Rick Roberts recommends


CBC Books is always on the look-out for book recommendations from some of our CBC personalities who love a good story. Recently, we got in touch with actor Rick Roberts, one of the stars of CBC Television's brand-new adaptation of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. The film will air on Sunday Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

Rick Roberts has numerous film and television credits to his name, including Don Cherry: A Study in Pink, the biopic Three Days to Jonestown and a recurring role on CBC Television's The Republic of Doyle. In Sunshine Sketches, he plays Peter Leacock (he's seen in character in the photo below). Onstage, he has appeared in productions at the Stratford Festival and the Elgin Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto among many others. He's also a playwright; his most recent play, Mimi, co-written with Allan Cole and Melody Johnson, premiered at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in 2009.

Here's what he had to say about his book pick:

"Some friends and I are thinking of creating a theatre piece based on Darwin and so I've been reading several books about him, his times and his theory. I am currently reading a book called Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel C. Dennett, which is kind of blowing my mind. It is a challenging read. Huge swaths of it go by with me barely clinging to the ideas. It explains Darwin's theory of evolution and extrapolates it into all sorts of areas. The implications of the theory are pretty far reaching and much more interesting than the usual evolution-versus-religion argument that this topic usually devolves into. The book makes me meditate on what it means to be human; to be in the universe, and it is also opening up for me an understanding of the creative process. So I'm kind of walking around these days thinking of the beauty of math and the mystery of how we got here. It's also pointing me toward a bunch of other thinkers on this subject."

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darwins dangerous idea.jpgDarwin's Dangerous Idea
by Daniel C. Dennett

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From the publisher:

"In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls 'one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet,' focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day."

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