Interviews

Award-winning journalist Anna Mehler Paperny is here to discuss her new book, "Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me," an absolutely must-read that chronicles her multiple suicide attempts, subsequent pursuit of treatment, and continuing quest for truth and insight as it pertains to depression.

How do we know when our love of shopping is becoming a problem, either in a personal or a larger, cultural sense? Writer, radio host, and shopping enthusiast Jael Richardson has some answers, which she's gleaned from her recent 360-day shopping detox.

Last year, Rachel went on a mushroom picking escapade to make some sweet cash and she’s here to answer some juicy questions like: why are people so obsessed with morel mushrooms? Why does mushroom picking turn so many people into assholes? And why is peeing in the woods so completely satisfying?

Pamela Mordecai - Room's 2019 Poetry Contest Judge

Pamela Mordecai is the author of over thirty books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and writing for children. In what follows, Mordecai discusses her writing practice, the role religion plays in her writing, her choice to write in Jamaican Creole, and what she will be looking for as the judge for Room’s 2019 Poetry Contest, which is open until August, 2019.

Red Light Labour is a groundbreaking new collection of bold, engrossing, and timely essays and personal narratives that explore sex work with the nuance, care, and rigour. Lauren Kirshner connected with the three editors of Red Light Labour, Elya M. Durisin, a researcher who holds a PhD in political science from York University, Emily van der Meulen, an associate professor of criminology at Ryerson University, and Chris Bruckert, a professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa, to discuss the history and future of sex work policy and resistance in Canada.

Mica and Anne T. Donahue (a writer, pop culture critic, and certified funny person) discuss intersections such as: pop culture and politics, identity and privilege, and twitter and mental health. They also enter VERY REAL AND PERSONAL territory to chat about addiction and its many complicated forms.

In this episode, Sara discusses her own conception story along with the challenges and unique joys of queer motherhood.

Summer is here and it's time to pump up some juicy jams! In this episode, Mica celebrates her love of pop by breaking down some summer bangers (Lizzo! Miley! Tove Lo!) that will lift you up and make you feel good as hell.

Janie Chang

Drawing on a long family history with thirty-six generations of recorded genealogy, Janie Chang writes historical fiction with a personal connection. She grew up listening to stories about life in a small Chinese town in the years before the Second World War and tales of ancestors who encountered dragons, ghosts, and immortals. Room editor Yilin Wang interviewed Janie Chang via email to chat with her about books, feminism, speculative fiction, and her writing inspiration.

Lisa Taddeo is an American journalist and writer who spent the last eight years of her life studying how women and men navigate desire. The product of her research is the highly-anticipated "Three Women," a book that follows the sex lives of three women. In this episode, Mica chats with Lisa about what it was like to immerse herself in other peoples' lives for nearly a decade, what she's learned about how men and women navigate desire, and whether or not you should ever uproot your life for love.

Mica discusses Taylor Swift's controversial new music video, "You Need To Calm Down." Is her allyship authentic or a rainbow-coloured marketing strategy? The video is loudly anti-homophobic, which is great, but does she need to centre herself in the gay-rights narrative? Probably not.

New York Times bestselling author and social change historian Linda Hirshman is here to discuss her new book, Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse And Harassment, which chronicles 50 years of feminist activism leading up to #MeToo.

The editorial team of issue 43.1 “Hair” threw each other some questions to help them dive deeper into their call: Intimate space. Roots. Growth. Identity. These are all things we think of when we consider hair. How does hair define us and affect the way we navigate the world? Our hair holds history, memory, tangible sacrifice, intangible inheritances, culture, fierceness, boldness, and sometimes even indifference.

Eve Joseph

Room Magazine's Isabella Wang talks to Eve Joseph about Quarrels (Anvil Press, 2018), the 2019 winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Yasuko Thanh

Yasuko Thanh's story collection Floating Like the Dead was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, her debut novel, won the Rogers Writers' Trust for Fiction, the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize, and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. In the following interview, she discusses her new memoir, Mistakes to Run With.

What exactly is happening with all this anti-abortion action in the US? Can states like Alabama really criminalize abortion, and what will happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned? Will Canada be impacted? These are just some of the questions Mica brought forth to Joyce Arthur, who is the executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

A recent and terrifying experience with "greening out" causes Mica to take a look inward and unpack why her recent mental health has been a little shaky as of late. She then provides some handy tips for quieting the brain during times of stress and/or anxiety, which she hopes will be helpful to the pubic at large!

We're still talking about sexual assault because it's still happening. And although the #MeToo movement has motivated us to have important conversations about sexual violence and trauma, we hardly ever talk about the aftermath of sexual assault. How do survivors navigate their lives post-trauma? What helps them "heal" and "move on"?

Amy Robichaud

Amy Robichaud is an advocate and speaker, and the new executive director of Dress For Success Vancouver, a non-profit organization dedicated to economically empowering women by providing career resources, professional attire, and training in areas such as leadership and interview skills. In the following interview she discusses how Dress For Success contributes to anti-poverty work, the "invisible power" one can draw from a favourite outfit, and more.

Friend and TV writing goddess Jocelyn Tennant is back! This week Mica and Joss are chatting about all things TV, with a focus on three shows (Shrill, Pen15, and Fleabag) that they are currently obsessed with. Alongside these shows, they chat about the representation of fat women on screen, why "puberty TV" can be so cathartic for millennial women, and why Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag, is quite possibly the coolest person alive.

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  • Room 42.2, Borderlands
    Edited by Rebecca Russell

    In this issue:

    Selina Boan, Jenna Butler, Leonarda Carranza, Carolina Corcoran, Šari Dale, Marisol Diaz, Sarah Ens, Paola Ferrante, Katie Fewster-Yan, Hannah Hackney, Lori Hahnel, Natalie Homer, Liz Iversen, Jac Jenkins, Jaslyn Marshall, Laura McGavin, Emily McKibbon, Alessandra Naccarato, Ezi Odozor, Caitlin Prince, Rebecca Salazar, Ellie Sawatzky, Alysia Sawchyn, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Josephine Sloyan, Tanya R. Ward, jiaqing wilson-yang, Elana Wolff

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