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Welcome to Writing the Coast! This is the weekly podcast where we chat with the authors and illustrators of the books who make up the shortlist of the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. On the episodes you'll hear host and podcast coordinator Megan Cole chat with the folks who are creating some of BC and Yukon's best books. We'll also check in with the literary community in our region. For more information about the BC and Yukon Book Prizes visit: https://bcyukonbookprizes.com/

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Welcome to Writing the Coast! This is the weekly podcast where we chat with the authors and illustrators of the books who make up the shortlist of the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. On the episodes you'll hear host and podcast coordinator Megan Cole chat with the folks who are creating some of BC and Yukon's best books. We'll also check in with the literary community in our region. For more information about the BC and Yukon Book Prizes visit: https://bcyukonbookprizes.com/

    S2 Episode 41: Joanna Lilley talks about Yukon Words a new society focused on Yukon word artists

    S2 Episode 41: Joanna Lilley talks about Yukon Words a new society focused on Yukon word artists

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
    In this episode, host Megan Cole talks to Joanna Lilley, a Yukon author and board member of the society Yukon Words. In their conversation Joanna talks about why the society started and what some of their goals are. Joanna also talks about how Yukon inspires her writing.

    ABOUT JOANNA LILLEY:
    Joanna Lilley's fifth book and third poetry collection, Endlings, was published by Turnstone Press in March 2020. She's also the author of a novel, Worry Stones (Ronsdale Press), which was longlisted for the Caledonia Novel Award, and a short story collection, The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). Joanna's other poetry collections are If There Were Roads (Turnstone Press), and The Fleece Era (Brick Books) which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Joanna has an MLitt degree in creative writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and is a Humber School for Writers graduate. She has diplomas in journalism and plain language editing and has worked in public sector communications for well over 20 years. Joanna is on the board of the Yukon Words society and is the Yukon representative for the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Born in the south of England, Joanna lived in Wales and Scotland before moving to Canada. She now lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she's grateful to reside on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.

    ABOUT MEGAN COLE:
    Megan Cole the Director of Audience Development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She is also a writer based in Powell River, British Columbia. She also works at the Powell River Public Library as the teen services coordinator where she gets to combine her love for books and writing with a love for her community. Megan has worked as a freelance journalist and is working on a memoir which tackles themes of gender and mental health. Find out more about Megan at megancolewriter.com

    ABOUT THE PODCAST:
    Writing the Coast is recorded and produced on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. As a settler on these lands, Megan Cole finds opportunities to learn and listen to the stories from those whose land was stolen.

    Writing the Coast is a recorded series of conversations, readings, and insights into the work of the writers, illustrators, and creators whose books are nominated for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. We'll also check in on people in the writing community who are supporting books, writers and readers every day. The podcast is produced and hosted by Megan Cole.

    • 19 min
    S2 Episode 40: Terri Potratz talks about Salt Spring Island's Paper Covers Rock Festival

    S2 Episode 40: Terri Potratz talks about Salt Spring Island's Paper Covers Rock Festival

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
    In this episode, host Megan Cole talks to Terri Potratz, the founder of Paper Covers Rock Festival. In their conversation Terri talks about the inspiration for the festival, the literary community on Salt Spring Island and how the festival is adapting to the pandemic.

    ABOUT TERRI POTRATZ:
    Terri is a writer, event producer and the organizer behind Paper Covers Rock, a new annual readers and writers festival on Salt Spring Island. Terri also co-publishes Saltine.ca, an online zine about Salt Spring.
    She is a self-taught knitter and started Larry Designs in 2007. Her pieces have appeared in numerous magazines, music videos, and Larry Designs was previously represented by the grace-gallery in Vancouver. Every item is hand knit with BC sourced alpaca fiber that is naturally processed and spun into a custom-made bulky yarn.

    ABOUT MEGAN COLE:
    Megan Cole the Director of Audience Development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She is also a writer based in Powell River, British Columbia. She also works at the Powell River Public Library as the teen services coordinator where she gets to combine her love for books and writing with a love for her community. Megan has worked as a freelance journalist and is working on a memoir which tackles themes of gender and mental health. Find out more about Megan at megancolewriter.com

    ABOUT THE PODCAST:
    Writing the Coast is recorded and produced on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. As a settler on these lands, Megan Cole finds opportunities to learn and listen to the stories from those whose land was stolen.

