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CKMS Community Connections for 1 September 2023 with Vanessa Ricci-Thode of Waterloo Bookfest and the KW Writer’s Alliance

Show Notes

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Vanessa Ricci-Thode

Vanessa Ricci-Thode is one of the organizers for Waterloo Bookfest and a founder of the KW Writer’s Alliance, as well as the author of a series of books. She talks to Bob Jonkman about Bookfest and the KW Writer’s Alliance, writing, and reads from her most recent book, Fireborn.

The interview starts at 4m57s.

KW Writer’s Alliance Online:

Vanessa Ricci-Thode:

Waterloo Bookfest | Local authors. Live readings. | Saturday September 9th 1pm-7pm | Waterloo Public Square (black letters on an orange and green graduated background)

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Download: ckms-community-connections-2023-09-01-episode138-Vanessa-Ricci-Thode-of-Waterloo-Bookfest-and-KW-Writers-Alliance.mp3 (52 MB, 56m34s, episode 138)


Time Title Album Artist
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc CKMS Sunflower logo (yellow petals surrounding a black centre with white wavies all on a teal background)
CKMS Community Connections
Steve Todd
1m00s Stay Awake Quiet In The Land
Quiet In The Land
Quiet In The Land
4m57s Vanessa Ricci-Thode tells us about Waterloo Bookfest, some of the special guests (Katie Mack, E.K. Johnston), and more listed on the KW Writer’s Alliance Bookfest website. How KW Writer’s Alliance got started on Zoom during the height of the pandemic. Talking about NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. KW Writer’s Alliance was started with Caroline Topperman, looking to give Waterloo Region authors a space to keep writing all year ’round. Support includes moral support (especially after rejections!), guides to publishing, guides to improving the writing craft. Talking about traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.
19m35s Unbreakable You Unbreakable | single | Natalia Zuk (B&W photo of a woman playing piano)
Natalia Zuk
23m16s Running down the events taking place at Waterloo Bookfest. How Bookfest is organized. There are 70 authors, and there’s a waiting list! Talking about other events, like Word On The Street which is no longer happening in Waterloo Region. Authors bring their books (of course), but some will have bookmarks and artwork as well. There is overlap in the arts for authors, several are visual artists or musicians. Jason Baronette is one such author, he’ll be at Bookfes, but he’s been on CKMS Community Connections as part of his band Athanase.
33m18s Kicks In The Night Athanase | Between II Shores (painting of a schooner in full rigging approaching the viewer)
Between II Shores
36m35s It’s the Waterloo Bookfest, that means for all of Waterloo Region, including Kitchener, Cambridge, and the rural townships. Vanessa will be at Bookfest as an author, with her series Fireborn. Vanessa tells us about her writing process. Talking about acquiring Fireborn and the logistics of getting it in online stores.
43m30s Fireborn Vanessa Ricci-Thode | Fireborn | Fireborn Series Book Three ()illustration of a woman carrying a large battleaxe looking away from the viewer beyond some rocks at dragons made of fire
Vanessa Ricci-Thode
48m41s Bob encourages more prose readings on the radio. Vanessa tells us about other reading series in southern Ontario. The website is for Grand River Writers & KW Writer’S Alliance, bringing in people from outside of Waterloo Region. Talking about possible upcoming events, readings, workshops. Vanessa gives some ideas for future workshops.
55m43s Vanessa recaps the details for Bookfest and Bob gives the end credits.

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