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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.








Blockbuster author Cherie Dimaline, Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Webstad, and acclaimed writers David Alexander Robertson and Jordan Abel.

Cherie Dimaline’s queer YA reimaging of The Secret Garden, Phyllis Webstad on her picture book Every Child Matters, Jordan Abel subverts The Last of the Mohicans, and we revisit an interview with bestselling author David Alexander Robertson.


Amazon First Novel Award winner Jasmine Sealy, Itah Sadu’s latest children’s book, author Genevieve Scott revisits the 90s and more.

The award-winning novel The Island of Forgetting reimagines Greek mythology, children’s book I Am Big explores race and hockey, The Damages is a chewy new read set in the 90s, and more.


A culinary tribute to the mysteries of Agatha Christie, Joan Thomas’s page turner Wild Hope, how race and pop culture intersect in two poetry collections

Karen Pierce on Recipes for Murder: 66 Dishes that Celebrate the Mysteries of Agatha Christie, Governor General’s Literary Award winner Joan Thomas probes wealth, water and the politics of art in her compelling new novel Wild Hope, poet Bertrand Bickersteth recommends a pair of exciting must-reads in poetry, and more.


Polaris Music Prize finalist Debby Friday, Giller-Prize winning author Sean Michaels, acclaimed authors Mona Awad and Yasuko Thanh

Toronto-based artist Debby Friday reveals her bedside book and feature interviews with award-winning authors Sean Michaels, Mona Awad, and Yasuko Thanh.


Arkells Max Kerman’s book recommendation, Janika Oza’s intergenerational family saga, bestselling author and illustrator Jon Klassen, and more.

The Juno- award-winning Arkells frontman, Max Kerman, reveals his bedside book. Feature interviews with Janika Oza and Kevin Chong. And prolific author and illustrator Jon Klassen takes our Proust questionnaire and more.


Juno award-winning rapper TOBi, spoken word artist and poet Britta Badour, prolific writer David A Robertson, and more

TOBi reads Jay-Z’s Decoded, Britta Badour’s debut poetry collection, Wires that Sputter, and David A. Robertson’s award-winning adult novel, The Theory of Crows, and more.


Urban fantasy meets myth in Jes Battis’s The Winter Knight, the role of K-Pop in Lily Chu’s new romantic comedy

Jes Battis reincarnates the Knights of the Round Table in their queer fantasy novel The Winter Knight, an ambitious Toronto lawyer and a K-Pop star meet cute in Lily Chu's The Comeback, country music star Brett Kessel shares what he's reading to his kids, and more.


Country music star Lindsay Ell’s favourite book, Tom Rachman’s novel The Imposters, and Stephen Marche on the highs and lows of being a writer, and more.

Alberta-born musician Lindsay Ell shares her bedside book, interviews with Tom Rachman and Stephen Marche, and more.


Liselle Sambury’s spooky tale of a haunted house, bestselling novelist Kathy Reichs reveals her greatest fear, Sam Wiebe takes readers to the mean streets of Vancouver, and more

Liselle Sambury taps into the supernatural in her YA thriller Delicious Monsters; Sam Wiebe puts private investigator Dave Wakeland in the middle of a class war in Sunset and Jericho, Kathy Reichs, acclaimed author of the Bones series, answers the Proust Questionnaire, and more.


The Marrow Thieves author Cherie Dimaline’s new witchy and magical tale, Fonda Lee’s fantasy book with mythical creatures, must-read speculative fiction books, and more

Discover the world of speculative fiction with exclusive interviews featuring best-selling authors Fonda Lee and Cherie Dimaline. Discover new and exciting reads from The Next Chapter speculative fiction panel — all that and more on today’s show.


Indie pop star Begonia, comedian Monica Heisey’s debut novel, Acclaimed Métis Ukrainian writer Conor Kerr, Ali Bryan’s dark summer comedy, and more.

2023 Polaris Music Prize finalist Begonia shares her favourite poetry collection. Feature interviews with award-winning author Ali Bryan, Schitt's Creek TV writer Monica Heisey, and more.


Canadian pop star Scott Helman, summer romance book picks, Rollie Pemberton (AKA Cadence Weapon) on his memoir Bedroom Rapper, and more.

Canadian pop music phenom Scott Helman shares what he’s reading; our experts curate a juicy summer romance reading list; Rollie Pemberton, AKA rapper Cadence Weapon, shares his experience in the music industry in his memoir, Bedroom Rapper, and more.


Carley Fortune on Meet Me At the Lake, Danny Ramadan on The Foghorn Echoes, Tasnim Geedi’s TikTok Faves, and more.

Feature interviews with Canadian romance writer Carley Fortune and acclaimed Syrian-Canadian writer and LGBTQ activist Danny Ramadan. #TikTok star and past Canada Reads panellist Tasnim Geedi finds three books with social media buzz, and more.


Summer Edition - featuring Patrick deWitt and more -- The Full Episode

Patrick deWitt on The Librarianist, musician Katie Tupper on Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Shelagh Rogers' interview with Jen Sookfong Lee about her memoir, Superfan, and more.


Shelagh's Final Show -- The Full Episode

In her last show, host Shelagh Rogers talks to the Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe Skydancer, is interviewed by mystery writer Louise Penny and holds a "super panel" with longtime columnists Donna Bailey Nurse, Antanas Sileika and Randy Boyagoda.


Brian Francis, Mystery Books Panel -- The Full Episode

Columnist Brian Francis recommends three books for Shelagh in her next stage of life after retirement, the mystery books panel gives their summer picks, Zoe Whittall answers the Proust Questionnaire, and more.


Angela Sterritt, Children's Book Panel -- The Full Episode

Angela Sterritt on Unbroken: My fight for Survival, Hope and Justice for Indigenous Women and Girls, our children's book panel on recommendations for summer reading, and more.


Michelle Good, Holly Hogan -- The Full Episode

Michelle Good on her essay collection Truth Telling: Seven Conversations about Indigenous Life in Canada, Holly Hogan on her book Message in a Bottle: Ocean Dispatches from a Seabird Biologist, and more.


Tegan and Sara, Amanda Lewis -- The Full Episode

Tegan & Sara on their graphic novel Junior High, Amanda Lewis on her memoir Tracking Giants: Big Trees, Tiny Triumphs and Misadventures in the Forest, and more.


Michelle Porter, Eliza Robertson -- The Full Episode

Michelle Porter on her debut novel A Grandmother Begins the Story, Eliza Robertson on her true-crime book I Got a Name: the Murder of Krystal Senyk, co-written with Myles Dolphin, and more.