Transcript: Imprint season 12 episode 1 | Sep 27, 2000

Tina Srebotnjak stands in a studio with pieces of art in red and orange hanging in the background.
She’s in her late thirties, with short chestnut hair and bangs. She’s wearing a long gray blazer.

She says HELLO, I'M TINA
SREBOTNJAK.
WELCOME TO THE SEASON
PREMIER OF "IMPRINT."
TONIGHT MARGARET ATWOOD HITS
THE ROAD WITH HER WELL-WORN
PEN.

A woman in her sixties signs a book.

She says IT IS NOT THE READINGS
THAT ARE TAXING, IT IS THE
REPEATED SIGNING OF YOUR
NAME WHICH CAN GIVE YOU A
REAL CRAMP IN THE BACK.

A man in his seventies says FILLED ME WITH animosity.
FILLED ME WITH SUCH RAGE. RAGE IS THE ONLY WORD I CAN USE TO DESCRIBE IT.

Tina continues ROOKE RAGE, WHAT MADE LEONE
ROOKE BECOME A WRITER.
AND A NURSE NOVEL FOR THE
ENTERPRISING WOMAN.

A woman in her forties says YOU ALWAYS WANT TO MARRY
A DOCTOR, FAILING THAT, WHAT
YOU WANT IS A RICH, SICK
MAN.

Theme music plays as the opening sequence rolls.
Fast clips show books and maps in hues of orange and red.

Back in the studio, Tina says WE KICK OFF OUR FALL
SEASON WITH THE FALL OF
GRAVITY, A SPRAWLING COMIC
ROAD NOVEL BY LEONE ROOKE.
A WIFE ON THE RUN, SHE HAS
HAD WITH LIFE IN HER GATED
COMMUNITY BUT HER HUSBAND
AND DAUGHTER ARE HOT ON HER
HEELS.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS IN HELL,
MICHIGAN WINDING ITS WAY
THROUGH SUCH TOWNS AS FAITH,
WYOMING AND MY GRAIN,
MINNESOTA.
LEONE ROOKE WOULD LIKE YOU
TO KNOW HE DID NOT MAKE
THESE NAMES UP.

Now a clip plays of Tina interviewing Rooke in a bar. He's clean-shaven and in his sixties with a thick white hair. A caption reads "Leon Rooke. The Fall of Gravity."

Tina says HELLO, HOW ARE YOU.

Leon says HI.

Tina says NOW THIS IS A GREAT
RAMBLING TALE, IT IS A ROAD
TRIP.
WHY DID THAT PEEL TO YOU TO
MAKE IT A ROAD TRIP.

Leon says BECAUSE WITH A ROAD TRIP
YOU HAVE AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES
TO BE JUST A VAST A
SEMBLANCE -- ASSEMBLAGE OF
CHARACTERS BECAUSE YOU ARE
ENTERING NEW TERRITORY ALL
THE TIME AND YOU ARE
ENCOUNTERING INDIVIDUALS WHO
WILL BECAUSE THINGS HAPPEN,
YOU GO INTO A RESTAURANT,
YOU HAVE TO ORDER FOOD, YOU
HAVE TO BUY GAS, YOU PLACE
YOURSELF IN A SITUATION
WHERE THINGS MAY HAPPEN TO
YOU.

Tina says DO YOU LIKE DRIVING.
I GOT THE SENSE YOU DID FROM
READING THE BOOK.

Leon says YEAH, THE TURNING OF THE
WHEELS CREATES A KIND OF
NOISE, A HUM OF THE HIGHWAY
THAT IS EVER WITH YOU, THE
HUM OF THE RAILROAD WHEELS
TURNING.
IT BECOMES KIND OF A CHURN
AND CREATES ITS OWN MUSICAL
ACCOMPANIMENT.
AND IT IS A MUSICAL
ACCOMPANIMENT THAT INVITES
THE MIND TO ENTER FOND
TERRITORY AND ENTERTAIN
IDEAS THAT ONE MIGHT NOT
OTHERWISE ENTERTAIN.

Tina says ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE
DRIVING AN INFINITE I30, A
VERY NICE CAR.
NOW WHY DID YOU PICK THAT.

Leon says ORIGINALLY IT WAS NOT THE
INFINITY.

Tina says THE MILLENNIUM
EDITION, WE SHOULD POINT
OUT.

Leon says WELL, I WAS -- I THINK I
WAS SOLD BY THE
ADVERTISEMENT, OWN ONE AND
YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.
WOW!, CAPTIVATING BECAUSE
THAT SORT OF INVITES ONE TO
ENTER THE VOICE OF THE
AUTOMOBILE ITSELF.
THE LURE WAS THAT THE
AUTOMOBILE COULD EVEN BECOME
A CHARACTER IN A NOVEL.
TINA: I WANTED TO TALK

Tina says THE MAIN CHARACTER,
THE ONE WHO IS FLEEING IN
THE CAR.
NOW ALL THROUGH THE BOOK WE
ARE KND OF WONDERING WHY
SHE HAS LEFT.
SHE IS WONDERING AS WELL WHY
SHE HAS LEFT AND I WAS
WONDERING SHE MIGHT HAVE
TOLD YOU.

