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b4b #45 preview!

In uncategorized on November 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

We’ve got an action packed show planned for the November 10th episode of Books For Breakfast! We’re shaking things up a bit – opening the show with incredible Toronto musician Sandro Perri, bringing in the Light of East Ensemble for an in-studio performance, and talking about an exciting event coming up with author/thinkerLawrence Weschler and another with Amy McKay, Wayne Johnston, and Ami Rau Badami. Tune in to or 93.3fm in Guelph from 8-10am on Thursday morning!



In uncategorized on October 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

On today's special funding drive episode of Books For Breakfast, we three talked about CFRU, Don Delillo, Adam Gopnik, Aquaman, and Seth. In addition, we were joined by Tristan, who spoke to us about an upcoming event with Michael Parenti. It was fun! Listen in.

CFRU, and the Station’s Raise Your Voice Funding Drive (go there to hear today’s episode)

Seth’s Wimbledon Green

Don Delillo (we spoke about his book The Body Artist, but here is his Paris Review interview)

Adam Gopnik



In uncategorized on October 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

On today's episode of Books For Breakfast, we previewed the Guelph edition of Adam Gopnik's Massey Lecture, reviewed Patrick DeWitt's "The Sisters Brothers", chatted at length with local zinester and all around good guy Julian Loosecannon, and encouraged you to come to tonight's "Editing As Cultural Practice" event, featuring b4b hero Robert Bringhurst.

find out more info about:

Guelph’s edition of the Massey Lecture, featuring Adam Gopnik.

Trans-Canada institute’s “Editing As Cultural Practice” event

Julian Loosecannon’s zine series, One Way Ticket

The Hissing Goose D.I.Y Events Calendar

Patrick deWitt – author of “The Sisters Brothers”

Arthur Jones’ Post-It Note Diaries

Listen back at the archives

b4b #42

In uncategorized on October 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Well, by now it should be perfectly clear to everybody that we aren’t exactly diligent bloggers (is anybody?). Our new motto: simplify!

Please do go ahead and listen to today’s episode, in which we further explained the bizarro world of discount books, directed you to tonight’s “Thrilling Evening” event, spoke to photographer Mark Zelinski, and caught up with Barb Minnett! We also talked awkwardly about Nicholson Baker’s sexromp, “House Of Holes”, and gave you some early thoughts on Don Delillo’s upcoming collection of short stories, “The Angel Esmerelda”. All in all, a good’un.

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In uncategorized on August 11, 2011 at 12:33 am

This weeks recap: Doug Ford vs. Margaret Atwood, Nominees of the Man Booker Prize, Required Readings of Young Adult Distopian fiction & an interview with Simon the intern at the New Quarterly magazine.

Hear Here:

b4b#31 – July 28:

The Notes – Part 1:


Keith Mansfield – Funky Fanfare

Theime – Dirty Drugs


Toronto City Councellor Doug Ford stirs some commotion in the literary field by stating that he wouldn’t recognize Margaret Atwood if he saw her and that the only way he would hear her thoughts on library budget cuts would be if she were in politics.

In local news, the Guelph Library will keep its Bookmobile running as they have keep it in the budget.

Apparently in New York, 50% of library circulation has fines. They are implementing a new project aimed at youth to read off their debts. I wonder how much my library accumulates in fines?


Doug Paisley – No One but Me

Doris Duke – I Don’t Care Anymore

The Man Booker Prize has been announced for this year. Canada has 3 of 13 nominees. They are Patrick de Witt for The Sisters Brothers [Harper Collins], Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues [Thomas Allen], and Alison Pick for Far to Go [House of Anansi].

In the Required Reading Segment, Peter recommends The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, A Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the Curtain [McSweeney’s] by Tamler Sommers, Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus.


