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CBC Radio's The Next Chapter travels the country, conversing with authors and readers of all kinds. A new episode every Saturday.


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CBC Radio's The Next Chapter travels the country, conversing with authors and readers of all kinds. A new episode every Saturday.








Maurice Vellekoop’s new graphic memoir of self-discovery, three shocking stories about con artists, healing childhood traumas in Dinner on Monster Island, and more

Award-winning visual artist Maurice Vellekoop on his vividly rendered graphic memoir I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together, Steven Beattie recommend three books that explore the art of the scam, Vancouver author Tania De Rozario gets personal in her essay collection Dinner on Monster Island, the acclaimed Newfoundland novelist Donna Morrissey answers the Proust Questionnaire, and more.


Relive San Francisco’s catastrophic 1906 earthquake in new novel The Phoenix Crown; Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden takes our version of the Proust questionnaire; borders, battles and bloodlines in memoir My Fighting Family, and more.

Historical fiction buffs Janie Change and Kate Quinn discuss their novel The Phoenix Crown, legendary Montreal Canadiens goaltender and author Ken Dryden answers the Proust questionnaire, hockey romance writer Rachel Reid dishes on her novel Time to Shine, sportswriter extraordinaire Morgan Campbell talks about writing his debut memoir, and more.


Canada Reads contenders Téa Mutonji and Kudakwashe Rutendo, a fiction debut from Canisia Lubrin, 3 “must-read” graphic novels, new music and a book recommendation from Beverly Glenn-Copeland, and more.

Breakout actor Kudakwashe Rutendo sits down with Toronto author Téa Mutonji to discuss the Canada Reads novel Shut Up You’re Pretty; acclaimed Canadian poet and writer Canisia Lubrin on her fiction debut; Why musician and composer Beverly Glenn-Copeland loves The Nightingale; CBC Books producer Ashly July on what Spider-Man graphic novel reigns supreme, and more.


Canada Reads contenders Jessica Johns and Dallas Soonias, 3 “must-read” Black Canadian writers to check out in 2024, Sheila Heti on publishing her diary, and more

Former professional volleyball player and filmmaker Dallas Soonias sits down with Jessica Johns, author of the bestselling Canada Reads novel he will be championing in the upcoming March debates; Ryan B. Patrick announces his anticipated Black Canadian writers to watch list; Sheila Heti explains how she turned 10 years of diary entries into her latest book, and more.


Canada Reads 2024 contenders Catherine Leroux & Heather O’Neill, Drew Hayden Taylor’s mystery thriller Cold, Safia Fazlul’s new novel The Red One, and more.

Acclaimed Montreal writer and past Canada Reads-winning author Heather O’Neill on why she chose to champion fellow Quebecer Catherine Leroux’s novel The Future in this year’s debate; why Drew Hayden Taylor is the ultimate modern day storyteller; examining abuse and gender expectations in novel The Red One by Safia Fazlul, and more.


Canada Reads contenders Mirian Njoh and Carley Fortune, Matthew R. Morris on Black masculinity, Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio’s debut novel highlights the Filipino Canadian community, and more.

Fashion influencer Mirian Njoh talks about championing author Carley Fortune’s Meet Me At The Lake during the upcoming Canada Reads debates, Matthew R. Morris discusses his poignant essay collection Black Boys Like Me, Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio on her charming novel Reuniting With Strangers, plus more.


The latest from Leacock Medal for Humour winner Gary Barwin, snowy winter reading recommendations, girlhood and grief in Vauhini Vara’s debut story collection, plus more.

Ontario poet and author Gary Barwin discusses his new nonfiction Imagining Imagining, columnist Alicia Cox Thomson recommends three novels set in cold or snowy destinations, Canadian American author Vauhini Vara on her short story collection This Is Salvaged and more.


Lesley Crewe shares the ingredients for her Recipe for a Good Life, style expert Brian Francis recommends fashion books to enhance your wardrobe, how historical fiction lets you step into someone else's shoes, and more.

Bestselling author Lesley Crewe talks about how the slow pace of Cape Breton Island-inspired her latest novel, Ryan B. Patrick gets some style tips from expert columnist Brian Francis, Talia Kliot shares a few historical fiction recommendations, and more.


A powerful new story collection on the Arab Canadian experience, an award-winning debut novel set in 19th century Ontario, three must-read books on healing, and more.

Toronto author Christine Estima celebrates the immigrant experience, Kai Thomas reflects on writing a debut novel set in the mid-19th century, columnist Max Arambulo reviews books about personal growth, and more.