Leon says SHE NEVER TOLD ME IN SO MANY WORDS.
AND I WONDER WHY -- SHE WAS
VERY RELUCTANT CHARACTER
SHE WAS NOT ENTIRELY
FORTHCOMING IN THE WAY
THAT ONE EXPECTS C
BUT IF YOU GIVE THEM THE
OPPORTUNIT TO TELL YOU WHY
ARE U DOING THIS, WHAT IS
THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE,
PLEASE.

Tina says NOW IN THE BOOK YOU
SAY THAT FEMALE READERS ARE
BETTER, BETTER READERS THAN
MEN, WHY IS THAT.

Leon says THEY ARE BETTER READERS,
THEY ARE BETTER IN MY VIEW.
THEY GIVE THEMSELVES MORE TO
LIFE, THEY GIVE THEMSELVES
THE POSSIBILITY OF RENEWAL,
OF ENTRY INTO ANOTHER
PERSONS PROBLEMS.
THEY ARE FAR MORE TOLERANT
AND THEY CERTAINLY,
UNQUESTIONABLY THEY ARE THE
BEST READERS.
NOW WHY THEY MAKE THEMSELVES
THE BEST READERS COULD YOU
AMPLIFY PERHAPS IN SOME
LEISURE.
WE NEED A LOT OF SPACE TO DO
THAT BUT I THINK ESSENTIALLY
IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE OPEN
TO THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THE
HEART.
THE HEART IS THE HUGE DOOR.
AND I THINK THE FEMALE DOOR
IS JUST A LARGER DOOR.
THEY ALLOW MORE DISPARATE
EFFORTS TO ENTER.
SO THAT INCLUDES BOOKS.

Tina says I HAVE A FRIEND, A
FEMALE FRIEND WHO ALWAYS
SAYS THAT SHE THINKS WOMEN
EMBRACE COMPLICATION, THAT
NOT ONLY IS THE DOOR MAYBE A
LITTLE LARGER BUT IT IS
EASIER TO OPEN, THAT WE ARE
JUST MORE, YOU KNOW, THE WAY
YOU HEAR THE OLD CLICHE
ABOUT TWO WOMEN IN A COFFEE
SHOP ABOUT 10 MINUTES THEY
WILL LEARN EVERYTHING ABOUT
THEIR LIVES THEY ARE MORE
OPEN TO TELLING LIFE STORY.

Leon says YOU ESPECIALLY SEE THAT
IN TERMS OF FRIENDSHIP,
MEN TO WOMEN, WOMEN TO
OTHER WOMEN, AND IT REALLY
HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE
PARTICAR MIGHT.
IT IS JUST A GIVING,HEY
ARE MORE GIVING.
WOMEN ARE JUST MORE GIVING.
I THINK ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN
DEMONSTRATED TIME AND TIME
AGAIN AND REALLY WE DON'T
REALLY HAVE TO ARGUE OR
DEBATE THAT ISSUE ANY MORE
IT IS JUST TRUE.

Tina says AT HE'S JUST TRUE.
YOU HEARD IT HEAR FIRST,
ABSOLUTELY.
I WANT TO ASK ABOUT YOU
BECAUSE I KNOW YOU FROM
NORTH CAROLINA AND YOU CAN
STILL HEAR A BIT OF THE
SOUTH.
WHEN YOU WERE A KID DID YOU
THINK YOU WOULD BE A WRITER.

Leon says THINK WHEN I WAS ABOUT
14 I THOUGHT OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF BECOMING A
WRITER, YEAH.

Tina says YOU HAVE TOLD A
WONDERFUL STORY OF HOW A
PARTICULAR TEACHER, I GUESS,
ALMOST FORCED -- NOT MAYBE
FORCED YOU BUT UNLOCKED YOUR
PASSION BY, IN FACT,ELL
YOU THAT YOU WERE NOT
CAPABLE OF IT.

Leon says SHE DISMISSED ME,
GOOD-BYE, LEONE.
NICE TO HAVE KNOWN YOU, YES,
SHE DISMISSED ME.
SHE ABANDONED ME TO THE
HINTERLAS.
YOU WILL BE HEARD FROM
AGAIN.
IT WAS NICE TO HAVE YOU
IN MY CLASS BUT YOUR LIFE IS
NOW OVER.
HER DISMISSAL OF ME
THE LIFE OF
PRACTCALLY EVERYBODY ELSE
I MEAN, WAS A HORRID IDEA
THAT ENRAGED ME.
AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF HER
INSULT THT I DECIDED WELL
MAYBE I CAN -- MAYBE I CAN
GO TO SCHOOL.
MAYBE I CAN GO TO COLLEGE.

Tina says SO YOU WENT TO
COLLEGE REALLY BECAUSE SHE
TOLD YOU YOU COULDN'T.

