NeWest Press Audio (general)

Collin Doyle joins us at the NeWest Press office to talk about his play collection THE MIGHTY CARLINS, as well as some hairbrained get-rich-quick schemes and the subtleties of stage directions.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

The prolific Garry Ryan joins us to talk about the tenth Detective Lane mystery, SEA OF CORTEZ. We also discuss the stereotypical "Ugly Canadian" as well as the surprising heroic turn by one of Lane's supporting cast in this novel.

 

For more information about Garry Ryan and the Detective Lane novels, go to www.garryryan.ca.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

Emilia Danielewska drops in to talk about her debut poetry publication PAPER CASKETS, which is part of our new Crow Said Poetry series.

Along the way, we talk about how writing something down is essentially killing it, and how in Victorian times you might only get one chance for a selfie.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

Theanna Bischoff (Cleavage, Swallow) joins General Manager Matt Bowes to talk about her new literary thriller LEFT.

Along the way we talk about the baby imagery in the book (featuring a real-live baby!) and when the most dangerous time to be in Calgary is.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

Rosie Chard joined us to kick off the Fall 2018 season with her tale of professional snoopers THE EAVESDROPPERS. We also talk about failed British science experiments and the best way to listen to your neighbours.

More information on Rosie Chard can be found at: rosiechard.org

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

Multi-genre author Darusha Wehm joined us at the office to discuss THE HOME FOR WAYWARD PARROTS, as well as the New Zealand author scene and which animals are the worst to meet while sailing.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Author and poet Sean Arthur Joyce joins us to discuss his new novel Mountain Blues, as well as survival strategies for city slickers in small towns as well as hyper-competent cats.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:49pm EST

Author A.J. Devlin joins us to talk about his debut mystery novel COBRA CLUTCH, as well as Vancouver, hardboiled influences and wrasslin'!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

Author Kayla Geitzler joins us to discuss the first book in NeWest Press' new poetry series, Crow Said Poetry, That Light Feeling Under Your Feet. We also talked about weird habits of the rich, when marketing copy goes wrong, and why you might not have gotten any ice cream on your last cruise voyage.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

Author David Martin joins us to discuss one of the two inaugrual entries in the Crow Said Poetry series, Tar Swan. Along the way, we discuss the toll oilsands extraction takes on the soul, and which mythological creatures seem the most ornery.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm EST

Author Phyllis Rudin joins us to talk about her new novel My True and Complete Adventures as a Wannabe Voyageur. Along the way, we discuss what it's like to work in a museum, literary influences, and May/December friendships.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Author Taylor Lambert joins us to talk about his latest non-fiction book Darwin's Moving. Along the way, we discussed the stratified nature of Calgary, Canadians' unwillingness to talk about class, and the differences and similarities between Alberta's two great cities.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EST

Author Karen Hofmann joins us to discuss her new novel What Is Going To Happen Next. Along the way we discuss an aspect of violence not often seen in literary fiction, as well as the way BC can shape individual liberties.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

Author Greg Rhyno joins us to talk about his debut novel To Me You Seem Giant. Along the way, we discuss adaptation and isolation in Thunder Bay, as well as the interaction between mixtapes and literary fiction.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Author Robert Pepper-Smith joins us to talk about his new publication The Orchard Keepers, which collects his earlier novels The Wheel Keeper and House of Spells and an all new book called Sanctuary. Along the way, he talks about how closely some of his characters resemble his own experiences, as well as how writing has a lot to do with sculpting.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:06pm EST

Author Sarah de Leeuw joins us to talk about her new essay collection Where it Hurts, as well as developments in Northern B.C., the difference between writing non-fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as how she gets essays published.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm EST

Author Jennifer Bowering Delisle talks about her new book The Bosun Chair, a work that combines poetry, newspaper clippings and interviews to try and better understand her family's connection to Newfoundland.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

Author Steven Peters talks about his debut novel 59 Glass Bridges, as well as Calgary's mysterious pedway system and the influence of Dante, Calvino and Carroll on his work.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm EST

Author Rudy Wiebe talks about his new essay collection Where the Truth Lies, as well as Edmonton's place in the Canadian literature scene, how to get better at public speaking, and what it was like to have his first novel set off a critical firestorm.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

Author Jenny Ferguson talks about her flash fiction novel BORDER MARKERS, the elusive nature of this form of writing, as well as what it was like living in the bifurcated city of Lloydminster in high school.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm EST

Victoria author Kevin Couture talks about his short story collection LOST ANIMAL CLUB, as well as his literary influences, how his upbringing in small-town B.C. comes through in his work and more!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Calgary author Lauralyn Chow talks about her book of short stories PAPER TEETH, which revolves around the Lee family and their experiences living in '70s Edmonton, Alberta.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Alberta author Susanna Pfisterer talks about her biography of her father, FIFTY PERCENT OF MOUNTAINEERING IS UPHILL, as well as how mountaineering has changed over the years.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

