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Generation X

The year was 1991. Grunge music was making it's popular breaktrhough. And the novel, Generation X:Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland hit the book shelves. It went on to change the way people viewed an entire generation. Nearly two decades later, we take another look at the novel with our multi-generational book club.


Hanna Button studies International Relations and French at Mount Allison University. She was born in 1988. Stephen Brander is co-owner of the Moncton advertising company, Razor Creative. He was born in 1968. Bob Osborne owns and operates Corn Hill Nursery. He was born in 1949. They spoke with Dave MacDonald who, by the way, was born in 1965.

Part One: X marks the spot. Our CBC Book Club reviews Douglas Coupland's 1991 breakout novel. Listen to Millennial Hanna Button, Xer Stephen Brander and Boomer Bob Osborne.

Part Two: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Our CBC Gen X Book Club explores generational tension.

Part Three: Stephen, Hanna and Bob discuss the language of Generation X

Part Four: Boomers had Woodstock. Xers had MTV. In Part Four, Stephen, Hanna and Bob talk about the symbols that capture the zeitgeist of a generation.

Part Five: Our CBC Book Club delivers it's final word on the relevance of the 1991 Douglas Coupland novel.

Douglas Coupland's Generation X is one of the contenders in this year's Canada Reads competition. You can catch Canada Reads - hosted by Jian Ghomeshi - this week (March 8-12) at 11:30 am and 7:30 pm on CBC Radio One - 106.1 FM in Moncton.

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