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Shelf Exposure, Ep. 5: Jane Silcott

Jane Silcott

Shelf Exposure goes something like this. We give writers a chance to go away and look over their shelves. They come back armed with a theme, a short list of books that match the same criteria. They've also been given a seemingly random list of requests: Show us a book with a circle on the cover. Show us a paperback that flaps nicely. Show us a book you'd never lend out. Show us a book that makes you angry.

Jane Silcott, author of the personal essay collection Everything Rustles (Anvil Press) does just that, and more!

Bring out your books! Show us your goods! Expose your shelf!



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About Everything Rustles: In this debut collection of personal essays, Silcott looks at the tangle of midlife, the long look back, the shorter look forward, and the moments right now that shimmer and rustle around her: marriage, menopause, fear, desire, loss, and that guy on the bus, the woman on the street, wandering bears, marauding llamas, light and laundry rooms. Why do some moments shimmer, while others fade into a quickly growing morass of "I can't remember?"

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Emily Pohl-Weary on Turning Your Passions into Your Job

Emily Pohl-Weary

Who wouldn't want to turn their passions into their trade? With roots in D.I.Y. culture, Emily Pohl-Weary has been doing it her way for years with all paths leading to more opportunities. Now with five books, a series of comics, and a literary magazine, Kiss Machine, under her belt, her latest book—the teen novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl—(Penguin Razorbill in Canada and Skyscape in the U.S.) is set to be released on readers this September.

49th Shelf sat down to chat with Emily at The Academy of the Impossible, co-founded with Jesse Hirsh in 2011. The Academy is a community learning centre in Toronto where people teach each other how to achieve their dreams. It's the Hogwarts School for Social Good.

Emily's also the founder of the Toronto Street Writers, a free writing group for inner-city youth.

What's impossible? Nothing, if you set your heart and time to it. In this podcast, she talks about her famed grandparents, science fiction writers, Judith Merril and Frederik Pohl, winning a Hugo Award, and how to create an escape from the harsh realities of being a teenager.


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Podcast: Julie Rak on the Plight of the Narcissistic Memoirist

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Memoir is huge. Whether it will be forever, or for much longer, is up for debate. For now, memoir is hotter than a snake's belly caught in a wagon rut!

In this podcast, we talk with author Julie Rak whose latest book is Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). We discuss the book that signalled the birth of memoir mania and attempt to answer the question "Are all memoirists narcissists?" Of course, we'll chew on why Oprah needed so badly to throw James Frey under the bus, and more!

Julie Rak is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. Her current research is about autobiography and biography for mass markets.


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EXCLUSIVE PODCAST: In Conversation With Marina Endicott (The IFOA Edition)

Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault and The Little Shadows.

I first met Marina Endicott at the unveiling of the 2010 Canada Reads during my stint as online guest host of the CBC Book Club. We clicked immediately. She's easy with a laugh, tells a great story and is a gracious conversationalist. So, it was a pleasure to go another round with this grand dame in a hotel room overlooking the Toronto harbour while she's in town for the 2011 International Festival of Authors.

Grab a cuppa, because we yammer on for about twenty (glorious and action-packed) minutes. Topics covered include: youthful self-awareness, family theatre productions, The Partridge Family and the "matter" of literary awards. It all ends with a rousing melodramatic reading from Marina's latest novel The Little Shadows (Doubleday Canada), a particular treat because it's a passage she's never performed in front of an audience.

We begin our scene mid-conversation. Two women appear to be discussing death and dragonflies. Let's listen in, shall we?

Marina Endicott has several appearances left on her IFOA schedule. See below for all details.

Thursday, October 27, 8:00 p.m.
Fleck, A Verse Comedy
The IFOA hosts a reading of Fleck, A Verse Comedy featuring Linwood Barclay, Alan Bissett, Marina Endicott, Jim Fleck, Brian Francis, Rodge Glass, C.C. Humphreys, Helen Hum …

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Brick Books' Poetry Podcast Channel: A Fantastic Point of Discovery


A poem on a page has its own power, but the poem comes alive in an entirely different and more accessible way when read aloud by the person who's written it. This kind of aural experience is the whole point of Brick Books' Poetry Podcast Channel, launched in celebration of Brick Books' 35 years publishing poetry. The channel is an obvious treasure trove for hardcore poetry fans, but also represents a fantastic point of discovery for booklovers who are not yet well-versed in verse (but would like to be!).

Already boasting works read by poets Karen Connelly, A.F. Moritz, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Dennis Lee, and John Reibetanz, the site promises recordings to come by Karen Solie, David Seymour, Helen Humphreys, Margaret Avison and more. The project is being produced and publicized by Julie Wilson of Book Madam & Associates, who explains, "Podcasting naturally lends itself to the performed voice, so why wouldn't a poetry publisher take advantage of 35 years' worth of poetic voices? This channel has the potential to be an extremely powerful archive of some of this country's greatest poets. That can't be underestimated, and it's worthy of great celebration."

The project releases poetry from the confines of the page and puts it out into the world on the internet, where users …

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