52 episodes

Join former CBC Maritime Noon Host Costas Halavrezos as he interviews the Atlantic Canadians who create the books you love to read. From established, award-winning authors, illustrators, and photographers to the lesser known up-and-comers and other key book contributors delve into the beautiful, mysterious world of books... and discover the passion that fuels it.

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Join former CBC Maritime Noon Host Costas Halavrezos as he interviews the Atlantic Canadians who create the books you love to read. From established, award-winning authors, illustrators, and photographers to the lesser known up-and-comers and other key book contributors delve into the beautiful, mysterious world of books... and discover the passion that fuels it.

    S6 E4 Elizabeth F. Hill

    S6 E4 Elizabeth F. Hill

    Season 6, Episode 4

    No matter how much you think you know about Canada, you'll find brand new gems of knowledge in Elizabeth F. Hill's, "All 'Bout Canada: A Compendium of Canadiana" (with art by Alex MacAskill).

    It's a book for all seasons that will sharpen your appreciation of Canadian characters, places, incidents, achievements, wildlife, inventions, and historical facts - not to mention quizzes, a crossword, and a verse to launch each chapter.

    Elizabeth will also coach host Costas Halavrezos on ten different ways of using "eh".

    • 11 min
    S6 E3 Joanne Schwartz

    S6 E3 Joanne Schwartz

    Season 6, Episode 3

    Real life can deliver more danger, action, courage, heroes, and villains than a thousand online games.

    Award-winning author Joanne Schwartz's "Fight On!" covers a brief era in Cape Breton's history which provides all those elements for young readers. It was a 25-year period when matters of life and death mobilized men, women, and children to battle for the right to work in safe conditions and earn enough to stave off poverty.

    She spoke with Costas Halavrezos about the events and the people who engaged in life and death struggles against corporate interests, government, and even the courts to reform the coal and steel industries.

    • 11 min
    S6 E2 Andrea Gunraj

    S6 E2 Andrea Gunraj

    Season 6, Episode 2

    The dynamics between two siblings who are close in age can be wonderful. 

    But such natural developments as the arrival of puberty and the first steps towards independence from the family can break the bond between the elder and a younger child. A sense of betrayal of that bond can lead to issues which last for decades.

    In her interview with Costas Halavrezos, novelist Andrea Gunraj, author of "The Lost Sister", explains how she put together two women of different ages (13 and 60) and backgrounds to gain insight into how betrayals had changed their lives.

    • 20 min
    S6 E1 Joan Dawson

    S6 E1 Joan Dawson

    Season 6, Episode 1



    What's the best way to tell people the history of a place? Through the lives of prominent citizens? Battles for control? Its economic ups and downs?

    Joan Dawson's approach grants us an instantly relatable point of entry. "Nova Scotia's Historic Harbours: The Seaports that Shaped the Province" leads us around a coastline brimming with stories, from the earliest Mi'kmaq activities to the often violent struggles between Europeans for those most desirable locations to build communities.

    • 12 min
    S5 E9 Deborah Hemming

    S5 E9 Deborah Hemming

    Season 5, Episode 9.

    Winnie has enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the Annapolis Valley, cycling around country roads and tubing down the Gaspereau River with her three best friends, who happen to be boys. But in a pivotal summer, Caleb, a newcomer from Vancouver, inserts himself into the group and undermines every vestige of their innocence.

    As Winnie comes to understand his amoral manipulations, a battle for hearts and minds escalates into events that shatter lives and livelihoods in Nova Scotia's wine country.

    • 11 min
    S5 E8 Laura Best

    S5 E8 Laura Best

    Season 5, Episode 8

    After 15 years in a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth has been pronounced "well" and released to a group home.

    With no memory of what led to her institutionalisation, she sets out to find the significance of names and words in her notebook.

    Through first-person accounts by Elizabeth and her family, Laura Best has crafted a gripping novel describing the disintegration and eventual healing of a mind and relationships - before and after events in the early 1960s.

    Costas Halavrezos interviews Laura about the challenge of creating Elizabeth's changing mental landscapes.

    • 10 min

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