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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 Chats With Carrie Snyder

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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 Carrie Snyder, whose novel, Girl Runner, has just been shortlisted for the 2014 Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Carrie discusses the true story fuelling her book: the 1929 Olympics in which elite Canadian women runners were allowed to compete in the 800-metre race—as well as the subsequent historical forces squeezing women athletes out of competition. Carrie also talks about the weirdness accompanying the wonderfulness of being nominated for a major lit award.

In the second podcast, Carrie reads from Girl Run …

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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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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Nancy Lee

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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.

Today, I chat with Nancy Lee, author of the new novel, The Age. Of The Age, Annabel Lyon says:

"Nancy Lee has created a world of contradictions for our times: thoughtful terrorists, naive cynics, children as parents, girls who dream as boys. In sharply poetic prose, she delineates a world of gorgeous horrors and eerie loves.”

Nancy Lee lived her early years in England before immigrating to Canada. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has taught at the Simon Fraser University Writing and Publishing Program, and is the former Associate Director of the Booming Ground Writers Community.

Lee’s first book of fiction, Dead Girls, was named Book of the Year by NOW Magazine, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literar …

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The Interruption: Sean Cranbury Interviews Jordan Abel

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We are pleased to present the inaugural episode of The Interruption, a podcast hosted by Sean Cranbury and a 49th Shelf–Books on the Radio collaboration.

In The Interruption, Sean interviews Canadian writers about the surprising things that inform, inspire, and even interrupt their creative process.

Sean Cranbury is a writer, media maker, literary event organizer, and itinerant mixologist living and working in east Vancouver. He is the creator and host of Books on the Radio, co-Creative Director of the Real Vancouver Writers' Series, and curator of Storm Crow Reading Series. He's also a former independent bookseller, and managing editor for House of Parlance Media; indie publisher of spoken word poetry and manga.

Today Sean interrupts Jordan Abel, a Nisga'a writer living in Vancouver.

Abel's conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology through the technique of erasure. He has been described as “a master carver of the page” who passes the work of sculpture along to the reader “who reads, and rereads, i …

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