The Chat

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The Chat with Kelly S. Thompson

Kelly S. Thompson served as a captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and writes about her experiences as a female soldier in her compelling debut memoir, Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces (McClelland & Stewart).

Lauren McKeon, author of F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, writes, “In Girls Need Not Apply, Kelly S. Thompson presents us with a masterclass in resilience. With equal parts strength and vulnerability, Thompson navigates what it means to find belonging—and success—in a hyper-masculinized culture that was never built for women. A must-read for those of us who make it our daily habit to smash through age-old, sexist barriers.”

After several years of service, Kelly S. Thompson retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after an injury. She has an honours BA in Professional Writing from York University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and is a PhD. candidate in Literary and Critical Studies at the Univer …

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The Chat with Derek Mascarenhas

Derek Mascarenhas' debut collection of short fiction, Coconut Dreams (Book*hug), explores the lives of Aiden and Ally Pinto and their family, and connects their world in suburban Ontario with the family’s ancestral village in Goa.

The Chat with Anthony De Sa

We continue our summer edition of The Chat in conversation with Toronto writer Anthony De Sa. His new novel, Children of the Moon, takes us back to twentieth-century Tanzania and Mozambique and tells the stories of Pó and Zeca, whose lives intertwine in the shadow of war.

The Chat with Nancy Jo Cullen

We celebrate Pride month in conversation with Nancy Jo Cullen, author of the fabulous debut novel The Western Alienation Merit Badge (Buckrider/Wolsak & Wynn).  

The Chat with Megan Gail Coles

Today we're in conversation with Megan Gail Coles, whose debut novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (Anansi) packs a powerful punch. The book explores the lives of a cast of characters whose lives intersect during a Valentine’s Day blizzard at a trendy St. John’s restaurant.

The Chat with Téa Mutonji

Vivek Shraya launched her imprint VS. Books with Arsenal Pulp to highlight bold work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour. Scarborough writer Téa Mutonji’s debut collection Shut Up You’re Pretty is the first work to be featured.

The Chat with Lucas Crawford

This week, we’re in conversation with Lucas Crawford, author of The High Line Scavenger Hunt (University of Calgary Press), an innovative and playful collection exploring the history and cultural geography of a vibrant corner of Manhattan.

The Chat with Shannon Webb-Campbell

Today on The Chat, we’re in conversation with poet Shannon Webb-Campbell. Webb-Campbell recently released her latest collection, I am a Body of Land (Book*hug).

The Chat with Ian Williams

Reproduction, the debut novel by Ian Williams, is a stunner. By any measure. Structurally daring, emotionally profound, intellectually engaged, playful and irreverent, it’s one of those books that makes you feel glad to be alive.

The Chat with Shauntay Grant and Eva Campbell

This week we’re in conversation with the creators of Africville, a picture book nominated last year for the Governor General's Award for Literature for Young People: author Shauntay Grant and illustrator Eva Campbell.

The Chat with Nilofar Shidmehr

Nilofar Shidmehr’s short fiction collection, Divided Loyalties (Astoria/House of Anansi) is a rich and compelling collection of stories focusing on the lives of women in Iran and the diaspora.

The Chat with Kathy Page

The tender story of a decades-long marriage, Dear Evelyn explores how time transforms our most intimate relationships.

The Chat with Harold R. Johnson

In our first conversation of 2019, we chat with acclaimed writer Harold Johnson, author of the genre-bending memoir Clifford: A Memoir, A Fiction, A Fantasy, A Thought Experiment (Anansi).

The Chat with Alex Leslie

We All Need to Eat is a spectacular collection, full of powerful stories that centre around Soma, a queer woman on the West Coast.

The Chat with Governor General's Award Winner Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is the winner of this year’s English-language Governor General’s Award for Literature for Young People (Illustration) for her gorgeous book They Say Blue.

The Chat with Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott

The 2018 Governor General’s Award for Translation was awarded to the team of Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott for Descent into Night (Mawenzi House), their translation of Edem Awumey’s haunting novel Explication de la nuit.

The Chat with Governor General's Award Winner Darrel J. McLeod

Today we're pleased to share this interview with Darrel J. McLeod, who won this year’s Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction for his memoir Masmaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age (Douglas & McIntyre).

The Chat with Governor General's Award Winner Jonathan Auxier

Ever wonder about the life of a young Victorian chimney sweep? Jonathan Auxier is winner of this year’s Governor General’s Award for Literature for Young People (Text), for his enchanting novel Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster.

The Chat with Governor General's Award Winner Jordan Tannahill

Jordan Tannahill is no stranger to the Governor General’s Awards. Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom marks his second GG's win in the drama category.

The Chat with Governor General's Award Winner Cecily Nicholson

Cecily Nicholson’s collection Wayside Sang is winner of the 2018 Governor General’s Award for English-language poetry. We caught up with Cecily this month as part of our ongoing coverage of this year’s Governor General’s Award winners.

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