Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations

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Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.

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*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed. Book by Alan HollinghurstThe Sparsholt AffairThe Stranger’s ChildThe Swimming-Pool LibraryThe Line of BeautyBooks by Dimitri NasrallahThe BleedsBlackbodyingNikoIf you like Alan Hollinghurst…A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund WhiteIn Patagonia by Bruce ChatwinHowards End by E.M. Forster Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today's best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library's 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever. 

Jun 2020

35 min 10 sec

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed. Books by Saeed JonesHow We Fight for Our LivesPrelude to Bruise Referenced in this interview and other related materialThe Works of Toni Morrison (Toni Morrison)Saeed Jones's Sensual Memoir of Race, Sex and Self-Invention   (article from the New Yorker)The Works of Yusef Komunyakaa  (Yusuf Komunyakaa)Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today's best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library's 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

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Jun 2020

39 min 29 sec

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed.Books by Abbi JacobsonI Might Regret ThisBooks by Rachel GieseBoys: What it Means to Become a ManReferenced in this interview and other related materialThe Broad Strokes (Interview with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in Grantland)Broad City Is Ending. Be at Peace With That. The Creators Are. (NY Times Article)Ilana Glazer Comedy Special, The Planet is BurningThe Genius of Broad City (article from The Guardian) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today's best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library's 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever. 

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Jun 2020

40 min 45 sec

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed. Book by Sally RooneyNormal PeopleConversation with FriendsBooks by Sheila HetiWomen in ClothesMotherhoodHow Should A Person Be?The Middle StoriesTicknorBooks by authors Sheila talks about in this interviewThe Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerneyNight Boat to Tangier by Kevin BarryBeatlebone by Kevin BarryThe Wig my Father Wore by Anne EnrightActress by Anne EnrightBrooklyn by Colm TóibínNora Webster by Colm Tóibín Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library's 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

May 2020

49 min 34 sec

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed. Books by Robyn DoolittleHad It Coming : What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo?Crazy Town : The Rob Ford Story Books by Megan TowheyShe Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement Other Related MaterialsUnfounded: Why Police 1 in 5 Sexual Assault Claims as Baseless (Series from the Globe & Mail)With Weinstein Conviction, Jury Delivers a Verdict on #MeToo  (Article from the NY Times)A Year of Reckoning (Article from the NY Times) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches. Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

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May 2020

1 hr

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long?Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed.Book by Barry LopezHorizonArctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern LandscapeAbout This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of MemoryOutside: Six Short StoriesOf Wolves and MenCrow and WeaselResistance Books by Alissa YorkThe NaturalistFaunaEffigyMercy If you like Barry Lopez…Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy SnyderThe Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West by John David UnruhDersu Uzala by Vladimir ArsenyevThe Ice: A Journey to Antarctica by Stephen J. PyneFisherman's Blues: A West African Community at Sea by Anna Badkhen Other Related MaterialsHow Climate Change has Influenced Travel Writing (article from The Atlantic)Why the World Needs Barry Lopez (article from Outside Online) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches. Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

Apr 2020

42 min 41 sec

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card. Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed. Book by Emily NussbaumI Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV RevolutionBooks by Rachel GieseBoys: What it Means to Become a ManBooks on TV mentioned in I Like To WatchI’ll Be There for You: The One About Friends by Kelsey MillerSex and the City by Candace BushnellI Think I’m Outta Here: A Memoir of All My Families by Carroll O’ConnorThe Sopranos Sessions by Matt Zoller SeitzOther Seminal Books on TVTV (the book) by Alan SepinwallThe Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific by David BianculliSitcom: A History in 24 Episodes by Saul AusterlitzOther Related MaterialsI Love Top Ten Lists (article from The New Yorker)Critic Emily Nussbaum on the charms of modern television-watching (article from Vox)Critic Emily Nussbaum Weighs In on Best TV shows of the Decade (clip from NPR)Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches. Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik. Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