Leon says OUT OF RAGE.
WHEN SHE SAID THAT TO ME IT
FILLED ME WITH JUST
ANIMOSITY, SUCH PURE RAGE,
RAGE IS THE ONLY WORD TO
DESCRIBE IT.
THAT IT MADE ME LOOK AT,
WELL, SURELY THERE A WAY
TO SHOW HER THAT.

Tina says NOW I KNOW THAT WHEN
YOU WORKED YOU REALLY GO AT
IT.
I THINK YOU WORK WHAT, 18,
20 HOURS A DAY SOMETIMES,
NOW HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE.
YOUR BRAIN DOESN'T GET TOO
TIRED BECAUSE OFTEN YOU HEAR
WRITERS SAY OH, NO, YOU
CAN'T REALLY, AT A CERTAIN
POINT ONE GETS TOO TIRED.
BUT YO DO THE PUSH.

Leon says IT IS TOTAL NON SENSE THAT
A WRITERS ONLY GOOD FOR
FOUR HOURS A DAY.
AND IT IS ABSOLUTE NONSE
ENCOURAGED BY HEMMINGWAY I
SUPPOS AND OTHER WRITERS
TO OTHER WRITERS HAVE
SUCCBED TO THIS NOTION
THAT THE MIND IS ONLY AGILE
OR ONLY WORKABLE A FEW HOURS
A DAY.
BUT THE GREAT THING ABO
WRITING OR RE ENTRY INTO
ANY KIND OF PROCESS WHERE
YOUR MIND IS BUSY IS
THAT ONE THING LEADS TO
ANOTHER.
YOU CANNOT STOP THINKING.
THE MIND DOES NOT WANT TO
SLEEP.
YOU WANT TO KEEP AT IT SO
YOU FIND YOURSELF ENTERING
INTO NEW WORLDS, ENTERING
NEW WORLDS BEING CREATED OUT
OF A SINGLE WORD OR FOUR
WORDS TOGETHER.
SHE WAS ALONE ON THE BEACH.
WHO IS THE SHE.
WHY IS SHE ALONE.
WHAT BEACH.
SO - SO QUICKLY YOU ENTER
ANOTHER UNIVERSE AND BEOME
FASCINATED THIS SHE,
THIS WHY ALONE.
SO IF YOUDON'T SAY AT THE
END OF FOUR HOURS THE SHOP
CLOSED DOWN, YOU CAN ENTER
UNBIDEN INTO NUMEROUS SAVORY,
WONDERFUL PLACES.

Tina says NOW IT IS OBVIOUS TO
ME WHY ARE YOU SUCH A GOOD
READER.
BECAUSE YOU ARE SUCH -- I
LOVE THE WAY YOU TALK.
I LOVE YOUR HANDS AND ALL
THAT MOTIONING.
WHEN YOU ARE UP THERE
READING YOU REALLY GET INTO
IT, DON'T YOU.

Leon says I LIKE TO READ THE STUFF
THAT KIND OF APPROXIMATES
THEATRE, THAT IS, IN FACT
THEATRICAL.
THAT LENDS ITSELF TO THE
LARGER METHOD OF
PRESENTATION, I GUESS,
RATHER THAN -- THERE ARE A
LOT OF WRITERS GO THE OTHER
WAY.

Tina says BUT YOU ARE NOT JUST A
TEENY BIT OF A HAM.

Leon says YEAH, NO, -- GUILTY AS
CHARGED.

Tina says IT HAS BEEN A
PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU.

Leon says IT HAS BEN MY PLEASURE.

Tina says LOVELY TO MEET YOU THE
LAST, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

Leon says THANK YOU

The book appears briefly. The cover features two legs kicked up in the air.

Tina says THE "FALL OF GRAVITY
BY LEON ROOKE IS PUBLISHED
BY THOMAS ALLEN.
TINA: COMING UP A CHRETION
OF NURSE NOVELS, ONE
READER'S ANSWER TO LIFE'S
LITTLE STRESSES.
BUT FIRST, MARGARET ATWOOD
DOES THE CIRCUIT.

In the studio, Tina holds up a large hard-cover book. The cover features a woman in her twenties who turns to look back at something.

Tina says HERE IT, THE BLIND ASSASSIN,
THE BIGGEST BOOK OF THE FALL
SEASON.
MARGARET ATWOOD HAS
CERTAINLY BEEN FRONT AND
CENTRE SINCE THE BOOK CAME
OFF THE PRESSES.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE QUEEN
OF CANADIAN LITERATURE AT A
RECENT FUND-RAISER IN
SUPPORT OF WORLD LITERACY.

In a clip, people wearing cocktail dresses and suits gather in a colonial style home and sip on cocktails. Two women in their thirties stand behind a table filled with books and a sign that reads "Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin. 30 dollars."

Margret's in her early sixties with curly brown hair to her shoulders. The caption changes to "Margaret Atwood."

