Books on the Radio is a radio show and podcast dedicated to showcasing the ideas, work, and voices of writers and other people working in the world of literary creativity and book production.

First Edition: 2009 – 2015

Books on the Radio started in 2009 by Sean Cranbury as an experiment that was designed to fuse analog radio broadcast with social media sharing and the growing popularity of podcasts. The show consisted of interviews, readings, broadcasts from reading series, keynotes, and other audio featuring writers from across Canada and north America.

BOTR featured interviews with people like David Sedaris, William Gibson, Dina Del Bucchia, + more names here…

The show grew to become a platform and incubator for a range of other books-related projects such as the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, The Interruption [Creative Breaks and Returns], Griffin Vancouver, the Giller Light Bash Vancouver, Bookcamp Vancouver 2009/2010, The 24 Hour Book Project, The legendary Advent Book Blog, and others.

Books on the Radio was put on hiatus in the fall of 2015 and returns three years later with a bigger team of contributors, a slightly altered format, and a new domain.

Second Edition: 2018 –


Carleigh Baker is an âpihtawikosisân iskwêw/Icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwu7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays, The Short Story Advent Calendar, and The Journey Prize Anthology. She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail and the Literary Review of Canada.

Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award, the Emerging Indigenous Voices Award for fiction, and the BC Book Prize Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and won the City of Vancouver Book Award.

Find out more at carleighbaker.com.

Sean Cranbury is a writer, broadcaster, and community organizer living in east Vancouver.

He is founder of Books on the Radio, the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series, and other literary projects.

Sean has worked with such organizations as the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, TD National Reading Campaign, Simon Fraser University Master of Publishing program, Sage Hill Writing Experience, Theytus Books, and was general manager of the legendary Storm Crow Alliance in the early years.

His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, Quill and Quire, Sad Mag, CBC, and many other outlets.

Find out more at seancranbury.com.

Erika Thorkelson is a freelance journalist and writer of fiction and creative non-fiction living whose work has appeared in local and national publications, such as The Walrus, Maisonneuve and Room Magazine.

She has been a regular contributor of arts and culture writing to the Vancouver Sun as well as a host and operator on The Storytelling Show on Vancouver Co-op Radio.

She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Find out more at erikathorkelson.com.

Isabella Wang is a young, emerging Chinese-Canadian writer from Vancouver, B.C.

Her poetry is published in Room Magazine, The /tEmz/ Review, Train Journal, and Looseleaf Magazine. Her essays are published in carte blanche and Invisible Blog, and is forthcoming in The New Quarterly.

At 18, she is a two-time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly’s Edna Staebler Essay Contest.

She is studying English at SFU, co-organizing for the Dead Poets Reading series, serving as the youth advocate for the Federation of BC Writers, while working with Books on the Radio and interning at Room Magazine.