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Season One Finale: Episode #8 – Vancouver Biotech Startup Launches World’s First Book Pill

January 12, 2017

In “Vancouver Biotech Startup Launches World’s First Book Pill,” the eighth and final podcast in the debut series of 128 Sterling, host Noah Richler reveals details of the development and testing of a revolutionary new platform for literature, the edible book pill. He speaks to the writer-scientists behind the book pill’s invention, to Inuit claiming cultural appropriation, to novelists anxious about the unprecented disruptive bio-technology, and to others keen not to be excluded. With Gary Barwin, Laakkuluk Bathory, Irina Kovalyova, Vincent Lam, Lisa Moore, Russell Smith and others.

Authors appearing in an Vancouver Biotech Startup Launches World’s First Book Pill

Yiddish For PiratesGary BarwinGary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), the short fiction collection, I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, and has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He is writer-in-residence at several shelters/custody facilities with ArtForms’ “Writers in the House” program for at-risk youth. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He is married with three adult children and lives in Hamilton, Ontario and has never been Governor of Louisiana.

 

FlanneryLisa MooreLisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February and Alligator. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year, and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

 

 

 

Russell Smith ConfidenceRussell SmithRussell Smith is the author of seven works of fiction. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in the national Globe and Mail, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. He hates folk music.

 

 

 
 

Specimen by Irina KovalyovaSpecimen by Irina KovalyovaIrina Kovalyova has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Brown University, a doctoral degree in Microbiology from Queen’s University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. She has previously interned for NASA and worked for two years as a forensic analyst in New York City. She was born in Russia and currently lives in Vancouver.

 

 

 

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent LamVincent Lam Photo by Barbara StonehamDr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam, and was born in Canada. Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto, and worked for thirteen years as an emergency physician in Toronto. He now works in addictions medicine. He has also worked in international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.

 

 

 

 

Additional contributors appearing in an Book Pill

Michael TamblynMichael is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo. Driving growth, profitability and international expansion in a fiercely competitive market, he combines a passion for reading with a deep focus on the hardware and software experiences that can make a customer’s reading life better. A passionate and engaging presenter and commentator, Michael speaks internationally on digital media, publishing and mobile technology and has been featured in The New Yorker, Wired, Canadian Business, National Post, Globe and Mail and The New York Times. Additionally, he oversees Rakuten’s other eReading businesses including OverDrive, the world leader in ebook services for libraries, and Aquafadas, a world leader in interactive publishing. Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its inception in 2009, and previously held the role of Chief Content Officer.

 
 

Laakkuluk BathoryLaakkuluk Bathory is an advocate for the deep human need for all people, but especially post-colonial indigenous people to express themselves at a level of creative excellence. A mother, student, writer and performer based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Laakkuluk Bathory lives in a household that speaks Greenlandic, Inuktitut and English. Her work includes uaajeerneq – Greenlandic mask dancing, music, drum-dancing, storytelling and acting. Hunting, camping and eating wild foods are all activities that figure largely in her family.

 

 

 

Andrew BoozaryDr. Andrew Boozary isn’t afraid to tackle tough health challenges head on. The family medicine resident started the Harvard Public Health Review to engage experts in evidence-based debate about issues such as race relations and health. He also focuses on a wide array of health policies as a Special Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. He talked to us about his work.

 

 

 

 
About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #7: Friends & Frauds

December 12, 2016

Noah Richler talks to Walter Kirn about Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (a.k.a. Clark Rockefeller), imposter and convicted murder, and subject of Walt’s book Blood Will Out. Noah also speaks to Katherena Vermette about the people, places, and stores that make up her Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlisted debut novel, The Break. Actress Janet Green (a.k.a. Janet Porter) reads Lynn Crosbie’s new poem, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget,” written exclusively for 128 Sterling.

Authors appearing in Friends & Frauds

Blood Will Out by Walter KirnWalter KirnWalter Kirn is the author of eight books and an e-book. His most recent is Blood Will Out, a memoir of his friendship with the con artist and murderer, Clark Rockefeller. His other books include Up in the Air, Thumbsucker (both of which have been made in to feature films), Mission to America, My Mother’s Bible (e-book), The Unbinding, She Needed Me, and My Hard Bargain.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, GQ, New York, and Esquire, among other publications.

