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Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall

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The writer and author Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall discusses his first novel, Ghosted (Random House, 2010), his craft, being a new dad, living in Toronto, Paul Quarrington, and more, with Joseph Planta.

Ghosted by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. (Random House, 2010)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Ghosted

Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is highly regarded in the literary community here in Canada. His first book, a memoir, Down to This, received good notices and many award nominations. He has just published his first novel, a book described as ‘audacious,’ ‘not for the faint of heart,’ ‘harrowing,’ ‘spellbinding,’ as well as ‘Bukowski craggy and Hornby sweet.’ Mason is the lead character, and he’s not doing too well, battling gambling, alcohol and drug vices, he aspires to be a writer, but can’t seem to get it together. His landlord, creditor and dealer is his friend Chaz, who gets him to start selling hot dogs. He gets a gig as a writer, from some guy who asks him to write a love letter to this girl. The guy kills himself, and it turns out he’s just written the guy’s suicide note. The book goes on from here and we’ll get the author to tell us more. It’s called Ghosted, and it’s published by Random House. Mr. Bishop-Stall was also on the television program The Newsroom. In Vancouver today, please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall; Good morning, Mr. Bishop-Stall.