The Wish Tree & Birds Art Life With Kyo Maclear

In this extended edition of our eBook Cafe Kris Abel chats with author Kyo Maclear about her children’s book The Wish Tree, illustrated by Chris Turnham, and her upcoming book for adults on bird-watching called Birds Art Life. For more info visit: The Wish Tree Birds Art Life Kyo’s Book Recommendation: Ways...
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Secrets of Gems With Jewelry Maker Niki Kavakonis

Here’s the extended version of Kris Abel’s eBook Cafe interview with Toronto-based jewelry maker Niki Kavakonis. Niki designs rings, earrings, and necklaces inspired by science and the natural world that showcase the hidden features of precious stones. For more info visit: Niki’s eBook Pick: Bang! by Brian May, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott

Arthur Conan Doyle Collection’s Peggy Perdue On Rare Sherlock Books

This is the extended edition of Kris Abel’s eBook Cafe talk with Peggy Perdue, Librarian in Charge of the Arthur Conan Doyle Special Collection at the Toronto Public Library. For more info visit:…e-doyle.jsp Peggy’s eBook Choices: The Nero Wolfe stories by Rex Stout Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Finalist Jen Guyton On Conservation & Photography

This is the extended edition of Kris Abel’s interview with conservationist and wildlife photographer Jen Guyton. Her Meerkat photograph is a finalist in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, currently on display at the Royal Ontario Museum. For more info:

Comic Book Creator Jenn Woodall On Zines, Magical Beatdown

<iframe width=”100%” height=”166″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”no” src=”;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false”></iframe> Here’s the extended edition of Kris Abel’s interview with Jenn Woodall, comic book creator and artist. Recorded at the Canzine festival at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jenn discusses Zine culture and her new series Magical Beatdown. Jenn’s eBook Pick: We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley...
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Black Widow Spiders With Arachnologist Catherine Scott

For our Halloween episode we visit entomologist and arachnologist Catherine Scott in her lab for a fun chat about Black Widow spiders and her favourite books. You can learn more about Catherine’s work and help fund her research by joining #TeamBlackWidow at:…etitive-advantage Catherine’s book picks include: Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood Spider...
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Sam Maggs On Her New Book, Wonder Women

In this extended edition of our eBook series, Kris Abel meets author Sam Maggs to explore her new book Wonder Women which profiles 25 trailblazing women on STEM throughout history. For more info visit: Wonder Women the eBook: Sam’s recommended read: The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers…-angry-planet-2

The Highway of Tears VR with Director Lisa Jackson

Here we present the full discussion between Kris Abel and filmmaker Lisa Jackson about her Virtual Reality documentary exploring the Highway of Tears murder cases in British Columbia, commissioned by the CBC’s The Current. You can try the experience at this year’s ImagineNATIVE film and media festival. For more info:…ce-george-1.3792165

Scanning Precious eBooks With John Shoesmith, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

In this extended edition of our eBook series, Kris Abel meets with John Shoesmith, outreach librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library to understand the considerations made in scanning what is likely their oldest book, the Four Gospels In Greek (Codex Torontonensis), into a digital format for conservation. For more info visit: