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Episode 14: Jennifer Graham

Jennifer Graham was born and raised during the apartheid era of South Africa. She left her homeland in 1975, at age nineteen, for England, because it was illegal for her and her then boyfriend, who is also South African, to have a romantic relationship merely because of pigmentation - she was brown and he was white. Jennifer studied elementary education at McGill University in Montreal and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication/print journalism from the University of Mobile,...


Episode 13: Nicholas Olson

Nicholas Olson is the author of several works of short fiction and essays, including a new series of illustrated zines of short stories with accompanying audiobook narrations. Books and audiobooks can be found at, other works can be found at More books and audiobooks coming summer 2017. Links: (blog/essays), (for audiobooks/store), twitter: @nicwolson Story: A Brief Interaction Music: Matthew...


Episode 12: Shari Narine

Shari Narine is an award-winning journalist who has served as editor for newspapers and magazines. Currently she works at the Aboriginal Multi Media Society (AMMSA), Playhouse Publications, in Edmonton. After having a handful of short stories published in various journals, she wrote Oil Change at Rath’s Garage, her first novel. Narine grew up in Daysland, a small town in Alberta, and has travelled extensively within Canada and to six continents (and has ridden camels on four). This...


Episode 11: Leona Theis

This episode features Leona Theis reading from the intro of her new, award-winning novel If Sylvie Had Nine Lives. Leona writes novels, short stories, and personal essays. She hopes to craft work that is funny, serious, and absorbing all in the same package. Her story collection, Sightlines (Coteau, 2000) won two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Leona's work has been shortlisted four times for the CBC Literary Award, which she won in 2007 for creative nonfiction. Her novel-in-progress, If...


Episode 10: James Trettwer

James Trettwer reads his story story "Godsend," which will be published in the anthology Wanderlust in May 2017. James is currently working on a collection of linked stories, two of which are included in Wanderlust, published by Thistledown Press. The novella Thorn-Fields from this collection won third place in the 2016 John V. Hicks' Long Manuscript Award. A third story previously won second place in the Saskatchewan Writers Guild Short Manuscript Awards. James writes from Regina where...


Episode 9: Sean Johnston

Sean Johnston is from Asquith, Saskatchewan. His first book, A Day Does Not Go By, won the 2003 ReLit Award for short fiction. His most recent book is the short story collection We Don't Listen to Them. He lives in Kelowna, B.C., where he teaches at Okanagan College. Sean reads "He Hasn't Been to the Bank in Weeks," from We Don't Listen to Them, which can be ordered at the local bookstore, from Thistledown Press, or Amazon. This podcast features Western Canadian authors reading from...


Episode 8: Kristy Thackeray

Transplanting Hope: My life – Someone Else’s Heart provides an in-depth look at breaking down medical and social barriers and persevering in times of great difficulties and pain. An extremely rare diagnosis of lymphangectasia (enlarged lymph vessels) left 13 year old Kristy Thackeray feeling weak and extremely ill. After numerous tests, doctors learned that there was something else, something much more serious, going on with Kristy. She was told she also had the rare heart disease,...


Episode 7: Sally Meadows

Sally Meadows is a five-time national/international award-nominated author, singer/songwriter, and speaker who lives in Saskatoon. Sally travels all around Saskatchewan and beyond in support of her children’s picture book The Two Trees, raising autism awareness and giving school-age children the opportunity to learn about trees, dinosaurs, minerals, and more through fun hands-on activities. You can purchase this book at McNally Robinson, Turning the Tide, and My Whimsey Store, all in...


Episode 6: Bev Lundahl

If you're a fan of true crime or genealogy, this episode's book is for you. Entangled Roots, the Mystery of Peterborough’s Headless Corpse, was published by Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, Nov. 2014. It was reviewed in Canada’s History Magazine. From the 49th Shelf: The 1894 death of David Scollie in Peterborough, Ontario, has haunted both the town and the family of Hessie Gray, the sharp-tongued Irish woman accused of his murder. Hessie's descendant, Bev Lundahl, has searched a century's...


Episode 5: Courtney Bates-Hardy

House of Mystery is a collection of fairy tale poems about mermaids, monsters, mothers, and more. It's available at Chapters in Regina, McNally Robinson in Saskatoon, and online at Amazon. It's also available as an e-book. Courtney Bates-Hardy is a poet and the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Book Awards. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Regina. Her poems have appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including Room, Carousel, and On Spec....


Episode 4: Edna Alford

Edna Alford's short story collections include A Sleep Full of Dreams and The Garden of Eloise Loon. She is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. As an editor she co-founded the magazine Dandelion and edited fiction for Grain. Edna has co-edited several anthologies, including Meltwater, Rip-rap, and Intersections, published by the Banff Centre. She also edited Gloria Sawai's A Song for Nettie Johnson, which won the Governor General's Award for Fiction,along...


Episode 3: Billi J Miller and Theresa Shea

Reading West features Canadian writers talking about their books...specifically writers who live in Western Canada. Episode Three features an interview with Vermilion author and photographer Billi Miller and a reading from Edmonton author Theresa Shea. Billi Miller's book, Farmwives in Profile, began as an observation and conversation. Soon profiling farm women became a passion project. The book details heartfelt Q & As about each woman's life as a farm wife, photos, and recipes. Some...


Episode 2: Vertigo

Reading West features Canadian writers talking about their books...specifically writers who live in Western Canada. On November 21, Lisa dropped in on the Vertigo Reading Series in Regina, Sask. Vertigo features writers and musicians performing for an artist. The series is produced and hosted by Tara Dawn Solheim. This episode features Walter Hildebrandt reading from his poetry collection Documentaries, published by NeWest Press. Charles Noble also reads from his latest collection, Mack...


Episode 1: Lori Hahnel and Todd Devonshire

Reading West features Canadian writers talking about their books...specifically writers who live in Western Canada. This episode features Lori Hahnel reading her short story, Vermin, and Todd Devonshire reading from his novel Rink Burgers. Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008) and After You’ve Gone (Thistledown, 2014), as well as a story collection, Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been...


Pilot Episode: Lisa Guenther

Reading West features Canadian writers talking about their books...specifically writers who live in Western Canada. This episode features Saskatchewan author and Reading West host Lisa Guenther reading from her novel, Friendly Fire. Friendly Fire was published by NeWest Press in Oct. 2015. It is available at, as well as many fine bookstores and Theme song is Flax Flower Blue by Saskatoon's Best Kept Secret Girlfriend. Hear more of her music at...