Shelagh Rogers on the books that shaped her life


First aired on NXNW (2/24/13)

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Shelagh Rogers is one of Canada's biggest book lovers. As the host of CBC's The Next Chapter, she interviews CanLit's biggest stars and brightest up-and-comers. Of the thousands of books she's read over the years, which ones have stuck with her the most -- and helped shape her into the person she's become? Shelagh sat down with NXNW host Sherly MacKay to discuss just that. Here are Shelagh's top picks:


My Childhood Favourite: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

"I loved the idea of going into a secret place and then going into a secret world. In fact, it's a beautiful metaphor for what books do for you."


A Book to Give to My Younger Self: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

"Scaredy is afraid of a lot of things, and I was afraid of a lot of things. I was really self-conscious. I blushed at a lot of things. I still do, but it doesn't worry me anymore. But I loved Scaredy coming to terms with the things that he worried about."


A(nother) Book to Give to My Younger Self: Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

"It's a story of a young girl in high school who is going through all that stuff that goes on in high school for young girls ... Just dealing with those insecurities and coming out strong. If I could, I would take Skim to my teenage self and say read this and learn from it."


A Book That Changed My Life: Porcupines and China Dolls by Robert Arthur Alexie

"It's about a boy whose actual parents have gone to residential school and he wonders why he is the way he is. It just opened my eyes to what happened there. We will never be able to make what happened right, but we've got to start hearing those stories and we have to start understanding them and start understanding why this happened and how this could have happened in this country."


A Book I Like to Lend to Others: As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod

"His writing is so exquisite. And we all know now, because we know the man, he laboured over every sentence if not every word. It's just crystalline."

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