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Welcome to Book Me! A Book Lover's Journey Through CanLit. Join Lindsay Gloade-Raining Bird as she chats with the creators behind the must reads of the season. Dive into the topics of top new releases, hear author stories and recommendations and uncover hidden gems worthy of your TBR.

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S7 E3 Stephen Kimber

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S9 E6 Don Oliver
The Honourable Don Oliver, former Canadian Senator, lawyer, outspoken social activist, farmer, musician, chef, author, teacher—and the list goes on—joins Lindsay to discuss his autobiography, A Matter of Equality. Don shares his wisdom and some stories from the book including his experiences growing up in the only Black family in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in the 1940s and 50s; the greatness encoded in his DNA; his love of cooking and how he uses it to give back; his unique perspective as a Black man working within the system to fight for equality in Canada; and his hopes for the country's future.  Donald Oliver has dedicated his life to rooting out the systemic racism that has stalled the growth of Canada’s Black citizens – his work a testament to the truth that Black Lives Matter. Now, through dozens of black and white and colour images, and thorough intimate, personal reflections, A Matter of Equality: The Life's Work of Senator Don Oliver examines the legacy of the first man, and the second Canadian, to bring the Black experience directly to the upper house.
September 20, 2022
S9 E5 Lana Shupe
A lovely little chat about The Lonely Little Lighthouse, a heartwarming and thought provoking new picture book from author Lana Shupe. In this episode, Lindsay and Lana connect on their shared love of lighthouses, the importance of preservation, the power of community and the limitless potential of children. PLUS Lindsay's five-year-old daughter, Nina, makes a special appearance to share her own thoughts on the book—and brighten your day! Based on the true story of Nova Scotia’s Sandy Point Lighthouse, The Lonely Little Lighthouse follows the inspiring journey of a neglected lighthouse and the small coastal community that rallies to save her. Featuring a history of lighthouses from construction through to current preservation efforts and vibrant artwork from Maritime artist Marla Lesage, this penetrating picture book makes a beautiful addition to any shelf. 
September 06, 2022
S9 E4 Nicola Davison
Award winning author and photographer, Nicola Davison, joins Lindsay to chat about her beautiful new novel Decoding Dot Grey. They touch on everything from writing quirky and unique characters—including those with wings and tails—to challenging themes, the importance of morse code in the story and more. A great read—and listen—for anyone who is growing, or grown, and finding their place in the world. A heartfelt coming-of-age story set in an animal shelter and featuring the most-motley of crews—human and otherwise—”Decoding Dot Grey” is a tender and delightful new novel from award winning author of “In the Wake,” Nicola Davison.
August 23, 2022
S9 E3 Joanne Gallant
Lindsay sits down with Joanne Gallant to discuss her award-winning memoir, A Womb in the Shape of a Heart. The result, a raw, real, and resonant conversation between two women who, though each with their own unique journeys, are bonded in the shared experience of womanhood. Diving into the topics of miscarriage, motherhood, societal expectations, grief, shame, the power of laying bare your pain—and so much more. An important conversation—to have, to hear, and to share. An intimate memoir from bold and brilliant new voice, Joanne Gallant, A Womb in the Shape of a Heart is the immersive story of her journey through miscarriage and motherhood, holding space for the complicated paradoxes of grief and gratitude, of life and death, and the impenetrable depths of a mother’s love.
August 09, 2022
S9 E2 Nancy Regan
Do you ever question yourself despite your accomplishments? Feel like an imposter? Well, you're in good company. In this contemplative episode, TV & Journalism powerhouse, Nancy Regan, sits down with Lindsay to chat about her forthcoming release From Showing Off to Showing Up: An Imposter's Journey From Perfect to Present, sharing her wisdom on everything from imposter syndrome and perfectionism to embodied emotions and the practice of presence.  From the former host of Live at 5 and featuring soulful lessons from her conversations with the likes of Oprah and Elizabeth Gilbert, 'From Showing Off to Showing Up' is an intimate memoir and guide to overcoming impostor syndrome, stage fright, perfectionism, and embracing our most authentic selves.