Cartoonist Seth illustrates his life story through comics, Rick Mercer’s happy place, ultimate hockey dad Karl Subban on the importance of patience, teens explore identity and loss at an Alberta pizza parlour in Those Pink Mountain Nights, and more.

Ontario cartoonist Seth uses the comic book form to look at life, host and comedian Rick Mercer answers The Next Chapter’s version of the Proust questionnaire, NHL dad Karl Subban on what inspired his latest kids’ book, Jen Ferguson reveals why she wrote the timely YA novel Those Pink Mountain Nights, and more.


Three Holidays and a Wedding: the multi-faith seasonal rom-com you don’t want to miss; children’s book experts recommend the perfect gift, author-illustrator Marie-Louise Gay on living with no regrets, and more.

Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley reveal why they teamed up to write a festively funny multi-faith rom-com, kids’ book experts Bee Quammie and Bridget Raymundo talk about the titles they loved in 2023, Montreal author-Illustrator Marie-Louise Gay answers The Next Chapter’s Proust questionnaire, and more.


Revel in some ‘bah, humbug’ holiday moments with anthology Better Next Year, two mystery writers reveal their best-in-genre picks, get to know the author of the hit detective series Blackwater Falls, and more.

Better Next Year editor and story contributor Sonja Larsen shares some humbug holiday stories; Francesda Carbonneau from the band FRANKIIE reveals why she’s reading Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead; author of the Portia Adams adventure series Angela Misri and Wakeland series author Sam Wiebe give their top mystery recommendations; and learn more about Inaya Rahman, the detective protagonist of Ausma Zehanat Khan’s novel Blood Betrayal.


Mai Nguyen dishes on the family nail spa business in Sunshine Nails, Jeopardy! and Canada Reads winner Mattea Roach shares the memoirs everyone should read, Casey Plett uncovers the power of social bonds in her book On Community, and more.

Toronto writer Mai Nguyen shares her novel Sunshine Nails inspired by the nail salon her parents owned while growing up in Halifax; Jeopardy! and Canada Reads winner Mattea Roach identifies three powerful memoirs about grief; Casey Plett draws from lived experience to explore the intricacies of community in her latest book, and more.


Royal Wood's reveals his creative muse, Erum Shazia Hasan explores charitability, The Pastry Nerd recommends three cookbooks, and more.

Erum Shazia Hasan speaks with Ali Hassan about the inherent complexities of doing good. Award-winning musician Royal Wood reveals the book that helps him channel his creativity; The Pastry Nerd recommends three cookbooks; Don Gillmor explores midlife malaise and more.


Marina Endicott’s memories as a RCMP Wife, the power of art with C.S. Richardson, what matters most to Esi Edugyan, and more

Marina Endicott talks with Ali Hassan about the emotional labour of being married to someone in law enforcement; two-time Giller winner Esi Edugyan speaks about feeling distracted in the Proust questionnaire; why C.S. Richardson doesn’t design his own book covers, and more.


Karma Brown explores female empowerment, Claudia Dey’s Daughter tackle toxic parents, a Canadian screen star takes the Proust, and a guide to the Giller Prize

Karma Brown looks at the evolution of the women’s movement in her novel What Wild Women Do; Claudia Dey explores the intricacies of father-daughter relationships in her novel Daughter; why R.H. Thompson loves being part of a good story; and everything you need to know about the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize.


M.G. Vassanji on where religion meets physics, Jamaica and the meaning of home, an extensive bicycle collection, and more.

Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author M.G Vassanji on his new novel Everything There Is, Dionne Irving on her Scotiabank Giller Prize-shortlisted story collection The Islands and Vincent Lam answers the Proust questionnaire.


Charles Demers on books for animal lovers, Sarah Bernstein's Study for Obedience, life on BookTok

Three books about animals you should read, the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlisted author on her critically acclaimed novel, an inside take on the social media phenomenon BookTok, and more.


Naben Ruthnum on writing YA horror, How To Fail As A Popstar actor Vivek Shraya, plus sibling rivalry and more

The Grimmer is a new YA novel with a modern twist on gothic fiction, Vivek Shraya answers The Next Chapter’s version of the Proust questionnaire, sibling rivalry is at the center of Michael Crummey’s latest fiction, and more.


Cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's latest graphic novel Roaming, Riverdale's Asha Bromfield, heart-pounding thrillers, and more.

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki explore New York City in their latest graphic novel, actress Asha Bromfield talks about the real-life inspiration behind her novel Songs of Irie, Toronto musician Haley Smalls shares what she's reading, and more.