Episode 017: Fox

Thanks for joining us! This month we’re discussing Fox by Margaret Sweatman WITH Margaret Sweatman!

Laid over the backdrop of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, Fox examines several characters as they face the time’s social upheaval through a postmodern pastiche of newspaper headlines, diary entries, character vignettes and poems.  Its narrative thread is mostly through four characters: Mary, who enjoys her pampered lifestyle and is engaged to the socially charming businessman Drinkwater, Eleanor, who in spite of her families’ wealth, realizes that she has little to call her own and MacDougal, a local bookstore owner who fights for social reform.

In This Episode We Mention

Margaret Sweatman’s bio

Broken Songs Band (Margaret’s band with her husband Glenn Buhr):

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

Private Property by Margaret Sweatman

Jordon Wheeler and Digital Ogichida

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case. Track — Margaret Vs. Pauline


Can You Tell Me A Book I Would Also Like?

Margaret: Deborah Levy’s books Swimming Home, Things I Don’t Want to Know, and Hot Milk

Trevor: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane.

Kirsten: Republic of Love by Carol Shields


Nerd Words for Word Nerds 

Kirsten: Carceral – Manitoba’s incarceration rates are the highest in Canada

Trevor: Sora – here’s the picture

Alan: Neutral – having no personal preference or bias; or having no opinion (among other things), and the podcast Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Margaret: Seditious – described in Fox as “a hot word in a dry place”


**Our never-ending thanks to Margaret Sweatman for graciously appearing on our little podcast.** 

Next month we’ll be reading Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson with special guest Jordon Wheeler

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. Your hosts today were Margaret Sweatman, Kirsten Wurmann, Trevor Lockhart, and Alan Chorney. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner.

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