July 26, 2022
S9 E1 Michelle Wamboldt
Lindsay chats with Michelle Wamboldt, author of Birth Road, about bringing an idea to fruition; recreating the magic of historical Truro, Nova Scotia; and the woman who inspired it all. Birth Road is an evocative work of historical fiction that travels from rural Nova Scotia to Boston and back again. Told in startling vignettes and with bold, impeccable prose, it's a story of love, lost innocence, and the secrets that so often haunt small places.
July 12, 2022
S8 E10 Clary Croft
Season 8, Episode 10 Long before the phrase "gig economy" was invented, Clary Croft was living it. For more than half a century (and counting) he's made his living in music, theatre, clothing design, writing, and by sharing the archival treasures of Helen Creighton's collection of traditional songs. He told Costas Halavrezos how a charmed childhood in Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia paved the way for his multi-faceted career.
July 02, 2021
S8 E9 Lori Doody
Birds of a feather flock together, but what happens when an exotic parrot decides to hang out with capelin-gobbling puffins? Lori Doody's fanciful tale for preschoolers lets Pete the Parrot illustrate the choice between trying to fit in and accepting your true self. She tells Costas Halavrezos how her childhood and her children influenced this charming book.
June 22, 2021
S8 E8 Marjorie Simmins
Season 8, Episode 8 Marjorie Simmins When Marjorie Simmins set out to write about the legendary horse Somebeachsomewhere, she didn't know she'd meet so many people who'd been smitten by his calm nature, charisma, and ferocious ability to win the most prestigious races in Canada and the U.S. She told Costas Halavrezos about the deep personal bonds they built with the beautiful bay stallion, and how "Beach" put Truro, Nova Scotia on the international harness racing map.
June 18, 2021
S8 E7 Jane Doucet
Season 8, Episode 7  As Wendy Hebb is about to turn 60, she decides to open a sex shop in Lunenburg. Her husband Paul, who's retiring from fishing, is shocked. What will people think and say? We find out exactly, as Jane Doucet lets us eavesdrop on conversations and explore the relationships of the town's citizens. She tells Costas Halavrezos how she uses humour to explore personal issues that couples often don't have the courage to discuss. Publishing Date: July 2021 - Pre-order now from your local bookseller, Indigo or Amazon.
June 02, 2021
S8 E6 Alexandra Harrington
Season 8, Episode 6 Anyone who reads "The Last Time I Saw Her" will never again make a generalization about "teenagers". Alexandra Harrington's distinctive characters both support and clash with one another after a car accident in their small community. But was it an accident? Alexandra tells Costas Halavrezos who inspired the sleuthing in her bold coming-of-age novel.
May 19, 2021
S8 E5 Chris Benjamin
Season 8, Episode 5. Readers don't just like to read books; they like to read about books: the latest from favourite authors, profiles of up-and-comers, essays, reviews, and new titles that touch on everything from local history and outdoor life to cooking. Atlantic Books Today (sponsored by the Atlantic Publishers' Marketing Association) satisfies all those interests. Costas Halavrezos spoke with managing editor Chris Benjamin about the ways the new issue highlights a growing diversity of voices in the four Atlantic Provinces, and how our writers make the two-way connections between our region and the world.
May 10, 2021
S8 E4 Louise Michalos
Season 8, Episode 4 Marilla Cuthbert isn't the most likable character in the "Anne of Green Gables" books. Readers may have wondered what made her such a cold and disapproving person. In her novel, "Marilla Before Anne", Louise Michalos answers that question by introducing us to a teenaged Marilla - a high-spirited, passionate young woman in early 19th century Prince Edward Island - and tells Costas Halavrezos how she perseveres through a gauntlet of misfortunes with her dignity intact.                You'll also learn how Louise tackled writing as a second career after retirement.
April 26, 2021
S8 E3 Sarah Grindler
Season 8, Episode 3. The forest is where things burrow and slither and nest, where lichens with little red hats stand on mossy logs, and perfume-sweet wildflowers grow beside neighbours that stink. At a time when it's never been so important to get outside, writer/illustrator Sarah Grindler's "Forest Magic: A Guidebook for LIttle Woodland Explorers" will introduce children, parents, and grandparents to the lively world that's close as your nearest park or backyard. She tells Costas Halavrezos how childhood experiences prepared her to create this book.
