This podcast features four captivating new works in prose. With ruthless wit and dizzying energy, Zsuzsi Gartner’s The Beguiling explores blessings and curses, sainthood and sin, mortality and guilt in all its guises. Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs, which Booklist describes as “raw yet beautiful, disturbing yet hopeful”, is set in a near-future with rampant homelessness and devastation, and a government-sanctioned regime called the Boots that seizes the opportunity to force communities of colour, the disabled, and the LGBTQ2S into labour camps in the city of Toronto. In Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Space, Amanda Leduc looks at fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm to Disney, showing us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and linking the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference. Set on five continents and spanning nearly a century, Jack Wang’s deeply affecting story collection We Two Alone traces the long arc and evolution of the Chinese immigrant experience.
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Hosting and music by Victoria-based musician, The New Pornographers member (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), and City of Victoria Artist-in-Residence Kathryn Calder