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On this final episode of The Writer and the Critic for 2022 your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, spend a few minutes musing over the missing of podcasts, the breaking of awards, and the end of time as we know it. The books up for discussion this month are January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky [9:30] and Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen [39:00].

Covers of January Fifteenth by Rachel Swirsky and Patricia Wants to Cuddle by Samantha Allen

The interview with Samantha Allen that was mentioned in this episode can be read here.

The fabulously sartorial Jules Mond can be found on Instagram @seemeswoon.

And for listeners curious to know what Ian's beautiful William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review actually looks like, here it is complete with box:

The William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review won by Ian Mond

Kirstyn promises to mail it to him before the end of the year. Maybe.

If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 109:10 for final remarks.

The first episode of 2023 will be uploaded in February 2023 and the two books on the slab will be:

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, spend a few minutes discussing the work of Peter Straub, who sadly passed away this month. Listeners might like to revisit Episode 17 in which Kirstyn and Ian, along with special guest Rob Shearman, discuss Straub's marvelously unsettling collection, Houses Without Doors.

The books up for discussion this month are Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum [10:25] and Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield [34:00].

Covers of Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum and Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Kirstyn also highly recommends The Ghost Sequences by A.C. Wise from her new favourite small press, Undertow Publications.

If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 108:20 for final remarks.

Next month, the two books on the slab will be:

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, spend a few minutes discussing the aftermath of COVID-19 by which Kirstyn was unfortunately struck down last month. She is not happy about it.

The books up for discussion this month are Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi Demeester [4:10] and Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett [29:25].

Covers of Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi Demeester and Checkout 19 by Claire-Louise Bennett

Ian also heartily recommends Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett and Berg by Ann Quin.

Congratulations are due to Ian as well for his recent nomination for the William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review! And a gracious reminder that Kirstyn's new collection, Hard Places, is available now from Trepidatio Publishing.

If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 104:40 for final remarks.

Next month, the two books on the slab will be:

Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond, first take some time to shamelessly plug Kirstyn's forthcoming collection of short fiction, Hard Places, out soon through Trepidatio Publishing.

The books up for discussion this month are Dance Move by Wendy Erskine [9:55] and Ariadne, I Love You by J. Ashley-Smith [36:05].

Covers of Dance Move by Wendy Erskine and Ariadne, I Love You by J. Ashley-Smith

Listeners may also want to check out other books by the same authors, including Sweet Home by Erskine and The Attic Tragedy by Ashley-Smith. The two interviews with J. Ashley-Smith mentioned on the podcast can be found at Tomes and Tales and paulsemel.com.

If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 102:05 for final remarks, including an unexpected and possibly ill-advised foray into Top Gun.

Next month, the two books on the slab will be:

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On this episode of The Writer and the Critic your hosts, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond,  quickly dispense with a (mostly) non-political intro and general discussion of post-apocalyptic narratives.

The books up for discussion this month are Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin [5:25] and And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin [44:40].

Covers of Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin and And Then I Woke Up by Malcolm Devlin

This excellent review of Manhunt by Lee Mandelo was mentioned in the podcast, and these two by Liam McBain and Christ are also well worth a read.

For listeners who would like to know what Lucy, the High-Flying Cat of Interruption, looks like, here she is in her bed atop the bookcase:

Lucy, the High-Flying Cat of Interruption. A calico cat curled up on a red blanket. She looks both cosy and vaguely unimpressed with the world..

If you've skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, please come back at 108:40 for brief final remarks.

Next month, the two books on the slab will be:

Read ahead and join in the spoilerific fun!

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