Edmonton poet Walter Hildebrandt stopped by the NeWest Press offices to talk about his new collection DOCUMENTARIES, as well as the difference between writing poetry and history, and his ever-evolving poetic process.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

Edmonton author Myrna Kostash talks about her new work of creative non-fiction The Seven Oaks Reader, as well as researching events from two hundred years ago and the changing perception of historical events.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

Edmonton author Mark Lisac talks about the transition from journalism to fiction, the current political climate in Alberta, and reads from his debut novel Where The Bodies Lie.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

Saskatchewan author Lisa Guenther talks about her debut novel FRIENDLY FIRE, violence against women, and the healing power of music.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Author Wendi Stewart talks about her debut novel MEADOWLARK, and the challenges of transforming childhood tragedy into uplift.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

Episode #46: R.W. Gray/ENTROPIC

R.W. Gray talks about his new story collection ENTROPIC, the limits of magical realism, and the burden of being beautiful.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Episode #45: Hollie Adams/THINGS YOU'VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER

Hollie Adams talks about her new novel THINGS YOU'VE INHERITED FROM YOUR MOTHER, using laughter as an outlet for grief, and the addictive challenge of writing in the second person.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

Episode #44: Ken Cameron/DEAR JOHNNY DEERE

Playwright Ken Cameron talks about the creation of his new musical DEAR JOHNNY DEERE, and the Fred Eaglesmith songs that inspired it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:53pm EST

Episode #43: Gerald Hill/HILLSDALE BOOK

Poet Gerald Hill talks about his epic, episodic HILLSDALE BOOK and the Regina suburb that inspired it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

Episode #42: Sean Trinder/THE GUY WHO PUMPS YOUR GAS HATES YOU

Sean Trinder talks about his debut novel THE GUY WHO PUMPS YOUR GAS HATES YOU, its unprintable original title, his various stints working at real-life gas stations, and why he hesitates to tell people he's a writer.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EST

Welder/boilermaker/author Rick Ranson talks about his new book BITTERSWEET SANDS, and the firsthand realities of working in the Fort McMurray oilsands.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

Edmonton writer Wendy McGrath talks about her luminous new novel NORTH EAST, vanishing neighbourhoods, and the imaginative world of childhood.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:24pm EST

Episode #39: Marguerite Pigeon/SOME EXTREMELY BORING DRIVES

Marguerite Pigeon discusses her new story collection SOME EXTREMELY BORING DRIVES, long-distance endurance racing, bullfighting, cat-catching, and her attempt to emulate Franz Kafka.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Episode #38: Laurence Miall/BLIND SPOT

Laurence Miall talks about his new novel BLIND SPOT, the virtues of setting a book in an unglamourous city like Edmonton, and the challenges of writing a book with what some might call an "unlikable" protagonist.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

D.B. Carew talks about his experiences as a first-time novelist, and how his day job as a social worker at a forensic psychiatric hospital informed his new thriller THE KILLER TRAIL.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Karen Hofmann talks about her new novel AFTER ALICE, sibling rivalry, orchard life, whether elderly characters are different from youthful characters, and the art of describing the natural world.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

Episode #35: Chris Craddock/PUBLIC SPEAKING AND OTHER PLAYS

Edmonton actor/playwright/improviser/screenwriter/TV star Chris Craddock talks about his new collection of theatrical monologues, PUBLIC SPEAKING AND OTHER PLAYS, as well as Ayn Rand acolytes, amateur porn stars, and electric chair designers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

Calgary author Garry Ryan talks about his latest Detective Lane crime novel FOXED, the challenges of writing a novel series, the secret of his impressively prolific literary output, and future directions for the Lane books.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EST

Marissa Reaume talks about her debut novel SHALLOW ENOUGH TO WALK THROUGH, magical realism, and the hidden charms of Windsor, Ontario.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

Thea Bowering talks about her new collection of short stories, LOVE AT LAST SIGHT, the concept of the flaneur, and the reasons why men still read Henry Miller.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EST

Poet Meredith Quartermain talks about the challenges of writing her first novel, RUPERT'S LAND, the evolution of gender roles, and the effect of the vast prairie landscape upon the people who inhabit it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EST

Rosie Chard discusses her new novel THE INSISTENT GARDEN, the challenges of writing a second novel, and the differences between flower gardeners and vegetable gardeners.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Steve Hanon talks about his research into the worst mine disaster in Canadian history, the Hillcrest explosion of 1914, and the human stories that populate his nonfiction book THE DEVIL'S BREATH.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

Rebecca Campbell talks about life as a modern-day academic, life as a 1920s vaudeville performer, and how those two types of lives combine in her new novel THE PARADISE ENGINE.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm EST

Marguerite Pigeon talks about her new kidnapping thriller OPEN PIT, and how her own experiences working with social-justice organizations in Latin America informed its themes.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

