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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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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