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The Chat…turns one

For the past year, I’ve run a popular author interview series called The Chat on one of Canada’s leading book blogging platforms, 49thShelf. We launched the series during last year’s Giller Prize season, interviewing each of the five Giller finalists (including 2015 winner Andre Alexis) and spotlighting each nominated title with an excerpt from the work, great reviews, and other highlights.

Over twelve months, I’ve had the pleasure to be in conversation with a whopping 32 Canadian writers. That’s a lot of reading! It’s a diverse group of authors from around the country, writing across a multitude of genres–fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, children’s literature, and drama. Many of these writers are well-known to Canadian readers and readers around the globe; some are new and emerging authors just beginning to make their mark on the literary scene. Each month we’ve taken a peak behind the book to get a sense of the concerns, craft, and insights of the writer and his or her work.

It’s been privilege to have the chance to spotlight so much great Canadian talent. I’m thankful to 49thShelf for approaching me with the idea for the series. To read all the interviews–including my most recent with Writers’ Trust fiction finalist Katherena Vermette–visit The Chat on 49thShelf. Over the next month, look for interviews with each of this year’s six Giller finalists, and all of the English-language winners of the 2016 Governor General’s literary awards.

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