    Writing the Coast is a recorded series of conversations, readings, and insights into the work of the writers, illustrators, and creators whose books are nominated for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. We'll also check in on people in the writing community who are supporting books, writers and readers every day. The podcast is produced and hosted by Megan Cole.

    • 19 min
    S2 Episode 39: Leslie Hurtig talks about her favourite Vancouver Writers Fest moments

    S2 Episode 39: Leslie Hurtig talks about her favourite Vancouver Writers Fest moments

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
    In this episode, host Megan Cole talks to Leslie Hurtig, the artistic director of the Vancouver Writers Fest. In their conversation Leslie talks about the challenges of organizing a literary festival during a pandemic, the importance of finding the right moderator and some of her favourite memories from past years of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

    ABOUT LESLIE HURTIG:
    Leslie was born into a house of books and has made her career from various points within Canada’s book industry. She has worked for some of Canada’s best bookstores, acted as a sales representative and publicist for some of North America’s great publishers, and worked as a foreign rights and contracts manager at Raincoast Books. Leslie sat on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver Writers Fest before taking on this role as Artistic Director; a role which she says is her dream job come true.

    ABOUT MEGAN COLE:
    Megan Cole the Director of Audience Development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She is also a writer based in Powell River, British Columbia. She also works at the Powell River Public Library as the teen services coordinator where she gets to combine her love for books and writing with a love for her community. Megan has worked as a freelance journalist and is working on a memoir which tackles themes of gender and mental health. Find out more about Megan at megancolewriter.com

    ABOUT THE PODCAST:
    Writing the Coast is recorded and produced on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. As a settler on these lands, Megan Cole finds opportunities to learn and listen to the stories from those whose land was stolen.

    Writing the Coast is a recorded series of conversations, readings, and insights into the work of the writers, illustrators, and creators whose books are nominated for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. We'll also check in on people in the writing community who are supporting books, writers and readers every day. The podcast is produced and hosted by Megan Cole.

    • 26 min
    S2 Episode 38: Jonathan Manthorpe talks about the challenges he faced writing Claws of the Panda

    S2 Episode 38: Jonathan Manthorpe talks about the challenges he faced writing Claws of the Panda

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
    In this episode, host Megan Cole talks to Jonathan Manthorpe about his book Claws of the Panda: Beijing's Campaign of Influence and Intimidation in Canada. Claws of the Panda was a finalist for the 2020 Hubert Evans Nonfiction Prize. In their conversation Jonathan talks about using the public record as primary source material for the book and the chapters he'd add to the book a year and a half after it's been published.

    ABOUT JONATHAN MANTHORPE:
    Jonathan Manthorpe is the author of three books on international relations, politics, and history. Over his 40-year career as a journalist he has been the foreign correspondent in Asia, Africa, and Europe for Southam News; the European bureau chief for the Toronto Star; and the national political reporter for The Globe and Mail. Manthorpe has also undertaken special projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, and the Canadian International Development Agency. He now lives in Victoria.
    She lives in Vancouver, where she directs the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

    ABOUT MEGAN COLE:
    Megan Cole the Director of Audience Development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She is also a writer based in Powell River, British Columbia. She also works at the Powell River Public Library as the teen services coordinator where she gets to combine her love for books and writing with a love for her community. Megan has worked as a freelance journalist and is working on a memoir which tackles themes of gender and mental health. Find out more about Megan at megancolewriter.com

    ABOUT THE PODCAST:
    Writing the Coast is recorded and produced on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. As a settler on these lands, Megan Cole finds opportunities to learn and listen to the stories from those whose land was stolen.

    Writing the Coast is a recorded series of conversations, readings, and insights into the work of the writers, illustrators, and creators whose books are nominated for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. We'll also check in on people in the writing community who are supporting books, writers and readers every day. The podcast is produced and hosted by Megan Cole.

    • 40 min
    S2 Episode 37: Ann-Marie Metten talks about the legacy of the Historic Joy Kogawa House

    S2 Episode 37: Ann-Marie Metten talks about the legacy of the Historic Joy Kogawa House

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
    In this episode, host Megan Cole talks to Ann-Marie Metten, Executive Director of the Historic Joy Kogawa House. In 2020, Joy Kogawa and Julie Flett were awarded the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. Megan and Ann-Marie talk about the history and legacy of the Historic Joy Kogawa House as well as Joy winning the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.

