all about canadian books
If you LOVE books...I interview new & established authors to find out the
author's story (SO fun to get to know them) & the story behind their book.
My Chat with Author Carol Soles
How does opera inspire author Caro Soles?
Let’s find out…
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about books. I’m delighted to have author Caro Soles as a guest today. Caro is an educator, she writes operas, mysteries, erotica, gay lit, sci-fi with little or no science and of late, historical fiction. Dancing with Chairs in the Music House is her 14th book and it was published by Inanna Publications.
The novel is set in Toronto in 1949, and it’s told through the eyes of a precocious ten-year-old Vanessa who knows a lot of secrets. In the run-down rooming house where the family lives Vanessa gets caught up in one secret that unleashes a chain of events with dire consequences….
To learn more about Caro Soles
Listen to Caro read an excerpt from her novel
How does rural Ontario inspire author Laurie Ray Hill?
Let’s find out…
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about books. I’m delighted to have playwright and author Laurie Ray Hill as a guest. Laurie has recently retired from a role in Vision Loss Rehabilitation, where she supported people with vision loss to grasp and to navigate their worlds. Her debut novel Paper Stones was published by Inanna Publications.
From the moment she holds her baby niece, Rose is on a mission. This child is not going to be another victim of the family curse: sexual abuse. So, Rose joins a support group to prevent this from happening and this is where the story begins…
To learn more about Laurie Ray Hill
Listen to Laurie's reading of Paper Stones her characters voices come alive.
What inspires CBC's Canada Reads 2021 longlist author
Morgan Murray? Let’s find out…
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to a special episode of all about books. To celebrate the Dirty Birds Canada Reads World Tour, I’m delighted to have Morgan Murray as a guest.
Did you know...Morgan grew up on a farm near the same backwoods central Alberta village as figure-skating legend Kurt Browning? (I didn't!) He now lives in the backwoods of Cape Breton. His debut novel Dirty Birds was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads (a VERY BIG deal!) It was published by Breakwater Books.
Dirty Birds is a coming-of-age story, set during the 2008 recession. It follows a young man Milton Ontario who decides to leave his hometown Bellybutton, Saskatchewan and move to Montreal to pursue fame & fortune as a poet and to find his beloved idol Leonard Cohen.
Oh my goodness! what a ride...I giggled and tee-heed my way through this novel.
To learn more about Morgan
Watch! Morgan read an excerpt from Dirty Birds.
Heather Babcock's Filthy Sugar
How does the feisty Jean Harlow inspire author
Heather Babcock? Let’s find out...
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher and welcome to this week’s episode of all about books. This week, I’m delighted to have Heather Babcock as a guest. Heather is a poet, short fiction writer and we’ll be discussing her debut novel Filthy Sugar which was published by Inanna Publications.
Picture this...Filthy Sugar is set in the mid-1930’s and follows the story of a voluptuous nineteen-year-old red-head named Wanda Whittle. A chance encounter with the mysterious proprietor of the Apple Bottom burlesque theatre thrusts Wanda into a world of glitter and grit. She soon morphs into the Wanda Wiggles—who is “sweeter than a strawberry Sunday and taster than a deep-dish apple pie.”
And I can assure you, Filthy Sugar is just as delicious as it sounds...
If you are interested in 1920's and 30's pop culture, Heather's blog Meet Me at the Soda Fountain is "The Bees Knees." To learn more about Heather
For a taste of Filthy Sugar, don't miss Heather's reading...