 

 

The Break by Katherena VermetteKatherena VermetteKatherena Vermette is a Métis writer from Treaty One territory, the heart of the Métis nation, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses Company) won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her literary work has appeared in several magazines and anthologies, and she recently completed work on a short documentary, this river produced by the National Film Board of Canada (2016). The Break is her first novel.

 

 

 

Show Notes for Episode #7 of 128 Sterling:

Friends & Frauds Authors are Walter Kirn, Katherena Vermette.
– Episode 7 features an original poem by Lynn Crosbie titled “I Forgot to Remember to Forget.”
– Books discussed are Walter Kirn’s Blood Will Out and Katherena Vermette’s The Break.
– The reader throughout the podcast is actress Janet Green a.k.a. Porter.
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #6: School’s In

November 24, 2016

In “School’s In,” host Noah Richler talks to publisher Sarah MacLachlan; Sunday Times columnist Lynn Barber, author of the acclaimed memoir (and movie), An Education; Russian-American graphic illustrator Dasha Tolstikova about her memoir, A Year Without Mom; Newfoundland author Lisa Moore about her first young adult novel, Flannery; and Métis writer Patti Laboucane-Benson about the simmering cauldron that is school.

Authors appearing in School’s In

The Outside Circle by Kelly Mellings and Patti Laboucane-BensonPatti Laboucane-BensonPatti Laboucane-Benson is a Métis woman and the Director of Research, Training, and Communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA). She has a Ph.D. in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family Resilience. Her doctoral research explored how providing historic trauma healing programs for Aboriginal offenders builds resilience in Aboriginal families and communities. She has also been the recipient of the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Award for Education. She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

 

 

 

An Education by Lynn BarberLynn BarberLynn Barber studied English at Oxford University. She began her career in journalism at Penthouse, and has since worked for a number of major British newspapers and for Vanity Fair. She currently writes for The Sunday Times. She has published two volumes of her celebrated interviews, Mostly Men and Demon Barber.

 

 

 
 

FlanneryLisa MooreLisa Moore is the acclaimed author of February and Alligator. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year, and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
 
 

 
 

A Year Without MomDasha TolstikovaDasha Tolstikova’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Her graphic-novel memoir, A Year Without Mom, has received three starred reviews and has been translated into Korean and Swedish. She has also illustrated The Jacket, written by Kirsten Hall, a New York Times Notable Book.

 

 

 
 

Show Notes for Episode #6 of 128 Sterling:

School’s Out Authors are Patti Laboucane-Benson, Lynn Barber, Lynn Crosbie, Dasha Tolstikova.
– Books discussed are Lynn Barber’s An Education, Lisa Moore’s Flannery, and Dasha Tolstikova’s A Year Without Mom.
– Sarah MacLachlan reads from An Education and is also interviewed by Noah Richler.
– Recording assistance by Robert Hanks.
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #5: Anthology of Lost Things

November 17, 2016

In this month of the American elections and literary contests, Noah Richler presents an anthology of lost things from fights to old ways and mystery itself, with original contributions by Gary Barwin, Craig Davidson, Andray Domise, Kevin Patterson, Stephen Rodrick, Russell Smith, Kathleen Winter (who also provides the music), Cybèle Young and singer Patricia O’Callaghan.

Authors appearing in an Anthology of Lost Things

Yiddish For PiratesGary BarwinGary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist and the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction and books for children. His recent books include Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada), the short fiction collection, I, Dr. Greenblatt, Orthodontist, 251-1457, and the poetry collection Moon Baboon Canoe. A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and Young Voices E-Writer-in-Residence at the Toronto Public Library, and has taught creative writing at a number of colleges and universities. He is writer-in-residence at several shelters/custody facilities with ArtForms’ “Writers in the House” program for at-risk youth. Born in Northern Ireland to South African parents of Ashkenazi descent, Barwin moved to Canada as a child. He is married with three adult children and lives in Hamilton, Ontario and has never been Governor of Louisiana.

