Leading Edge Writers

  • Tegan & Sara Share All

    Movie + 2 extras

    In conversation with their long-time friend Vivek Shraya, we celebrate our favourite musical twins’ and the release of their paperback bestselling book High School. Join us for this old fashioned after-school hang-out in the Imagine On Air basement. Music. Fashion. Crushes. Insecurities. Feelings!

  • 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.

  • 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 + 3 extras

    Kindred Spirits

    Movie + 3 extras

    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.

  • Indigenous Intersections

    Movie + 4 extras

    Hosted by CBC Reads winner Joshua Whitehead, two of North America's leading figures of contemporary Indigenous writing, Billy-Ray Belcourt and Stephen Graham Jones, come together with curiosity, passion and fascinating, fresh approaches to rage, fear, and toxic masculinity.

  • Crossing All the Boundaries


    Words, music, and a spectacular emerald-green evening romper: The Subtweet has it all. An intimate hour with the author, musician and performance artist (How to Fail as a Pop Star) Vivek Shraya encompasses social media vulnerability, female friendships, and the limitations of judging a book by it...

  • Transcendent Yaa Gyasi


    Everyone from The Today Show book-clubber Jenna Bush Hager and Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) to Oprah Winfrey has recommended Yaa Gyasi’s tender and insightful intergenerational story of a Ghanaian family in Alabama. We concur.

  • 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.
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  • Japanese Breakfast/Korean Grocery Store


    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.

  • Jonathan Franzen at the Crossroads


    Jonathon Franzen in conversation is as fascinating, observant, deadpan and compelling as his bestselling books. Join us for a discussion about his new book Crossroads — and laugh at the author's claim that he is not an interesting subject (yeah, right).

  • [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...