April 08, 2021
S8 E2 Becca Babcock
Season 8, Episode 2 Emma Weaver has personal motives for choosing her M.A. thesis topic. She divides her time between poring over mute archival records and trying to find members of the notorious Gaugin family who'll talk to her. They were rounded up by authorities at their remote settlement in the 1990s, and Emma needs to interview people who were there to discover what happened after they were dispersed to the justice system and foster homes. Becca Babcock's début novel, "One Who Has Been Here Before" traces Emma's life-changing encounters with people who'd lost everything but who ultimately help her deal with her own conflicts, underlining the importance - and difficulties - of developing a genuine empathy for others. The release date is April 20. Contact your local independent bookstore to preorder your copy today.
March 23, 2021
S8 E1 Charis Cotter
Season 8, Episode 1. A phantom crew rows eternally through the Atlantic fog. A light moves from room to room in an abandoned house. A dark presence pins you to your bed at night. Charis Cotter's "Screech: Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland" will not only give you goosebumps, but also insights into daily (and nightly) life in rural homes where the dead play surprising roles. She told Costas Halavrezos how schoolchildren helped her track down Newfoundland's most enduring spooky tales.
March 09, 2021
S7 E9 Lesley Choyce
Season 7, Episode 9 Socrates was famously quoted as saying, "The unexamined life is not worth living".  Lesley Choyce believes that regular examination of his life is worth writing about, especially as aging challenges his ideals, illusions, and sense of priorities. He spoke with Costas Halavrezos about the insights, joys, and absurdities he's noted on approaching 70.
February 26, 2021
S7 E8 Rev. Dr. Joyce Ross
"It's Our Time" is a book that grew out of a public slur against African Nova Scotians who live in a cluster of communities known as The Preston Township. That insult made Rev. Dr. Joyce Ross resolve to publicise the deeper story of resilient Black men and women who fled slavery and wars in the U.S. and Jamaica, and then overcame more obstacles in their new country. While Wanda Taylor researched and wrote the book, she suggested that host Costas Halavrezos interview the inspiration for the book - Rev. Dr. Ross. Note: A few weeks after this interview was recorded, the Premier of Nova Scotia made an announcement regarding an issue raised by Dr. Ross. Premier Iain Rankin announced the allocation of an additional $3 million to help speed up the awarding of land titles in Preston Township and other historically African Nova Scotian communities through the Land Titles Initiative, which began in 2017. The process is designed to help residents finally acquire clear title to their land at no charge. Premier Rankin said this funding is intended to help address a “legacy of systemic racism”
February 16, 2021
S7 E7 Heather Stemp
They say you should never meet your heroes because they'll disappoint you (or leave you tongue-tied).  Heather Stemp learned that her Aunt Ginny actually met the world-famous aviator Amelia Earhart when she landed in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in the 1930s. From that single fact, Heather has created a series of books blending history and fiction. She told Costas Halavrezos about the journey of a girl inspired by meeting her idol to persevere in a world that's hostile to women taking on non-traditional jobs.
January 26, 2021
S7 E6 Lynn Davies
Season 7, Episode 6 "Headfirst is the most delicious way to go down a tree".  That's typical of the intriguing clues in "So Imagine Me: Nature Riddles in Poetry" by Lynn Davies. The answers (and some misleading clues) are embedded in Chrissie Park-MacNeil's colourful illustrations for each poem. Lynn tells host Costas Halavrezos how everything from her love of nature to growing up in her parents' bookstore informed her latest offering for children - one which will open eyes and imaginations to natural wonders.
January 13, 2021
S7 E5 Taylor Widrig
Nearly every coastal nation has folkloric beings who are part human, part sea creature. In "The Mermaid Handbook", Taylor Widrig brings us profiles of mermaids and other mer-people from around the world (including Minnow, the Mi'kmaq mermaid). But she also tells host Costas Halavrezos how young people can adopt the "mermaid way of life" - everything from how to treat the environment with respect, to using dulse, kelp, and sea lettuce in our cooking.
