Write Reads #49 The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis

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Join us for our discussion of Book 4 in Alexis’ planned Quincux. We had much to talk about in this podcast for Tania’s birthday pick. We hope that we covered the major bases. Let us know if you have any further thoughts on the topics we discussed or if there are any topics we may have missed. We always love your feedback.

You will notice that there is an additional audio file for your listening pleasure. This is our discussion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in honour of the show’s 20th anniversary. You can let us know if you have anything to add to our thoughts.

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Write Reads #48 The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan by Robert Hough

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Hey there, Buccaneers! Why don’t ye get yerself settled in like and have an earfull of our Historical Fiction Pick podcast? You can plunder and pillage our thoughts . . . um, or something. Henry Morgan: Admirable Swashbuckler or Glorified Small-Handed Pirate? Chess metaphors: Not Just for Dorks Anymore. How much history do you need in your historical fiction? If any of this interests you, you’ll be well satisfied with old #48.

Our Canadian Book News in this podcast is The Biggest! There have been whispers, innuendos, hints, loose talk, and radical assertions, but it is now official, Write Reads: After Canada Reads is happening! In the last week of April (we’re recording on April 23rd), and once you’ve had time to calm down after Canada Reads,  you will be able to hear Write Reads contributing to the Great Canadian Tradition of  book debates. Or you can totally ignore Canada Reads and just pay attention to us. It’s entirely your choice. There’s lots of info in the podcast about this Event to Rock the Nation and an After Canada Reads page will soon pop up here (a place to give your suggestions about discussion topics, more info about our debate theme, and more info about our participants and the books they will be championing). Watch this space for that!

WR:ACR Debate Question:
Who is the best female character in Canadian fiction?

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We also announced the winner of our Non-Fiction Pick poll. Brown: What being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee was the clear favourite. Go get a copy and join us for our non-fiction podcast in early April.

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Non-Fiction Pick 2017!?

We’ve got big things brewing that we’ll be letting you in on when we record our Historical Fiction podcast in a few days. In the meantime, we need your help picking our non-fiction selection for March. We’ve had a streak of really good books for this category so don’t let us down: Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) by Kamal Al-Solaylee or Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution by Carmen Aguirre

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Write Reads #47 The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

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We hope you enjoyed our Kids’ Pick as much as we did. Have a listen to what we had to say and let us know what you thought. Be warned, though: Just because the podcast is about a kid’s book doesn’t mean that the podcast is appropriate for kids. NSFW, as always.

Our Historical Fiction Pick for our next podcast will be The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan by Robert Hough. We hope you’ll join us for that discussion next month. Tania has also chosen her birthday pick for the following podcast: The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis. So, you can can get a jump on that one too, if you want to.

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Write Reads #46 The Year In Review

Hello, Dear Friends! Our deepest apologies to those of you who were expecting a podcast about Experimental Film. Sadly, it proved too difficult to obtain in our city of champions. If you were able to get your hands on a copy, and you read the book, there is a special offer for you in this podcast!

As we had no book to discuss, we decided to do one of these Year In Review type things. We think it turned out pretty well. Listen to it and let us know if you agree.

OUR TOP 5 PICKS FOR WRITE READS 2016

KIRT (Links go to podcasts):

  1. The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
  2. A Profession of Hope by Jenna Butler
  3. The Outlander by Gil Adamson and The Horseman’s Graves by Jacqueline Baker
  4. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
  5. The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

TANIA (Links go to Goodreads):

  1. The Party Wall by Catherine Leroux
  2. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
  3. The Horseman’s Graves by Jacqueline Baker
  4. The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
  5. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

This episode also touches upon the much discussed “Shadow Canada Reads” that we plan to do in the coming year. We welcome your input for a theme to our show and will probably have a vote once we get some choices. What do you think of the Canada Reads Longlist and this year’s theme (whatever it may be)?

We also announce that our Kid’s Book Pick will be Kenneth Oppel’s The Nest. You should have no difficulty finding this book. We’ll be meeting to discuss it at some point in mid- January. Join us!

As a special treat to those of you who care, and who listen to the podcast long enough, we also discuss the Gilmore Girls Revival. SPOILER ALERT!

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Write Reads #45 The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

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Welcome to the 45th Write Reads podcast! As all of our ardent fans know, November is now Write Reading in Bed Month. Laura from Reading in Bed once again joins us to discuss Zoe Whittall’s Giller nominated novel. As per usual, when we have a guest and a book that really engage us and get us talking, it is a long episode (but worth listening to every golden minute). The discussion (and the novel) centers on “rape culture” but we manage to keep things somewhat light. Listen and let us know how we did.

Thanks to EPL’s Makerspace program for the recording facilities and their assistance.

The novel for our Sci-Fi/Fantasy pick next month is Experimental Film by Gemma Files.

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Write Reads #44 The Outside Circle by Patti Laboucane-Benson

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Welcome to our Graphic Novel Month, our 44th podoversary, and our 4th year of existence. We hope you have, continue to, and will enjoy all of it.  Lots to talk about in this installment about a very important contribution from a local author and a local artist. Let us know what you thought and get in on this sweet action.

We are also pleased to announce yet another podcast with Laura from Reading in Bed as our guest host. She’ll be joining us for our 45th episode to discuss Giller nominee  The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall. We hope your ears will join us.

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