A comic that changed the way we think about the genre, Maus by Art Spiegelman is considered one of the most controversial as well as influential graphic novels.

 

Originally a serial released through Raw magazine, Maus was published in two parts (1986 and 1991) and was later collected into one book.

 

 

Art used mice and cats to represent the Jewish and German characters in Maus. However, this classification falls apart many times throughout the narrative, like in this panel, where the identity of the character is unclear.

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Harmonica segment: tell us about your favourite graphic novels @hardcoverradio!

 

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Ranging from YA fiction, to politics, to culture in general, this week’s episode is all over the place! We had a lot of fun talking about random things, and we hope you enjoy it!

 

Today’s otter fact: otters have a favourite rock that they carry with them.

 

Harmonica Segment: Send us anything otter related! Or a short script for Peter to film.

 

Thanks for listening! Back to books next week, we promise!

Janine Marley (M.A.) joins us to talk about Shakespeare and a couple of places that we can find his plays in society today!

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If you’re in the Toronto area, be sure to check out Groundling Theatre Company‘s productions of The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure at the beautiful Winter Garden Theatre!

 

Or, if you’re looking for a book to read, check out the Hogarth Shakespeare series – well-loved authors writing books based on Shakespeare’s plays!

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Harmonica Segment: Tweet some Shakespeare love (or hate) to us @hardcoverradio!

 

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This week, we’re talking with Ben Van Dongen, a Windsor author and co-founder of Adventure Worlds Press!

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Adventure Worlds is now an imprint of Mirror World Publishing!

 

You can find Ben on Facebook or on his website.

 

Harmonica Segment: have a writing project you’ve always talked about doing? Why don’t you start this week? Tweet us about it @hardcoverradio

 

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This week we’re talking about documentaries and the stories they tell!

 

BBC’s two Planet Earth series, produced ten years apart, give us an insight as to what makes our life-covered world so awe-inspiring – and why it’s important to take care of it.

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From bands to dinosaurs, documentaries cover a wide range of subjects. What are some of your favourites? Tweet them to us @hardcoverradio

 

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And Amilcar Nogueira is back on Hardcover! This time we’re talking about Rogue One (minor spoilers), poetry, and arts grants!

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Photo credit: Eveline Csomor

 

Here is a photo of our studio:

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You can find Amilcar @amealcar. Keep a lookout for his upcoming chapbook and Windsor-based press!

 

Special thanks to the City of Windsor Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) for providing Amilcar with funding and for supporting artists in the Windsor area!

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It’s hard to believe Hardcover’s been around for almost two years and we’ve never done a writing for television episode! We’re going to be talking about some of our favourite series from 2016 and look to what’s coming up in 2017!

 

Amazing how TV has developed in the past fifty years, from household sets with a few channels to online platforms like Netflix. What will TV be like for the next generation?

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Harmonica Segment: what series blew your mind in 2016? You can tweet us about it @hardcoverradio!

 

Thanks for listening! And happy 2017!

Very excited to be talking with self-published comic book writer, Jerry Wright, also known as 1H3RO!

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Jerry’s first book, Infinite The Journey, can be found on his website. Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates on his future projects!

 

Harmonica Segment: writers out there! Where can we find online video content for writers and creators? Think about making a video or short post about writing and what it means to you!

 

Thanks for listening, and happy holidays!

This week, we’re talking with Sharon Ledwith, a Windsor author who writes Young Adult time travel fiction!

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You can find her series, The Last Timekeepers, through Amazon or Mirror World Publishing!

 

You can also find updates about her upcoming books on her Facebook page or her website!

 

Today’s harmonica segment: Follow your dreams! Tweet us about it @hardcoverradio

 

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This week, we’re talking about times when you just can’t get through a book, or any book for that matter!

 

Here’s Geoff Dyer’s essay on Reader’s Block.

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Here’s an article in The Guardian about some ways to combat reader’s block.

 

Harmonica Segment: Read a book! Or don’t! Try not to read anything at all for a whole day. Or, you know, read something different to rekindle your love for reading. Any of those. Tweet us your experience with reader’s block @hardcoverradio.

 

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