Book Me

Book Me
Join former CBC Maritime Noon Host Costas Halavrezos as he interviews the Atlantic Canadians who create the books you love to read. From established, award-winning authors, illustrators, and photographers to the lesser known up-and-comers and other key book contributors delve into the beautiful, mysterious world of books… and discover the passion that fuels it.

S6 E1 Joan Dawson
Aug 5 • 12 min
Season 6, Episode 1 What’s the best way to tell people the history of a place? Through the lives of prominent citizens? Battles for control? Its economic ups and downs? Joan Dawson’s approach grants us an instantly relatable point of entry. “Nova Scotia’s…
S5 E9 Deborah Hemming
Jul 22 • 11 min
Season 5, Episode 9. Winnie has enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the Annapolis Valley, cycling around country roads and tubing down the Gaspereau River with her three best friends, who happen to be boys. But in a pivotal summer, Caleb, a newcomer from…
S5 E8 Laura Best
Jul 8 • 10 min
Season 5, Episode 8 After 15 years in a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth has been pronounced “well” and released to a group home. With no memory of what led to her institutionalisation, she sets out to find the significance of names and words in her…
S5 E7 Andre Fenton
Jul 1 • 12 min
Season 5, Episode 7 An idyllic childhood with her mum and grandparents in Yarmouth. A sudden, one-way relocation to Halifax with her mother. For Annaka, the 10-year gap fills her with longing and questions. But an equally sudden return for her…
S5 E6 Jay Johnston
Jun 17 • 22 min
Season 5, Episode 5 The word “legendary” is applied loosely to too many bands. But “The Lincolns” of Truro have earned it. From their start in the early 1960s through reunions from the late 70s onward, their explosive brand of R&B and soul moved…
S5 E4 John Langley
Jun 4 • 25 min
Season 5, Episode 4 Untold stories of inspirational inventions. Great inventions are usually associated with a single person. But the inspiration and know-how of key collaborators are often lost to history. Author John Langley’s biography of Casey…
S5 E3 George Elliott Clarke
Jun 4 • 16 min
Season 5, Episode 3. Engaging and reflective. GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE’S writing is always a reflection of his personality: charged with energy and imagination that can’t help but engage you. In Portia White: A Portrait in Words, his subject’s international…
S5 E2 Gerald Hallowell
Jun 4 • 12 min
Season 5, Episode 2. How Loyal Are You? World War 1 put many Lunenburgers in a bind. If you were a fisherman or farmer, you needed to produce food for home and abroad. But since you were able-bodied, why weren’t you enlisting to fight? And even if your…
S5 E5 Melanie Mosher
Jun 4 • 9 min
Season 5, Episode 5 A Beginners Guide to Goodbye The sudden death of a child of tender years changes everything in a family. The shock and grief strike parents in ways that are hard to fathom and it is impossible to compare their experiences because each…
S5 E1 Christine Ibbotson
Apr 21 • 14 min
Season 5, Episode 1. Forced isolation and financial opportunities. Financial Advisor Christine Ibbotson has written an e-book to provide answers. Fear. Anxiety. Boredom. Exhaustion. The feelings provoked by the coronavirus pandemic cover a broad spectrum…
S4 E10 John Boileau
Feb 26 • 18 min
Season 4, Episode 10 Made or born? Celebrating the Heroism of Atlantic Canadian Youth Author John Boileau discusses why he chose to explore and expose the extraordinary and everyday heroism, ingenuity and courage of young people across Atlantic Canada…
S4 E9 Lisa Harrington
Feb 19 • 17 min
Season 4, Episode 9 A Coming of Age Story. Author Lisa Harrington shares how she manages to capture the world view of teenagers while also tackling the tender subjects of grief and family secrets in her latest publication The Big Dig.
S4 E8 Natalie Corbett Sampson
Feb 14 • 15 min
Season 4, Episode 8 Her Right to Play Inspired by a true story, author Natalie Corbett Sampson explores the factors that brought ten-year-old Tina Marie Forbes fight to play hockey all the way to the Human Rights Commission in 1977.
S4 E7 Angela Mombourquette
Feb 11 • 15 min
Season 4, Episode 7 “Even the best writers need editors”. From freelance writing to producing the youth consumer show “Street Cents”, author and editor Angela Mombourquette talks to us about her book 25 Years of 22 Minutes: An Unauthorized Oral History of…
S4 E6 Ian Colford
Feb 7 • 16 min
Season 4, Episode 6 Wrestling with internal angels. Author Ian Colford gives us insight into how his book A Dark House & Other Stories will draw us into situations and characters we recognise within ourselves.
S4E5 Lois Legge
Feb 4 • 23 min
Season 4, Episode 5 Stories of an orphanage: as told by children who lived there. Author and journalist Lois Legge recounts some of the real life stories that inspired her to write Wounded Hearts: Memories of the Halifax Protestant Orphans Home.
S4 E4 Sheree Fitch
Jan 31 • 31 min
Season 4, Episode 4 Where once gushed joy: Writing from the Wound. Following the sudden death of her adult son, celebrated and beloved children’s author Sheree Fitch departs from her traditionally playful prose to wrestle down her own agonizing tower of…
S4 E3 Rita Wilson
Jan 28 • 16 min
Season 4, Episode 3 Welcoming children into the Great Village of Elizabeth Bishop. As author of the children’s book A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop, poet and teacher Rita Wilson invites young people to relate to the childhood of…
S4 E2 Rebecca Thomas
Jan 21 • 17 min
Season 4, Episode 2 The Legacy of Residential Schools. Reflecting on her personal history, I’m Finding My Talk, award-winning spoken-word artist, Mi’kmaw activist and former Halifax poet laureate Rebecca Thomas discusses the importance of reclaiming…
S4 E1 Rebecca Rose
Jan 14 • 29 min
Season 4, Episode 1 A Community of Communities. Before the Parade author Rebecca Rose shines a light on how 1970s & 80s gay, lesbian and bisexual activists led Halifax out of the closet and into the second millennium.
