Candy Palmater: Why everyone should read Kamal Al-Solaylee's new book, Brown

CBC Radio host and book fanatic Candy Palmater is ready to hit us with another must-read. The author of the Canada Reads 2015 finalist Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, Al-Solaylee looks at the politics of skin colour in his latest book, Brown.

Candy Palmater is the host of The Candy Palmater Show, airing Monday to Friday at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. NL. Listen to her conversation with Kamal Al-Solaylee on the show's website or find it below.

Why you should read Brown by Kamal Al-Solaylee:

"He's not talking about the experience about being black or being Indigenous, he's talking about the experience of shades of brown. His own experience is a unique one because his father is very light-skinned, almost what he would consider white in the Middle East, and his mother is Bedouin, so she has much darker skin. He digs down into class how skin colour affects class and how class affects skin colour. He was very honest in the book talking about his own self-loathing about struggling with the skin he was in, watching the movie Oliver on TV and seeing this beautiful white boy and having this realization that he would never look like that beautiful white boy. You get pieces of his life and his inner being throughout the book.

Whether you are living the experience of being brown or you're a Caucasian person who has never understood that, this is a great read. It's a story of skin colour and how it affects who we are. Because, really, how many of us are comfortable in the skin we are in?"

Candy Palmater's comments have been edited and condensed.


Kamal Al-Solaylee talks about shades of brown on The Candy Palmater Show:

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