Write Reads #68 Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui

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Welcome to the Quarantine Edition of Write Reads! It’s very similar to our regular podcast but we do some talking about virus naming conventions, social distancing, self-isolating, and the like. But mainly we discuss this really excellent book about Chinese restaurants. WARNING: This podcast might make you crave Chinese food! Maybe have a snack before you listen. And, if you’re stuck at home and bored, go back and listen to our entire library of podcasts. That’ll keep you busy.

Other books discussed in this podcast:

 

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March Nonfiction Pick

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After careful deliberation and close consultation we have selected our nonfiction pick for March. Run out this instant and get a copy of Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui, then join us to hear what we have to say about this culinary cross country chronicle.

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Write Reads #67 Unless by Carol Shields

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Welcome to Tania’s birthday party! Woo hoooo! This podcast was recorded on the actual anniversary of Tania’s arrival on this plane of existence. It gets pretty wild. Have a listen and enjoy.

Other books discussed in this podcast:

Bookstores mentioned:

Wackadoodle book contests mentioned:

 

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Tania’s Birthday Pick

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If you haven’t heard through the rumour mill or telepathy, Unless by Carol Shields is Tania’s birthday pick. We’ll be discussing it later this month.  Sorry this wasn’t posted sooner but you still have time to grab it and read it and then listen to us talk about it. Here’s to also wishing the best Bestie and podcast co-host in the universe a very happy birthday!

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Write Reads #66 Top Ten Canadian Books of the 2010s

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We’re back! We know that you’re expecting a discussion of This Is How You Lose the Time War but you’re going to be sad. We read the book but we decided not to discuss it. We hope you will survive the disappointment. If you read the book and have lots to say about it, let us know and we’ll address your comments in our next podcast. We’ll also let you know what book we’ll be discussing for that podcast very, very soon.

To recognize the decade that has passed, the year that has passed, the year to come, and the Lunar New Year that will be happening this coming weekend, we are presenting our Top 10 Canadian Books of the 2010s and Kirt’s Top 5 of 2019. We hope that you’ll enjoy listening to our picks and that you will share your picks with us.

If you don’t want to listen to our blather, here are the lists:

Tania’s Top 10 Canadian Books of the 2010s

  1. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  2. Every Blade of Grass by Thomas Wharton (Write Reads #54)
  3. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (Write Reads #28)
  4. River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay (Write Reads #52)
  5. The Party Wall by by Catherine Leroux (Write Reads #42)
  6. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (After Canada Reads #1 and #2)
  7. SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
  8. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (Write Reads #47)
  9. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  10. Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Kirt’s Top 10 Canadian Books of the 2010s

  1. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  2. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  3. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
  4. A Profession of Hope by Jenna Butler (Write Reads #38)
  5. The Widow Tree by Nicole Lundrigan (Write Reads #14)
  6. The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
  7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  8. Dr. Brinkley’s Tower by Robert Hough
  9. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Write Reads #30)
  10. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Kirt’s Top 5 of 2019

  1. French Exit by Patrick deWitt (Write Reads #58)
  2. Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux (Write Reads #63)
  3. Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (Write Reads #60)
  4. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
  5. The Substitute by Nicole Lundrigan (Write Reads #57)
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Write Reads #65 Twin Studies by Keith Maillard

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It’s Write Reading In Bed Month! We’re joined by one of our favourite guest hosts, Laura Frey (Reading-In-Bed), for her bi-annual visit. We had lots of good stuff to say about this critically acclaimed novel. Listen!

Today also marks the 7th anniversary of our little podcast. Happy anniversary to us!

Our Sci-Fi and Fantasy pick for next month is This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. We eagerly invite applications for guest hosts.

Other books mentioned in this podcast:

Other book celebrities mentioned in this podcast:

Rick MacDonnell

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Write Reads #64 Hostage by Guy Delisle

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Here’s Graphic Novel month! We hope you enjoy our discussion about this really compelling story. How would you hold up under those circumstances? Give us your thoughts.

Next month is Write Reading In Bed Month! Laura Frey will be joining us to talk about Twin Studies by Keith Maillard. Grab that book, read it, and listen to us talk. Very simple.

Other books discussed in this podcast:

Leacock Award article mentioned:

CanLit’s Comedy Problem by PASHA MALLA

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