Willie Harper – You You


In our Summer Reads segment, we look at the latest Walrus Summer Reading issue (July/Aug) and dissect the article “The 5 Rules of Writing”

And we also look at parody musician Weird Al Yankovic’s children’s book When I Grow Up [Harper Collins]


The Link Quartet – Move Move Move


The Notes – Part 2:

We come up with a series of classics of Distopian novels for young adult literature classes:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Cure by Sonia Levitin

The Giver by Lois Lowry


Reuben Howell – Funny How Time Slips


We interpret the distopian notion that  that is either political or environmental strife as a large scale under the guise of a utopia, and as Peter aptly put it, all these novels have that “Bar mitzvah moment when youth grow their wings”. Could a distopian definition have a personal oppression as well?


Frederick Squire – The Human Race Can Be


We review 3 books on topic of young adult distopia lit ; The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Lab Coast – Pictures on the Wall


Finally, we finish the show with an interview with intern Simon at the New Quarterly magazine about the poetry scene in Canada.

b4b #30

In uncategorized on August 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm

On this episode of Books For Breakfast, we look at the current news in world of publishing, more reviews of this weeks book picks, an interview with Kevin Nunn, the secret bookstore of Brazenhead Books, and a new contest!

The Notes: Part 1

Dan Friel – Buzzards

Lee Andrews and Hearts – Glad to Be Here


Round-table of what’s being going on in the past week. Can you find our Books for Breakfast moleskin journal around town? It was last seen at the Cornerstone.

Corey Waurechen did book covers in the Bookshelf as part of Art in the Street last weekend.


The Detroit Cobras – Green Light


Guelph has been confirmed as part of the Massey Lecture Series for this year.

Walrus magazine has a managerial shakeup.

Chapters & Indigo will be reducing their book stock inventory due to real estate problems. Does this fallout benefit the indie stores?


Sugar Boy Crawford – Overboard


Peter reviews Irma Voth by Miriam Teows (Random House). A funny book a woman dealing with her identity and the conceptions of Mennonite culture with quirky dialogue.

A look into Samedi the Deafness by Jesse Ball – an elaborate scheme to take over the world and a love story in one book. And we introduce his most recent work entitled The Village on Horseback.

The Notes: Part 2

The Disturbers – Free and Easy


Dan looks at the Winnepeg’s Royal Art Lodge exhibition book called Constructive Abandonment and the collaborative process behind it.

Kelly talks a great story about Guelph’s own Drink & Draw

The fine folk at Etzsy helped produce a video on Brazenhead Books – a secret clandestine bookstore located somewhere in New York. Peter tries to track down the proprietor Micheal Seidenberg! A

Music by The Album Leaf

Are there any secret bookstore in Guelph? Any secret staches that need to be discovered? Let us know.


The Sadies – The Bug Jar


Interview with Kevin Nunn about his Sound of Writing series as get together of published authors in genres fictions with espiring ones. The next get-together is at the ebar next on Aug 17 and on Sept 21 will be Doug Smith on marketing short fiction at the public lib main branch.




New imprint of Mcsweeny’s McMullen into children’s books.A Good review of Here Comes The Cat in Russian & English dialetic captions by Frank Ash and a problematic review We Need A Horse by Sheila Heti.


The Blonde Bomber – I Am To Blame


Kelly talks about her Paul Auster Book. Can you say that you’ve read a book through audio book and consider it read? And Peter passes along the book Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr.


Little Scream – Boatman


In uncategorized on July 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm
On this episode of Books For Breakfast, we introduce David K, out new online web producer, and his zombie nightmares. Also Kelly gives a review on Chronicles of Harris Burdick, rambling ramen noodle haikus, and Talking to Bookstores with Mandy at Waterloo’s Words Worth Books.

Hear Here:

The Music:

Will be up shortly. I promise.

The Notes:

David K has a nightmare of being a zombie.

Guelph’s own Artisanal got a review in Where to Eat in Canada (Oberon Press) by Anne Hardy.

Kelly gives a review on Chronicles of Harris Burdick (Houghton Mifflin) by Chris Van Allsburg.

Art on the Street in Guelph is happening this Saturday – July 16. Bookshelf alumni Dawn Matheson will be showing an installation entitled Slumber Party: Storytime Edition as part of the 1Mile2 Project.


Our round table discussion on what make a good bookstore. Some say smell. I myself say use of architecture.

We also dig into the quarterly magazine Lucky Peach by MomoFuku’s David Chang. Highlights include a centerfold info-graphic on how to prepare eggs and rambling ramen noodle haikus.

Our main feature is an interview as part of our Talking to Bookstores segment with Mandy at Waterloo’s Words Worth Books. What makes a great bookstore? Let us know.

This weeks bookclub recommendations are:

Curfew by Jesse Ball (Random House)

The City and the City by China Mieville (Random House)

The Feed by M.T. Anderson (Walker Books)

We talk a little of independent publisher Gaspereau Press and Dance with Dragons by Goerge R.R. Martin.

And we conclude this episode with a new contest. We will provide you with two distinct images and you have to come up with a story on how they connect in 350 words. Pictures and details to follow.


In uncategorized on May 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

On this episode of Books For Breakfast, we prepared for another predicted apocalypse, this time arriving in the form of Rapture. We asked some people about what books they'd take with them on a trip down Rapture Lane, and talked about some favourite apocalyptic books.

Hear Here:

The Music
Fanfare Pourpour – Willi Grosse Baleine
The Ex – Cold Weather Is Back
Chad VanGaalen – Peace on the Rise
Zion Travellers – Packing Up
Sleater Kinney – Banned From The End of the World
Elvis Costello – Waiting for the End of the World
The Sojourners – Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb
Preacher & The Saints – Jesus Rhapsody Pt 1
Sister Mary M Nelson – Judgement
Medeski Martin & Wood – End of the World Party
Rev Lonnie Farris – Golden Street

Feb. 24th — Banned/Band Books

In uncategorized on February 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

You can hear hour one here:
and hour two here:

BBC World Service / Ads and PSAs

Intro: Toni Esposito – Breakfast
Funkadelic – I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing
Beausoleil – L’Ouragon
In acquired and read, Dan’s broken a few genre barriers with some fantasy by Patrick Rothfuss called The Wise Man’s Fear. With his tongue in his cheek, Dan’s sold his books to even moderate fantasy fans by promising that Rothfuss would supplant Tolkien on their lists. That’s quite a claim, but people would come back for more! Until now, though, there hasn’t been any more. But Dan gulped down the latest of the Kingkiller Chronicles “like lemonade” after it hit the shelves last week.

Peter challenged Dan to a battle to the death: science fiction books vs. fantasy books. Dan took it down a notch and challenged Peter to just read 150 pages of Rothfuss.

In response, Peter lent a book Dan: Darin Strauss’ Half a Life. It recounts Strauss’ struggle to live after having struck a woman with his car and killing her as a teenager. Though he went legally unpunished, the incident haunts him still, and haunted him enough to put it to paper. Dan’s response is gratitude, not just for the book loan but because it’s freedom to read week: thank goodness for having the freedom to read about a variety of cultural experiences, he says. Doing that kind of reading builds empathy, and we are lucky to be able to do it.

Peter admits, since the theme has become baring the soul, that Half a Life is published by McSweeney’s…because we can’t get through a show without paying homage! Speaking of which, later in the show we’ll talk to Dan Nelson of All Known Metal Bands, also published by McSweeney’s.

Western Terrestrial – Loose Mistake
Laura Gibson – Where Have All the Good Words Gone?

Next, Dan and Peter talked to Ann Carter, author of the young adult novel, the Shepherd’s Granddaughter. It’s a story set in the West Bank. 4 times, curious about Palestine (had lived in Israel). Carter wrote story of farming family she stayed with. Story of a fifteen year old girl with aspirations. granddad teaches her to herd, learns a bit more about her political surroundings. what it’s like to live in Palestine since 1967 gets telescoped into this story, but it includes truths about peaceful protest and non-violence even in the face of some weighty, indifferent occupation. Similarly, Carter expressed dire fears of going (due to suicide bomber/terrorist images and based on a real history), but on the Palestinian side of the wall she was met by a very ordinary group of people who expressed anger at the occupation, but not hatred of Israelis.

