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Book Me

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Join former CBC Maritime Noon Host Costas Halavrezos as he interviews the Atlantic Canadians who create the books you love to read. From established, award-winning authors, illustrators, and photographers to the lesser known up-and-comers and other key book contributors delve into the beautiful, mys… read more

76 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

S8 E10 Clary Croft

July 2nd, 2021


Season 8, Episode 10

Long before the phrase "gig economy" was invented, Clary Croft was living it. For more than half a century (and counting) he's made his living in music, theatre, clothing design, writing, and by …

S8 E9 Lori Doody

June 22nd, 2021


Birds of a feather flock together, but what happens when an exotic parrot decides to hang out with capelin-gobbling puffins?

Lori Doody's fanciful …

S8 E8 Marjorie Simmins

June 18th, 2021


Season 8, Episode 8 Marjorie Simmins

When Marjorie Simmins set out to write about the legendary horse Somebeachsomewhere, she didn't know she'd meet so many people who'd been smitten by his calm nature, charisma, and …

S8 E7 Jane Doucet

June 2nd, 2021


Season 8, Episode 7 

As Wendy Hebb is about to turn 60, she decides to open a sex shop in Lunenburg. Her husband Paul, who's retiring from fishing, …

S8 E6 Alexandra Harrington

May 19th, 2021


Season 8, Episode 6

Anyone who reads "The Last Time I Saw Her" will never again make a generalization about "teenagers". Alexandra Harrington's distinctive characters both support and clash with one another after a car …

S8 E5 Chris Benjamin

May 10th, 2021


Season 8, Episode 5.

Readers don't just like to read books; they like to read about books: the latest from favourite authors, profiles of up-and-comers, essays, reviews, and new titles that touch on everything from …

S8 E4 Louise Michalos

April 26th, 2021


Season 8, Episode 4

Marilla Cuthbert isn't the most likable character in the "Anne of Green Gables" books. Readers may have wondered what made her …

S8 E3 Sarah Grindler

April 8th, 2021


Season 8, Episode 3.

The forest is where things burrow and slither and nest, where lichens with little red hats stand on mossy logs, and perfume-sweet wildflowers grow beside neighbours that stink.

At a time when it's …

S8 E2 Becca Babcock

March 23rd, 2021


Season 8, Episode 2

Emma Weaver has personal motives for choosing her M.A. thesis topic. She divides her time between poring over mute archival records and trying to find members of the notorious Gaugin family who'll …

S8 E1 Charis Cotter

March 9th, 2021


Season 8, Episode 1.

A phantom crew rows eternally through the Atlantic fog.

A light moves from room to room in an abandoned house.

A dark presence pins you to your bed at night.

Charis Cotter's "Screech: Ghost Stories …

S7 E9 Lesley Choyce

February 26th, 2021


Season 7, Episode 9

Socrates was famously quoted as saying, "The unexamined life is not worth living". 

Lesley Choyce believes that regular …

S7 E8 Rev. Dr. Joyce Ross

February 16th, 2021


"It's Our Time" is a book that grew out of a public slur against African Nova Scotians who live in a cluster of communities known as The Preston …

S7 E7 Heather Stemp

January 26th, 2021


They say you should never meet your heroes because they'll disappoint you (or leave you tongue-tied). 

Heather Stemp learned that her Aunt Ginny …

S7 E6 Lynn Davies

January 13th, 2021


Season 7, Episode 6

"Headfirst is the most delicious way to go down a tree". 

That's typical of the intriguing clues in "So Imagine Me: Nature Riddles in Poetry" by Lynn Davies. The answers (and some misleading clues) …

S7 E5 Taylor Widrig

December 23rd, 2020


Nearly every coastal nation has folkloric beings who are part human, part sea creature. In "The Mermaid Handbook", Taylor Widrig brings us profiles …

S7 E4 Jan Coates

December 21st, 2020


Season 7, Episode 4

In our hyper-connected world, what could be more exotic than a hermit - a person deliberately disengaged from people and …

S7 E3 Stephen Kimber

November 25th, 2020


Season 7, Episode 3

Eli Cooper has worked himself into a deep, middle-aged rut.

A night editor at a newspaper, he has no life partner, and lives in the family home with his father, whose dementia is worsening. Then in …

S7 E2 Jeffrey Domm

November 17th, 2020


Season 7, Episode 2

Do we really need wise-cracking giraffes in skirts to grab the attention of a child? 

Jeffrey Domm's story of ravens and wolves …

S7 E1 Kate Inglis

November 10th, 2020


Season 7, Episode 1

You can't please everyone. That's what three frog musicians discover when they pedal into the woods to play an impromptu concert for their furred and feathered friends. The grouse, though, can't …

S6 E9 Ernest J. Dick

November 3rd, 2020


Season 6, Episode 9.