 

The Magical StrangerStephen RodrickStephen Rodrick is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor for Men’s Journal. He has also written for New York, Rolling Stone, GQ, and The New Republic. He has written extensively about film for The New York Times Magazine including the recent cover story, The Misfits, the story of the making of The Canyons, a film starring Lindsay Lohan and directed by Paul Schrader. In 2012, he wrote for Men’s Journal, Greetings From Williston, North Dakota, an account of three weeks he spent in a boomtown boarding house. His work has been anthologized four times in The Best American Sports Writing and has also been anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing, The Best American Political Writing, Wild Stories: The Best of Men’s Journal, Going Long: The Best Stories From Runner’s World, and the Philadelphia Reader, a best of Philadelphia Magazine compilation. The Magical Stranger is his first book.​

 

Precious CargoCraig DavidsonCraig Davidson was born and grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. He has published three previous books of literary fiction: Rust and Bone, which was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film of the same name, The Fighter, and Sarah Court. Davidson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his articles and journalism have been published in the National Post, Esquire, GQ, The Walrus, and The Washington Post, among other places. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his partner and their child.

 

 

 

Kevin Patterson News From The Red DesertKevin PattersonKevin Patterson grew up in Manitoba, and put himself through medical school by joining the Canadian army. Now a specialist in internal medicine, he practices in the Arctic and on the coast of British Columbia. His first book, The Water In Between, was a New York Times Notable Book. Country of Cold, his debut short fiction collection, won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2003, as well as the inaugural City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. He lives on Saltspring Island, Canada.

 

 

 

Kathleen Winter BoundlessKathleen WinterKathleen Winter is the author of the international bestseller, Annabel, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Orange Prize for Fiction, and CBC’s Canada Reads. Her first collection of stories, boys, won both the Winterset Award and the Metcalf–Rooke Award. A long-time resident of St. John’s, Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.

 

 

 

Some Things I've LostCybèle YoungCybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto.
 

 

Russell Smith ConfidenceRussell SmithRussell Smith is the author of seven works of fiction. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in the national Globe and Mail, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Guelph. He hates folk music.

 

 

 

 

Additional contributors appearing in an Anthology of Lost Things

Andray DomiseAndray Domise is a community activist, and co-host of the Canadian politics podcast Canadaland Commons. His columns have appeared in Toronto Life, Torontoist, Hazlitt, Canadaland, and the Toronto Sun. By day, he is a senior financial advisor, and has worked in the financial industry since 2004.

Andray was born and raised in Toronto, attended the University of Windsor, and graduated with a degree in political science. He’s a Whovian, a Marvel stan, and has been a gamer since his grandmother brought home a Bally Astrocade in 1983. He’s also been “rebuilding” a D&D deck since his original was lost to him in a move from Florida.

Andray also speaks and delivers workshops on the need for diversity in politics, as well as the tech industry. Previous engagements include panels at Ryerson University, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, Jayu, and the Peel Regional Diversity Roundtable.
 

Photo by Max TelzerowPatricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel. Her fifteen-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions.

Her recording career spans six solo CDs and many interesting guest collaborations. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist in the music of Kurt Weill. Patricia has performed his Threepenny Opera, Seven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few.
 

 

 
Show Notes for Episode #5 of 128 Sterling:

Anthology of Lost Things contributors are Gary Barwin, Craig Davidson, Andray Domise, Kevin Patterson, Stephen Rodrick, Russell Smith, Kathleen Winter, Cybèle Young and singer Patricia O’Callaghan.
– The books discussed in this episode are Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin and Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #4: It Could Happen Here

November 10, 2016

Authors Guy Vanderhaeghe, David Frum, and Walter Kirn discuss the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election with Noah Richler by examining the two candidates as they relate to Jack London’s The Iron Heel, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, and Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here. Actress Janet Green (a.k.a. Janet Porter) reads Lynn Crosbie’s new poem, “Here Pussy,” written exclusively for 128 Sterling. Alix Ohlin, author of “Inside” and “Signs and Wonders,” reads original prose.

Authors appearing in A Foot in Two Worlds

Inside by Alix OhlinAlix OhlinAlix Ohlin is the author of two novels, Inside and The Missing Person, and two story collections, Babylon and Other Stories and Signs and Wonders. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on NPR’s “Selected Shorts.” Born and raised in Montreal, she now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and teaches at Lafayette College.

