43 episodes

I'm a reader, a writer, and a talker. On Shelf Esteem I talk to people about what they're reading and the books they love.

Shelf Esteem Trudy Morgan-Cole

    • Arts

I'm a reader, a writer, and a talker. On Shelf Esteem I talk to people about what they're reading and the books they love.

    Episode 43: We Can Smell the Olives and Also the Public Toilets

    Episode 43: We Can Smell the Olives and Also the Public Toilets

    My conversation with authors Michelle Butler Hallett and JoAnne Soper- Cook ranged widely over a lot of topics and included much classic literature, although we did make a conscious choice not to talk about Ernest Hemingway. We also discussed earning our "Lying" badge, and the way vividly written historical fiction can bring you into a time and place so clearly you can ... well, it's all in the episode title. You can read the show notes, where every book we discussed is listed, at: https://shelfesteem2017.wordpress.com/2022/04/10/episode-43-we-smell-the-olives-and-also-the-public-toilets/

    • 45 min
    Episode 42: We Honour the Foremothers (and Others)

    Episode 42: We Honour the Foremothers (and Others)

    My first non-family, full-episode, in-person guests since March 2020 are E.B. Reid and Mark Hunter. By total coincidence, this is Episode #42 and we are talking about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy A LOT ... among other books! Please go to trudymorgancole.com and click on the "Shelf Esteem" link to read this episode's show notes because there's some COOL STUFF there in addition to the titles of books we discussed.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 41 BOOKSWAP 4: We Demand the Book About Dylan

    Episode 41 BOOKSWAP 4: We Demand the Book About Dylan

    For our fourth Bookswap!, and first podcast of 2022, Emma and I read and discuss Throw Down Your Shadows, by Deborah Hemming, and Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner. Our conversation jumps lightly from discussions of genre to demands that a minor character get his own spin-off. To see show notes for this and all other episodes, go to http://www.trudymorgancole,com and click the Shelf Esteem link.

    • 54 min
    Episode 40: All Our Quotation Marks Were Destroyed in The Event

    Episode 40: All Our Quotation Marks Were Destroyed in The Event

    For the final episode of 2021, we stay in-house with me and Emma talking about squidburgers, Robert Ludlum's thriller "The Omicron Variant," the apocalyptic loss of punctuation, and, of course, books we've read and thought about this year. The show notes, with the full list of books we discussed, can be found at https://shelfesteem2017.wordpress.com/2021/12/31/episode-40-all-our-quotation-marks-were-destroyed-in-the-event/

    • 39 min
    Episode 39 BOOKSWAP: We Are Never Going To Make It In New York

    Episode 39 BOOKSWAP: We Are Never Going To Make It In New York

    For this episode, I read a recent favourite book of Emma's, Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi, and Emma read a book that was a favourite of mine when I was around her age, Emma Who Saved My Life by Wilton Barnhardt (which I did not name her after). We discussed nostalgia, the dream of making it in the Big City, the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, whether people in their 20s care about their families or not, and the hardship of Life Before Cellphones.

    • 59 min
    Episode 38 BOOKSWAP: One of These Books is BONKERS

    Episode 38 BOOKSWAP: One of These Books is BONKERS

    In the second episode of our "BookSwap!" summer series, Trudy gets Emma to read "Ayesha at Last" by Uzma Jalaluddin, a wonderful modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice set in a Muslim community in Toronto. Emma gets Trudy to read The Natural Daughter, a 1799 novel by Mary Robinson, which is ... a buck-wild ride from start to finish. Plus, we talk about Jane Austen an awful lot for a podcast where we don't even read one of her books. Find the blog post with links to almost everything we talked about in this episode here: https://shelfesteem2017.wordpress.com/2021/06/06/episode-38-bookswap-2-one-of-these-books-is-bonkers/

    • 50 min

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