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ANN VRIEND’S LONG ROAD (MF GALAXY 045)

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SUPERB SONGWRITER-MUSICIAN ON THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND EDITING, THE TEN THOUSAND OUR RULE, AND WHY PASTRY CHEFS DON’T WANT YOU TO EAT THE DOUGH
Ann Vriend is a superb, independent songwriter-musician who’s toured the world and has created six albums including her most recent and critically-acclaimed release, For the People in the Mean Time.
Her vocals are a fusion of Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin, and her lyrical skill is a standout for her generation. She’s the winner of the 2013 Canadian “She’s the One” contest. In today’s episode of MF GALAXY, Ann Vriend discusses:

Her approach to the craft of songwriting, including the work of editingThe influence of Paul Simon and Leonard CohenThe importance of endless effort and the ten thousand hour rule Why pastry chefs don’t want you to eat the doughBeing true to one’s artistic vision, andThe true meaning of limitations

Throughout the show we’ll hear excerpts from the album For the People in the Mean Time, specifically “A Long Road,” “A Need So…

YVES ENGLER ON THE TRUTH ABOUT CANADIAN WAR AND THE SINISTER GOALS OF CANADIAN “PEACE” (MF GALAXY 044)

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AUTHOR OF CANADA IN AFRICA: 300 YEARS OF AID AND EXPLOITATIONON CANADA’S ILLEGAL WARS, MINING EXPLOITATION AND DESTRUCTION, AND THE SELF-SERVING LIE OF CANADA’S GOOD-TWO-SHOES SELF-IMAGE Yves Engleris the author of eight books exploring injustice, Canadian-style. His latest is Canada in Africa: 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation. The book explores Canadian and proto-Canadian involvement in the European holocaust against Africa, support for apartheid in South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup in Uganda, support for overthrowing independence leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Patrice Lumumba of Congo, and destructive corporate exploitation across the continent today.

Yves Engler will be speaking at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on October 1st at 7 pm in room 158 of the Education South building (113 Street + 87 Avenue). In advance his talk, he spoke with me by Skype from his home in Montreal on September 15, 2015. Our conversation covered numerous topics including: The exploitative …

DEWAYNE COPELAND, CO-CREATOR OF SUPERHERO WEB SERIES CV NATION (MF GALAXY 043)

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INDIE NEW MEDIA FILM-MAKER EXPLAINS EXCITEMENT, RESTRICTIONS + MEANING OF HIS MISSION
DeWayne Copelandis anew-media indie filmmaker who embodies the Marcus Garvey ethic of “do for self.” With co-creator and series writer-director Scott F Evans, Copeland and their agile team launched CV Nationin 2012, and have produced a first season of six episodes and a second season of four.
The CV in CV Nation means “costumed vigilantes,” because the show is about superheroes and villains fighting for dominance in a world in which paranormal powers are merely expensive but highly dangerous commodities.
The series is a breakthroughnot only for its indie aesthetics and production, but because it’s largely about superheroes and villains of African descent

Copeland and Evans didn’t wait around for someone else to do what they and so many others had been craving for years—they just did it themselves. DeWayne Copeland is a remarkable artist, and a down-to-earth human being. 
He’s a key speaker in the must-se…

A LEE MARTINEZ – AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST OF GIL’S ALL FRIGHT DINER (MF GALAXY 042)

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ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF TEN BOOKS SHARES STRATEGIES FOR DYNAMIC CHARACTERS AND PLOTS
A Lee Martinez has authored of ten acclaimed novels including Divine Misfortune, Helen and Troy’s Epic Road Quest,and Chasing the Moon. For his debut novel Gil’s All Fright Diner, he won the Alex Award, which is given to adult fiction that possesses special appeal to younger readers.
Martinez’s work mixes dynamic world-building with whimsical, hilarious, and touching storytelling. Martinez’s The Automatic Detectiveis one of my favourite books. It’s a noir crime thriller about a robot designed to destroy humanity, but he just doesn’t feel like it, so he drives a cab. But the work succeeds because it’s far more than just wacky—it’s got heart, and characters we can love.

In this episode of MF GALAXY, Martinez discusses:
The reasons why so many fans and teachers of so-called literary fictiondismiss the importance of plotHis approach to characterisationon the invention versus reflection spectrumThe skillset requir…