Warland on Books Rational

Betsy Warland came by the Arts Rational radio show on Thursday to talk about her new book, Breathing the Page: Reading the Act of Writing (Cormorant, 2010). Her book will be launched on Sunday, September 12, 5:30–7:30 pm, Rhizome Café, 317 East Broadway (at Kingsway).

You can catch the interview here:

Demers on Books Rational

Last Thursday, I had a chance to interview Charles Demers, whose book The Prescription Errors is the lastest Wayside Editions title at Insomniac Press. He was (of course) an awesome interview. Earlier this month, when interviewed at This Magazine‘s blog, he had this to say:

“I know one thing I wanted was to write about an intelligent person who doesn’t have money; usually, the kinds of characters who get to have existential worries are middle-class types, while working-class people deal with external challenges, say, oppression by social and natural phenomena.”

We get into class and representation towards the end of the interview — a subject that there’s so much more to say about.

You can hear my interview with Demers below (or subscribe to “Books Rational” through Itunes, and also get older interviews with Hiromi Goto, Aaron Peck, & others).

Books Rational

Interviews I’ve done with a number of different authors are now available as a podcast through itunes. In itunes, under “Books Rational,” there are four archived episodes (Prison Justice Day, Hiromi Goto, Jenny Sampirisi, Aaron Peck) and some upcoming, too. Or here.

The newest installment is below:

Booktalk with Hiromi Goto

Dropped into Arts Rational on Coop Radio again last month, this time to interview Vancouver author Hiromi Goto, whose book Half World I so love.

Book talk with Sampirisi and Peck

This past Thursday, I dropped into Co-op Radio’s Arts Rational: Thursdays, 9-10 p.m. on CFRO 102.7. (Who better to talk books with visiting writers than a sleep-deprived new mom?)

Host Megan Turnbull and I interviewed Jenny Sampirisi and Aaron Peck about their debut novels. (I got fancy and, after downloading and parsing the archive, pasted together some freeware sound effects, creating a little sound-scape introduction for such episodes — ahh, the things one can accomplish when baby sleeps).