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Jonathan welcomes Canadian Novelist Suzette Mayr, winner of the Giller Prize for her novel The Sleeping Car Porter, published by Coach House Books. Mayr talks about growing up in a haunted house, how it influenced her writing, and much more.

Headshot of Suzette Mayr.Suzette Mayr is the author of six novels including her most recent, The Sleeping Car Porter, winner of the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Award, the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Mayr is also the recipient of the ReLit Award and her work has been nominated for numerous other prizes including the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction. Mayr teaches Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Check out What Draws Us Near to see a new story by Mayr in this short horror story collection edited by Keith Cadieux and Adam Petrash.

What Draws Us Near asks: Why do we want what we should not have? Or worse yet, why are we captivated by what we know to be dangerous? Is it a self-destructive impulse that comes from inside of us? Or does something darker from outside pull us in?

From the images contained on a mysterious videotape, or the figures depicted in a medieval mural, to a conversation that might have been, or the last words a benefactor wants to hear on their deathbed. Each one of these stories explores what draws us near.

You should stop reading, but you know you won’t.

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Opening song is “We Got the Poison” by Electric Candles
Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
Photo by Heather Saitz

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