Carter was also aware of the danger to herself as an author.  She doesn’t write from a journalist’s perspective, which might make the writing difficult, but she wrote this book because she cares about this situation. As such, Carter tried to structure the novel very carefully and sensitively. However, the Shepherd’s Granddaughter has been labeled a “challenged” book. For every negative word that someone had to say about the book, Carter received some positive feedback, making the book controversial. For example, she faced resistance to her project here in Canada after a speech and presentation in Vancouver, but she also received thanks from a handful of Jewish authors. In Ontario, a letter drafted by the school board was sent to Toronto principals that said the book could promote hatred, if not read with caution. Luckily, those responsible for deciding the fate of her book in schools actually read the Shepherd’s Granddaughter and found it not only to be good literature, but literature that raises important discussion (although this discussion should be heavily monitored). Meanwhile, a blog called “Good Reads” allowed an anti-Israeli sentiment in the comment section. That negative comment was taken out of context – the commenter admitted that, by the time she finished the book, the book had changed her mind! Carter says that the book speaks for itself, so she decided not to intervene by replying, even though she found the comment offensive, since the nature of a blog is to entertain different comments and the other comments were all so positive. Although Carter has received negative feedback, she has also won awards for the Shepherd’s Granddaughter, one of which is for peace.

Peter, Dan and Ann closed with a discussion about the positive and negative effects of banning books. The consensus was not to whitewash books that require kids to struggle with ideas and difficult issues, and not to shy away from writing those books in the first place.

By the way, you should take a peek at the Freedom To Read website…

Boswell Sisters – I Can’t Write The Words
Peter and Dan introduced the next interview topic and interviewee: Band Books with author and musician Mike Soret. Soret’s book, Confessions of a Local Celebrity, is a short account of his life as a scenester during the swing revival movement in the 90s.
Molestics – H Is For Happiness
Soret’s cynicism lead him to start off by saying that his band is forgotten, and so the book is likely going to be ignored as well. If that’s true, said Peter, then who is the book designed for? Soret said it’s for the people who were in the scene with him (although he thinks they probably hate him even more now that he’s written the Confessions, since he airs a lot of his audience’s dirty laundry!). Dan wanted to know about this cynic’s tone – about whether it comes naturally and whether there’s some song material as a result. Soret said yes, the cynicism can’t be helped, but that he’s done on producing music for other people. He’s a spare-time artist for himself and his friends, but not for profit. Soret claimed that his time has past. Peter asked Soret about the other stories he’s written but not published, and Soret talked about two other autobiographical short stories. One that sounds intriguing (but that Soret swears he’ll never publish) involves a shoot out with the police at his grandmother’s house as a result of some kind of love triangle and lead to the last man ever hanged in Manitoba. Peter wanted to know what the driving force behind publishing Confessions was, then, if Soret is so reticent to be published. Soret said he was asked to do it by some friends and fellow scenesters and initially said no, but eventually hunkered down and in course of a couple of drunken months, produced the book. Dan asked Soret about his theater training (since Soret mentioned that the drunken months were also a little bit of method acting) and about whether that meant that the Confessions are less-than-true. Soret said no – it’s all bloody true – but it wouldn’t really matter either way. It’s not supposed to be an accurate series of shout-outs or a time line, but an account of an experience written as if the author is still going through that experience. Peter asked Soret if he regretted the content of the Confessions – Soret said no – so Peter asked him if he had any advice for other bands traveling through Canada. Soret recommends learning a trade………because your band plans will probably fail, and you don’t want to end up a fry cook. Also, he says, don’t take it too seriously and get as much out of it as you can. Dan tries to lift a little bit of the dark spirit by asking: don’t you feel just a little bit proud of what you’ve put out (musically and in writing)? Soret admits that he does, sometimes, but only because all people “look at their own crap and think it smells nice.” Peter asked whether his arc of celebrity, being over, meant that he could lead a normal life in Vancouver these days. Soret says no: he stepped on a lot of toes while he was part of the scene, but people are just mostly glad he’s gone. Peter asks about how many books were published and sold, and Dan consoles Soret when he realizes that he’s 1/30th of the way to a Canadian bestseller.

