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Join hosts Michael Tamblyn and Nathan Maharaj for in-depth conversations with all kinds of authors about their latest books, how they write, and the books and writers that shaped and inspired them.

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Join hosts Michael Tamblyn and Nathan Maharaj for in-depth conversations with all kinds of authors about their latest books, how they write, and the books and writers that shaped and inspired them.

    Chief Robert Joseph on the need and desire for reconciliation

    Chief Robert Joseph on the need and desire for reconciliation

    We spoke with Chief Robert Joseph, a Hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission about his new book Namwayut: A Pathway to Reconciliation. In the book and in this episode, Chief Joseph shares an intimate view of his own life while making an impassioned plea to readers to embrace vulnerability, summon the courage to recognize truth and trauma, and take steps towards reconciliation.
    Chief Robert Joseph on the need and desire for reconciliation

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    Hernan Diaz on power, truth, and Trust

    Hernan Diaz on power, truth, and Trust

    Novelist Hernan Diaz is a professor at Columbia University and the author of In the Distance, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. We spoke with him about a range of topics that inform his new novel Trust, a fractured, multi-layered book about the life and ambitions of the fictional tycoon Andrew Bevel.
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    • 50 min
    Deon Meyer on The Dark Flood

    Deon Meyer on The Dark Flood

    Deon Meyer is the author of The Dark Flood, the newest installment in his Benny Griessel series of detective novels set in South Africa. We spoke with Deon as part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors' Mystery & Crime Festival: MOTIVE.
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    • 40 min
    Ben Mezrich's wild ride

    Ben Mezrich's wild ride

    Enjoy this conversation with non-fiction thriller author Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House about his new historical fiction novel The Midnight Ride, which started out as a wildly ambitious project taken up in the early days of the pandemic. We spoke with Ben as part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors' Mystery & Crime Festival: MOTIVE.
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    Cory Silverberg on the right way to teach kids about sex

    Cory Silverberg on the right way to teach kids about sex

    We spoke with Cory Silverberg, educator, entrepreneur, researcher, and author of the books What Makes a Baby, Sex is a Funny Word, and the new book, You Know, Sex. These books are approachable and factual guides to sex and bodies, but also grown-up feelings, experiences, and all kinds of stuff that can be really hard for anyone to talk about. Supported by Fiona Smyth’s vivid and playful illustrations, Cory Silverberg’s writing always finds a humane and plain-spoken way to explain everything from the functioning of reproductive organs to the nuances of consent and everything else anybody could want to know about how to use their body.
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    Elamin Abdelmahmoud wants to know everyone's elsewhere story

    Elamin Abdelmahmoud wants to know everyone's elsewhere story

    Some listeners may recognize the voice of our guest Elamin Abdelmahmoud from the CBC podcasts Party Lines and Pop Chat. He joined us to talk about his new book, Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces in which he writes movingly of his relationship to his personal elsewhere, the Sudanese city of Khartoum from which he came to Kingston, Ontario as a child. He also writes beautifully about his passion for country music and affinity for the American South, and mounts a convincing defense of the much-maligned musical genre known as Nu Metal. 
    In the course of our conversation he snuck into the interviewer's seat, proving just how much he wants to know about everyone's story about their own personal elsewhere—and what their favourite Carly Rae Jepsen song is.
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What a great duo. Poignant questions, impressive answers and a totally fabulous interview.