December 23, 2020
S7 E4 Jan Coates
Season 7, Episode 4 In our hyper-connected world, what could be more exotic than a hermit - a person deliberately disengaged from people and technology? When Danny and his friend Ben discover one living in the forest near town, it sets in motion the discovery of a different way of life, family secrets, and information that leads to a dramatic turnaround in the community. Costas Halavrezos interviews Jan Coates about why she chose the intriguing figure of a hermit to play a central role in her latest book for middle-grade readers.
December 21, 2020
S7 E3 Stephen Kimber
Season 7, Episode 3 Eli Cooper has worked himself into a deep, middle-aged rut. A night editor at a newspaper, he has no life partner, and lives in the family home with his father, whose dementia is worsening. Then in one day, he loses both his job and his father. When Eli's successful sister books him on a trip to Cuba to escape these twin jolts, he becomes entranced by Mariela, a young tour guide. Given the very different cultures and the age gap, what blossoms may or may not be love. But as Stephen Kimber tells host Costas Halavrezos, it takes both characters through a series of revelations that redefine them and lead the reader to appreciate the bittersweet complexities of the human heart.
November 25, 2020
S7 E2 Jeffrey Domm
Season 7, Episode 2 Do we really need wise-cracking giraffes in skirts to grab the attention of a child?  Jeffrey Domm's story of ravens and wolves inventing "Wild Pond Hockey" in their natural habitat, along with his vivid photo-realism illustrations, combine to create a book that will become a favourite - and have kids taking a new look at creatures in the great outdoors.
November 17, 2020
S7 E1 Kate Inglis
Season 7, Episode 1 You can't please everyone. That's what three frog musicians discover when they pedal into the woods to play an impromptu concert for their furred and feathered friends. The grouse, though, can't stand the racket or the animals who like it! Then, a terrible storm provides an opportunity for a change of heart. Kate Inglis's "A Great Big Night" is a delightful parable about performers and their audiences finding each other. Josée Bisaillon's joyful and witty illustrations complete a book that will be loved by readers and young listeners alike.
November 10, 2020
S6 E9 Ernest J. Dick
Season 6, Episode 9. Would you like an insider's view of how radio, TV, and the movies evolved in the 20th century? Then follow the career of Austin Willis. Starting with theatre and early radio in Halifax, he moved to Toronto as a staff announcer with CBC Radio (just in time to announce the start of World War II). Soon, Austin was hosting Victory Bond shows with visiting Hollywood stars. With live TV on the horizon, he moved to London and polished his acting skills in long-running West End shows. In the 1950s, Austin appeared in dozens of groundbreaking CBC Television dramas, series, and variety shows. When he moved to Hollywood to concentrate on a film career, he worked alongside everyone from Orson Welles and Bob Hope to Clint Eastwood. Back in Canada in the 70s, he became the urbane host of CTV's popular quiz show, "This Is The Law". After retiring to Dartmouth, Austin graciously agreed to share stories from those decades. Archivist Ern Dick has transcribed the interviews - a rich and often hilarious trove of anecdotes from behind the scenes that convey the achievements (and misadventures) of an extraordinary Canadian performer.
November 03, 2020
S6 E8 Carol Bruneau
Season 6, Episode 8 Carol Bruneau Maud Lewis enjoys nearly mythological status in Canada. With no formal training, she created some of the most recognizable images in 20th-century Canadian art. But her gnomic appearance and few recorded words leave us with more questions than answers. Carol Bruneau has dared to write in Maud's voice and describe a life of obstacles: the shame of having a child out of wedlock, crippling rheumatoid arthritis, a mean-spirited husband - any one of which could have made her achievements impossible. But in Bruneau's "Brighten the Corner Where You Are", we meet a canny survivor sustained by her drive to create a world of joyful images despite her impoverished rural existence. Hear Carol Bruneau's conversation with Costas Halavrezos about how she gained the confidence to give voice to the mysteries surrounding Maud Lewis.
October 27, 2020
S6 E7 Mark Blagrave
Season 6, Episode 7  By the end of "The Dirty Thirties", Saint John, New Brunswick was reeling from The Great Depression, and the world was inching closer to another war. But a fascinating group of painters, writers, and artisans who'd traveled and studied abroad found inspiration in this unlikely time and place to create great art. Mark Blagrave sets his latest novel, "Lay Figures", in those anxious days, when the sparks of creation, argument, and romantic intrigue lit the artists' studios. Mark spoke with Costas Halavrezos about the characters and his lifelong love affair with Saint John.