Would you like an insider's view of how radio, TV, and the movies evolved in the 20th century? Then follow the career of Austin …

S6 E8 Carol Bruneau

October 27th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 8 Carol Bruneau

Maud Lewis enjoys nearly mythological status in Canada. With no formal training, she created some of the most …

S6 E7 Mark Blagrave

October 14th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 7 

By the end of "The Dirty Thirties", Saint John, New Brunswick was reeling from The Great Depression, and the world was inching closer to another war. But a fascinating group of painters, writers, …

S6 E6 Brenda Jones

October 6th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 6

After decades in Montreal, Brenda Jones returned to PEI to retire. She learned how important the landscape of her youth was to her well-being.

In "Medicinal Herbs of Eastern Canada: A Pictorial …

S6 E5 Donald J. Savoie

September 29th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 5

If you aspire to be something - say, an entrepreneur - it's good to study people who excel at it. Donald Savoie's latest book, "Thanks For The Business", introduces us to the region's most …

S6 E4 Elizabeth F. Hill

September 16th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 4

No matter how much you think you know about Canada, you'll find brand new gems of knowledge in Elizabeth F. Hill's, "All 'Bout Canada: A Compendium of Canadiana" (with art by Alex MacAskill).

It's a …

S6 E3 Joanne Schwartz

August 26th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 3

Real life can deliver more danger, action, courage, heroes, and villains than a thousand online games.

Award-winning author Joanne Schwartz's "Fight On!" covers a brief era in Cape Breton's history …

S6 E2 Andrea Gunraj

August 19th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 2

The dynamics between two siblings who are close in age can be wonderful. 

But such natural developments as the arrival of puberty …

S6 E1 Joan Dawson

August 5th, 2020


Season 6, Episode 1

What's the best way to tell people the history of a place? Through the lives of prominent citizens? Battles for control? Its …

S5 E9 Deborah Hemming

July 22nd, 2020


Season 5, Episode 9.

Winnie has enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the Annapolis Valley, cycling around country roads and tubing down the Gaspereau …

S5 E8 Laura Best

July 8th, 2020


Season 5, Episode 8

After 15 years in a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth has been pronounced "well" and released to a group home.

With no memory of what led to her institutionalisation, she sets out to find the …

S5 E7 Andre Fenton

July 1st, 2020


Season 5, Episode 7 

An idyllic childhood with her mum and grandparents in Yarmouth.

A sudden, one-way relocation to Halifax with her mother. For Annaka, the 10-year gap fills her with longing and questions. But an …

S5 E6 Jay Johnston

June 17th, 2020


Season 5, Episode 5

The word "legendary" is applied loosely to too many bands.

But "The Lincolns" of Truro have earned it.

From their start in the …

S5 E4 John Langley

June 4th, 2020


Season 5, Episode 4

Untold stories of inspirational inventions.

Great inventions are usually associated with a single person. But the inspiration …

S5 E3 George Elliott Clarke

June 4th, 2020


Season 5, Episode 3.

Engaging and reflective.

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE'S writing is always a reflection of his personality: charged with energy and imagination that can't help but engage you. In Portia White: A Portrait in …

S5 E2 Gerald Hallowell

June 4th, 2020


Season 5, Episode 2.

How Loyal Are You?

World War 1 put many Lunenburgers in a bind. If you were a fisherman or farmer, you needed to produce food for home and abroad. But since you were able-bodied, why weren't you …

S5 E5 Melanie Mosher

June 4th, 2020


Season 5, Episode 5

A Beginners Guide to Goodbye

The sudden death of a child of tender years changes everything in a family. The shock and grief strike parents in ways that are hard to fathom and it is impossible to …

S5 E1 Christine Ibbotson

April 21st, 2020


Season 5, Episode 1.

Forced isolation and financial opportunities. 

Financial Advisor Christine Ibbotson has written an e-book to provide answers.

S4 E10 John Boileau

February 26th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 10

Made or born? Celebrating the Heroism of Atlantic Canadian Youth

Author John Boileau discusses why he chose to explore and expose the extraordinary and everyday heroism, ingenuity and courage of …

S4 E9 Lisa Harrington

February 19th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 9

A Coming of Age Story.

Author Lisa Harrington shares how she manages to capture the world view of teenagers while also tackling the tender subjects of grief and family secrets in her latest …

S4 E8 Natalie Corbett Sampson

February 14th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 8

Her Right to Play

Inspired by a true story, author Natalie Corbett Sampson explores the factors that brought ten-year-old Tina …

S4 E7 Angela Mombourquette

February 11th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 7

"Even the best writers need editors".

From freelance writing to producing the youth consumer show “Street Cents”, author and editor Angela Mombourquette talks to us about her book 25 Years of 22 …

S4 E6 Ian Colford

February 7th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 6

Wrestling with internal angels.

Author Ian Colford gives us insight into how his book A Dark House & Other Stories will draw …

S4E5 Lois Legge

February 4th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 5

Stories of an orphanage: as told by children who lived there.

Author and journalist Lois Legge recounts some of the real life …

S4 E4 Sheree Fitch

January 31st, 2020


Season 4, Episode 4

Where once gushed joy: Writing from the Wound.

