Episode #1: Three For TV
October 13, 2016
In 128 Sterling, author and broadcaster Noah Richler, who traveled a mari usque ad mare (usque ad mare) for his prize-winning literary portrait of Canada, This is My Country, What’s Yours? looks to fellow writers here and abroad to explain not themselves, but the world as it is — the circus of the American election, the perils and punishments of school, the appeal of impostors, the state of being in between, and more.
In the premiere of 128 Sterling, host Noah Richler asks film producer Nicholas Rose and authors Marina Endicott and Alain Farah, “what is the Great Canadian Book or Novel that will make a great and distinctively Canadian TV miniseries or film?” Noah’s introductory editorial and musing discusses the late Austin Clarke and makes his case for Austin’s “Toronto Trilogy” of novels to be made into an “instant classic Canadian television miniseries.”
Authors appearing in Three For TV
Edward Riche, an award-winning writer for page, stage, and screen, was born in Botwood on the Bay of Exploits on the northeast coast of Newfoundland. His first novel, Rare Birds, was adapted into a major motion picture starring William Hurt and Molly Parker, and his second novel, The Nine Planets, was a Globe and Mail Best Book and won the Thomas Raddall Head Award. Edward Riche lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Alain Farah was born in Montreal in 1979 to Egyptian-Lebanese parents. He published a book of poems, Quelque chose se détache du port, which shortlised for the Prix Émile-Nelligan. He has also published the novels Matamore no 29 and Pourquoi Bologne, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is assistant professor at McGill University, where he teaches contemporary French literature.
Marina Endicott was born in Golden, BC, and grew up in Nova Scotia and Toronto. Her first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and a CBC Canada Reads book, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean. The Little Shadows, longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award.
Show Notes for Episode #1 of 128 Sterling:
– Three for TV Authors are Ed Riche, Alain Farah, and Marina Endicott.
– Books discussed are Caroline Adderson‘s Ellen in Pieces, Réjean Ducharme’s The Daughter of Christopher Columbus (Trans. Will Browning), and Farley Mowat’s The Grey Seas Under.
– The reader throughout the podcast is actress Janet (Green) Porter.
– The music is by Charles Spearin of Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene.
About Noah Richler
Noah Richler made documentaries and features for BBC Radio for fourteen years before returning to Canada in 1998. He was the books editor and then the literary columnist for the National Post, and has contributed to numerous publications in Britain, including The Guardian, Punch, The Daily Telegraph, and in Canada to The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Saturday Night, theToronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. This Is My Country, What’s Yours? is his first book. He lives in Toronto.