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Season One: First aired September - December 2006
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Bill Gaston, about those rare bad reviews: "Oh boy, some really nasty ones, which I'll tell you about."
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Show #1 - Bill Gaston

Bill Gaston's story collection Mount Appetite was nominated for the 2002 Giller Prize and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Gaston received a second Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize nomination for his novel Sointula (2004). He reads from his new collection, Gargoyles.

Point of view. Setting scenes. Using broad strokes for political targets in fiction. Reviews: the good, the bad, the ugly. Links: Books in Canada, the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program.

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Anne Fleming, on the nature of writing: "Anxiety about my writing? Do you mean hourly or daily?"
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Show #2 - Anne Fleming

Anne Fleming's Pool-Hopping and Other Stories was short-listed for the Governor-General's Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Danuta Gleed Award. In this program she reads from Anomaly, her first novel, and discusses writing scenes, what she cut and why. She teaches at UBC Okanagan.

Topics: Point of view. Rewriting scenes. The trouble with titles, the story of trip across Canada, stopping at every phone booth. Editors. Agents. The role of the ukelele in the writing process. Links: The Governor General's Awards; The Writers' Union of Canada Danuta Gleed Award; the literary magazine, The New Quarterly; B.C. publisher, Raincoast Books; The National Magazine Awards.

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John Lent, on the experience of writing: "And then you discover the real reasons why you love this stuff, the real reason it pulled you,
something else there that's huge and beautiful."
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Show #3 - John Lent

John Lent's most recent book So It Won't Go Away is a sequel to his story sequence, Monet's Garden, shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes' 2006 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He talks about publishing with small presses. The show includes music by John Lent from the CD Shadow Moon. Find out more on the website Lent Fraser Wall. John Lent is the Regional Dean of English in the North Okanagan.

Topics: the joy of writing; publishing with small presses; reviews; the state of fiction reviewing in Canada; the writer's inspiration. Links: B.C. Book Prizes. The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize is one of the prizes given each year. Thistledown Press; creative writing programs at Okanagan University College.

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Tom Wayman: "Writing poems is like painting. Writing a story is like working on sculpture; you have to see around it."
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Show #4 - Tom Wayman

Tom Wayman's poetry and other writing has been published in literary magazines across the world. He has published eighteen books of poetry and is widely respected by students of writing wherever he teaches. In this program, he reads from his first collection of fiction, Boundary Country.

Topics: Publishing in Canada, the last twenty years (a rant); the differences between writing poetry and fiction; reads from a fictional send-up of the community meeting; working with an editor, point of view, common mistakes in writing. Links for literary journals that take submissions: The Hudson Review, The Ontario Review, Grain Magazine,The Fiddlehead,The Windsor Review, Descant. Also see Nelson & District Arts Council; Quill & Quire, Canada's magazine of book news and reviews.

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Almeda Glenn Miller, on the upheavals at Raincoast: "They canned the title of my next book after I had a contract...
I had no agent, no editor, no publisher."
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Show #5 - Almeda Glenn Miller

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Almeda Glenn Miller

Almeda Glenn Miller, the former owner of Goldrush Books in Rossland, B.C., is the author of Tiger Dreams. She teaches creative writing at Selkirk College in Castlegar. In this program she reads from her manuscript If Anwar Had Lived.

Topics: The rocky road to publishing. Need an agent or not? Linear narrative vs complex, the challenges. Finding writing/publishing community. Being published while living in a small town. Also in this interview: Raincoast Books; Selkirk College, Castlegar campus; Event literary magazine, Douglas College; University of Eastern Washington; B.C. Arts Council Grants.

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Rita Moir, on rewriting The Windshift Line: "Forty times. I wrote it forty times."
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Show #6 - Rita Moir and Caroline Woodward

Rita Moir is a past winner of the BC Book Award non-fiction prize for Buffalo Jump: A Woman's Travels (Coteau) & was nominated in 2006 for The Windshift Line: A Father and Daughter's Story. In Moir's work, finding your past is finding your future. Her first book of creative non-fiction was Survival Gear, Polestar. Caroline Woodward is a writer & publishing representative for over 25 Canadian, American & British publishers.

Topics: Definition of creative non-fiction, similarities to fiction & differences; organization of materials; on winning prizes & the acceptance speech; working with editors. Overview of publishing, what happens after acceptance; role of the publishing rep. Also on this show: B.C. Book Prizes; Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Thanks, Wikipedia! Harbourfront Reading Series & Festival, Toronto; Vancouver International Writers Festival.

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Cynthia Flood: "If you made a list of productive ways to spend your time, sitting in a room inventing people ... I mean, what is this? "
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Show #7 - Cynthia Flood

Cynthia Flood has published three books of fiction, My Father Took a Cake to France, Talonbooks -- the title story won The Journey Prize -- The Animals in Their Elements, Talonbooks and Making a Stone of the Heart, Key-Porter. She has won the National Magazine Award Gold Medal for Fiction, The Western Magazine Award and others. She reads from her work-in-progress, a novel. About writing fiction: "If you made a list of productive ways to spend your time, sitting in a room inventing people when there are already plenty of people in the world...I mean, what is this about?"

Topics: Editors. Agents. Titles, where they come from. Cover stories, where covers come from. Method of working. Also on the show: The Journey Prize; National Magazine Awards; Western Magazine Awards; Talon Books; Key Porter Books; Knopf Canada.

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Show #8 - Keath Fraser

Popular Anatomy won the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Foreign Affairs was short-listed for the GG & won the BC Book Award for fiction. The Voice Gallery was published in 2002. He reads and talks a story from 13 Ways of Listening to a Stranger (a collection of his best stories, 2005).

Analysis of voice: on writing characters representing three generations. The role of rewriting.

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Show #9 - Season Wrap-Up

A collage of the season's shows, with selected remarks about the work of writing as well as the publishing process, from titles to reviews. Music by New West, Bad Livers, Leonard Cohen, Ron Sexsmith and ... oh...Vangelis.

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