For a copy of Confessions of a Local Celebrity, visit:

Molestics – Selkirk Avenue Bounce

Dan brings us back with a reading from “somewhere in the middle” of Confessions of a Local Celebrity. Dan and Peter talk about why they enjoyed Soret’s book as a band book, and then talk a little bit about the music and history of Soret’s band, the Molestics. They talk a little bit about band writing (including but not limited to criticism). Peter and Dan drop some names of their favorite music writers – and even critique one or two.

Daniele Patucchi – Motivi Psichedelici

We came back with an interview with Dan Nelson, author/curator of All Known Metal Bands. Dan (bookshelf Dan) asked Nelson about the idea of being a “multimedia artist” and Peter got Nelson to talk about coming from a family of artists. Then Nelson talked about music writing and music criticism…and about not taking it too seriously! The primary thing, he said, is to just listen to music that you like, without worrying about justification. The value he finds in music writing is a social/political context for music that he’s already interested in – writing that’s going to put him in a certain place and time. Peter (who, don’t forget, loves McSweeney’s) asked Nelson about how All Known Metal Bands came to be and how it came to be published by McSweeney’s. Nelson said he just bugged them until they published it! Peter described the book – a 6 inch x 9 inch (glorified cigar box?) containing black paper and silver ink that lists all known metal bands in alphabetical order. Peter wanted to know whether everyone loves this book as much as he does, or whether people just don’t get it. Nelson said that the majority like it, but that some (in their 20s, usually) ask: what’s the point? Nelson says his favorite band name is “Black Darkness,” but most people like the overly absurd names. A minority of people just don’t understand why this book is interesting because it seems like a waste – it seems like this list would be more useful online. Dan and Nelson agree that the digital format is strong in the sense that everything can be linked to everything else, but that it leaves something to be desired in terms of spending time with a piece of art. Peter asked about how many names are in the book (about 51,000!) and said that he feels that there are that many stories, at least!, contained in the book because you’re left wondering about the bands in a way that you wouldn’t have to wonder if the book was digital (Nelson agreed. You could just look the band up, if the book was digital – see their photo, hear their music, etc.). Dan asked Nelson about what his take on the publishing world is and whether he thinks the industry is in trouble (and whether that impacts his publishing plans). Nelson said that he believes books are experiencing a parallel to the decline of records, but that he thinks that books will always be around. He sympathizes with bands and writers who are trying to be compensated for their art, but he says that the model is changing and artists need to embrace that and change their methods with it. Dan and Peter asked Nelson about his music (under his own name and the name “Boron”). Dan asked about whether Nelson thinks that people generally have fantasies about joining bands. Nelson said yes, and that ties into his next project, “Your Name Here,” a kind of sequel to All Known Metal Bands. It will be a list of made-up band names contributed over Nelson’s web site. Nelson’s other ongoing project is called, “Make an Artist a Millionaire,” in which he asks visitors to his site to donate one dollar. After one million donations, he hopes to quit his day job.

Dan Nelson took us home with a reading from his list of metal bands, taken from the “vomit” section.
Underneath, you hear Dan’s electronic music project Boron, before hearing some Colin Stetson.

Thanks for tuning in to another episode of Books for Breakfast! Our archives will continue to show up right here, but if you’re in Guelph you can tune in live from 8-10am every Thursday morning on 93.3fm, or you can stream it online at

February 17: Be Nice Or Destroy Things

In uncategorized on February 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm

More updates to come on today’s packed show, but just to get things out there:

hour one:

hour two:

BBC World Service / Ads and PSAs
Intro: Toni Esposito – Rosso Napoletano – Breakfast
Judy Nylon  – VA: New York Noise Volume 3 – Jailhouse Rock
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Volume 2: Judges – The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man
we read:
from Deb Olin Unferth’s 5-part flash novella La Peña, from her Minor Robberies collection.

we talked about reading:
Adam Levin’s The Instructions
Don Delillo’s Point Omega
Angie Abdou’s The Canterbury Trail and The Bone Cage.
Matthew J Trafford’s The Divinity Gene

We read again:
From Deb Olin Unferth’s 5-parter. By the way, she has a new book called Revolution coming out very very soon, which we’re all excited about.

