Monday, August 29, 2011 |
Shelagh Rogers is a tireless champion of Canadian literature. In addition to hosting CBC Radio's The Next Chapter, the recent recipient of the Order of Canada hosts many literary events and works with Frontier College, while still finding the time to advocate for aboriginal issues and mental health issues. She's a busy woman, but we asked her to spare a minute to share her biggest "must read" book for the summer. Shelagh chose What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald and here's what she had to say:
"Summer's wonderful, but I really miss winter. It's true. I really do. However, I would like to recommend a book to read during the summer, and some of it takes place in winter. I'm talking about the book What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald. James FitzGerald will be the first to admit he grew up in very WASP-y, old Toronto. It wasn't the perfect childhood by any stretch of the imagination. A lot went on in the living rooms where the velvet curtains were drawn across the windows, let me tell you. It's a very probing book. He looks at a number of generations of his family — and I'll put it this way — just to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to him, the same kind of emotional damage that his grandfather and his father sustained. I think it was one of the best reads of the last season. I will push it like a drug pusher. I hope you'll be able to crack the covers of What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald."