Episode 10: To Market, to Mark-it

Screen Shot 2016-01-24 at 5.15.28 PMHello listeners!

This week’s episode is dedicated to the business of book markets. Three times a year, St. Vital Mall hosts a book sale to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital, and this is where I buy most of my books for the year! You can’t beat the deals (new hardcovers for less than $5, softcovers for $1.50 – it’s a dream) and the funds raised go directly to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, so you can feel good about your purchases, too!

In this week’s episode, I chat with Carol Irving from the Children’s Hospital Guild of Manitoba, who organizes the Children’s Hospital Book Markets each year. We talk about how the book markets got started, the work the amazing volunteers do to get everything ready for the book markets, and where the funds go. I also share my tips and tricks for tackling a book market.

literallykatrina bookmarkIn other news, to spread the word about the Literally, Katrina podcast, I’ve hidden bookmarks (for a sneak peek, see the image at left) at bookstores across the city in bestsellers, books we’ve talked about on the podcast, and all my favourites – if you pick up a book with one in it, it’s yours to keep or give away! Go forth and have fun! And don’t forget to tell your friends about the podcast.

Thanks to the Children’s Hospital Book Market organizers and volunteers for all the work you do, and thanks to Carol Irving – it was a pleasure learning more about the book markets! Don’t forget to stop by the Children’s Hospital Book Market taking place on February 4, 5, and 6 at St. Vital Mall.

Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. I’ll be back in two weeks with local author Gerald Sliva. Don’t forget to subscribe to Literally, Katrina on iTunes (or the Apple Podcast App), like Literally, Katrina on Facebook and Pinterest, follow me on Twitter @LitKatrina, and add me on Insta @LitKatrina.

Until next time, happy reading!
Katrina

Episode 5: The power of storytelling

Wonder Horse by Anita Daher, out now.

Hello listeners,

Episode 5 is here! In today’s episode, I chat with lovely Winnipeg author and actor Anita Daher about her book Wonder Horse, out this past spring (it’s precious).

I also give a reader’s confession – have you ever stayed up all night to finish a book? I certainly have! But I’ll admit, it doesn’t happen often anymore – who has time to pull an all-nighter just to finish a book? A lot of us don’t have the luxury of time, and sleep is in high demand…but sometimes, a book is just so good that it warrants a late-night reading marathon. Just wait until you hear my confession!

Lastly, I tease you with an upcoming contest, coming your way just in time for the holidays (hard to imagine, considering we don’t have any snow – no complaining here!). Stay tuned for instructions on how to enter and what’s in store.

Thanks so much for taking a listen. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or the Apple podcast app, give the Literally, Katrina Facebook page a like, follow me on Twitter @LitKatrina, and don’t forget to share this episode with your friends! The more booklovers I get to talk to, the better!

Episode 6 will be up in two weeks. Until then, happy reading!
-Katrina

Episode 3: TBR

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Hello readers,

I hope you all had an excellent Thanksgiving and relaxing long weekend – I certainly did. In today’s podcast episode, we cover a lot of ground: I talk about which books are on my TBR (to-be-read) pile right now, I recommend a pre-election read (worth it!), I interview local author Armin Wiebe (also a former CreComm instructor!) and I announce the winner of the first ever Literally, Katrina book giveaway. What an exciting episode!

Thanks for listening to Episode 3 of the Literally, Katrina podcast! What’s on your TBR pile? What should I read next? Comment below, send me a tweet, or get at me on Facebook with your recommendations! I love hearing from you.

If you haven’t already, subscribe to the Literally, Katrina podcast on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App –  feel free to give me a rating, too (5 stars would be awesome!). Ratings help boost the visibility of the podcast – the more booklovers I can talk to, the better!

Episode 4 will be out on October 26th – until then, happy reading!

Katrina

Enter to Win!

Hay's 9th book, His Whole Life, is out now!

Hey readers!

We’re a week into the Literally, Katrina book give-away contest and this is a reminder to get your entries in to win!

I’m giving away a copy of Giller Prize-winning author Elizabeth Hay’s new novel His Whole Life, a story that stares down tough questions with wit and grace. The winner will be announced on Episode 3 of the podcast, which will be released one week from today, on October 12th!

Here’s how to enter – it’s super easy! All you have to do is share Episode 2 on Twitter or Facebook (or both for two entries and double the chance to win!).

Make sure to listen to Episode 3 on October 12th to find out if you’ve won. Good luck!

Happy reading,
Katrina

Episode 2: Poetic Storytelling

Photo by Miranda Lynn Photography.
Photo by Miranda Lynn Photography.

Hello listeners!

There are lots of exciting things in store for you in Episode 2! We start off with a recap of the Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival (I hope you got a chance to attend an event this past week!). We also hear from Mike Johnston, member of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam Team about poetry as a powerful form of storytelling – my sister makes a surprise guest appearance!

Make sure you listen straight to the end of the episode, because that’s where you’ll learn about how to enter to win a copy of Elizabeth Hay’s new book His Whole Life.

Next week, I interview Manitoba author (and former CreComm instructor!) Armin Wiebe about his new book Armin’s Shorts, out now. I’ll also be announcing the winner of our very first book giveaway!

Thanks for listening and happy reading,
Katrina