She says THE EVENT IS FOR WORLD
LITERACY.
AND I HAVE BEEN IN AN EVENT
TO THEM BEFORE AND WHAT THEY
DID WAS TAKE THE MONEY AND
IT -- I THINK IT IS
INTENSELY IMPORTANT.
FIRST OF ALL PEOPLE CAN'T
REALLY RUN THEIR OWN
FINANCIAL AFFAIRS UNLESS
THEY KNOW HOW TO READ.
THAT IS NUMBER ONE.
NUMBER TWO, NO READERS, NO
WRITERS.

Some people sit in a large wood-paneled room.

A woman in her forties stands behind a podium and addresses the crowd.

She says I INTRODUCE TO YOU OUR
GUEST OF HONOUR, I'M VERY
PROUD TO BE DOING THIS,
MARGARET ATWOOD.
[Applause]

Margaret steps up the the podium.

She says I ACTUALLY HAVE READ FOR
THIS ORGANIZATION BEFORE.
IT WAS DOWN AT THE NICHOLAS
HORROR BOOK STORE AND AS A
THANK YOU PRESENT THEY GAVE
ME A COPY OF THE KARMA SUTRA.
WHICH ON THE COVER IT HAD
A VERY NICE LITTLE PAINTING
OF A GENTLEMAN MAKING LOVE
TO FIVE WOMEN AT ONCE.

The crowd laughs.

She continues WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO
TELL ME.

The crowd laughs.

She continues NAMED IN HONOUR OF FAMED
LOCAL AUTHOR LAURA CHASE THE
FIRST PRIZE WILL BE
PRESENTED AT GRADUATION IN
JUNE.
HER SISTER Mrs. IRIS GRIFFIN
OF THE CHASE FAMILY WHICH
CONTRIBUTED TO MUCH SO OUR
TOWN IN EARLIER DAYS HAVE
GRACIOUSLY CONTENDED TO
PRESENT THE PRIZE TO THE
LUCKY WINNER AND THERE ARE A
FEW WEEKS LEFT TO GO.
SO TELL YOUR KIDS TO ROLL UP
THEIR CREATIVITY, PLEASE AND
GET CRACKING.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Charles Pachter." He's bald and clean-shaven and in his forties.

He says THE WORK IS
PROVOCATIVE.
SOMETIME IT REQUIRES A
LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT BUT
WELL WORTH IT.

The caption changes to "Doreen Roos-Poole." She's in her sixties with short blonde hair.

She says WE STUDIED THE HAND
MAID'S TALE AND I HAVE READ
SOME OF HER OTHER WORK.
I THINK SHE IS EXCELLENT.
WHAT CAN I SAY, GOOD LUCK TO
HER AND I'M ED LOOKING
FORWARD TO READING THE BLIND
ASSASSIN.

The caption changes to "Mark Wright." He's in his late thirties, clean-shaven with long brown hair.

He says I GUESS WHAT MAKES HER
THE QUEEN OF CANADIAN
LITERATURE IS THE FACT THAT
SHE STARTED, YOU KNOW, A
FULL TREND IN THE FEMINIST
MOVEMENT FOR ME IN TERMS OF
LITERATURE.
SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST
WOMAN NOT JUST IN CANADA BUT
IN THE WORLD TO SPEAK ABOUT
WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN A WAY THAT
WAS INTERESTING,
ENTERTAINING AND ENJOYABLE.
THAT IS WHAT MAKES HER THE
QUEEN.

Margret says IT'S NOT THE READINGS
THAT ARE TAXING, IT IS THE
REPEATED SIGNING OF YOUR
NAME THAT CAN GIVE YOU A
REAL CRAMP IN THE BACK.

Back in the studio, Tina says LET'S TAKE A
CLOSER LOOK AT THE BLIND
ASSASSIN.
IS IT MARGARET ATWOOD'S BEST
WORK OR IS IT AS "THE NEW
YORK TIMES" DECLARED AS FLAT
AS A PANCAKE."
CULTURAL CRITIC AND A
NOVELIST READ THE BOOK FOR
IMPRINT.
WELCOME NOW I KNOW ARE YOU A
FAN OF MARGARET ATWOOD.
WHAT DID YOU THINK IN A
NUTSHELL.

Bronwyn sits across from Tina. She's in her sixties with short gray hair. The caption changes to "Bronwyn Drainie. Cultural critic."

She says I WOULDN'T DESCRIBE IT AS
FLAT AS A PANCAKE BUT
SOMETHING LIKE EMPTY AT THE
CORE.
A FEW NICE PEAKS TO LOOK OUT
FROM BUT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE
THERE IS NOT MUCH THERE.

Tina says SO A DISAPPOINTMENT FOR
YOU IT ISONUMENTAL, 521
PAGES.
U CAN GIVE US JUST A
LITT SORT OF IDEA SO WE
CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING
ON.

