Write Reads #63 Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux


Here’s our chat with Nat! We had fun talking about this excellent Biblioasis publication for our Indie Publisher Month.  You should buy it, read it, and listen to the podcast. Then you should tell us what you thought about this gem of Canadian Literature and what you thought about all the stuff we say about it. You’ll never believe this podcast’s surprise (and very “meta” ending).

Our Graphic Novel Month pick is Hostage by Guy Delisle. Look at us keeping on track [pats own backs]. So far, it’s just Kirt and Tania talking about this one, but if anybody gets a hankering to do a casting of pods, give us a holler.

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Indie Publisher Month and Nat!

Hey, Gentle Listeners! We have a book pick for our Indie Month: Madame Victoria by Catherine Leroux,  published by one of this podcast’s favourite independent publishers, Biblioasis! This is Leroux’s second time on the podcast. Check out all the awesome things we had to say about The Party Wall.

We’re going to be joined for this episode by our very dear friend and very special guest host, Natalie Hamilton (@bookishwanderer). Nat teaches literature, she has worked with publishers of literature, she blogs and tweets about literature, and she has sold literature with two particular book lovers at Greenwoods’ Bookshoppe. Get ready for a good one, gang!

Look for this podcast to fill your ears some time after Aug 4th.

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Write Reads #62 Boy Wonders by Cathal Kelly


We are so delighted to have Naomi from Consumed by Ink joining us to discuss the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, Boy Wonders by Cathal Kelly. We delve into lots of stuff in this one. We look forward to the emails and comments that will surely ensue. What’s your take on the Leacock Award? How do you feel about memoirs? Do you remember the television show called V? Are The Littlest Hobo and The Beachcombers not absolute classics of television history? Tell us.

We will be announcing our pick for Indie Month very soon (and maybe a guest host!). Keep your eyes open for that.

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“CanLit’s Comedy Problem” Literary Review of Canada by Pasha Malla (Kirt apologizes if he may have misgendered Mr. Malla)


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Write Reads #61 Leonard by William Shatner


This may be unprecedented in our history of podcasting but we do not have an episode for you for this book. The recording went screwy and it couldn’t be saved without a great deal of work (in spite of two test recordings beforehand). It is sad because it was a pretty good conversation. If you’re super disappointed, leave a comment saying so. If we get five comments, we’ll post just Tania’s side of the conversation and you can try to reconstruct Kirt’s side of the conversation. If we get more than ten comments, Kirt will re-record his side of the conversation as best he can and post the Frankenstein monster of a podcast. If Bill Shatner, or anybody from the Star Trek universe, comments we will re-record the entire thing with the Star Trek celebrity as a guest host. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure. maybe?

In the podcast we announced that for our humour pick in early July we’ll be joined by our friend Naomi from Consumed by Ink. The book we’ll be reading is Boy Wonders by Cathal Kelly. This memoir is the winner of the 2019 Leacock Medal Award for humour. We’re very excited to finally have Naomi on the pocast and we hope that you’ll run out, buy the book, read it, and join us in July.  Hopefully, laughing all the way.

We also gave a hearty 你好朋友!to our listeners in Hong Kong. Write Reads has more traffic from Hong Kong than anywhere other than Canada. If we have become minor celebrities in China, please let us know. We’re also curious about what brings you to our podcast. At any rate, we’re happy you’re stopping by.

Sorry, once again, for letting you down with podcast #61. We’ll strive to do better in the future, and please vote with your comments for a salvage operation if you really want one.

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Write Reads #60 Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice


Hey, Gang, it’s Write Reading In Bed month! Laura Frey from Reading In Bed has joined us once again for our discussion of Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow. After getting over the initial awkwardness of long distance podcasting we fell right back in to the usual delightfulness when the three of us get together to talk books. If you don’t listen, you’ll be sad.

Many thanks to ECW Press for the reading copies.  You listeners should check out their catalogue. They’ve got some really nice looking titles on the way.

Going forward, we’re going to try to ease back in to our former reading schedule, so our next podcast is a non-fiction pick. We’re going to read Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner. We’re aiming for end of May/early June for this one. Go grab a copy and join us (as listeners or as an actual guest host)!

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Write Reads #59 Washington Black by Esi Edugyan


Welcome back, gang. In this podcast we’re talking about the most recent Giller Prize winner. There are quite a few points of discussion with this book and we only skimmed the surface. Jump on in and let us know what you think about Edugyan’s take on the adventure novel, your feelings on the British and North American covers (and how those choices might influence our reading of the book), and generally how you felt about this novel (reviews have been mixed). Your input is valued.

Our next pick will not be Warlight by Michael Ondaatje as previously indicated. We’re doing Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. That podcast should be going up at the end of February or early March. We hope you’ll grab a copy and join us.

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Write Reads #58 French Exit


As we enter the final countdown to the Giller Awards, here is our discussion about one of the nominees. We hope you enjoy it in spite of some very minor technical problems in the podcast. We have a good laugh, you can be sure.

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