12 Days of CanLit: Travel


Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and whether you're looking for gifts to set under a tree or around a menorah or just for some non-denominational seasonal giving (or reading!), we've got 12 days of book recommendations coming your way. With 12 different categories, we've got books for everyone from foodies to fiction addicts to sports buffs missing their beloved hockey this winter. With four shopping days left until Christmas, we finish off our series with a list of books for the armchair traveller.

Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle


Quebec-born animator and illustrator Guy Delisle has become well known for his dryly humorous, fly-on-the-wall travelogues about some of the world's most dangerous and fascinating places, like North Korea and Burma. Delisle's latest is Jerusalem, which was published in English last spring after winning plenty of acclaim (not to mention the Fauve d'Or at the Festival Internationale de la Bande Dessinée d'Angoulême) in its original French. When his wife's job with Medécins Sans Frontières brings the whole family to Jerusalem, Delisle is left with plenty of time to sketch the complicated goings-on in that city riven by political and ethnic tensions. His low-key outsider's perspective is a refreshing take on one of the world's most difficult situations.

Listen to Guy Delisle talk about his work with Q's Jian Ghomeshi in this interview from last summer.

Burma: Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid


Naomi Duguid is an award-winning cookbook author and food writer -- so why is her latest book here on the "travel" list? Though it is primarily a cookbook, Burma is also a journey to that exotic country through Duguid's gorgeous photos, luscious recipes and evocative stories about the region and its people. Duguid takes the reader on river journeys, to the site of ancient temples and into home kitchens in the course of her travels.

Naomi Duguid spoke with All In a Weekend's Sonali Karnick about Burma a couple of months ago.

Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello Di Cintio


Marcello Di Cintio's book about people living "up against walls" all over the world has already been shortlisted for both the Charles Taylor Prize and the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. In Walls, Di Cintio chronicles his travels all over the world to profile people living on the margins of societies. He has tea with Saharan refugees and walks along Arizona's migrant trails. He writes about walls within our own country, and goes as far afield as Israel, Morocco and India.

Listen to Marcel Di Cintio speak with Daybreak Alberta host Russell Bowers in this interview from last month. And check out Di Cintio's story about fruit flies for Canada Writes.

12 Days of CanLit