Margaret Ormsby, catalyst & mentor

As one of Canada’s first accredited female historians, Ormsby’s first desk as a professor in 1940 was in the women’s washroom at McMaster. Now she’s the namesake for The Ormsby Review. FULL STORY

Audio Interviews

March 04th, 2014

Turning Up The Volumes is an ongoing and intermittent segment on B.C. books with Alan Twigg and Sheryl MacKay on CBC radio’s North By Northwest. The Commentary is a website edited by Joseph Planta, and  features audio interviews with unique and diverse guests from renowned bestselling and prize winning authors, Canadian newsmakers and political figures, internationally known print and broadcast journalists, prominent academics and public intellectuals, as well as noted artists and personalities.

Alan Twigg and Sheryl MacKay in the CBC studio recording Turning Up the Volumes.

Alan Twigg and Sheryl MacKay in the CBC studio recording Turning Up the Volumes.


* all interviews listed alphabetically by author


Antonson, Rick, To Timbuktu for a Haircut / Joseph Planta (2013)


Béchard, Deni, Empty Hands, Open Arms: The Race to Save Bonobos in the Congo and Make Conservation Go Viral / Joseph Planta (2013)

Birney, Earl, We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earl Birney and Al Purdy, 1947-1987 / Turning Up The Volumes (June 29, 2014)

Brazier, Brendan, Thrive Energy Cookbook: 150 Functional, Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes / Joseph Planta (2014)


Celis, Luisa Maria, Arrows / Turning Up The Volumes (June 7, 2009)

Chong, Denise, Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance / Joseph Planta (2013)

Chong, Kevin, Northern Dancer: The Legendary Horse That Inspired a Nation / Joseph Planta (2014)


Dawson, George Mercer, Canadian scientist, surveyor, and author / Turning Up The Volumes (August 22, 2010)

Delich, Beverly, Come Fly With Me: Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom/ Joseph Planta (2013)

Djwa, Sandra, Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page / Joseph Planta (2013)

Donaldson, Jesse, This Day in Vancouver / Joseph Planta (2013)



Fantetti, Eufemia, A Recipe for Disaster and Other Unlikely Tales of Love / Joseph Planta (2013)

Foster, Sherril, A Steady Lens and Quarantined Life and Death at William Head Station  / Peter JohnsonTurning Up The Volumes (Feb. 2, 2014)


Godwin, George, Various books / Turning Up The Volumes (April 11, 2009)


Haddock, Chris, Helen Lawrence / Joseph Planta (2014)

Hak, Gordon, The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle / Joseph Planta (2013)


Inglis, Robin, The Historical Dictionary of The Discovery and Exploration of the North West Coast of America / Turning Up The Volumes (June 28, 2009)


Jewitt, John Rodgers, The Adventures And Sufferings Of John R. Jewitt: Captive Of Maquinna / Turning Up The Volumes (Dec. 27, 2009)

Jilek-Aall, Louise, Call Mama Doctor / Turning Up The Volumes (July 18, 2010)

Johnson-Dean, Christina, The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher / Joseph Planta (2013)

Joseph, Eve,  In The Slender Margin, about death and dying. Also, a 2007 interview with Blanche Howard about her book A Memoir of Friendship. Turning Up The Volumes (July 6, 2014)


Keremidschieff, Vladimir, Seize the Time: Vancouver Photographed 1967-1974 / Joseph Planta (2013)

Kopecky, Arno, The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway  / Joseph Planta (2014)


Lavigne, Brad, Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP / Joseph Planta (2013)

Lee, Nancy, The Age / Joseph Planta (2014)


MacKinnon, JB, The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be / Joseph Planta (2013)

McCardell, Mike, Haunting Vancouver: A Nearly True History / Joseph Planta (2013)

Montgomery, Charles, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design / Joseph Planta (2013)

Morice, Father Adrien Gabriel, History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia (1904) / Turning Up The Volumes (Jan. 16, 2011)

Moziño, José Mariano, An Account of Nootka Sound in 1792 / Turning Up The Volumes (May 24, 2009)


Neil, Danial, talks about my june with Sheryl MacKay (2014)Nowlin, Christopher, Tough Tiddlywinks / Joseph Planta (2014)


O’Hagan, Howard, Tay John (1939) / Turning Up The Volumes (Sept. 26, 2010)


Para, Kathryn, Lucky / Joseph Planta (2013)

Purdy, Al, We Go Far Back in Time:The Letters of Earl Birney and Al Purdy, 1947-1987 / Turning Up The Volumes (June 29, 2014)



Rozzano, Lorelie, Jagged Little Lies  / Joseph Planta (2014)

Russwurm, Lani, Vancouver Was Awesome / Joseph Planta (2013)


Saklikar, Renee Sarojini, Children of Air India: un/authorized exhibits and interjections / Joseph Planta (2013)

Stouck, David, Arthur Erickson / Joseph Planta (2013)


Sheryl MacKay interviews author/publisher Alan Twigg on North By Northwest, CBC radio. Alan Twigg is the recipient of the 13th annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Date of broadcast: May 1, 2016

Thornton, Russell, Birds, Metals, Stones and Rain  / Joseph Planta (2013)

Truelove, Graeme, Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics / Joseph Planta (2013)

Twigg, Alan, Undaunted: The Best of BC BookWorld / Joseph Planta (2013)


Ullmann, Monika, The Life and Art of David Marshall / Turning Up The Volumes (August 23, 2009)


Viswanathan, Padma, The Ever After of Ashwin Rao / Joseph Planta (2014)


Wigmore, Gillian, Grayling / Joseph Planta (2014)






Ten B.C. books about rock ‘n’ roll / Turning Up the Volumes (Feb. 28, 2014)

CBC radio’s On The Coast features Literary Landmarks (March 16, 2015).


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