And The Winner Is . . .

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With all of the excitement around the imminent Giller Prize announcement we’re just going to cash in on the hype and announce our own winner for the poll we posted back in September. The clear choice for our ardent fans was Rodent by Edmonton author Lisa J. Lawrence.* So, go out and buy the book, read it, and then join us in early December for our long awaited 55th podcast. This podcast will mark our FIFTH ANNIVERSARY as book club podcasters changing the world of literature forever. It will also be Kirt’s first podcast from Halifax, and only the second time that he and Tania have not been in the same room for a recording. How will it turn out? Will the chemistry be the same? The only way you’ll know is if you listen to the friggin’ podcast.

*Marty Chan is also an Edmonton author who deserves your support so go out and buy his Demon Gate anyway. A great gift idea for your steampunk, atlternate history, demon hunting loving young adult.

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Write Reads #54 Every Blade of Grass by Thomas Wharton

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This is the final Write Reads to be recorded on 84th Avenue in Edmonton, and it is the last podcast (for a while, at least) in which Tania and Kirt will be recording in the same room, city, or province. Kirt leaves Edmonton on a wonderful note, though, with this beautiful book by an Edmonton author. Please enjoy our discussion of this gem and even if you don’t give us a listen, do yourself a favour and go out and buy this book immediately. You won’t regret it. If you do regret it, let us know why and we’ll make fun of you.

Because of Kirt’s relocation to Halifax we’ll be missing the next couple of podcasts. Our next podcast should be posted in December and it will be our Kid’s Book pick. Vote for what that pick will be: The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate by Marty Chan or Rodent by Lisa J. Lawrence.

CanLit Book News:

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Write Reads #53 Crying For The Moon by Mary Walsh

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Read the book? Haven’t read the book? Curious? On the fence? Just plain nosy? Listen to this podcast. Tell us how you feel about it. Or, don’t. It’s up to you. You will get to hear Tania make everybody uncomfortable with her feelings for Emily St. John Mandel. You’ll also get to hear Kirt sing some Taylor Swift. So, there’s that.

Next month will be Thomas Wharton’s Every Blade of Grass for our Indie Pick. Please join us.

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Write Reads #52 The River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

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So much could have gone wrong with Kirt’s Birthday Pick: Kirt is not a big fantasy fan. Tania isn’t crazy about historical fiction. The book is a massive 632 pages of time commitment during the summer months. Thankfully, none of this mattered. We both loved this book and we’d love to tell you why if you’d only listen to the podcast. Tania gets weepy instead of Kirt for a change.

The title we’ve chosen for our Humour podcast is Mary Walsh’s Crying for the Moon. Go read it and then join us for that discussion. Our Indie Pick for the following podcast is Every Blade of Grass by Thomas Wharton.

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Write Reads #51 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

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Welcome back, gang! Here is our Canadian Literature Classic. We hope you enjoy our discussion. Do you lean more towards Tania’s reading of the novel or Kirt’s? If Duddy is the apprentice then who is his mentor? Let us know.

Join us next month for Kirt’s Birthday Pick, River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. We’ve been assured that you don’t have to read Book #1 in the series, so go ahead and dive in.

CBC’s Indigenous Book Club Month

Tania on Instagram

Richler’s Take on Edmonton

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Write Reads #50 Brown by Kamal Al-Solaylee

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Sorry to have kept you waiting, Friends. Here, at long last, is our discussion of our non-fiction pick for our 50th PODCAST! Our streak of picking really good reads for this category remains intact. Listen to us talk about it, and then maybe let us know what you thought of the book, or what you thought of what we thought.

Our Classic CanLit pick is going to be The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler. We hope you’ll join us for our discussion of this old nugget of the CanLit canon. The following podcast will be Kirt’s Birthday Pick, River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay.

CanLit News: Know the difference!

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After Canada Reads Part 2 – The Conclusion

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Here’s Part 2 and the exciting conclusion of After Canada Reads! Tania’s Liesl from Fifth Business and Rianne’s Nao from A Tale For The Time Being were eliminated in Part 1. Who will be the last character standing? Jason’s Murasaki from Chorus of Mushrooms? Alexis’ Lou from The Break? Laura’s “Our Woman” from Malarky? The only way you’ll ever find out is if you listen to Part 2.

What did you think of the final results? Was a favourite character unfairly treated? Did we miss important  points of discussion? How would your votes have gone? Please, let us know!

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