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Wayne Schmalz

Regina, Coteau Books, 1990. 142pp, paper, $9.95
ISBN 1-55050-011-2. CIP

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Raymond Stoyko.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

Schmalz, who has worked with CBC Radio Saskatchewan for the past thirteen years, is the editor of Studio One, which is an anthology of radio works he has produced at CBC. He has written one previous book entitled On Air: Radio in Saskatchewan.

Studio One is a collection of ten never before published works by Canadian writers such as Geoffrey Ursell, Andrew Suknaski, Loma Crozier, Patrick Lane and Kim Morrissey. Each selection is supported by stage directions, original cast lists, author biography and state­ments about writing, and a photograph. Each of the works, which range from contemporary to historical settings, creates an authentic voice that lures the listener into the story.

The stories, which vary in length from 5 to 15 minutes, rely on the characters' voices to develop the mood and the plot, with minimal use of sound effects. The Snow Dream illustrates the frustration of a woman unable to communicate with the world after a stroke. Chile incorporates authentic transcripts to re-create the horrors of the country. The Riel Commission: An Inquiry into the Survival of a People, which won the Major Armstrong Award from Columbia University for "creative use of the medium," presents a perspective different from established opinion.

The print is clear, double spaced, and the cover is attractive. The book may be used by English/drama students as an auxiliary resource, or by students/ teachers who are interested in reading contemporary Canadian radio scripts.

Raymond Stoyko, Winnipeg, Man.
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