Getting Lit with Linda - The Canadian Literature Podcast


"Of What Use is Poetry at a Time Like This?" An Interview with Shani Mootoo

Season 3, Ep. 26

In today's episode - for International Women's Day - Linda chats with Shani Mootoo about her forthcoming book of poetry, Cane Fire (Book *Hug) and the collaborative nature of its production. We also discuss the following:

  • her archival materials at Simon Fraser University (20.58)
  • erotic poetry (22.45)
  • working in different genres (26.26)
  • her forthcoming memoir (34.27)
  • Oeno Gallery (34.27)
  • the Ukrainian invasion and poetry (47.53)

And so much more! Please stay tuned for the forthcoming onsite exhibit at Simon Fraser University in which one of the archival materials from Shani Mootoo's archive will be featured.

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

She Shoots, She Soars - Changing the Face of Hockey & Its Representation in Literature

Season 4, Ep. 49
In this episode, Linda begins by taking up The Hockey Jersey (1.48; 3.15; 3.22) by Jael Richardson’s (1.58; 4.45; 26.17; 28.38), whom she interviews.The Hockey Jersey is a kind of response to The Hockey Sweater by Quebecois writer, Roch Carrier (4.18; 10.15; 14.55). Written in collaboration with the Toronto-based hockey player, Eva Perron (31.37), and with illustrations by Chelsea Charles (6.18), this book was the source of discussion between Linda and Richardson for this episode and how this children’s book, commissioned and supported by Scotiabank (3.20; 4.07, 5.42, 7.22), is directed toward changing the face of hockey.Linda includes two other voices -- those of settler scholars, Jamie Dopp (9.51) and Sam McKegney (14.55), who also contribute to the vibrant discussion about the history of hockey in literature, both in settler and Indigenous communities. Some other highlights?:Illustrations by Chelsea Charles (6.18)The politics of representation (7.35; 26.17; 28.38)The Indigenous Hockey Research Network (14.30; 24.19)Decolonizing Sport and Indigenous communities (22.28)the Habs hockey player, Maurice Richard (4.22; 14.53; 17.17) the origins and history of hockey in literature, including Ralph Connor's Glengarry School Days (19.50; 21.18) and Hugh McLennan's Two Solitudes (19.58; 21.23) The episode didn’t quite make it to include a very interesting discussion with Dr. McKegney about Beardy’s Blackhawks, so check out this page for more about that. She includes other remarks by McKegney (36.15) and Dopp (33.09) about other literary books that invoke the sport of hockey, including Indian Horse by Anishnaabe novelist, Richard Wagamese (36.15).Written & Hosted by Linda MorraCo-produced by Linda Morra & Marco TimpanoMusic by Raphael Krux