 

 

 

 
Blood Will Out by Walter KirnWalter KirnWalter Kirn is the author of eight books and an e-book. His most recent is Blood Will Out, a memoir of his friendship with the con artist and murderer, Clark Rockefeller. His other books include Up in the Air, Thumbsucker (both of which have been made in to feature films), Mission to America, My Mother’s Bible (e-book), The Unbinding, She Needed Me, and My Hard Bargain.

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, GQ, New York, and Esquire, among other publications.

 

 

David Frum PatriotsDavid FrumDavid Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the chairman of Policy Exchange. In 2001-2002, he was a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

 

 

 
 
 

Guy Vanderhaeghe A Good ManGuy VanderhaegheGuy Vanderhaeghe was born in Saskatchewan in 1951. He is the author of six books of fiction.The Englishman’s Boy (1996), was a longtime national bestseller in Canada and won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction and for Best Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for The Giller Prize and the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Vanderhaeghe is a visiting professor of English at S.T.M. College in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

 

 

Show Notes for Episode #4 of 128 Sterling:

It Could Happen Here Authors are Alix Ohlin, Walter Kirn, David Frum, and Guy Vanderhaeghe.
– Episode 4 features an original poem by Lynn Crosbie titled “Here Pussy” and original prose from author Alix Ohlin.
– Books discussed are Jack London’s The Iron Heel, Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men, and Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here.
– The reader throughout the podcast is actress Janet Green a.k.a. Porter.
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #3: A Foot In Two Worlds

October 27, 2016

 

Noah Richler talks to Anosh Irani, whose novel The Parcel has been nominated for the Governor-General’s and Writers’ Trust Awards; to Teva Harrison, author of In-Between Days, a memoir of her cancer in words and pictures; and to Patti Laboucane-Benson at the Edmonton centre for the rehabilitation of indigenous offenders that was the inspiration of her prize-winning graphic novel (with Kelly Mellings), The Outside Circle, winner of this year’s CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature. The writer is an artist with “A Foot in Two Worlds.”

Authors appearing in A Foot in Two Worlds

In-Between Days by Teva HarrisonTeva Harrison Teva Harrison is a writer and graphic artist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir, In-Between Days, which is based on her graphic series about living with cancer published in The Walrus. It was named one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, which also named the author one of 16 Torontonians to Watch. She has commented on CBC Radio and in the Globe and Mail about her experience. Numerous health organizations have invited her to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community. Teva’s new book, The Joyful Living Colouring Book, is available in November. She lives in Toronto.

 
 
 

The Outside Circle by Kelly Mellings and Patti Laboucane-BensonPatti Laboucane-BensonPatti Laboucane-Benson is a Métis woman and the Director of Research, Training, and Communication at Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA). She has a Ph.D. in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family Resilience. Her doctoral research explored how providing historic trauma healing programs for Aboriginal offenders builds resilience in Aboriginal families and communities. She has also been the recipient of the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Award for Education. She lives in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

 

 

 

The Parcel by Anosh IraniAuthor Anosh IraniAnosh Irani has published three critically acclaimed novels: The Cripple and His Talismans, a national bestseller; The Song of Kahunsha, which was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for Canada Reads and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; and Dahanu Road, which was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize. His play Bombay Black won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. His work has been translated into eleven languages. His new novel, The Parcel, is published by Knopf. He lives in Vancouver.

 

 
 
Show Notes for Episode #3 of 128 Sterling:

Three for TV Authors are Teva Harrison, Patti LaBoucane-Benson, and Anosh Irani.
– Books discussed are Teva Harrison’s In-Between Days, Patti LaBoucane-Benson’s The Outside Circle, and Anosh Irani’s The The Parcel.
– The reader at the end of the episode is Dale Alexis.
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #2: How Many People do you Have to Know?

October 20, 2016

 

Noah Richler and Christy Ann Conlin discuss the challenges and pleasures of being a writer in rural Canada — away from the city and cosmopolitan centres. How many people, really, does a writer have to know? Christy Ann Conlin also reads from her latest novel, “The Memento,” published by Doubleday Canada.

Authors appearing in How Many People do you Have to Know?

the-memento-by-christy-ann-conlinchristy ann conlinChristy Ann Conlin is a writer, broadcaster, rose enthusiast and motivational speaker who lives in Nova Scotia’s historic Annapolis Valley. Her acclaimed first novel, Heave (2002), was a Globe and Mail “Top 100” book, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award in 2003 and was shortlisted for the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Heave was also longlisted for the 2011 CBC Canada Reads Novels of the Decade.

