Episode three of The Book Room involves a visit to my puma-infested library from Emily Pohl-Weary. Just click the play button above to listen in.
Emily is an award winning biographer (Hugo Award for Better to have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril), and a prolific author of poetry and young adult fiction, including the recent A Girl Like Sugar. When not writing (and she's always writing), Emily runs The Academy of the Impossible, an inner-city, open-source, social enterprise for youth. As you will hear, she is a much, much nicer person than I am. She can also tame a puma like nobody's business.
Emily talks to me about growing up in Toronto's oft-maligned west-end neighbourhood, Parkdale, her earliest memories of stapling, and just how many balloons it takes to lift an anvil off the ground.
I hope you enjoy the program.