Episode 020: The Changeling

Thanks for joining us for our ***TWENTIETH*** episode! This month we’re discussing The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Apollo Kagwa is an antiquarian book dealer trying to be an involved father to his new baby, unlike his own father who abandoned him, when his wife Emma begins acting strange. Is it post-partum complications, or something much more sinister? Then Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air. Thus begins Apollo’s journey to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. With mysterious strangers, fantastic books, forgotten islands, graveyards, forests, and monsters in caves, it reveals the homey, messy magic that can save us all, if we’re lucky.

In This Episode We Mention

Bremen Town Musicians aka Bremen Stadtmusikanten

Max and Moritz: A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks

Hans the Hedgehog (Trevor found a delightful drawing of Hans on Deviant Art by “DBed”)

Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak by Maurice

Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak

The Monster at the End of This Book 

PastForward: Winnipeg’s Public Digital History

The Interlibrary Loan service

The Station Agent 2003 film starring Peter Dinklage (NOT the Station Master as Erica mistakenly said)

Can You Tell Me A Book I Would Also Like?

Erica: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon and/or Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Trevor: The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Alan: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle (interlibrary loan link)

Kirsten: Under Major Domo Minor by Patrick DeWitt

Nerd Words for Word Nerds 

Erica: Unputdownable

Trevor: Anorak

Kirsten: Eldritch

Alan: Ultimatum (Open Yale course: Introduction to Psychology Ultimatum Game lecture)

Comments from this episode come from Karrie and Allison. Thanks to them and our whole online community for being part of the discussion. Did you know we have our own Facebook Group? Find us also on WPL’s Instagram and Twitter.

Next month we’ll be reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

As always – we want to talk about what you want to talk about. Get in touch on social media or email us at wpl-podcast@winnipeg.ca.

Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Alan Chorney, Kirsten Wurmann, Erica Ball, and Dennis Penner. Trevor is away on holiday, but will return. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner.

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