NeWest Press Audio (general)

Randy Nikkel Schroeder joined us to talk about his exceedingly strange punk road novel-meets-northern meditation ARCTIC SMOKE. Along the way we talked about fallen music idols, and which cities in Southern Alberta are the weirdest.

If you're interested in checking out the soundtrack to the novel by THE TARSANDS, click here: https://thetarsands1.bandcamp.com

Direct download: Randy_Nikkel_Schroeder_Interview.mp3
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Meaghan Marie Hackinen joined us over Skype to talk about her debut adventure non-fiction book SOUTH AWAY, about a momentous trip down the Pacific Coast on bicycles with her sister. Along the way, we talked about staying humble, and how to take your mind off of things while doing such a huge task.

Direct download: Meaghan_Hackinen_Interview.mp3
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Jaclyn Dawn joined us over Skype to talk about her debut novel THE INQUIRER, about a big-city tabloid newspaper wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of a small town, as well as the curiosity you have while looking into other peoples' windows and the differences between city and town living.

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Peter Midgley came by the NeWest Press office to talk about his latest poetry collection let us not think of them as barbarians, a book which grapples with history, legacy and atonement.

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Wendy McGrath joined us at the NeWest Press World Headquarters to talk about the long-awaited conclusion to her Santa Rosa trilogy, Broke City. Along the way we talked about not getting hit by cars when inspiration strikes and how to spot the ghosts of an old neighborhood.

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Heidi Jacobs joined us to talk about her debut novel MOLLY OF THE MALL: LITERARY LASS AND PURVEYOR OF FINE FOOTWEAR, as well as the changing state of Edmonton's retail scene and which Jane Austen star would have fit right in with Oasis.

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Karen Hofmann joined us to talk about her new short story collection ECHOLOCATION, as well as the lot in life of grad students, and choosing between your favourite stories.

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Niall Howell joined us to talk about ONLY PRETTY DAMNED, his debut novel due out this spring. We also talked about Batman, Barko the Crime Dog, and fantasy-casted the OPD movie. (I think the actress Niall has in mind for Gloria is Ruth Hussey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Hussey)

Direct download: Niall_Howell_Interview.mp3
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Audrey Whitson joins us at the NeWest Press office to talk about her new novel THE DEATH OF ANNIE THE WATCHER WITCHER BY LIGHTNING, as well as some dark periods in Alberta history as well as growing up in small towns.

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Bruce Cinnamon joins us at the NeWest Press office to talk about cities with chips on their shoulders and how sometimes civic spirit can go wrong. Check out THE MELTING QUEEN in stores and online in April!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Direct download: Myrna_Kostash_Interview.m4a
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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.

Direct download: Mark_Lisac_Interview.m4a
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Saskatchewan author Lisa Guenther talks about her debut novel FRIENDLY FIRE, violence against women, and the healing power of music.

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

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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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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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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.

Direct download: 044_Ken_Cameron_Dear_Johnny_Deere.mp3
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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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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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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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Edmonton writer Wendy McGrath talks about her luminous new novel NORTH EAST, vanishing neighbourhoods, and the imaginative world of childhood.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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