Following the sudden death of her adult son, celebrated and beloved children’s …

S4 E3 Rita Wilson

January 28th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 3

Welcoming children into the Great Village of Elizabeth Bishop.

As author of the children’s book A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, poet and teacher Rita Wilson invites young …

S4 E2 Rebecca Thomas

January 21st, 2020


Season 4, Episode 2

The Legacy of Residential Schools.

Reflecting on her personal history, I’m Finding My Talk, award-winning spoken-word artist, …

S4 E1 Rebecca Rose

January 14th, 2020


Season 4, Episode 1

A Community of Communities.

Before the Parade author Rebecca Rose shines a light on how 1970s & 80s gay, lesbian and bisexual activists led Halifax out of the closet and into the second …

S3 E9 Emma FitzGerald

November 22nd, 2019


Season 3, Episode 9

The Poetry of Art

Illustrator Emma Fitzgerald on how her early studies in architecture, a fated bike ride on a Bass River chair and a chance meeting brought her to Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry to …

S3 E8 Simon Thibault

November 20th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 8:

The Soul of Cuisine.

Author, broadcaster and developmental editor-at-large Simon Thibault explains how his maternal lineage …

S3 E7 Wanda Baxter

November 18th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 7:

And maple trees lining the way…

S3 E6 Lesley Choyce

November 15th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 6:

Sidney Crosby and the Whirlpool clothes dryer.

Author, creative writing professor and publisher Lesley Choyce on how he was …

S3 E5 Kris Bertin

November 13th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 5:

Unravelling the fabric of self.

Author and barkeeper Kris Bertin openly reflects on the wide range of human experience and our universal search for identity in writing his latest book of short …

S3 E4 Daphne Greer

November 12th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 4:

One page at a time.

Author Daphne Greer on how she stitched together the inspiration of a Belgian convent’s boarding school with …

S3 E3 Adam Barnett

November 8th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 3:

Explore Nova Scotia on Two Wheels.

Join author and cyclist Adam Barnett as he shares the many vistas, routes and checklists for any two-wheeled explorer hoping to peddle Nova Scotia's trails.

S3 E2 Jaime Burnet

November 6th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 2:

Because crocuses hatch in snow.

In her debut novel, author and lawyer Jaime Burnet explains how gentrification, obsession, racism and history forces come together to shape two queer love stories in …

S3 E1 Jennifer Thornhill-Verma

November 4th, 2019


Season 3, Episode 1:

Canada Day, 1992: the story behind the largest mass layoff in our nation’s history.

Author Jennifer Thornhill Verma discusses …

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November 3rd, 2019


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S2 E9 Alan Syliboy

July 31st, 2019


Alan Syliboy on how he managed to nurture his life-long love of Mi’kmaq art, culture and heritage.

S2 E7 Mayann Francis

July 31st, 2019


Her Honour Mayann Francis and host Costas Halavrezos discuss her path to becoming the second woman and first African Nova Scotian ever to accept the title of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

S2 E8 Briana Corr Scott

July 30th, 2019


Learn how a fateful trip to Sable Island inspired artist, illustrator and author Briana Corr Scott

S2 E4 Nicola Davison

July 23rd, 2019


Photographer and author Nicola Davison draws us into the potent characters of her first novel, In the Wake.

S2 E6 Alison DeLory

July 23rd, 2019


Alison DeLory explains how the island of Cape Breton, beaching whales, Syrian refugees and even a “calendrical savant” converge to create universally shared notions of home.

S2 E5 Kayla Hounsell

July 23rd, 2019


Kayla Hounsell shares her first-hand account of the murder trial of young Will Sanderson—a trial that riveted local community and shocked the nation.

S2 E1 Whitney Moran

July 16th, 2019


Whitney Moran shares her passion for writing, editing and publishing great books

S2E3 Katelyn Bellefontaine

July 16th, 2019


The Path from Engaged to “I Do.”

S2E2 Marilyn Davidson Elliott

July 16th, 2019


The Story Behind the Blind Mechanic

S1E9 Jamie Simpson

May 7th, 2019


Nature’s bounty of scrumptious wild organics.

S1E7 Lesley Crewe

May 6th, 2019


Our grandmother’s stories…

S1E8 Graham Steele

May 6th, 2019


How to turn politicians into champions.

S1E4 Linda Moore

April 30th, 2019


All the world’s a stage.

S1E5 Quentin Casey

April 30th, 2019


The sea disaster that captured the hearts of a nation.

S1E6 Steve Vernon

April 30th, 2019


Steve Vernon and the tradition of ghost story-telling.

S1E2 Carol Bruneau

April 23rd, 2019


Author Carol Bruneau discusses some of her many sources of inspiration.

S1 E1 Sarah Sawler

April 23rd, 2019


Author Sarah Sawler on some things you probably don't know about Atlantic Canada.

S1E3 Len Wagg

April 23rd, 2019


Photographer and author Len Wagg on how how he gets some of his best shots in.

TEASER - Sarah Sawler

April 17th, 2019


Preview of S1E1 - Sarah Sawler

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