Apr 2020

45 min 12 sec

*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card.  Why are wait time for ebooks or audiobooks sometimes so long? Learn more about limits on the number of eBook copies and the length of time they can be borrowed. Books by Benjamin MoserSontag: Her Life and Work (ebook)Clarice Lispector: The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector (translated by Moser) (ebook)The Besieged City by Clarice Lispector (edited by Moser) (ebook) Books by Sheila HetiWomen in Clothes (ebook)Motherhood (print book available when branches reopen)“My Life is a Joke” (link opens a 2015 story by Heti in The New Yorker) Materials by or about Susan SontagDebriefing: Collected Stories by Susan SontagAs Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks (of Susan Sontag), 1964-1980Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan SontagOn the Eve of the Met Gala, Andrew Bolton Takes Vogue on a Walking Tour of “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (link opens a Vogue magazine article from May 2019) Writers Off the Page: 40 Years of TIFA podcast A four-part Interview with Susan Sontag (can be listened to in any order)Episode One: This God-Damned Celebrity Culture (23 mins)Episode Two: The Little Illness Book (19 mins)Episode Three: The Arts Give Humans Dignity (19 mins)Episode Four: Make Something Better (19 mins) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches. Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik. Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

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Apr 2020

37 min 3 sec

Portions of this episode contain dialogue in the Innu language. For reasons of length, we have shortened the portions in Innu for English speakers. The transcript for the episode is available here.If you would like to hear the episode with the full Innu language dialogue left intact, please click please click here (link to YouTube video - audio only). Unfortunately, we can't yet offer a transcript of the portions that are in the Innu language.*Note: given the current temporary closure of TPL due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made our best efforts to offer suggestions below for materials which are part our online collections, and available at home to anyone with a current Toronto Public Library card. All TPL print and other in-branch materials will be available once we re-open and are operating under normal conditions. Books by Tsaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue:Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep The Land Alive Books or Materials About ActivismWhen They Call You a Terrorist: a Black Lives Matter Memoir by PatrisseKhan-Cullors (audiobook) (ebook available here)She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Changed the World (ebook)Indigenous Women, Work and History (ebook)Violence Against Indigenous Women: Literature, Activism, Resistance by Allison Hargreaves (ebook) Books or Other Materials about the InnuInnu of Labrador (link opens an article on the Virtual Museum of Labrador)Innu People: A History (link opens a Youtube video on Indigenous Americans)Peoples: Innu (link opens an article on Circum-Arctic Gallery)Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever. 

Apr 2020

24 min 30 sec

Book by Phillipa K. ChongInside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times Books co-written by Johanna SchnellerMayor Rob Ford: Uncontrollable: How I Tried to Help the World's Most Notorious MayorWoman Enough: How a Boy Became a Woman and Changed the World of SportKathryn Bigelow: interviewsOther Related Materials7 of the Most Vicious Book Reviews  (article from Electric Literature)Is Book Reviewing a Public Service or an Art? (article from the NY Times) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is byThe Worst Pop Band Ever

Apr 2020

42 min 28 sec

Book by Emanuele CocciaThe Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture Books by Adria VasilEcoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Products, Information and Service in Canada.Ecoholic Body: Your Ultimate Earth Friendly Guide to Living Healthy and Looking Good.Ecoholic Home: the Greenest, Cleanest and Most Energy-Efficient Information Under One (Canadian) RoofCheck out more about Adria and her work on her website.  Other Related MaterialsWhat If Plants Were One of Us (link opens an article from The Nation)Emanuele Coccia: philosophe de la métamorphose (link open a broadcast interview in French from France Culture) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever. 

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Mar 2020

44 min 43 sec

Books by Crystal KingThe Chef’s SecretFeast of Sorrow: a Novel of Ancient Rome Books by Roberta RichThe Midwife of VeniceThe Harem Midwife Other Related MaterialsThe Autobiography of Benvenuto CelliniTasting Rome: Fresh Flavours & Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient CityHere Let Us Feast: a Book of BanquetsCooking for the Pope: Bartolomeo Scappi, the Renaissance’s Most Innovative Chef, Revolutionized the Culinary Arts (link opens Paris Review article) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

Jan 2020

42 min 57 sec

Books by Yuri HerreraSigns Preceding the End of the WorldThe Transmigration of BodiesKingdom Cons Other Related MaterialsTwenty Questions with Yuri Herrera (opens a Times Literary Supplement article)Literature as Political Responsibility: an Interview with Yuri Herrera (opens a Latin American Literature Today article)A Narco-History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly CreatedA Concise History of Mexico Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.