October 14, 2020
S6 E6 Brenda Jones
Season 6, Episode 6 After decades in Montreal, Brenda Jones returned to PEI to retire. She learned how important the landscape of her youth was to her well-being. In "Medicinal Herbs of Eastern Canada: A Pictorial Manual", the award-winning illustrator of children's books turns her attention and artistic skills to wild plants - the nearly-lost knowledge about their healing properties, and the caution that some deserve. She tells Costas Halavrezos about the science and traditional lore surrounding some of our region's most familiar plants.
October 06, 2020
S6 E5 Donald J. Savoie
Season 6, Episode 5 If you aspire to be something - say, an entrepreneur - it's good to study people who excel at it. Donald Savoie's latest book, "Thanks For The Business", introduces us to the region's most conspicuously successful entrepreneurs - K.C. Irving and his son Arthur, the driving forces behind the growth of Irving Oil. As Atlantic Canada's most authoritative observer of economic development, Dr. Savoie talks with Costas Halavrezos about how the Irvings' relentless attention to detail, new opportunities, and customer service, as well as their refusal to recoil from the challenges of larger competitors and federal policies which favour Central Canada, can be a template for how to succeed in a region which so many label as "disadvantaged". They also discuss the existential challenge faced by a petrochemical company in the era of dramatic evidence of climate change.
September 29, 2020
S6 E4 Elizabeth F. Hill
Season 6, Episode 4 No matter how much you think you know about Canada, you'll find brand new gems of knowledge in Elizabeth F. Hill's, "All 'Bout Canada: A Compendium of Canadiana" (with art by Alex MacAskill). It's a book for all seasons that will sharpen your appreciation of Canadian characters, places, incidents, achievements, wildlife, inventions, and historical facts - not to mention quizzes, a crossword, and a verse to launch each chapter. Elizabeth will also coach host Costas Halavrezos on ten different ways of using "eh".
September 16, 2020
S6 E3 Joanne Schwartz
Season 6, Episode 3 Real life can deliver more danger, action, courage, heroes, and villains than a thousand online games. Award-winning author Joanne Schwartz's "Fight On!" covers a brief era in Cape Breton's history which provides all those elements for young readers. It was a 25-year period when matters of life and death mobilized men, women, and children to battle for the right to work in safe conditions and earn enough to stave off poverty. She spoke with Costas Halavrezos about the events and the people who engaged in life and death struggles against corporate interests, government, and even the courts to reform the coal and steel industries.
August 26, 2020
S6 E2 Andrea Gunraj
Season 6, Episode 2 The dynamics between two siblings who are close in age can be wonderful.  But such natural developments as the arrival of puberty and the first steps towards independence from the family can break the bond between the elder and a younger child. A sense of betrayal of that bond can lead to issues which last for decades. In her interview with Costas Halavrezos, novelist Andrea Gunraj, author of "The Lost Sister", explains how she put together two women of different ages (13 and 60) and backgrounds to gain insight into how betrayals had changed their lives.
August 19, 2020
S6 E1 Joan Dawson
Season 6, Episode 1 What's the best way to tell people the history of a place? Through the lives of prominent citizens? Battles for control? Its economic ups and downs? Joan Dawson's approach grants us an instantly relatable point of entry. "Nova Scotia's Historic Harbours: The Seaports that Shaped the Province" leads us around a coastline brimming with stories, from the earliest Mi'kmaq activities to the often violent struggles between Europeans for those most desirable locations to build communities.
August 05, 2020
S5 E9 Deborah Hemming
Season 5, Episode 9. Winnie has enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the Annapolis Valley, cycling around country roads and tubing down the Gaspereau River with her three best friends, who happen to be boys. But in a pivotal summer, Caleb, a newcomer from Vancouver, inserts himself into the group and undermines every vestige of their innocence. As Winnie comes to understand his amoral manipulations, a battle for hearts and minds escalates into events that shatter lives and livelihoods in Nova Scotia's wine country.
