This topical literary series offers discussion and debate on a wide range of issues in the world of literature, interspersed with the latest publishing events and book news. While keeping tabs on the continuing evolution of the English language, the programs explore all manner of writing, from rap to screenwriting, with books in between.
Air Date: April 16, 2003 - 25:10
Margaret Atwood on Oryx and Crake. Robert Jordan and his world building, and fans. Bookcrossing.com, a unique literary project that's got readers all over the world sharing their books. Recommended Reading from the politicians at Queen's Park.
Air Date: April 16, 2003 - 11:04
Tina Srebotnjak interviews with pre-eminent Canadian writer Margaret Atwood about Oryx and Crake, her new novel that paints a chilling portrait of the future.
Air Date: April 09, 2003 - 27:55
Marcus Boon on The Road of Excesss. Elizabeth Abbott publishes A History of Mistresses. Hal Niedzviecki and Leon Rooke look at community-wide campaigns to get everybody reading the same book, at the same time.
Air Date: April 02, 2003 - 27:59
Ontario's Ruth Ohi and Michael Martchenko, two veteran illustrators who make kids' books sing. Kate Taylor on her debut novel called Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen. A look at the Read to Achieve Literacy Program sponsored by the Toronto Raptors
Air Date: March 26, 2003 - 27:59
Pierre Berton hosts a lunch for non-fiction writers. Antanas Sileika and Don discuss the likelihood of new writers being published. Lauren B Davis on the struggle to get published. Various published authors reflect on if writing can be taught.
Air Date: March 19, 2003 - 28:00
Debate with Lesley Higgins and Bronwyn Drainie about the impact of the film The Hours on the reputation of Virginia Woolf. Lisa Moore discusses Open, her book of short stories. Linwood Barclay is a guest speaker at a teacher's conference on literacy.
Air Date: March 12, 2003 - 27:59
Profile of Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi writer living in exile. Ontario novelist Ann Ireland's novel ,Exile,, a satirical twist on the writer in exile. Ontario writers Ray Robertson and Marnie Woodrow look at overlooked literary gems.
Air Date: March 05, 2003 - 27:59
Ontario writer Judith Fitzgerald on financial assistance for writers. Feature interview with travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer. A crash course on RUMI: The 13th century mystic is the bestselling poet of all time.
Air Date: February 26, 2003 - 27:59
Conversation with American writer Tim O'Brien about his novel July, July. Imprint delves into the relationship between writers and their pets. Black History Month ends with a profile of spoken word poets Dwayne Morgan and Motion.
Air Date: February 19, 2003 - 29:00
Catherine Gildiner and Russell Smith discuss aliteracy. Feature interview with Maxine Hong Kingston, and her turn to poetry. Ontario librarian and artist Eric Sangwine has revived medieval book curses in his art, spreads the message at the Oshawa lib
Air Date: February 12, 2003 - 27:59
Feature interview with Barbara Gowdy on The Romantic. The Lives of the Muses: Francine Prose tells the stories of nine artists and the women who inspired them. Writers tell us about their muse. Jan Wong meets Xinran, author of The Good Women of China
Air Date: February 05, 2003 - 28:00
Profile of an Aboriginal Writers group, the Six Nations Writers, on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford Ontario. Host Tina Srebotnjak interviews Lise Bissonnette about An Appropriate Place. And an anecdote to self help bestsellers from Andrew Boyd
Air Date: January 29, 2003 - 27:59
Profile of The Ginger Press, the literary heart of Owen Sound Ontario. Imprint's Top Ten Canadian Writers to Watch Under 40. Quill and Quire's Bronwyn Drainie, and Ann Decter of McGilligan Press deconstruct the talent pool and reveal their sources.
Air Date: January 22, 2003 - 28:00
Canadian mystery writer Peter Robinson. Eric McCormack on The Dutch Wife. Toronto writer Bridget Sweet learns to read and write through a program called Beat the Street, and gets published. Recommended reading from staff at Canadian Living Magazine.
Air Date: January 15, 2003 - 28:00
Panel on Canadian publishing events from 2002. Two time Giller nominee Gail Anderson-Dargatz on her new book The Rhinestone Button. Edmund White talks about his newest book "Our Paris: Sketches from Memory."
Air Date: January 08, 2003 - 28:30
Photographers Kevin Kelly and Tony Hauser discuss their author clients. Michael Holroyd on his new book Works on Paper. Authors name the title of their unpublished autobiography. Raja Alem meets her literary translator Tom McDonough