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For this episode, I read a recent favourite book of Emma's, Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi, and Emma read a book that was a favourite of mine when I was around her age, Emma Who Saved My Life by Wilton Barnhardt (which I did not name her after). We discussed nostalgia, the dream of making it in the Big City, the trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, whethe…
 
In the second episode of our "BookSwap!" summer series, Trudy gets Emma to read "Ayesha at Last" by Uzma Jalaluddin, a wonderful modern day twist on Pride and Prejudice set in a Muslim community in Toronto. Emma gets Trudy to read The Natural Daughter, a 1799 novel by Mary Robinson, which is ... a buck-wild ride from start to finish. Plus, we talk …
 
For the first podcast in a long time, and a Christmas special, I gathered a collection of avid readers and talked with each of them about their favourite books to read at this time of year. From children's picture books that are "sweet, but not twee," to chilling ghost stories, to literary classics ... we discuss them all. For a list of all the boo…
 
This episode starts with me rambling about how there's been no new podcast since the end of April because ... well, Covid-19, plus I've discovered I don't really enjoy recording podcasts on Zoom, so I'm rambling a bit about the future of the podcast for the foreseeable future. Then I call in my in-house book expert, my daughter Emma Cole, and we ha…
 
I got three good friends together via Zoom and we talked about what we're reading during quarantine/lockdown/pandemic, how we feel about dystopian literature at this stage, and whether people will inevitably behalf like a-holes in the apocalypse. Also, we learn a new word. Check out http://shelfesteem2017.wordpress.com for show notes where I list a…
 
Well, maybe it's just me who's afraid to cough. But the cough I edited out, and this whole very strange current moment in the midst of a global pandemic, definitely did come up during this episode. Do you read about plagues during a plague, or do you read to escape the current reality? My guests were two brilliant writers: Leslie Vryenhoek and Russ…
 
In a conversation that ranged from snails to insects to whale blubber -- yet was, somehow, all about books -- I visited with avid readers Melissa Barbeau and Lara Maynard. Be sure to check out Melissa's beautiful and critically-acclaimed novel, The Luminous Sea. To see a complete list of all the books we talked about, go tohttps://wp.me/p8n9NX-eH…
 
My first crossover episode! Jenny Wright and Amanda Bittner, hosts of the podcast "The Academic and the Activist," come to MY podcast to talk about what they're reading now, the books that shaped their feminist sensibilities, and how Nice White Ladies are, unfortunately, gonna kill everyone (and how reading widely can help us NWLs, you know, not do…
 
Librarians Leigha Chiasson-Locke and Emily Blackmore talk about their favourite kids' books, fantasy, literary fiction and so much more. Plus, we discuss the "death of books" (spoiler: they're still alive!) and why libraries are so much more than just big rooms full of books. Also, shushing.Check out the shownotes with links to books and other thin…
 
I started talking about books with journalist Andrew Sampson when I ran across his book-focused newsletter on Twitter. That led to me inviting Andrew and his friend Nicole Boggan, who works in arts administration, onto the podcast to talk about nonfiction vs fiction, the value of being able to say "Same!" when you read a book, and the perils of cho…
 
We may all be English teachers and a little obsessed with the fact that "a lot" is not one word -- but we also all love books. Dave Walsh and Alison Edwards are, unlike me, on the frontlines of educating junior-high and high-school students, so they have their fingers on the pulse of YA fiction (and some non-fiction), what kids are reading these da…
 
Local journalists Angela Antle and Stephanie Tobin joined me in the studio for a chat about what we're currently reading, the books that have shaped us, TV and movie adaptations of favourite books, whether anyone can put pressure on Margaret Atwood, and why you shouldn't read dystopian fiction during an extended power blackout. And, of course, we r…
 
On February 28, books by Sharon Bala, Lisa Moore, Jamie Fitzpatrick, and me, Trudy Morgan-Cole, are competing for the NL Reads book award. I got the nominated writers together to talk about books that have inspired us, which led to us talking about all kinds of writing-related things. Check out the show notes at http://shelfesteem2017.wordpress.com…
 
Writers Elisabeth de Mariaffi and Maggie Burton joined me to talk about what we're reading, characters we identify with, what we read when we just want to unwind with something formulaic, and the occasional need to hex someone in these trying times. As always, if you go to http://shelfesteem.wordpress.com you'll see the show notes listing every boo…
 
Two bright lights of the Newfoundland theatre world, Jenn Deon and Sharon King-Campbell, join me to talk about everything from hot fantasy angels, to historical romance, to books you think everyone should read. And if the episode title makes no sense to you, you're probably too old. Just like us.Door Trudy Morgan-Cole
 
Michelle Butler Hallett and I take a deep dive into the recent movie adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Along with obsessively analyzing every aspect of the book and movie we talk about the process of adaptation itself, as well as about Madeleine L'Engle, Ava DuVernay, Star Wars, and what SHOULD have happened to Charles Wallace.…
 
Book reviewer Jean Graham and publisher Amanda Will joined me in the studio to talk books. We covered a lot of local books and invoked The Sacred Name of Michael Crummey several times - as well as the names of f Kathleen Winter, Joel Thomas Hynes, and others. We also diverged into Stephen King and other horror novels, TV and movie adaptations of bo…
 
It's Valentine's Day, romance is in the air, and romance novelists are in the studio! Victoria Barbour and Melanie Martin stopped by and we chatted about romance novels (theirs and the ones they like to read), historical fiction, and obsessive googling while watching The Crown. They also talk about how romance is more than just the sterotypes of ri…
 
Award-winning writers Terry Doyle and Susie Taylor joined me in the studio to talk about some of our favourite books of 2017 as well as our all-time favourites, what we're looking forward to reading next, and why at least two of us do not want to read a story where anything bad happens to a dog. Some of us, however, consider bats fair game and do n…
 
Local writer and actor Paul Rowe, and his partner Mona Rossiter, sometime local politician, political organizer, and activist, dropped by the studio to talk about the books they have read and loved. Turned out a lot of them -- more than I would have expected -- were by writers named Richard. Check out the full list of books we discussed at http://s…
 
I guess a spooky episode about horror books might be appropriate to release at the end of October, but I can't do that because I DON'T READ SCARY BOOKS. Instead, you'll get me talking about what I've been reading lately, then a lively and funny discussion between me and my daughter Emma about young adult novels, diversity and representation in YA f…
 
Airdate: October 1, 2017. An Anglican priest, a Pentecostal post-graduate student, and a Seventh-day Adventist novelist walk into a basement studio. And they talk about the books that have guided, inspired and challenged them along their spiritual paths. Yes, we all read Mere Christianity when we were teenagers and it changed things for all of us .…
 
Airdate: September 17, 2017. I invited up-and-coming Newfoundland writers Bridget Canning, author of The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, and Sharan Bala, author of the upcoming The Boat People, to the studio to talk about books we love, books that shaped us as kids, and why you should be careful what you say around writers -- we're always taking not…
 
Air date: September 3, 2017. Shannon Sullivan and Sarah Aubert came to talk about what they're reading and especially about fantasy, a favourite genre for all three of us. Don't be misled by the episode title: we talked about lots of positive, inspiring, encouraging books. But we also talked about Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire.…
 
Air date: June 11, 2017. Andreae Callanan and Diana Daly came to the studio to tell me (and you!) all about their intersectional feminist book club. The conversation ranged from feminism, to books, to the need for women to run for St. John's City Council, to, oddly enough, skin care. And if you're not sure what "intersectional feminist" means, then…
 
Airdate: May 28, 2017. Actors/comedians/writers Berni Stapleton and Amy House came by the studio to talk about what we're reading, whether or not we think of ourselves as "readers," and what it means to be "women of a certain age" in our culture. Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!Door Trudy Morgan-Cole
 
Airdate: May 14, 2017. For Mother's Day, I invited another book-loving mom, Martha Muzychka, along with her son Nick Gushue, to talk with me and my daughter Emma Cole about what we're reading now, what we read with our kids when they were younger, why every YA novel has to include romance and be set in a school, and what could have improved the Hob…
 
Airdate: April 30, 2017. Today's episode finds me hanging out with three of my best friends: Jennifer Morgan, Tina Chaulk, and Lori Savory. We talk about facing down your fears as a writer and why it might be easier to do that if you've already written a bestseller; about the books we read as kids and how many of them were available in the library …
 
Air Date: April 9. 2017. Award-winning playwrights and short-story writers Robert Chafe and Megan Coles apologized repeatedly for straying into theatre-talk when we started talking about books. The conversation was wide-ranging and lovely, and we uncovered the real reason for Newfoundland's rich literary culture, as well as establishing the fact th…
 
Air Date: March 24, 2017. Writers Michelle Butler Hallett and Christine Hennebury came to the Shelf Esteem studio to discuss historical fiction, how storytelling helps us rehearse for our lives, why Orwell's 1984 is always relevant, why everyone is so obsessed with Shakespeare, and how Harriet the Spy shaped our lives as young writers.…
 
Air date: March 12, 2017. Elayne Greeley and Lynne Sheppard dropped by to talk about dystopian fiction, book quotes that become part of your family vocabulary, and books you try to get everyone else to read. We learned that Elayne is in love with Anthony Doerr (in a literary sense), Lynne is in love with a book by Salmon Rushdie, and I am not in lo…
 
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