July 22, 2020
S5 E8 Laura Best
Season 5, Episode 8 After 15 years in a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth has been pronounced "well" and released to a group home. With no memory of what led to her institutionalisation, she sets out to find the significance of names and words in her notebook. Through first-person accounts by Elizabeth and her family, Laura Best has crafted a gripping novel describing the disintegration and eventual healing of a mind and relationships - before and after events in the early 1960s. Costas Halavrezos interviews Laura about the challenge of creating Elizabeth's changing mental landscapes.
July 08, 2020
S5 E7 Andre Fenton
Season 5, Episode 7  An idyllic childhood with her mum and grandparents in Yarmouth. A sudden, one-way relocation to Halifax with her mother. For Annaka, the 10-year gap fills her with longing and questions. But an equally sudden return for her grandfather's funeral provides a chance to seek answers - with the help of two friends: her old pal Tia and an imaginary person named Clay. In "Annaka", Andre Fenton has written what might be the first African-Nova Scotian fantasy book, filled with empathy, wisdom, and adventure.
July 01, 2020
S5 E6 Jay Johnston
Season 5, Episode 5 The word "legendary" is applied loosely to too many bands. But "The Lincolns" of Truro have earned it. From their start in the early 1960s through reunions from the late 70s onward, their explosive brand of R&B and soul moved Maritimers onto the dancefloor and set a new standard for live shows. AJB (Jay) Johnston's "Kings of Friday Night" reveals the musicians' stories - both personal and from road trips on the Maritime circuit - with warmth and the appreciation of a fan reflecting on the lasting effect the band has had on a generation.
June 17, 2020
S5 E4 John Langley
Season 5, Episode 4 Untold stories of inspirational inventions. Great inventions are usually associated with a single person. But the inspiration and know-how of key collaborators are often lost to history. Author John Langley's biography of Casey Baldwin, entitled Casey - The Remarkable, Untold Story of Frederick Walker "Casey" Baldwin: Gentleman, Genius, and Alexander Graham Bell's Protégéa, Langley captures the extraordinary life of Casey, a close associate of Alexander Graham Bell and the first Canadian to fly a  plane, in a story that deserves to be known by all Canadians.
June 04, 2020
S5 E3 George Elliott Clarke
Season 5, Episode 3. Engaging and reflective. GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE'S writing is always a reflection of his personality: charged with energy and imagination that can't help but engage you. In Portia White: A Portrait in Words, his subject's international successes and near-crushing personal reversals fuel poems that illuminate the life of the great Nova Scotia-born contralto.
June 04, 2020
S5 E2 Gerald Hallowell
Season 5, Episode 2. How Loyal Are You? World War 1 put many Lunenburgers in a bind. If you were a fisherman or farmer, you needed to produce food for home and abroad. But since you were able-bodied, why weren't you enlisting to fight? And even if your ancestors arrived more than 150 years ago, could your Germanic name suggest you were an enemy sympathizer? Gerald Hallowell's book As British As The King, gives us a fascinating look at the way national and international issues played out in every household in a single Canadian county.
June 04, 2020
S5 E5 Melanie Mosher
Season 5, Episode 5 A Beginners Guide to Goodbye The sudden death of a child of tender years changes everything in a family. The shock and grief strike parents in ways that are hard to fathom and it is impossible to compare their experiences because each family feels hurt differently. Melanie Mosher has written a book of fiction for young readers entitled “A Beginners Guide to Goodbye” about the journey of a ten-year-old named Laney following the accidental death of her little sister.
June 04, 2020
S5 E1 Christine Ibbotson
Season 5, Episode 1. Forced isolation and financial opportunities.  Financial Advisor Christine Ibbotson has written an e-book to provide answers. Fear.  Anxiety. Boredom. Exhaustion. The feelings provoked by the coronavirus pandemic cover a broad spectrum for Canadians of all ages, households,  and socio-economic situations. But the forced isolation due to COVID-19  has also presented everyone from Millennials to retirees with an opportunity to reflect on things we perhaps tended to ignore...back when the world was what we now wistfully refer to as “normal”. These things include our personal financial security, both immediately  ("Can I pay the rent next month?") and in the longer-term ("How will I  ever be able to afford retirement?").
