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,

Book giveaway coming your way!

Hello readers,

With a new podcast episode on its way (Monday!), I want to let you in a little not-so-secret-secret – to celebrate the launch of the Literally, Katrina podcast, I’m giving away a book! Exciting!

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

As a thank you to all of you for listening to Episode 1 and subscribing to the podcast, I will be giving away a copy of His Whole Life, by Giller Prize-winning author Elizabeth Hay.

Hay was in Winnipeg this week promoting His Whole Life at Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival, which wraps up tonight with After Words at 8pm at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM). For instructions on how to enter to win His Whole Life, be sure to check out Episode 2 on Monday, September 28th.

Speaking of the podcast, I’ve got great news – you can now subscribe to Literally, Katrina on iTunes and on the Apple Podcast App! Subscribing to the podcast ensures that you get access to new episodes as soon as they’re up – worth it! I’m also happy to announce that I have a brand-new Pinterest board up and running, dedicated purely to books. I’m a literary pinning machine, so get excited for some excellent Harry Potter pins (I’m a little obsessed!).

Until Monday, happy reading!

The Dogs by Allan Stratton

Hey there readers,

Allan Stratton's new YA novel, The DogsIt’s hot and stormy out and there’s nothing better to read poolside (or lakeside!) than a little summer suspense. Check out The Dogs by Allan Stratton, an award-winning Canadian writer who will be in Winnipeg this September for Thin Air 2015, the Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival!

I’ll be partnering with the festival this year to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on, what to read, and what events to check out, so keep your eyes on the blog for more updates as we get closer to the festival. I’ll also be posting regular features on the Thin Air website (like this one on The Dogs), so be sure to check out their website frequently. Big names are coming to the festival this September (including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes!) – you won’t want to miss it.

To prepare for TA2015, check out the newly released Summer Reading List. Even though I’m still chipping away at Jeff Rubin’s super-relevant The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When It Bursts, and just started S.E. Grove’s The Golden Specific (the follow up to Grove’s amazing first novel The Glass Sentence – trust me, even though you’ll find these babies in the 9-12 section, these books are entertaining and sophisticated enough for all ages to enjoy!), I’m also about to dig into Méira Cook’s Nightwatching, out now and on the TA2015 reading list. PS: Méira Cook’s from Winnipeg!

Happy reading and stay cool!