Write Reads #43 Republic of Dirt by Susan Juby

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It’s our Humour Month and we finally found a Leacock award nominee that made Kirt very happy (and, more importantly, made him laugh)! We hope that you also enjoyed the book and that you will enjoy listening to us talk about it. We talk about a bunch of other stuff that you’ll probably find interesting too (including the hilarity of being mistaken for a white supremacist podcast). So, take a listen, friends.

We’d also like to remind you that we are now entering our Graphic Novel Month and our pick for this go-around is The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson and Kelly Mellings. Get it. Read it. Join us for our discussion.

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Write Reads #42 The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux

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Has everybody done their reading for this podcast? We hope so because spoilers abound in this episode and this is the type of novel that will be seriously ruined by spoilers (or even reading the back of the book, as the case may be). We really loved this little gem and hope that you will go get a copy and read it, if you have not done so already, and then listen to the podcast.

We also announce that our humour pick for the next podcast is Republic of Dirt by Susan Juby. Kirt’s track record with Leacock Award winners is pretty bleak so let’s hope that this one is the one that breaks that streak [a little rhyme for you – ed.].

If you are interested in a discussion about Edmonton’s obnoxious car culture then stick around after the closing theme music for a little treat (followed by “the cutest sneeze on the planet”).

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Write Reads #41 The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

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This is an unprecedented podcast with Tania and Kirt recording in two different locations. If you want to find out Tania’s secret location you will have to listen to the podcast. That’s just the way it is. Our lack of physical proximity in no way diminished the quality of this episode of Write Reads. How could it not be a good one? We’re talking about our mutual favourite, Thomas King (or, as Tania calls him, “Tom”), and his excellent new novel. So much to talk about here but we manage to cover some of the major bases and we also have a great deal of fun doing it (please let us know if that is a run-on sentence).

We have also, once again, decided to throw tradition and order to the wayside and have decided that August is now Classic or Indie Publisher Month, depending on our collective mood, whims, and necessities. Our next read will be indie publisher BiblioasisThe Party Wall by  Catherine Leroux. We would like to apologize for Tania’s poor research skills and Kirt’s total ignorance for mistakenly stating that the french title for this novel is La marche en forêt. That is actually Leroux’s first novel. The french title for this one is Le mur mitoyen. This ruins a whole sequence of banter in the podcast but we hope that it doesn’t ruin anybody’s day.

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Write Reads #40 The Horseman’s Graves by Jacqueline Baker

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Our 40th podcast and our May Mystery pick gone and got done (finally)! Tania opens a dialogue about how this book qualifies for our mystery month and Kirt offends fundamentalist Christians and Germans. It’s really a great podcast and a great book too.

This podcast was recorded on June 21st which is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. In recognition of this fact our next pick (and Kirt’s birthday pick) will be The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King. Tania and Kirt are both huge Thomas King fans so this should be a good show.

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Our May Mystery Pick (Which Will Be Entirely Read In June)

hgHello, Dear Friends. Our deepest apologies for the lateness of this announcement. We were planning to have a guest host for our mystery/thriller pick but, sadly, these plans fell through. However, Kirt and Tania are known for their dauntlessness. We have quickly selected a title for the next podcast which we expect you to have read by the 14th of June (or whenever you can). Our selection is Jacqueline Baker’s The Horseman’s Graves. Tania needs to be applauded for her bravery. This novel is both a Gothic thriller and historical fiction, neither of which are her faves. We do know that this selection will please Nat at The Wandering Bibliophile. She has been recommending this book to us since forever.

We look forward to getting our read on. We also hope that you will be able to join us.

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Write Reads #39 Birdie by Tracey Lindberg with Laura from Reading In Bed

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We’re actually on time with the podcast for a change. The fates conspired to allow us to get together with Laura from Reading In Bed for her third stint as guest host. Things went as swimmingly as they always do when Laura joins us. We discuss Birdie, Canada Reads 2016, “The Beachcombers”, “The Frugal Gourmet”/”Urban Peasant” (there is controversy in this podcast, rest assured), subtle signs of flirtation, and many, many more topics (including the possibility of our own “shadow” Canada Reads (very exciting!)).

You also get to hear the magpie that is threatening Kirt’s sanity by calling his name over and over again.

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We failed to mention our May Mystery Pick. That’s because we don’t have one yet. We promise that we will have one soon (with plenty of time for you to read it).

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Write Reads #38 A Profession of Hope by Jenna Butler

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Here we are back again so soon to talk about our non-fiction pick. We are having a very good track record with these picks. Neither Tania nor Kirt are big fans of non-fiction but our last two choices have been thoroughly enjoyed. Listen to the podcast, listen to Kirt weep, listen to why he gave it 5 out of 5 stars, and listen to why Tania gave it 4 out of 5 stars. We also discuss The Force Awakens, so that’s like, legitimately, a bonus.

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