Poet Jenna Butler discusses her new book SELDOM SEEN ROAD and the surprising similarities between female prairie pioneers and the butterflies in the regions they settled.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

The new season of NeWest Press Audio kicks off with an interview with BELINDA'S RINGS author Corinna Chong, who talks about crop circles, precocious children, and who *did* eat the cherry pie.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

Nonfiction author Elizabeth McLachlan talks about the inspiring resilience of small Canadian towns, and their surprising ability to reinvent themselves economically.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Calgary author Garry Ryan, most famous for his series of Detective Lane mysteries, talks about his first foray into historical fiction: the WWII aviation adventure BLACKBIRDS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

Fran Kimmel joins us from Lacombe to talk about her new novel THE SHORE GIRL, her attraction to outsider characters, and the challenges of writing about a main character from the point of view of a group of characters who barely know her at all.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

Calgary writer Theanna Bischoff talks about her new novel SWALLOW, the complexities of sister-sister relationships, and the challenges of writing a book about suicide without alienating potential readers.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm EST

Calgary playwright Clem Martini discusses his new collection MARTINI WITH A TWIST, ponders the usefulness of absurdity, and reveals which part of the elephant is the softest one to kiss.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

Dianne Meili talks about the process of writing her seminal 1991 collection of elder profiles THOSE WHO KNOW, and revising and updating it for its brand-new 20th Anniversary Edition.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EST

Barb Howard discusses her hilarious new short story collection WESTERN TAXIDERMY, roadside tourist attractions, and the art of back-fat defleshing.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

Sarah de Leeuw talks about her new book of poetry GEOGRAPHIES OF A LOVER, the challenges of writing poetry about intimate sexual experiences, and how her work as a geographer informs her depictions of place and landscape. NOTE: This episode contains explicit language that may offend some listeners.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

Cassie Stocks talks about her first novel, the delightful comic fable DANCE, GLADYS, DANCE, artistic self-doubt, the genius of Kurt Vonnegut, and her former job as the caretaker of her boyfriend's hydroponic pot factory.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

Saskatchewan author Barbara Langhorst talks about her debut poetry collection RESTLESS WHITE FIELDS and the violent real-life incident that inspired it.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

Edmonton playwright Stewart Lemoine talks about his history with the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, and the three masterful Fringe plays that make up his new collection WITNESS TO A CONGA AND OTHER PLAYS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:58pm EST

Michael Boughn talks about his new modern-day-Nick-and-Nora-Charles mystery novel BUSINESS AS USUAL, and his unlikely transformation from avant-garde poetry to light-hearted crime fiction.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm EST

Calgary author Garry Ryan talks about MALABARISTA, the fifth book in his award-winning series of mysteries featuring indefatigable Calgary cop Detective Lane.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

B.C. author Robert Pepper-Smith discusses his new novel HOUSE OF SPELLS, the second installment in the "Wheel Keeper Trilogy" following 2002's THE WHEEL KEEPER, also published by NeWest Press.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

Ted Ferguson shares some of the most memorable anecdotes from his new book STRANGE DAYS: AMAZING STORIES FROM CANADA'S WILDEST DECADE, a hugely entertaining evocation of Canada in the 1920s.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Author Alice Zorn (RUINS & RELICS) discusses her new novel ARRHYTHMIA, how she drew upon her day job at a Montreal hospital to create the world of her characters, and the reader who figured out where one of those characters lived so that he could punch him in the face.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:31pm EST

Andy Weaver discusses his new poetry collection GANGSON, and how he drew inspiration from Herbert Asbury's classic study of New York City organized crime THE GANGS OF NEW YORK.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Edmonton author Wendy McGrath discusses her poetic new novel SANTA ROSA, the sadness of vanished neighbourhoods, and the challenges of writing literary fiction from the point of view of a child.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm EST

Edmonton author Gayleen Froese discusses her new paranormal mystery GRAYLING CROSS, the hugely entertaining sequel to her 2005 NeWest Press title TOUCH.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:19pm EST

B.C. author Roy Innes discusses the latest entry in his series of Blakemore/Coswell crime novels, MURDER IN THE CHILCOTIN.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm EST

B.C. author Tanna Patterson-Z discusses her gripping new novel BUTTERFLIES IN BUCARAMANGA and the real-life kidnapping incident that inspired it.

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First-time Saskatchewan author Myrna Dey discusses her novel EXTENSIONS, which is both a contemporary crime novel and a historical drama.

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B.C. author Rosella Leslie (THE GOAT LADY'S DAUGHTER) discusses her new novel DRIFT CHILD.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

Calgary playwright Ken Cameron reveals the stories behind the creation of his plays HARVEST, MY MOROCCO, and MY ONE AND ONLY, all of which are included in the new anthology HARVEST AND OTHER PLAYS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm EST

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