S3 E9 Emma FitzGerald
Nov 22, 2019 • 13 min
Season 3, Episode 9 The Poetry of Art Illustrator Emma Fitzgerald on how her early studies in architecture, a fated bike ride on a Bass River chair and a chance meeting brought her to Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry to eventually become the artist of A Pocket…
S3 E8 Simon Thibault
Nov 20, 2019 • 20 min
Season 3, Episode 8: The Soul of Cuisine. Author, broadcaster and developmental editor-at-large Simon Thibault explains how his maternal lineage helped him explore Acadian cuisine and the timing of baking donuts, and how he now helps cultivate book seeds…
S3 E7 Wanda Baxter
Nov 18, 2019 • 13 min
Season 3, Episode 7: And maple trees lining the way… Author Wanda Baxter on the rhythm, feeling and childlike wonder behind writing If I Had An Old House On the East Coast.
S3 E6 Lesley Choyce
Nov 15, 2019 • 14 min
Season 3, Episode 6: Sidney Crosby and the Whirlpool clothes dryer. Author, creative writing professor and publisher Lesley Choyce on how he was inspired to write a spirited and fun children’s story about the clothes dryer in the basement of Sidney…
S3 E5 Kris Bertin
Nov 13, 2019 • 20 min
Season 3, Episode 5: Unravelling the fabric of self. Author and barkeeper Kris Bertin openly reflects on the wide range of human experience and our universal search for identity in writing his latest book of short stories Use Your Imagination.
S3 E4 Daphne Greer
Nov 12, 2019 • 12 min
Season 3, Episode 4: One page at a time. Author Daphne Greer on how she stitched together the inspiration of a Belgian convent’s boarding school with themes of abandonment, family, friendships and secrets and lies in her novel Finding Grace.
S3 E3 Adam Barnett
Nov 8, 2019 • 18 min
Season 3, Episode 3: Explore Nova Scotia on Two Wheels. Join author and cyclist Adam Barnett as he shares the many vistas, routes and checklists for any two-wheeled explorer hoping to peddle Nova Scotia’s trails.
S3 E2 Jaime Burnet
Nov 6, 2019 • 21 min
Season 3, Episode 2: Because crocuses hatch in snow. In her debut novel, author and lawyer Jaime Burnet explains how gentrification, obsession, racism and history forces come together to shape two queer love stories in the heart of Halifax’s North End.
S3 E1 Jennifer Thornhill-Verma
Nov 4, 2019 • 24 min
Season 3, Episode 1: Canada Day, 1992: the story behind the largest mass layoff in our nation’s history. Author Jennifer Thornhill Verma discusses how the cod fishery’s unbridled success over five centuries would culminate in the Cod Moratorium of 1992,…
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S2 E9 Alan Syliboy
Jul 31, 2019 • 13 min
Alan Syliboy on how he managed to nurture his life-long love of Mi’kmaq art, culture and heritage.
S2 E7 Mayann Francis
Jul 30, 2019 • 35 min
Her Honour Mayann Francis and host Costas Halavrezos discuss her path to becoming the second woman and first African Nova Scotian ever to accept the title of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
S2 E8 Briana Corr Scott
Jul 30, 2019 • 11 min
Learn how a fateful trip to Sable Island inspired artist, illustrator and author Briana Corr Scott
S2 E4 Nicola Davison
Jul 23, 2019 • 16 min
Photographer and author Nicola Davison draws us into the potent characters of her first novel, In the Wake.
S2 E5 Kayla Hounsell
Jul 23, 2019 • 17 min
Kayla Hounsell shares her first-hand account of the murder trial of young Will Sanderson—a trial that riveted local community and shocked the nation.
S2 E6 Alison DeLory
Jul 23, 2019 • 17 min
Alison DeLory explains how the island of Cape Breton, beaching whales, Syrian refugees and even a “calendrical savant” converge to create universally shared notions of home.
S2 E1 Whitney Moran
Jul 16, 2019 • 21 min
Whitney Moran shares her passion for writing, editing and publishing great books
S2E3 Katelyn Bellefontaine
Jul 16, 2019 • 17 min
The Path from Engaged to “I Do.”
S2E2 Marilyn Davidson Elliott
Jul 16, 2019 • 18 min
The Story Behind the Blind Mechanic
S1E9 Jamie Simpson
May 7, 2019 • 16 min
Nature’s bounty of scrumptious wild organics.
S1E7 Lesley Crewe
May 6, 2019 • 16 min
Our grandmother’s stories…
S1E8 Graham Steele
May 6, 2019 • 27 min
How to turn politicians into champions.
S1E6 Steve Vernon
Apr 30, 2019 • 23 min
Steve Vernon and the tradition of ghost story-telling.
S1E4 Linda Moore
Apr 30, 2019 • 20 min
All the world’s a stage.
S1E5 Quentin Casey
Apr 30, 2019 • 15 min
The sea disaster that captured the hearts of a nation.
S1 E1 Sarah Sawler
Apr 23, 2019 • 18 min
Author Sarah Sawler on some things you probably don’t know about Atlantic Canada.
S1E2 Carol Bruneau
Apr 23, 2019 • 17 min
Author Carol Bruneau discusses some of her many sources of inspiration.
S1E3 Len Wagg
Apr 23, 2019 • 19 min
Photographer and author Len Wagg on how how he gets some of his best shots in.
TEASER - Sarah Sawler
Apr 17, 2019 • 1 min
Preview of S1E1 - Sarah Sawler