Join semi-prose hosts Evan Munday, Allie McHugh, Kristina Chin and Max Arambulo for a live taping of the books podcast that’s half as serious and twice as smart as your other favourite books podcasts. In this special Festival edition, they’ll interview Cherie Dimaline about her latest novel Empire of Wild, a propulsive and sensuous novel inspired by the traditional Métis story of the Rogarou.
Max Arambulo is a Publicity Manager at Penguin Random House Canada and a co-host (the most melancholic one) of the semi-prose podcast. Some of his favourite books are Should You Leave: A Psychiatrist Explores Intimacy and Autonomy – and the Nature of Advice by Dr. Peter D. Kramer, Jane: A Murder by Maggie Nelson and One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry.
Kristina Chin is a podcaster, and Associate Director of Strategic Projects at Penguin Random House Canada. She talks books on semi-prose, Mulder and Scully on the podcast We Want 2 Believe and Pretty Little Liars on the podcast 2 Can Keep A Secret. But she’s more than just a soothing radio voice. She’s also an ace at turning 4-6-3 double plays, has hit free throws on the actual Raptors ACC hardwood, and will never not sing along whenever she hears Always Be My Baby by Mariah Carey. – written by Max Arambulo
Cherie Dimaline's young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017 and stayed there for more than a year. It won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in young adult literature, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and was a fan favourite in CBC's Canada Reads. Cherie was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts in 2014 and became the first Indigenous writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. From the Georgian Bay Métis Community in Ontario, she now lives in Toronto.
Allie McHugh is a Senior Publicist at Penguin Random House Canada. She previously produced and hosted the Navigator podcasts Political Traction and Legalized, which looked at Canadian politics and the process of cannabis legalization. Originally from Alberta, she now lives in Toronto. In addition to her mad podcasting and communications skills, McHugh has an encyclopedic knowledge of dance and basketball films and knows the importance of a good high school basement party (bio and photo by Evan Munday).
Evan Munday is a Publicity Manager at Penguin Random House Canada. But more than that, he's also the best-dressed member of the semi-prose team and one of the best-dressed in Canada, period (at least according to The Globe and Mail), a dad, author of The Dead Kid Detective Agency books, illustrator, and pop culture aficionado. Whether you need a quizmaster, a horror movie recommendation or an irreverent point of view on pretty much anything, Evan is your guy.