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Episode 1: Lori Hahnel and Todd Devonshire

Reading West

Release Date: 11/28/2016

Episode 16: Katherine Koller show art Episode 16: Katherine Koller

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This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist Lisa Guenther. This episode features Katherine Koller, reading from her debut novel, Art Lessons.

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Episode 15: Bernadette Wagner show art Episode 15: Bernadette Wagner

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This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist Lisa Guenther. This episode features poet Bernadette Wagner who is launching Dry Valley, her latest poetry collection, this fall.

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Episode 14: Jennifer Graham show art Episode 14: Jennifer Graham

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Jennifer Graham was born and raised during the apartheid era of South Africa. She left her homeland in 1975, at age nineteen, for England, because it was illegal for her and her then boyfriend, who is also South African, to have a romantic relationship merely because of pigmentation - she was brown and he was white.

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Episode 13: Nicholas Olson show art Episode 13: Nicholas Olson

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Nicholas Olson is the author of several works of short fiction and essays, including a new series of illustrated zines of short stories with accompanying audiobook narrations. Books and audiobooks can be found at , other works can be found at . More books and audiobooks coming summer 2017.   Links: (blog/essays),  (for audiobooks/store),  twitter: @nicwolson     Story: A Brief Interaction Music: Matthew Meehan of Sonhowler () Narrator: Kris Hedlund of Rah Rah () Other: Originally appeared in SWG Spring Magazine   Story: That's My Team Music: D.A. Kissick ()...

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Episode 12: Shari Narine  show art Episode 12: Shari Narine

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Shari Narine is an award-winning journalist who has served as editor for newspapers and magazines. Currently she works at the Aboriginal Multi Media Society (AMMSA), Playhouse Publications, in Edmonton. After having a handful of short stories published in various journals, she wrote Oil Change at Rath’s Garage, her first novel. Narine grew up in Daysland, a small town in Alberta, and has travelled extensively within Canada and to six continents (and has ridden camels on four). This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or...

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This episode features Leona Theis reading from the intro of her new, award-winning novel If Sylvie Had Nine Lives. Leona writes novels, short stories, and personal essays. She hopes to craft work that is funny, serious, and absorbing all in the same package. Her story collection, Sightlines (Coteau, 2000) won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Leona's work has been shortlisted four times for the CBC Literary Award, which she won in 2007 for creative nonfiction. Her novel-in-progress, If Sylvie Had Nine Lives, won the John V Hicks manuscript award in 2016. Her short fiction has appeared most...

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Episode 10: James Trettwer show art Episode 10: James Trettwer

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James Trettwer reads his story story "Godsend," which will be published in the anthology Wanderlust in May 2017.  James is currently working on a collection of linked stories, two of which are included in Wanderlust, published by Thistledown Press. The novella Thorn-Fields from this collection won third place in the 2016 John V. Hicks' Long Manuscript Award. A third story previously won second place in the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Short Manuscript Awards. James writes from Regina where he lives with Sherry and their fat little dog, Maggie.   This podcast features Western Canadian...

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Episode 9: Sean Johnston show art Episode 9: Sean Johnston

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Sean Johnston is from Asquith, Saskatchewan. His first book, A Day Does Not Go By, won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction. His most recent book is the short story collection We Don't Listen to Them. He lives in Kelowna, B.C., where he teaches at Okanagan College. Sean reads "He Hasn't Been to the Bank in Weeks," from We Don't Listen to Them, which can be ordered at the local bookstore, from Thistledown Press, or Amazon. This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist...

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Episode 8: Kristy Thackeray show art Episode 8: Kristy Thackeray

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Transplanting Hope: My life – Someone Else’s Heart provides an in-depth look at breaking down medical and social barriers and persevering in times of great difficulties and pain. An extremely rare diagnosis of lymphangectasia (enlarged lymph vessels) left 13 year old Kristy Thackeray feeling weak and extremely ill. After numerous tests, doctors learned that there was something else, something much more serious, going on with Kristy. She was told she also had the rare heart disease, restrictive cardiomyopathy. Kristy needed a new heart. Kristy Thackeray lives in Chestermere, AB with her...

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Sally Meadows is a five-time national/international award-nominated author, singer/songwriter, and speaker who lives in Saskatoon. Sally travels all around Saskatchewan and beyond in support of her children’s picture book The Two Trees, raising autism awareness and giving school-age children the opportunity to learn about trees, dinosaurs, minerals, and more through fun hands-on activities. You can purchase this book at McNally Robinson, Turning the Tide, and My Whimsey Store, all in Saskatoon. It can also be ordered from major bookstore retailers including Chapters/Indigo/Coles, Amazon, and...

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Reading West features Canadian writers talking about their books...specifically writers who live in Western Canada. 

This episode features Lori Hahnel reading her short story, Vermin, and Todd Devonshire reading from his novel Rink Burgers.

Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008) and After You’ve Gone (Thistledown, 2014), as well as a story collection, Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been nominated for the Journey Prize three times and has appeared in over forty publications in North America, Australia and the U.K. Her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post. Lori teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University in Calgary.For more on Lori, visit https://lorihahnel.ca/

Todd Devonshire was born and raised in Big River, Saskatchewan. It is here he learned to love hockey, rock n roll and the TV show Jeopardy. Upon graduating from high school, he went to broadcasting school in Saskatoon. His first job was with CJVR Radio in Melfort, Saskatchewan. After leaving CJVR, the station went on to win all kinds of awards. Coincidence? We think not. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001 with degrees from the College of Education and Kinesiology (hmmm…is that the correct spelling?); however, there was a strong desire to teach overseas and travel. For over two years, Todd travelled the world making stops in England and Japan. The idea for his novel Rink Burgers came to him while riding the trains and subways in Tokyo. Eventually he returned home to Saskatchewan and finished the book. He has developed an interest in play writing. His first play, The Baby Boomers, was produced in 2012. He is currently finishing his second play and working on a second novel. Todd currently teaches at the Saskatoon Business College. For more on Todd, visit www.rinkburgers.com/

Theme music is Flax Flower Blue by Best Kept Secret Girlfriend.

 This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from their novels, short fiction, poetry, memoirs, or non-fiction. It is created and hosted by Saskatchewan novelist Lisa Guenther. Reading West is open to featuring published authors from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. For the most part, the podcast focuses on literature, but writers working in other genres are welcome to inquire. For more information on submitting, visit lisaguenther.com/reading-west-podcast/  You can also check out the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/readingwest/