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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Michael Winter


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.

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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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