Bronwyn says I WILL TRY IT IS A
COMPLICATED STRUCTURE BUT A
SIMPLE PLOT.
TWO GIRLS LAURA AND IRIS,
SISTERS GROW UP BETWEEN THE
WARS IN A SMALL SOUTHERN
ONTARIO TOWN.
THEIR FATHER OWNS THE LOCAL
PUTON FACTORY.
DEPRESSION COMES, THE PLACE
IS FALLING APART.
HE FORCES IRIS TO MARY A
TYCOON FROM TORONTO.
THEY MOVE TO TORONTO INTO
HIS GLOOMY MANSION BUT BOTH
GIRLS ARE ACTUALLY IN LOVE
WITH A KIND OF LEFTIE WHO IS
CONSTANTLY ON THE RUN FROM
THE POLICE.
AND THAT IS WHERE THE
MYSTERY COMES IN.
ONE OF THESE GIRLS IS HAVING
AN AFFAIR WITH THIS GUY BUT
WE ARE NEVER QUITE SURE
WHICH ONE IT IS.
ONE OF THEM ACTUALLY WRITES
A BOOK ABOUT TIR LOVE
AFFAIR BUT WE'RE NOT SURE
WHICONE THAT IS EITHER.
AND FINALLY ONE OF THEM,
LAURA AT THE AGE OF 25
DRIVES HER CAR OFF THE MOUNT
PLEASANT BRIDGE AND WE HAVE
TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHY
THIS SUICIDE.
ON TOP OF ALL THAT, THERE IS
A SCIENCE FICTION KIND OF
ELEMENT TO THE BOOK.
WHENEVER THE LOVERS MEET
THEY TELL EACH OTHER THEIR
THISCIENCE FICTION TALE
ABOUT GIRLS WHOSE TONGUES
ARE PUT OUT AND THEN THEY
ARE PUT ON SACRIFICIALLABS
AND BOYS WHO ARE FORCED TO
WEAVE CARPETS UNTIL THEY GO
BLIND AND THEN TURN INTO
ASSASSINS.
AND ALL OF THAT IS SUPPOSED
TO FOLD BACK INTO THE THEMES
OF THE MAIN STORY ABOUT THE
HELPLESSNESS OF WOMEN AND
THE BLINDNESS OF JUSTICE.
I'M NOT QUITE CLEAR SURE IT
WORKS.

Tina says I HAVE TO GIVE YOU A
MEDAL FOR THAT, THAT WAS
MOST IMPRESS OF.
NOW RAY YOU NEVER READ
MARGARET ATWOOD.
WHAT DID YOU THINK.

Ray sits across from Tina. He has brown hair and sideburns. The caption changes to "Ray Robertson. Novelist."

He says I WAS CONFUSED.
I COULDN'T DECIDE WHETHER
THE BOOK WANTED TO BE
SERIOUS LITERARY FICTION OR
A BIG FAT OPRAH, YOU KNOW,
PAGE TURNER ROMANCE.
I LOVED THE SORT OF IRIS,
THE PROTAGONIST ASIDES ABOUT
SOCIETY MISS AN THROPIC, AND
THE LANGUAGE IS VERY WITCH
THERE BUT I COULD NOT GET
PAST THE FACT THAT THESE
ROMNCE, THE POOR GIRL SOLD
INTO HIS LOVELESS
RELATIONSHIP, THE DASTARDLY
HUSBAND AND SISTER-IN-LAW
WHO TRIES TO -- THE
RELATIONSHIP AND THE IDEALISTIC
SISTER AND THE LEFTIE
LEANING LOVER WHO SAY
REAL -- I GOT A THING THAT
SHE WAS -- ONE EYE WAS ON
LITERATURE AND ONE ON THE
BLUE HAIRED LADIES IN
OAKVILLE WHO BUY THE BOOKS
AND MAKE THEM CANADIAN BEST
SELLERS.

Tina says IS IT YOU LIVED
SUCH A LONG AND FRUITFUL
LIFE WITHOUT HAVING READ
MARGARET ATWOOD.

Ray says I GUESS I WAS A GOOD
TEENAGER TRYING TO DO
EVERYTHING MY TEENAGERS TOLD
ME NOT TO DO.
I MADE A POINT OF READING
JACK KEROUAC AND CARSON
McCULLOUGH INSTEAD.
AS I GOT OLDER I READ
ROBINSON DAVIES AND ALICE
MONEY ROW.
I WAS IN GRADUATE SCHOOL IN
THE STATES AND THERE WAS A
COURSE DEDICATED TO MARGARET
ATWOOD.
UP TO THIS POINT I
THE ONLY PERSON IN CANADA
REPORTEDLY WHO HAS NOT READ
MARGARETIAD ATWOOD.

Tina says YOU ARE A MAN WHO
ADMITS IT.
LET'S TALK ABOUT LANGUAGE.
ONE OF THE CRITICISMS, WE
SHOULD SAY THE BOOK HAS
GOTTEN MOSTLY GOOD REVIEWS
OF THE ONE OFTHE CRITICISMS
IS I GUESS THE TORTURED
NATURE PERHAPS OF SOME OF
THESE METAPHORS AND SIMILIES.
THERE IS JUST ONE HERE THAT
I HAVE.
I LOOKED SICK, MY SKIN
LEACHED OF BLOOD LIKE MEAT
SOAKED IN LATER.
WHAT DID YOU THINK.

