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The CBC Books summer reading list: 18 cool books to read while the weather heats up

Jen Sookfong Lee explores how Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho brought the marginal into the mainstream

The real family history that inspired Linda Spalding's new novel

How Esther The Wonder Pig and her legion of fans crowdfunded a life-saving CT scanner for large animals

Wayne Johnston on how one wrong thing can ruin your whole life

Why Grace O'Connell wrote about strained family relationships and a crisis situation

How losing a parent inspired Gurjinder Basran's latest novel

Aravind Adiga's books tackle clashes of the classes in Indian society

Margaret Atwood, Kim Thúy and Anne Carson nominated for alternative Nobel Prize