled, queer feminist; sex educator; and author of Hot, Wet, and Shaking, How I Learned to Talk About Sex, published by Invisible Publishing. Her work has appeared in The Coast, The Huffington Post, CRIT, The Tide, and her own blog: The Fucking Facts (thefuckingfacts.com).

The Interruption always features two podcast selections for your listening enjoyment: the first podcast features my interview with Kaleigh. The second podcast features her reading from an early chapter in Hot, Wet, and Shaking.

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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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