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The champion curler and broadcaster Colleen Jones discusses her memoir Throwing Rocks at Houses: My Life in and Out of Curling (Viking, 2015), and more, with Joseph Planta.

Throwing Rocks at Houses: My Life in and Out of Curling by Colleen Jones (Viking, 2015).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

The life and careers of Colleen Jones are the subject of her new book: Throwing Rocks at Houses: My Life in and Out of Curling. It’s an engaging book about her remarkable curling career: at 22, the youngest skip ever to win a Canadian women’s curling championship, the Tournament of Hearts; six tournament wins, four of which were in a row in the early 2000s, as well as two world championships. One learns about the travails of competition, as well as teamwork, sacrifice, training and more. Then there’s the career off the rink, as a broadcaster, as well as a mother and wife, not to mention daughter and sister. It all comes to a head in 2010, when a chronically runny nose is the sign of something more serious. Bacterial meningitis, caught in time, gives Jones some pause and perhaps inspired this book. I’ll ask her about illness and what that meant for her, as Colleen Jones joins me now. I’ll also ask her about the road back, returning to competitive curling after, and what the future might hold. Colleen Jones has been a reporter with the CBC for nearly thirty years. She lives in Halifax where she joins me from today. The book is co-written with Perry Lefko, and is published by Viking. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Colleen Jones; Ms. Jones, good morning.