    ABOUT THE HISTORIC JOY KOGAWA HOUSE:
    In 2005–2006, Joy lent her support to a community campaign that saved the house from demolition. This campaign was led by fellow authors and friends, the Save Kogawa House Committee, and the Land Conservancy of BC. Donations were received from the public, including a sizeable donation from Ontario senator Nancy Ruth.

    The house is now managed by not-for-profit organization Historic Joy Kogawa House Society. Among its purposes, the Society aims to operate and preserve the home as a heritage and cultural centre and as a site of healing and reconciliation. To this end, the house serves as a site for author residencies, public events, and tours for school groups and the general public. Plans are also underway to restore the house to its 1930s appearance.

    ABOUT JOY KOGAWA:
    Acclaimed author Joy Kogawa is best known as the author of Obasan (1981), a Canadian novel that has become essential reading for a nation.

    Obasan is based on Joy and her family’s forced relocation from Vancouver during the Second World War when she was six years old. The novel remains ‘a touchstone’ for the internment of Japanese Canadians during this era. Joy has also worked extensively to educate the public about this dark period in Canadian history and she actively fought for government redress.

    Joy’s other novels for adults include Itsuka (1992, republished as Emily Kato in 2005) and The Rain Ascends (1995). Her works for children are Naomi’s Road (2005 – also produced as an opera by Vancouver Opera in 2005 and 2013) and Naomi’s Tree (2009). Since 1967, Joy has also published several poetry collections, including A Garden of Anchors: Selected Poems (2003).

    Among her many honours, Joy has received an Order of Canada (1986), an order of British Columbia (2006) and, from the Japanese Government, an Order of the Rising Sun (2010) for ‘her contribution to the understanding and preservation of Japanese Canadian history.’

    ABOUT MEGAN COLE:
    Megan Cole the Director of Audience Development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She is also a writer based in Powell River, British Columbia. She also works at the Powell River Public Library as the teen services coordinator where she gets to combine her love for books and writing with a love for her community. Megan has worked as a freelance journalist and is working on a memoir which tackles themes of gender and mental health. Find out more about Megan at megancolewriter.com

    ABOUT THE PODCAST:
    Writing the Coast is recorded and produced on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. As a settler on these lands, Megan Cole finds opportunities to learn and listen to the stories from those whose land was stolen.

    Writing the Coast is a recorded series of conversations, readings, and insights into the work of the writers, illustrators, and creators whose books are nominated for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. We'll also check in on people in the writing community who are supporting books, writers and readers every day. The podcast is produced and hosted by Megan Cole.

    • 21 min
    S2 Episode 36: Alix Ohlin talks about love stories, research and twinship

    S2 Episode 36: Alix Ohlin talks about love stories, research and twinship

    ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
    In this episode, host Megan Cole talks to Alix Ohlin, author of Dual Citizens, which was a finalist for the 2020 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. In their conversation Alix talks about how the love story of two siblings formed the backbone of the book as well as how she paid tribute to Neko Case in the novel.

    ABOUT ALIX OHLIN:
    Alix Ohlin is the author of five books. Her novel Dual Citizens, like her novel Inside, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Walrus, Best American Short Stories, on public radio’s “Selected Shorts,” and many other places. Her new book, We Want What We Want, is forthcoming in July 2021.

    She lives in Vancouver, where she directs the School of Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

    ABOUT MEGAN COLE:
    Megan Cole the Director of Audience Development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes. She is also a writer based in Powell River, British Columbia. She also works at the Powell River Public Library as the teen services coordinator where she gets to combine her love for books and writing with a love for her community. Megan has worked as a freelance journalist and is working on a memoir which tackles themes of gender and mental health. Find out more about Megan at megancolewriter.com

    ABOUT THE PODCAST:
    Writing the Coast is recorded and produced on the traditional territory of the Tla'amin Nation. As a settler on these lands, Megan Cole finds opportunities to learn and listen to the stories from those whose land was stolen.

    Writing the Coast is a recorded series of conversations, readings, and insights into the work of the writers, illustrators, and creators whose books are nominated for the annual BC and Yukon Book Prizes. We'll also check in on people in the writing community who are supporting books, writers and readers every day. The podcast is produced and hosted by Megan Cole.

    • 28 min

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