April 21, 2020
S4 E10 John Boileau
Season 4, Episode 10 Made or born? Celebrating the Heroism of Atlantic Canadian Youth Author John Boileau discusses why he chose to explore and expose the extraordinary and everyday heroism, ingenuity and courage of young people across Atlantic Canada through a few notable role models in his most recent book, Amazing Atlantic Canadian Kids: Awesome Stories of Bravery & Adventure.
February 26, 2020
S4 E9 Lisa Harrington
Season 4, Episode 9 A Coming of Age Story. Author Lisa Harrington shares how she manages to capture the world view of teenagers while also tackling the tender subjects of grief and family secrets in her latest publication The Big Dig.
February 19, 2020
S4 E8 Natalie Corbett Sampson
Season 4, Episode 8 Her Right to Play Inspired by a true story, author Natalie Corbett Sampson explores the factors that brought ten-year-old Tina Marie Forbes fight to play hockey all the way to the Human Rights Commission in 1977.
February 14, 2020
S4 E7 Angela Mombourquette
Season 4, Episode 7 "Even the best writers need editors". From freelance writing to producing the youth consumer show “Street Cents”, author and editor Angela Mombourquette talks to us about her book 25 Years of 22 Minutes: An Unauthorized Oral History of This Hour Has 22 Minutes and how she became the non-fiction editor at Nimbus Publishing.
February 11, 2020
S4 E6 Ian Colford
Season 4, Episode 6 Wrestling with internal angels. Author Ian Colford gives us insight into how his book A Dark House & Other Stories will draw us into situations and characters we recognise within ourselves.
February 07, 2020
S4E5 Lois Legge
Season 4, Episode 5 Stories of an orphanage: as told by children who lived there. Author and journalist Lois Legge recounts some of the real life stories that inspired her to write Wounded Hearts: Memories of the Halifax Protestant Orphans Home.
February 04, 2020
S4 E4 Sheree Fitch
Season 4, Episode 4 Where once gushed joy: Writing from the Wound. Following the sudden death of her adult son, celebrated and beloved children’s author Sheree Fitch departs from her traditionally playful prose to wrestle down her own agonizing tower of grief. The result is a patchwork of poems that lights the darkness for others on a similar path.
January 31, 2020
S4 E3 Rita Wilson
Season 4, Episode 3 Welcoming children into the Great Village of Elizabeth Bishop. As author of the children’s book A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, poet and teacher Rita Wilson invites young people to relate to the childhood of Elizabeth Bishop--a Pulitzer prize-winning poet who grew up in Great Village, NS.
January 28, 2020
S4 E2 Rebecca Thomas
Season 4, Episode 2 The Legacy of Residential Schools. Reflecting on her personal history, I’m Finding My Talk, award-winning spoken-word artist, Mi’kmaw activist and former Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas discusses the importance of reclaiming cultural language and how she strives to broaden perspectives of indigeneity. A response poem to Rita Joe’s I Lost My Talk, both I’m Finding My Talk and I Lost My Talk are available through Nimbus Publishing as companion children’s books.
January 21, 2020
S4 E1 Rebecca Rose
Season 4, Episode 1 A Community of Communities. Before the Parade author Rebecca Rose shines a light on how 1970s & 80s gay, lesbian and bisexual activists led Halifax out of the closet and into the second millennium.
January 14, 2020
S3 E9 Emma FitzGerald
Season 3, Episode 9 The Poetry of Art Illustrator Emma Fitzgerald on how her early studies in architecture, a fated bike ride on a Bass River chair and a chance meeting brought her to Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry to eventually become the artist of A Pocket of Time-- a children’s book in honour of the lauded Nova Scotian poet.
November 22, 2019
S3 E8 Simon Thibault
Season 3, Episode 8: The Soul of Cuisine. Author, broadcaster and developmental editor-at-large Simon Thibault explains how his maternal lineage helped him explore Acadian cuisine and the timing of baking donuts, and how he now helps cultivate book seeds in the minds of future authors.
November 20, 2019
S3 E7 Wanda Baxter
Season 3, Episode 7: And maple trees lining the way… Author Wanda Baxter on the rhythm, feeling and childlike wonder behind writing If I Had An Old House On the East Coast.