Bronwyn says WELL, I AGREE.
IT IS FUNNY, I USED TO LOVE
THAT KIND OF THING.
I USED TO LOVE IT WHENEVER
ATWOOD SAID SOMETHING REALLY
HONEST, REALLY CRUEL, REALLY
BRACING AND YOU SORT OF
THOUGHT GREAT, SHE IS
CUTTING THROUGH ALL THE
HIPPOCRACY OF OUR TIME.
THAT WAS LIKE 30 YEARS AGO,
20 YEARS AGO, 25 YEARS AGO.
BUT YOU KNOW, IT BECOMES A
STALE GAME AFTER A WHILE AND
UNLESS THERE IS SOME KIND OF
VERY BASIC HUMANITY
UNDERLYING ALL THIS VERY
CLEVER WORD PLAY AND CLEVER
STRUCTURE, THERE ISN'T MUCH
THERE.
AND I COME BACK TO SAYING IT
JUST FEELS EMPTY AT THE CORE
BECAUSE THERE IS NO REAL
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
AS RAY SAID THEY ARE ALL
STEREOTYPES
CHARACTERS.
AND THEY ARE FUN BUT YOU
KNOW, NOT MUCH THERE.

Tina says I WANT TO GET TO
CHARACTER IN A MINUTE BUT ON
THE ISSUE OF LANGUAGE, SHE
HAS A WONDERFULL STYLIST.

She points at Ray and says OH YOU LIKE THAT.

Ray says MAINLY BECAUSE ON THE
CONTENT LEVEL I LIKED THOSE
ASIDES ABOUT CASTING THE EYE
UNCOLDLY ON THE 20thENTURY
BUT I REALLY LIKED THE
LANGUAGE.
I DUG A LITTLE POETRY OF
HERS.
I LOVE IT WHEN POETS TURN TO
NOVELS AND BACK AND FORTH.
AND THOSE
PARTS ARE THE PARTS THAT I WOULD READ ALOUD AND
SAY LISTEN TO THIS LINE.
AND I LIKE THOSE PARTS.
I CAN SEE, THAT IS THE PART
WHICH THINK WHERE SHE WASN'T
THINKING BIG FAT
BOOK CLUB.

Bronwyn says SHE WANTS TO TAKE EVERY STEREOTYPE THAT'S SPOKEN IN SOUTHERN
ONTARIO AND TURN IT ON ITS
HEAD.
AND SO SHE SAYS WE'LL FIX
HIS WAGON.
BUT HE HASN'T GOT A WAGON.
IT IS SO OBVIOUS.


Tina says ON THIS ISSUE OF
CHARACTER, IRIS CHASE, THE
PERSON I GUESS WHO IS
TELLING THE STORY, DOES SHE
COME ALIVE FOR YOU.
IS SHE -- PEOPLE SAY SHE IS
NO HAGGAR SHIPLEY, BE
WONDERFUL PROTAGONIST FROM
THE STONE ANGEL BY MARGARET
LAWRENCE.

Bronwyn says OH, NO, I AGREE WITH RAY,
AS AN 82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WITH
AN INCREDIBLY CAUSTIC TONGUE
SHE IS A WONDERFUL,
WONDERFUL CHARACTER NO
QUESTION.
THE PROBLEM IS THE BAD IRIS
DOESN'T RELATE AT ALL TO THE
YOUNG IRIS WHO IS THIS DOPEY
ZOMBIED OUT VICTIM.
THERE IS NO WAY THAT THAT
GIRL COULD BECOME THAT WOMAN
AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED.
AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM AT
THE CENTRE OF THE MOVEL.

Tina says LET'S TALK ABOUT REVIEWS
BECAUSE AS WE SAID SHE GOT
PRETTY GOOD REVIEWS MOSTLY
IN CANADA.
"THE NEW YORK TIMES"GAVE
THIS VICIOUS REVIEW WHICH
SHE THEN RESPONDED TO.
DO YOU THINK, RAY, THAT SHE
IS JUST, THAT IN CANADA
THERE IS A KIND OF HESITANCY
TO SAY BAD TNGS ABOUT H
CAUSE SHE IS THIS HUGE
CULTURAL ICON.

says ABSOLUTELY IT IS NOT JUST
MARGARET ATWOOD OR ANYBODY
ELSE.
IN TERMS OF THE
REVIEW I WAS PERSONALLY
EMBARRASSED TO BE A CANADIAN
WHEN ALL THESE CANADIANS
HAVE THESE SHRILL
NATIONALISTIC CRIES COMING
OUT THE WOODWORK.

Tina says YOU MEAN THE REBUTTALS.

