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  • "Being a Disney Imagineer"

  • The Incomparable Roddy Doyle

    Movie

    The Booker Prize winning Irish novelist reminiscences about Calgary, his friendship with Paul Quarrington, and his response to seeing Will Ferguson in a kilt. His latest, Love, resonates with middle-aged longings: for connection, for home, for self, for happiness, for meaning.

  • A Mensch & A Marvel

    Movie

    He had us at "middle-aged Jewish wannabe-cowboy". The protagonist in Gary Barwin’s magnificent, mordantly funny new novel is a “Jewish cowpoke, Brisket Boy, my grandfather,” and the focal point of a rich, wonderfully weird conversation hosted by Bill Richardson.

  • Black Like Me: Eternity Martis & Tessa McWatt

    Movie

    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.

  • Graphic Imagineers

    Movie

    When you put Leanne Shapton and Seth together, things get weird, nostalgic and fascinating, fast. A double dose of originality from old friends with infinite new ideas on art and life.

  • Tricksters & Ghosts
    Movie + 1 extra

    Tricksters & Ghosts

    Movie + 1 extra

    A member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations. author Eden Robinson meets B.C.-born, New York City novelist Emily St. John Mandel connect with laughter, curiosity, and a shared respect for the supernatural.

  • Atwood, Williams, Poetry, Shoes

    Movie

    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.

  • Our Darkest, Shimmering Selves

    Movie + 2 extras

    How much can someone change and still be themselves? Bracingly original literary stars discover intersections in their novels about how we live, love, and find belonging — in a Japanese sky, in a London apartment, and sometimes, in someone who is impossibly wrong for us.

  • Kindred Spirits

    Movie

    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.

  • We Heart St. John’s
    Movie + 2 extras

    We Heart St. John’s

    Movie + 2 extras

    With generosity, humour, and writerly insight that makes us want to watch the world go by from a George Street pub, Eva Crocker and Michael Crummey talk family, music, and the limits of leaning on the people we love.

  • Eat, Write, Love

    Movie

    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.