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Jan 2020

43 min 49 sec

Books by Vanessa SassonYasodhara: A Novel about the Buddha’s Wife Other Related MaterialsStars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s LifeEminent Buddhist WomenWomen and Asian Religions Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik. 

Dec 2019

44 min 29 sec

Books by Devon Abbott MihesuahNed Christie: The Creation of an Outlaw and Cherokee HeroRecovering our Ancestor’s Gardens: Indigenous Recipes and Guide to Diet and FitnessIndigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism Books and other related materials by Falen JohnsonThe Secret Life of Canada: a Podcast seriesSalt BabyIndian Act: Residential School Plays Other Related MaterialsLeadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I ObserveCherokee: an Independent NationBeginning Cherokee (learning the language of the Cherokee; multi-media materials)Sequoyah and the Invention of the Cherokee Alphabet Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik. 

Dec 2019

42 min 7 sec

Books by Bruce PascoeDark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of AgricultureDark Emu: Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?The Little Red Yellow Black Book: an Introduction to Indigenous Australia Books by Kim AndersonA Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native WomanhoodLife Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings and Story MedicineInichaag: My Soul in Story, Anishnaabe Poetics in Art and Words (with Rene Meshake) Other Related MaterialsGrowing Up Aboriginal in AustraliaUtopia: a film by Alan Lowery and John PilgerThe Swan Book by Alexis WrightDreamtime: Aboriginal Stories by Oodgeroo Noonuccal Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.

Dec 2019

42 min 28 sec

Related Books from TPL’s CollectionFruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas ContrerasLa fruta del borrachero by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (translation of Fruit of the Drunken Tree) Pablo Escobar: my Father by Sebastián MarroquínShort Walks from Bogotá: Journeys in the New Colombia by Tom FeilingThe Stone Thrower: a Daughter’s Lessons, a Father’s Life: a Memoir by Jael Richardson Other Related MaterialsFor Debut Novelist Ingrid Rojas Contreras Home is What You Carry With You (link opens Clever article from July 2018)How Women Survive the World: an Interview with Ingrid Rojas Contreras (link opens Long Reads article from August 2019)The National Center for Historical Memory (link to organization’s website) Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik. Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever. 

Nov 2019

40 min 39 sec

Books by Will AitkenAntigone Undone: Juliette Binoche, Anne Carson, Ivo van Hove and the Art of ResistanceRealiaDeath in Venice Books by Anne Carson (writer or translator)AntigoneAntigonickAutobiography of Red: a Novel in VerseFloat Other Related MaterialsAntigone by Slavoj ŽižekClouds of Sils Maria, a film by Olivier Assays starring Juliette BinocheCertified Copy, a film by Abbas Kiarostami starring Juliette BinocheBleu, a film by Krzysztof Kieślowski starring Juliette Binoche Live Mic: Best of TPL Conversations features curated discussions and interviews with some of today’s best-known and yet-to-be-known writers, thinkers and artists, recorded on stage at one of Toronto Public Library’s 100 branches.Episodes are produced by Natalie Kertes, Jorge Amigo, and Gregory McCormick. Technical support by Michelle De Marco and George Panayotou. AV support by Jennifer Kasper and Mesfin Bayssassew. Marketing support by Tanya Oleksuik.Music is by The Worst Pop Band Ever.  

Oct 2019

14 min 18 sec

Three of Canada’s best-loved writers talk about their experiences as Indigenous artists competing on Canada Reads. With Canada Reads host Ali Hassan, Dimaline (Marrow Thieves), Lindberg (Birdie), and Vermette (The Break) consider how their works have been received by the public in both positive and negative ways and what their celebrity defenders learned about Indigenous experiences in the process. Recorded in the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon (part of the TPL’s regular event series, Indigenous Celebrations) in October 2018. Books or books-related topics referenced in Episode Five: Katherena Vermette: The Break (TPL holdings) Tracey Lindberg: Birdie (TPL holdings) Cherie Dimaline: The Marrow Thieves (TPL holdings) CBC's Canada Reads webpage Maria Campbell (TPL holdings) Lee Maracle (TPL holdings)