November 18, 2019
S3 E6 Lesley Choyce
Season 3, Episode 6: Sidney Crosby and the Whirlpool clothes dryer. Author, creative writing professor and publisher Lesley Choyce on how he was inspired to write a spirited and fun children’s story about the clothes dryer in the basement of Sidney Crosby’s family home.
November 15, 2019
S3 E5 Kris Bertin
Season 3, Episode 5: Unravelling the fabric of self. Author and barkeeper Kris Bertin openly reflects on the wide range of human experience and our universal search for identity in writing his latest book of short stories Use Your Imagination.
November 13, 2019
S3 E4 Daphne Greer
Season 3, Episode 4: One page at a time. Author Daphne Greer on how she stitched together the inspiration of a Belgian convent’s boarding school with themes of abandonment, family, friendships and secrets and lies in her novel Finding Grace.
November 12, 2019
S3 E3 Adam Barnett
Season 3, Episode 3: Explore Nova Scotia on Two Wheels. Join author and cyclist Adam Barnett as he shares the many vistas, routes and checklists for any two-wheeled explorer hoping to peddle Nova Scotia's trails.
November 08, 2019
S3 E2 Jaime Burnet
Season 3, Episode 2: Because crocuses hatch in snow. In her debut novel, author and lawyer Jaime Burnet explains how gentrification, obsession, racism and history forces come together to shape two queer love stories in the heart of Halifax’s North End.
November 06, 2019
S3 E1 Jennifer Thornhill-Verma
Season 3, Episode 1: Canada Day, 1992: the story behind the largest mass layoff in our nation’s history. Author Jennifer Thornhill Verma discusses how the cod fishery’s unbridled success over five centuries would culminate in the Cod Moratorium of 1992, vanquishing the identity of thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in a single day. 
November 04, 2019
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November 03, 2019
S2 E9 Alan Syliboy
Alan Syliboy on how he managed to nurture his life-long love of Mi’kmaq art, culture and heritage.
July 31, 2019
S2 E7 Mayann Francis
Her Honour Mayann Francis and host Costas Halavrezos discuss her path to becoming the second woman and first African Nova Scotian ever to accept the title of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
July 31, 2019
S2 E8 Briana Corr Scott
Learn how a fateful trip to Sable Island inspired artist, illustrator and author Briana Corr Scott
July 30, 2019
S2 E4 Nicola Davison
Photographer and author Nicola Davison draws us into the potent characters of her first novel, In the Wake.
July 23, 2019
S2 E6 Alison DeLory
Alison DeLory explains how the island of Cape Breton, beaching whales, Syrian refugees and even a “calendrical savant” converge to create universally shared notions of home.
July 23, 2019
S2 E5 Kayla Hounsell
Kayla Hounsell shares her first-hand account of the murder trial of young Will Sanderson—a trial that riveted local community and shocked the nation.
July 23, 2019
S2 E1 Whitney Moran
Whitney Moran shares her passion for writing, editing and publishing great books
July 16, 2019
S2E3 Katelyn Bellefontaine
The Path from Engaged to “I Do.”
July 16, 2019
S2E2 Marilyn Davidson Elliott
The Story Behind the Blind Mechanic
July 16, 2019
S1E9 Jamie Simpson
Nature’s bounty of scrumptious wild organics.
May 07, 2019
S1E7 Lesley Crewe
Our grandmother’s stories…
May 06, 2019
S1E8 Graham Steele
How to turn politicians into champions.
May 06, 2019
S1E4 Linda Moore
All the world’s a stage.
April 30, 2019
S1E5 Quentin Casey
The sea disaster that captured the hearts of a nation.
April 30, 2019
S1E6 Steve Vernon
Steve Vernon and the tradition of ghost story-telling.
April 30, 2019
S1E2 Carol Bruneau
Author Carol Bruneau discusses some of her many sources of inspiration.
April 23, 2019
S1 E1 Sal Sawler
Author Sal Sawler on some things you probably don't know about Atlantic Canada.
April 23, 2019
S1E3 Len Wagg
Photographer and author Len Wagg on how how he gets some of his best shots in.
April 23, 2019
TEASER - Sal Sawler
Preview of S1E1 - Sal Sawler
April 17, 2019