Ray says MOST PEOPLE DIDN'T READ
THE BOOK ANYWAY WHO WERE REFFUTING
IT.
BUT HAVE READ MORDECHAI
RICHLEER TAKE APART
CANADIAN AUTHORS.
I DON'T THINK IT IS A
CANADIAN CONSPIRACY
I THINK HE PULLS APART A
BOOK AND MOST OF THE THING
IN THAT REVIEW THE
THING HE DIDN'T LIKE WAS
THE LANGUAGE WHICH I LIKE.
OTHER THING HE SAID I THINK
WERE TRUE.
I WAS EMBARRASSED.

Tina says IN THE WORLD OF BOOK
REVIEWING WHICH YOU HAVE
BOTH KNOW BECAUSE I
YOU BOTH REVIEW BOOKS,
DOES IT HAPPEN THAT SOMEBODY
DECIDES OKAY, HERE IS A BIG
INTERNATIONAL WRITER, I'M
NOT SAYING THIS HAPPENED IN
"THE NEW YORK TIMES" CASE
BUT HERE'S A BIG
INTERNATIONAL WRITER LET'S
JUST TAKE HER DOWN A PEG OR
TWO.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO ASSIGN A
BOOK REVIEW TO SOMEBODY WHO
YOU KNOW IS NOT GOING TO BE
AMENABLE TO THE BOOK.

Bronwyn says OH, ABSOLUTELY.
AND EDITORS DO THAT KIND OF
THING ALL THE TIME.
BUT ARE YOU RIGHT IN CANADA
SHE TENDS TO GET REALLY GOOD
REVIEWS.
AND ABROAD, SOMETIMES THERE
IS A LITTLE MORE CRITICAL
JUDGMENT ABOUT HER.
THE THING IS HER OUTPUT IS
ABSOLUTELY HUGE WHAT IS IT
35 BOOKS ALL TOGETHER THE
COMBINATION POV ETRY AND
CRITICISM AND NOVELS.
OF COURSE SOME ARE GOING TO
BE ETTER THAN OTHERS, YOU
KNOW.
I HAVE MY PERSONAL
FAVOURITES AMONG HER BOOKS.
I LOVE THE EDABLE WOMAN.
I LOVE THE HAND MAID'S TALE.
CATS EYE AND HER LAST ONE
BEFORE THIS ONE, ALIASES
GRACE WHICH I THOUGHT WAS A
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL BOOK
THAT REALLY HAD
EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTER AS
WELL AS THE GREAT WRITING
AND WONDERFUL HISTORICAL
KIND OF FICTION FEELIN
ABOUT TOO.

Tina says QUICK, LAST WORD TO
YOU, WILL YOU READ ANOTHER
MARGARET ATWOOD?

Ray says THERE ARE LIKE 35 LEFT TO GO.
I HAVE TO FINISH MY NEW
BOOK FIRST, THEN I WILL GET
ON THE NEXT 34.

Tina says THANKS FOR COMING IN.
NICE TALKING TO YOU.

Alone in the studio, Tina says WE ARE ON A MISSION
TO HUNT DOWN READERS WITH
QUIRKY TASTES AND TO SNOOP
THROUGH THEIR BOOK
THE FIRST PERSON TO LET US
INTO HER USE WAS GWYN
BUREAUS, IMPRINT HEARD S
KEEPS AN COLLECTION OF
NOVELS IN HER BATHROOM.

In a clip, Geld visits Gwyn in her home. He's in his thirties and clean-shaven with brown hair.

He knocks on the door and says IT IS GELD FROM IMPRINT.
WERE HERE TO VISIT YOUR
BATHROOM.

Gwyn opens the door and says WELCOME.

She's in her forties with long brown hair pulled back. A caption reads "Gwen Burrows."

He says HOW ARE YOU.

She says GOOD.
COME ON IN.
IT SMALL BUT...

They walk into a bathroom with blue tiles. They look at a bookshelf above the toilet.

Geld says NOW I CALL THIS A
COLLECTION OF BOOKS ABOUT
NURSES; IS THAT CORRECT.

Gwyn says THEY ARE MY NURSE NOVELS.

Geld says NURSE NOVELS.

Gwyn says IT HAS TO START WITH
NURSE SOMETHING, YOU KNOW
LIKE NURSE WITH A DREAM,
NAVY NURSE.

Geld says NAVY NURSE.

Gwyn picks out a book with a photo of a woman in her twenties on the cover.

She says VERY NICE, AND THAT HAS A
PHOTO ON THE FRONT, VERY
UNUSUAL.
USUALLY THEY JUST HAVE
DRAWING.

Geld says SLOW DOWN BECAUSE I WANT

He looks at the cover and reads TO GET TWO MONTHS ABOARD A
TRUE TRANSPORT.

He looks at Gwyn and says A GOOD
CAREER STORY.
THEY ARE ALL GOOD CAREER
STORIES.
HAVE YOU GOTTEN CAREER
TIPS FROM THESE.

Gwyn says YOU ALWAYS WANT TO MARY A
DOCTOR THAT IS YOUR END
GOAL.
NOW FAILING A DOCTOR WHAT
YOU WANT IS A RICH, SICK
MAN.

