THE JOB OF THE NEXT CHAPTER, WHY LIT SHOULDN’T BE ALL BRAN, INTERVIEWING ADVICE PETER GZOWSKI GAVE HER, WHEN TO BUILD RAPPORT WITH GUESTS, WHY IT’S BETTER SHE CAN’T SEE HER GUESTS, THE BEST WAY TO STYLE YOUR VOICE
If you’re a Canadian who loves books as much as you love radio, then it’s almost a guarantee that legendary broadcaster Shelagh Rogers has been in your life for a long time.
Rogers is the host and producer of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, Canada’s leading author-interview radio show focusing on indigenous and settler Canadian writers. She started at CBC in 1980, hosting music and current affairs programmes, and working her way up eventually became the permanent guest host on Peter Gzowski’s Morningside, the host of This Morning, and also of Sounds Like Canada.
She’s won a range of awards and honourary doctorates, and as a result of her work and advocacy, Native Counseling Services of Alberta gave her their Achievement in the Aboriginal Community Award, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada inducted her as an honourary witness, the Order of Canada elected her as an Officer, and the University of Victoria named her Chancellor.
Rogers was in Edmonton on February 28, 2017 to host the Edmonton Public Library’s Conversation about Reconciliation at the Ramada Inn on Kingsway. Before she took the stage, we spoke briefly about a range of topics, including:
- How a group of residential school survivors changed her life, and why she needed quit her show to pursue their story
- The job of her show The Next Chapter and why literature shouldn’t be All Bran
- The personal quality that interviewers must possess, and how you can learn to enhance it
- When people are most likely to respond to you so you can build rapport
- The advice that radio legend Peter Gzowski gave her
- Why not being able to see her guests is not a bug, but a feature
- How CanLit has changed for the better, and
- For broadcasters and podcasters, the best way to style your voice
Shelagh Rogers provided EPL with a selection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's books that explore residential schools, reconciliation, and Indigenous identity.
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