31 episodes

semi-prose is the books podcast that’s half as serious and twice as smart as your other favorite books podcast.
Join Evan, Allie, Kristina, and Max: four semi-professional readers as they explore new Canadian books through their personal histories, stores of pop culture, and readerly curiosities, before the pros – the authors themselves – join the conversation. Because when you’re done the last page, you’ve only really read the half of it.

semi-pros‪e‬ Penguin Random House Canada

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    • 4.2 • 60 Ratings

semi-prose is the books podcast that’s half as serious and twice as smart as your other favorite books podcast.
Join Evan, Allie, Kristina, and Max: four semi-professional readers as they explore new Canadian books through their personal histories, stores of pop culture, and readerly curiosities, before the pros – the authors themselves – join the conversation. Because when you’re done the last page, you’ve only really read the half of it.

    The Thom-Thom Club: I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom

    The Thom-Thom Club: I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom

    In the final episode of semi-prose, Kai Cheng Thom joins us to assure us we can survive hard conversations (2:50); the performance of virtue in Chinese Christian, SJW, and queer communities (6:00); on the ethics of mentorship (14:15); our boundaries do not hurt other people (21:45); seasons in the sun, gender-queer magic gem stones, and holy wild (47:00).

    • 52 min
    Betcha By Golly Tawâw: Tawâw by Shane Chartrand, with Jennifer Cockrall-King

    Betcha By Golly Tawâw: Tawâw by Shane Chartrand, with Jennifer Cockrall-King

    Indigenous food for the future (6:10); Saskatoon berries, rose hips, stinging nettles (18:55); on the generosity of Indigenous communities (27:45); check out a round dance, check out a pow wow (31:00); New Moon, Red Chef Revival, The Sous Chef (32:40)

    • 38 min
    A Cherie on Top: Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

    A Cherie on Top: Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

    A special live episode from this year's Toronto International Festival of Authors, featuring:
    Storytelling as survival (12:49); the qualities of Hot Jesus (17:55); what happens when colonization comes for our gods (22:40); on showing the absolute joy of Indigenous love (28:30); put a comma after cock (30:20); tips on surviving the Rogarou(36:40); Jeremy Dutcher, the southern wild, and Half-Breed (41:55)

    • 47 min
    Jia Whiz: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

    Jia Whiz: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

    when seeming good gets in the way of actually being good (4:15); that time Jia was in 'Cats' (19:30); magazines that tell girls that their entire purpose is improving themselves (20:30); the 'side hustle', aka capitalism tilling every last inch of your selfhood (24:00); melancholia, the rainbow, and how to do nothing (39:30)

    • 43 min
    Pico the Guy-o: Autumn Light by Pico Iyer

    Pico the Guy-o: Autumn Light by Pico Iyer

    When life gives us dress rehearsals for, you know, death (2:20); it's the impermanence that gives us joy (9:45); California for the possibility, Japan for the reality (11:30); some writing advice from the Dalai Lama (23:55); the perfect foreigner, Leonard Cohen, and a quiet Lear (35:00).

    • 41 min
    She's The Baum: I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum

    She's The Baum: I Like To Watch by Emily Nussbaum

    Emily Nussbaum joins Evan and Kristina to discuss her book I Like to Watch and how Buffy the Vampire Slayer changes lives (2:00); when black sitcoms were gentrified off the air (13:02); Game of Thrones was not that interesting, True Detective was fake philosophical (24:20); a show can be flawed and be worth talking about (30:30); Fleabag and her compulsiveness to seduce (33:50)

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

J. Bautista ,

Science podcast fan

Engaging conversation that flows well. I really like how this brings out the host’s personalities and their guests. Sometimes putting on this podcast brings up my day, even if I don’t pick up the books they promote. Keep up the good work!

GriseldaDawn ,

It’s, like, kinda, like, really, like, annoying

Interesting thoughts but far too many slang interjections. Sometimes it’s too hard to listen to.

Big Max A ,

It keeps getting better!

The shows have been getting better every episode. I like The approach of the set up (thesis) and group discussion and then author interview of the book.

Keep it to within 20-25 minutes

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