The Montreal podcast that asks Alexis Diamond: “Where can you find the best ice cream in Montreal?” (asked by Montreal guitarist Pierre-Luc Rioux in episode 232).

Alexis Diamond is bringing a definite air of class to Go Plug Yourself this week. After all, it’s not every day you speak to someone nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. I suppose it’s not every day that you speak to someone who can honestly refer to themselves as an opera librettist either. Nominated in the category of translation for her work translating Pascal Brullemans’ Amaryllis & Little Witch, a set of two dark fairy tales celebrating strong young female characters.

I’ve always been fascinated by the art of translation. If you want to give yourself just a taste how much translations can vary from one to another, check out the variations of the “proemic verse” column of the translations of Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey to see how different the same original text can be interpreted.

Yeah, it’s that kind of podcast this week.

Inés joins me on this one as we sit down with Alexis Diamond to talk about her work, her nomination for the GGBooks award, xxxx

Credit Where Credit is Due

As always, a big thank you to the providers of our theme song: Aural Turpitude!

Keith does all sorts of things here on, he works with the other founders on 9to5 (illustrated), co-hosts our two podcasts: The 9to5 Entertainment System and Go Plug Yourself and sometimes blogs here as The Perspicacious Geek.

Inés Anaya never stops finding ways to be funny: writing for Hindwing Press and The Beaverton, running shows like Stand Up Story Slam and getting on the mic at comedy shows all over the city when it is legally possible to do so. The best way to keep track of what she’s up to next is on Instagram @clout__atlas

Photo of Alexis Diamond: (Playwrights Canada Press/Ron Diamond)