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  • Japanese Breakfast/Korean Grocery Store

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    In conversation with Lainey Lui, Indie rockstar Michelle Zauner on her new memoir Crying in H Mart — a powerful, beautiful account of the author's grief, and her love for her intense mother.

  • Martha Wainwright Regrets Nothing

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  • A Marriage of the Minds

    Successful marriages are rare. So are monumental novels. Combine the two and you’ve got, well, Esi Edugyan and Steven Price who discuss love and literature from their home on Vancouver Island.

    Pick up a copy of Edugyan's Washington Black here: https://wordfest.com/25at25/book-recommendations/esi...

  • An Intergalactic Showstopper

    Dawnie Walton’s approach to life and writing is nothing short of dazzling. The author’s unique joy and depth comes out in conversation as much as it does off every page of her widely acclaimed ‘intergalactic show-stopper’ of a book, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev.

    Pick up a copy of The Final R...

  • Interview: Francesca Ekwuyasi

    Francesca Ekwuyasi is not, she promises, “the kind of person who quotes French philosophers.” Still, she pulls it off with panache (Sartre: “Hell is other people”). The Nigerian Canadian author is eager to credit the role that the kindness of others’ and feeling ‘favoured’ has played in her succe...

  • [email protected]: Omar El Akkad & Ian Williams

    With extraordinary depth and candour, the Scotiabank Giller Prize winning authors dive into an illuminating and powerful conversation that ranges from what makes us uncomfortable (and getting comfortable with that) to brownness and whiteness, age and innocence, water and wind. Humble, entertainin...

  • Eat, Write, Love

    With courage, curiosity and joie de vivre, Lawrence Hill and Zalika Reid-Benta connect over comfort food, supernatural creatures, and how to stay calm when the world is falling apart around you.

    Pick up a copy of Hill's The Illegal here: https://wordfest.com/25at25/book-recommendations/lawrence-...

  • Interview: Frederick Joseph

    When his book The Black Friend: How to Be a Better White Person made the New York Times bestseller list, Frederick Joseph broke down in tears thinking of his With sincerity and encouragement, Joseph — founder of The Black Panther Challenge that enabled 75,000 low-income kids to see the Marvel mov...

  • Interview: Koa Beck

    Koa Beck fearlessly asks, and answers, questions about race and misogyny that expose the urgent need to break rules that uphold the patriarchy. As referenced by actor Viola Davis in her Emmy speech, Black icon Harriet Tubman saw that as a line that black women couldn’t cross. Beck decides, howeve...

  • Interview: Desmond Cole

    Desmond Cole's story about the devastating bullying he endured by his elementary-school principal serves as a milestone moment in his own understanding of insidious, unwanted attention and powerlessness. He also re-visits a story he shared with Wordfesters on his last visit to Calgary in February...

  • Interview: Tessa McWatt

    Is luck a thing? Yes, says Tessa McWatt, and there are many, many kinds, both good and bad, that shape us from birth. The author of The Snow Line has been nominated for G.G. awards more than once, an honour she’d credit to luck to some degree. She tells us a story of how gambling on a dark horse ...

  • Interview: Ben Philippe

    Ben Philippe learned that when the maps came out, his dad’s recurring restlessness was poised to upend life as the family knew it. The author of Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend, shares his generous outlook on race, friendship and family.
    Pick up a copy of Sure, I'll Be Your Black Friend here: htt...

  • Black Like Me

    Discovering who you are and where you belong are at the heart of each of these writers' bracing and brilliant memoirs. A conversation about multi-racial identity, battling stereotypes, and finding community.

    Pick up a copy of Martis' They Said This Would Be Fun here: https://wordfest.com/2020/i...

  • Kindred Spirits

    Short-story writer Téa Mutonji and Oji-nêhiyaw, Two-Spirit poet and 2021 Canada Reads-winning novelist Joshua Whitehead laugh, plot, and inspire us — and one another.

    Pick up a copy of Shut Up, You're Pretty here: https://wordfest.com/25at25/book-recommendations/tea-mutonji/

    Pick up a copy of L...

  • Atwood, Williams, Poetry, Shoes

    With joy and affection, CanLit heavy-weights Margaret Atwood and Ian Williams have much to discuss, not least of which is what footwear they chose at the age of 25.

    Pick up a copy of Dearly here: https://wordfest.com/25at25/book-recommendations/margaret-atwood/
    Pick up a copy of Word Problems he...