Geld says WHAT ONE IS THE MOST
NAUGHTY.

Gwyn says NOT REALLY NAUGHTY, THEY
ARE NURSE NOVELS, COME ON.

Geld says AREN'T NURSE NOVELS
NAUGHTY.

Gwyn says I DON'T THINK SO, NO IT IS
ALL ABOUT MARRIAGE.

Geld says I HAVE BEEN MISINFORMED.

Gwyn says I'M TERRIBLEABLY SORRY.
NO, I HAVE BEEN
MISINFORMED.
NOW HOW DOES IT FEEL TO
BE PROBABLY THE ONLY PERSON
TO HAVE A COLLECTION OF
NURSE BOOKS.

Gwyn says OH, MAYBE SOMEONE ELSE
DOES.
BUT I'M PROUD OF THEM I FEEL
GOOD ABOUT THAT.

Geld says WHAT IS COMFORTING ABOUT
THEM.

Gwyn says IT IS GOOD IN THE
BATHROOM, NICE TO KNOW THERE
IS TRASH RIGHT ABOVE NEW THE
BATHROOM.

Geld says WHAT DO THESE BOOKS HELP
YOU GET THROUGH BESIDES
SOMETHING IN THE BATHROOM.

Gwyn says I'M NOT SURE THERE IS
MUCH MORE...

Geld says YOU READ THEM AT ONE TIME
TO DISTRACT YOURSELF FROM
PRESSURE, WHAT.

Gwyn says I WAS DOING A Ph.D IN
PHILOSOPHY AND CLEARLY NURSE
NOVELS WERE WHAT I HAD TO
TURN TO TO RELIEF THE
STRESS.

Geld says I HEARD OF THAT BEFORE
WHEREBY SOMETHING COMPLETELY,
THE ANTITHESIS.

Gwyn says IT IS A NURSE FOR EL
SYNDROME.

Geld says I LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU
HAVE TAKEN THESE HALF
SERIOUSLY.
YOU DO, YOU TAKE THEM HALF
SERIOUSLY.

Gwyn says YOU ARE TRYING TO
UNDERMINE MY OCCUPATION.

Geld says NO, I THINK IT IS
IMPORTANT, WHEN YOU WERE
DOING YOUR Ph.D, WHAT A
GREAT, I MEAN, YOU KNOW,
OTHER PEOPLE DO OTHER THINGS,
YOU WERE THAT...

Gwyn says JUST NURSE NOVELS.
THAT IS THE WAY I GOT
THROUGH.

Geld says THAT IS AN EXTREMELY
HEALTHY OUTLOOK FOR THE
PRESSURE YOU WERE UNDER.
HOW HAVE YOU COME BY SOME
OF THESE.

Gwyn says WELL, I GOT THE INITIAL
COLLECTION FROM A FRIEND IN
BALTIMORE.
THAT WAS SIX.
AND THEN ONE DAY I HAD A
FRIEND OF A FRIEND STAYING
WITH A ROOMMATE'S FRIEND AND
SHE LIVES IN MONTREAL AND IT
SEEMED TO BE HER PERSONAL
MISSION TO BE MY SUPPLIER AT
THIS POINT.
SO I GET THESE PACKAGES
EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE IN THE
MAIL FULL OF NURSE NOVELS
FROM THIS FRIEND OF A FRIEND
WHICH IS FABULOUS IT IS
GREAT.

Geld says BECAUSE SHE IS OUT THERE
LOOKING.

Gwyn says SHE LOVES THE BOOK
STORES.
I DON'T WANT TO BUY THESE
THINGS.
SHE WANTS TO BUY THEM FOR ME
WHICH IS JUST FABULOUS, YOU
KNOW.
SO SOME ARE A LITTLE
DESTROYED.
I HAVE HAD A FEW OTHER
FRIENDS GIVE THEM TO ME.
I HAVE GOT HARD COVERS FROM
OTHER FRIENDS BUT FRANKLY,
THAT SORT OF RUINS THE
INTEGRITY OF THE WHOLE
COLLECTION.

Geld says I'M GLAD YOU ARE TALKING
INTEGRITY WHEN IT COMES TO
THIS COLLECTION.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR
SHOWING THIS TO US BECAUSE
IT IS A TOUR INTO SOMETHING
THAT, YOU KNOW, MOST PEOPLE
HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT FOR A
WHILE.

Gwyn says PROBABLY A GOOD THING.

Geld says THANKS A LOT.

Gwyn says ARE YOU VERY WELCOME.

Back in the studio, Tina says THAT'S IMPRINT FOR
THIS WEEK.
THANKS FOR WATCHING.
NEXT TIME MEET BEST SELLING
WRITER JOY FIELDING, FANS OF
HER CRACKLING THRILLER WILL
BE SURPRISED BY HER LATEST
BOOK, FOR MORE SURPRISES
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK.
GOOD NIGHT.

Theme music plays as the end credits roll.

Special thanks World Literacy of Canada and Imperial Pub Library.

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Watch: Imprint season 12 episode 1