Author interviews, engaging book chat, and news of the latest releases from Alberta independent literary publishing house NeWest Press.
Debut author Leah Ranada joined us this week to talk about her book THE CINE STAR SALON, as well as the parasocial relationships you develop with hairdressers and what stressful job works best for a protagonist.
Join Leah Ranada and fellow NeWester Andy Zuliani for their Zoom launch on October 19th: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ranada-and-zuliani-double-launch-tickets-168048277923
Kieran Egan joined us for a chat about his new novel TENURE, the story of a gangster who goes up against the biggest racket of all: academia.
Come join the TENURE launch on Monday, October 4th, with special guests A.J. Devlin and Sam Wiebe: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tenure-launch-tickets-167938417327
Pick up your own copy of TENURE here: https://newestpress.com/books/tenure
Carol Harvey Steski came on the show to discuss her debut poetry collection rump + flank, and along the way we talked about the politics of bodies and our favourite fonts.
Come see Carol read online on September 22nd! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rump-flank-launch-tickets-166821988057?fbclid=IwAR0AmRE5QIs2GdRJGjs3Htw00szdlyVvpWknoRAAsfRFi7YdQAQ2yd4Osk8
Grab a copy of rump + flank here!
Glen Huser came on the show to talk about his new book BURNING THE NIGHT, as well as his first book GRACE LAKE and how they both came about. We also talk about depicting visual art in prose form, as well as changing attitudes between his first book for adults and his latest.
Come see Glen read with Danial Neil on May 10th!
Grab a copy of BURNING THE NIGHT here!
Kevin Holowack joins us to speak about his debut novel LIGHT ON A PART OF THE FIELD, as well as how to write the past vibrantly and the portrayal of artistic frustration.
Grab a copy of Kevin's book here!
Sign up for Kevin's May 5th launch with Karen Hofmann here!
Check out Kevin's latest album here!
Karen Hofmann joined us to talk about her new novel A BRIEF VIEW FROM THE COASTAL SUITE, as well as Vancouver real estate and which child she likes the best.
Come see Karen live on Zoom on May 9th! https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kh2-double-launch-tickets-149776847583?fbclid=IwAR0cUDp6K8-562GqonhTsdjY0vGLSfkOX-iln3i2bWuIfBhL7jUoPzE-RE4
Pick up a copy of A BRIEF VIEW FROM THE COASTAL SUITE here!
The podcast is back to talk to authors from NeWest's Spring 2021 season. First up is Nisha Patel, who joined us on the show to talk about her debut poetry collection COCONUT, as well as the differences between spoken word and written, chapbooks and other books, and India and Canada.
Check out Nisha's Virtual Book Tour here!
Buy a copy of COCONUT here!
After a little bit of computer trouble on our end, John O'Neill was finally able to come by the show and talk about his new short story collection GOTH GIRLS OF BANFF. Along the way, we talked about German Expressionism, H.P. Lovecraft and corsets.
Pick up GOTH GIRLS OF BANFF from our site here: http://newestpress.com/books/goth-girls-of-banff
Check out Don Gorman's Google Map of indie bookstores across Canada.
D.B. Carew hopped on to Skype for a chat about his new book The Weight of Blood, sequel to 2014's The Killer Trail. We also talked about the odds of meeting a psychopath among other fun things.
Register for the November 17 Zoom event here:
Mark Lisac, author of the upcoming novel IMAGE DECAY, stopped in for a Skype chat on the book as well as government secrecy and why lawyers might make better main characters than newspaper reporters.
To sign up for the November 9th Zoom event, click here:
Anne Wheeler stopped by for a Skype chat to talk about her first book of creative non-fiction, TAKEN BY THE MUSE, as well as the oddities of releasing a book during a pandemic, growing up in Alberta in the 1950s and more.
To pick up your own copy of TAKEN BY THE MUSE, check it out on the NeWest Press site here: https://newestpress.com/books/taken-by-the-muse-on-the-path-to-becoming-a-filmmaker
A.J. Devlin dropped in to talk about the followup to his award winning debut Cobra Clutch, as Rolling Thunder releases in the middle of a pandemic.
We also talked about wrestling in the age of corona, as well as what winning an award does to your kids' knowledge of your craft.
C.J. Lavigne dropped in to talk about her debut literary fantasy novel In Veritas, as well as role playing game settings, and synaesthesia as a literary device.
Regretfully, we have had to cancel our in-person launch events for this and every book due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but please stay tuned to our social media for web launches as well as eventually in-store events.
Traci Skuce was on hand to talk about her debut short story collection HUNGER MOON, as well as the resurgence of horoscopes and the cruelty of children
Regretfully, due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak all of our in person events have been put on hold, but we are doing a Facebook live launch for this book on April 15th: https://www.facebook.com/events/467553463938929/
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Bertrand Bickersteth dropped in to talk about his debut poetry collection THE RESPONSE OF WEEDS, as well as the connection between movie and music stars from the US and the Canadian prairie.
Regretfully, due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the events Bertrand mentions have been put on hold, but keep an eye on NeWest's social media accounts to find out when we are able to meet again.
Meredith Quartermain joined us to talk about the latest entry in the Crow Said Poetry series, LULLABIES IN THE REAL WORLD. Along the way we talked about subway voices and co-authors from beyond the grave.
Regretfully, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the events Meredith brings up during this recording have been postponed, but stay tuned to our social media for updates once the situation improves.
Randy Nikkel Schroeder joined us to talk about his exceedingly strange punk road novel-meets-northern meditation ARCTIC SMOKE. Along the way we talked about fallen music idols, and which cities in Southern Alberta are the weirdest.
If you're interested in checking out the soundtrack to the novel by THE TARSANDS, click here: https://thetarsands1.bandcamp.com
Meaghan Marie Hackinen joined us over Skype to talk about her debut adventure non-fiction book SOUTH AWAY, about a momentous trip down the Pacific Coast on bicycles with her sister. Along the way, we talked about staying humble, and how to take your mind off of things while doing such a huge task.
Jaclyn Dawn joined us over Skype to talk about her debut novel THE INQUIRER, about a big-city tabloid newspaper wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of a small town, as well as the curiosity you have while looking into other peoples' windows and the differences between city and town living.
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