Apr 2019

33 min 36 sec

The Amazing Race Canada season one winner (along with his son, Tim Hague, Jr.) talks about the ways his life has been a lottery of positive outcomes, despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 46. Born of a mixed-race couple who gave him up for adoption, he found joy and happiness with a loving family that helped shape into the activist and hero that is now. His book Perseverance: the Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More than You Ever Imagined was a bestseller and helped launch him into an international speaking career. Hague delivers the annual June Callwood Lecture at the Toronto Public Library in May 2018, demonstrating how perseverance is a skill that we can all learn to develop. Interview Transcript

Mar 2019

25 min 13 sec

Listen as American writer, Jennifer Egan, talks to music and book journalist, Garvia Bailey, about the process of writing historical fiction and creating characters that are real and believable - whether they are a woman diver bucking conventions in 1920s New York (Manhattan Beach) or a 1980s rock and roll executive in A Visit from the Goon Squad. This event was recorded on Monday, October 30, 2017, in the Toronto Public Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. In this 18 minute discussion, Egan talks about how she creates these characters from the past, what research she does and how the issues from her own life are subtlely embedded in her work. Jennifer Egan is the author of five previous books of fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Keep; the story collection Emerald City; Look at Me, a National Book Award Finalist; and The Invisible Circus. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Granta, McSweeney's, and The New York Times Magazine. Garvia Bailey is a regular host for TPL's Bram and Bluma Appel Salon series, having interviewed Roxane Gay, Dave Bidini and others, and is the former host of Good Morning Toronto on JazzFM. She is currently working on a forthcoming podcast series with the Toronto Public Library featuring some of Canada's best-known writers and their views on the Harlem Renaissance. Interview transcript

Feb 2019

19 min 23 sec

Listen as novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson (one of Barack Obama’s favourite writers and author of the essay collection What Are We Doing Here?) talks to author and journalist, Rachel Giese (Boys: What It Means to Become a Man). This event was recorded on Wednesday, March 14 in the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon. In this 18 minute discussion, Robinson talks about American Fear. Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of many works, including Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. RACHEL GIESE is an editor-at-large at Chatelaine and a regular contributor to CBC Radio. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, TheGlobe and Mail and Today’s Parent and on NewYorker.com. She lives in Toronto with her wife and son. Her book, Boys: What It Means to Become a Man. Click here for a transcript of this episode.

Jan 2019

21 min 3 sec

Cannabis. Pot. Marijuana. Whatever you call it, Canada called it legal on October 17, 2018. More and more, the topic is going to come up; at your place of work, your place of worship, your hangouts and most importantly, your home. Toronto Star has assembled dedicated journalists and outside experts to help walk you and yours through this major cultural shift in our day to day lives. In conjunction with the Toronto Star/TPL series, Star Talks, join Star Editor Irene Gentle and a panel of experts as they start the cannabis conversation and how it will impact your family, your health and your community. This event was recorded on October Monday, September 17 in the Toronto Public Library’s Appel Salon, a part of our ongoing series, On Civil Society. Panelists: Irene Gentle: Editor, Toronto Star Trina Fraser: co-managing partner at Ottawa business law firm Brazeau Seller Law, and head of the firm’s CannaLaw group. Her area of expertise is cannabis law. In addition to acting for licensed producers and (soon-to-be) licensed retailers of cannabis in Canada, Trina advises cannabis industry participants such as clinics, software/application providers, service providers and investors. Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler: chief medical review officer for DriverCheck and a Board-certified addiction medicine physician. She teaches residents at Queen’s University’s Family Medicine department about addiction medicine and also provides expert opinions and assessments of health-care workers who may be struggling with substance use. With the upcoming legalization of cannabis, Melissa has been speaking at conferences and to companies across Canada about the impact of legalization on the workplace. Mitchell Osak: managing director of Business Consulting at Grant Thornton, one of Canada’s largest advisory and accounting firms. He has extensive experience consulting to the cannabis industry including licensed producers, investors and governments. Mitchell is also a cannabis thought leader, speaking and writing extensively on global cannabis industry trends, regulatory issues and consumer behaviour. Click here for a transcript of this episode.

Dec 2018

35 min 59 sec