Vampires of Dartmoore – Dracula’s Music Cabinet – Eine Handvoll Nitro
Drumheller – Glint – Quilted Hands
We read again:
Part 3 of 5 of the Deb Olin Unferth flash novella, La Peña

We talked publishing news:
After the success of the Panorama a year back, McSweeney’s has decided to design and syndicate a comics/games section for newspapers. This can only be good, we say.

For the first time ever, the New York Times Book Review included an e-books best-seller list this week. The future is here?

Tonight at Ed Video Media Arts center, the Scriptwriting Challenge is culminating in a live reading!

We played a game:
Canadianisms! This time, the word was: zing-ping. Dan and Peter confidently made they’re guesses at what “zing-ping” might have once meant to (some) Canadians.

We read:
part 4 of the 5 part Deb Olin Unferth story…

Friendly Rich – Pictures at An Exhibition – Bydlo
Dorthy Ashby – VA: Dusty Fingers Volume 1 – The Windmills of Your Mind
we read:
the final part of the Deb Olin Unferth flash Novella, La Peña. Once again, that is from her Minor Robberies collection, which is part of the really pretty wonderful three-part collection that McSweeney’s put out a few years back.

we reminded:
you, dear listener, about our themed flash fiction contest. Get your submission in by March 3rd!

we introduced:
The theme that would carry us through the second hour of the show, and the two self/world help books that we would be pitting against eachother: The Invisible Committee’s The Coming Insurrection, and Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps for a Compassionate Life

Daniel Martin Moore – In The Cool Of The Day – Dark Road
we continued:
To introduce and discuss those two ostensibly world-changing books. We mentioned that Karen Armstrong has active followers in Guelph. We are not sure if the same goes for The Coming Insurrection. Kelly went first, describing the Coming Insurrection as a manifesto for escaping the global control of capitalism. She talked a little bit about the mysteries surrounding who wrote the book and the circumstances behind its publication.
Wire – Chairs Missing – I am The Fly
the battle raged on:
Dan took up the challenge to defend Karen Armstrong’s work, and described the charter for compassion and peace that she helped draft for TED. Armstrong is looking to have it signed by at least 1,000 religious leaders, worldwide.
Akron / Family – Love Is Simple – Love, Love, Love (everyone)
Dan and Kelly discussed their picks for world-salvation further. Kelly said that the Coming Insurrection provided concrete methods for destroying things that deserve to be destroyed, without laying out a rigorous program for every reader to follow. Dan explained how turning inward to seek out and fill gaps in your compassion can lead to practices as simple (but effective) as smiling at a stranger.
Swans – My Father Guides Me Up A Rope To The Sky – Reeling The Liars In
Angels Of Light – Akron/Family & Angels of Light – One For Hope
Peter asked us to describe the steps that each of our books suggested that people take to better their lives and the lives of the global community. Dan laid out and explained Karen Armstrong’s twelve steps; Kelly picked some Insurrection suggestions at random, and we talked about what the various values of the two different programs might be.
Mclusky – Mclusky Do Dallas – To Hell With Good Intentions
Darrow Fletcher – VA: Funk Drops III – Improve
Dan gave one last plug for Twelve Steps for a Compassionate Life, and Kelly played an interview with an anonymous friend who may or may not be taking up the call presented by the Coming Insurrection. Both sides seemed to agree: there are valuable ideas in both of these books, and it’s possible to read them as if they are engaged in the same kind of project (global change!). Or, it’s possible to be readers that pigeon-hole books based on their titles alone. Either way, we heard some great music and had a lively discussion!

Dirty Projectors – Rise Above – Rise Above
we closed:
with a reminder to visit the blog, enter our flash fiction contest, and join us (well, just Peter and Dan. Kelly’s on vacation!) next week when we talk about Banned Books and Band Books. Thanks for tuning in!
Outro: Gerhard Heizen – VA: Birds Do It – Swinging Singers