Her novella, Dead Time, was published by Annick Press in 2011. Conlin’s short fiction has appeared in literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Numéro Cinq, Room Magazine, blood + aphorisms, and Fireweed. Her non fiction essays have also appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Christy Ann also hosted the popular 2012 CBC summer radio series Fear Itself. She teaches at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies online Creative Writing program. Christy Ann lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Show Notes for Episode #2 of 128 Sterling:

– Episode #2’s author is Christy Ann Conlin
– The Book discussed is The Memento, written by Christy Ann Conlin and published by Doubleday Canada
– The reader throughout the podcast is Christy Ann Conlin
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


Episode #1: Three For TV

October 13, 2016

 

In the premiere of 128 Sterling, host Noah Richler asks film producer Nicholas Rose and authors Marina Endicott and Alain Farah, “what is the Great Canadian Book or Novel that will make a great and distinctively Canadian TV miniseries or film?” Noah’s introductory editorial and musing discusses the late Austin Clarke and makes his case for Austin’s “Toronto Trilogy” of novels to be made into an “instant classic Canadian television miniseries.”

Authors appearing in Three For TV

Today I Learned It Was You by Edward RicheEd RicheEdward Riche, an award-winning writer for page, stage, and screen, was born in Botwood on the Bay of Exploits on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. His first novel, Rare Birds, was adapted into a major motion picture starring William Hurt and Molly Parker, and his second novel, The Nine Planets, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Thomas Raddall Head Award. Edward Riche lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

 

 

 

Ravenscrag by Alain FarahAlain FarahAlain Farah was born in Montreal in 1979 to Egyptian-Lebanese parents. He published a book of poems, Quelque chose se détache du port, which shortlised for the Prix Émile-Nelligan. He has also published the novels Matamore no 29 and Pourquoi Bologne, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is assistant professor at McGill University, where he teaches contemporary French literature.

 

 

 

imagesMarina EndicottMarina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto. Her first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and a CBC Canada Reads book, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. The Little Shadows, longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award.

 

 

 

Show Notes for Episode #1 of 128 Sterling:

Three for TV Authors are Ed Riche, Alain Farah, and Marina Endicott.
– Books discussed are Caroline Adderson‘s Ellen in Pieces, Réjean Ducharme’s The Daughter of Christopher Columbus (Trans. Will Browning), and Farley Mowat’s The Grey Seas Under.
– The reader throughout the podcast is actress Janet (Green) Porter.
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.

About Hungry Eyes
Hungry Eyes Film & Television, co-founded by the husband-wife team of Jen Holness and Sudz Sutherland, tackle subjects that are cross-cultural, cross-genre and cross-media. Sutherland and Holness bring a fresh, authentic perspective to story telling as global citizens. They are committed to producing powerful, thought provoking stories and in doing so they have racked up numerous national and international awards and accolades. Hungry Eyes has also recently expanded its focus to develop content for mobile users. As a company with its own distinct mission plan, Hungry Eyes seeks to inspire and entertain the world by feeding your hungry eyes!

About Noah Richler

The Candidate FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL By NOAH RICHLERNoah Richler - Photo by Marc De MouyNoah Richler is an author, journalist, cultural critic, occasional broadcaster and a failed political candidate. His first book, This Is My Country, What’s Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, won the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, was nominated for a Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction prize and named one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by Maclean’s magazine. What We Talk About When We Talk About War was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and short and long-listed for other prizes. His most recent book, The Candidate, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, was chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, the National Post and the Hill Times. He has won several National Magazine Awards and his podcast, 128 Sterling, was picked as New and Noteworthy by iTunes Canada. He divides his time between the Digby Neck, in Nova Scotia, and Toronto, Ontario.


128 Sterling Trailer

October 6, 2016

In 128 Sterling, author and broadcaster Noah Richler, who traveled a mari usque ad mare (usque ad mare) for his prize-winning literary portrait of Canada, This is My Country, What’s Yours? looks to fellow writers here and abroad to explain not themselves, but the world as it is — the circus of the American election, the perils and punishments of school, the appeal of impostors, the state of being in between, and more.

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