Books and More with Lenore features an eclectic mix of authors, thinkers, truth tellers, seekers, and those who write to make us laugh.
The goal: Meaningful conversation about books and the writing life.
The vision: To talk about the life experiences that make each author unique and uncover the layers of meaning behind the words on the page.
We ask: Why do writers write what they write? Can reading fiction change the way someone thinks? How do books help us understand the world and our experiences? What's the author's backstory?
Melanie Cossey - Gothic Horror with a Victorian Flare
As a child, Melanie Cossey delighted in reading stories that left her feeling disturbed, like Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and Poe's The Telltale Heart.
In this episode, we talk about Melanie's newest book, A Peculiar Curiosity, her writing life, her work as a professional editor, and her well rounded artistic life.
Learn more about her latest book: https://regalhousepublishing.com/product/a-peculiar-curiosity/
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Searching for Willingness to Change: Trauma, Addictions, Recovery, and Learning to Let go
Recovering from trauma and addiction requires, as Neil Douglas-Tubb puts it, a resuscitation of the soul. In this episode of Books and More with Lenore we talk about Neil's book Experience has Taught us: Searching for the Willingness to Change, the first five steps.
Jennifer Manuel shares insights about her new novel: The Heaviness of Things That Float
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Manuel in May about her book, The Heaviness of Things That Float. I have so much to say about this novel and our conversation! But let me start with this: the novel is exceptionally well written. Jennifer is a master craftswoman who deserves to be widely read. The BC Book Prize folks agree--Jennifer won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2017.
The themes of The Heaviness of Things That Float are timely--we have been engaged in a nationwide conversation about cultural appropriation, responsibility, and ethics. The week before we recorded this episode, Canadians erupted to call out the mis-guided 'cultural appropriation prize' literary fiasco. In The Heaviness of Things That Float, Jennifer uses fiction to bring to life the very real issues Canadians must grapple with, including racism, colonialism, intergenerational trauma, privilege, and the need to have honest conversations about truth and reconciliation. In addition to talking about the novel, we ask: How do we transform conversation into action? And Ally-ship into reparation?
Jennifer Manuel is the author of The Heaviness of Things That Float (Douglas & McIntyre), winner of the 2017 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She has also received acclaim for her short fiction, being a Western Magazine Finalist and recipient of the Storytellers Award at the Surrey International Writers Conference. A long-time activist in Indigenous issues, Manuel currently runs the TRC Reading Challenge, an effort to get people to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
2:00--Synopsis of The Heaviness of Things That Float.
3:00--How Jennifer feels about her success and winning a BC Book Prize and reaching 27 weeks on the BC Best Seller list - special thanks to independent booksellers for championing her book early on.
6:00--The main character, Bernadette, and who she is and the truths she fails to perceive and then how she comes to understand them.
10:44: We talk about the fine line between caring for friends and being patronizing.
11:32: What does it mean to belong? To feel accepted and loved?
13:20: Can you truly belong to a community if your set of available choices is different from your neighbours?
14:20: How do we begin to question our own privilege?
15:22: The issue of choices and why this is a good place to start.
16:17: Why life transitions expedite personal growth - out of crisis comes change.
18:11: Betrayal and its impact. How do we recover trust?
19:44: Why listening matters.
21:22: The misuse of the word decolonization
24:04: Secrets and forgiveness
25:21: How much does shame weigh? What's the volume of grief? How do you measure human suffering?
27:17: What is meaningful ally ship?
28:00: Difference between appreciation and appropriation?
31:00: Why the book needed a major rewrite/revision.
35:00: Deep revisions. What are revisions anyway? Reimagining!!
37:00: What Jennifer's working on now
Spy Novels and Post Traumatic Growth - Neil Douglas-Tubb's The Ghost and the Dustman and living your big beautiful life
What do spy novels and post traumatic growth have in common? Author, and clinical counsellor, Neil Douglas Tubb, and I talk it out...
We discuss his recently released spy novel, The Ghost and the Dustman and Neil shares from his life experience and how he transitioned from police work and spy stuff to work as a clinical counsellor specializing in PTSD. We talk about the ways his personal life and years of collected wisdom informs his writing - especially his approach to getting words on the page.
19:19 - Hear more about the motto for personal growth: "Open mind, open heart, and a willingness to change."
24:00 - "Have the life you were meant to have." How after trauma there's a need for spiritual recuscitation
28:00 - "The business of life is to have an experience - get out there..."
36:00 - Kick your ego to the curb and surrender to the process.
37:50 - Neil thanks J.K. Rowling for giving him the one insight he needed to move forward writing fiction.
Diving in Heart First with Yvonne Rediger
Yvonne Redigeer started writing when she was twelve and never stopped. We talk about her latest romance novel, Diving in Heart First--a book that features strong female characters, mystery, and suspense.
Steven Erikson, author of Malazan Book of the Fallen series, gives inside info on brand new book
Steven Erikson, author of Malazan Book of the Fallen series, gives us a sneak peak inside the brilliant concept of his new book--an alien first contact novel of a different kind.