Bruce Walsh from U of R Press shares book suggestions

Bruce Walsh has a bag full of books that he thinks would make great presents for this Christmas. There's everything from short, non-fiction essays to an international thriller.

Give the gift of a great read this holiday

Bruce Walsh is the director of University of Regina Press. (Coreen Larson)
For Bruce Walsh, books are his business and a big love in his life. He's the director of University of Regina Press.  

Walsh stopped by the Morning Edition to show host Sheila Coles some books he thinks would make great presents to put under the tree this year.

Fifteen Dogs
by André Alexis

Walsh says this Giller award winner is a great, short read for busy people.

The plot: after drinking at a Toronto tavern, the Greek gods Hermes and Apollo make a bet that ends up with them giving a group of dogs each a human conscience.

The Place of Shining Light by Nazneen Sheikh

This contemporary novel tells the story of three men in pursuit of a stolen Buddhist statue.

It takes place in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and Walsh says it's a "real thriller." 

12 Rose Street by Gail Bowen

Walsh calls Gail Bowen "the queen of Canadian mysteries." 

In this latest book, her character of Joanne Kilbourn is back in the 15th installment of this best-selling series.

This time, Kilbourn's husband is running for mayor of Regina. As usual for Bowen, this book is full of local landmarks.

The Education of Augie Merasty by Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter:  

The book came from a number of letters Joseph (Augie) Merasty wrote to David Carpenter over years.

Merasty was one of 150,000 children taken from their families and sent to residential schools where he experienced both emotional and physical abuse.  

The National Post ranked this book number four on its list of the best books of 2015.

Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton 

Walsh says this is a great book for non-readers but anyone would enjoy it.

You may know the famous, online portrait series where Brandon Stanton takes photos of people and asks them to share small stories from their lives.

This book is a collection of those stories.

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

It was a big trend this year and colouring books for adults are still popular.

This particular colouring book includes intricate illustrations of fish, shipwrecks, coral reefs, mermaids and more. 

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

This short book is collection of essays by Dr. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and author. Sacks is best known for his book Awakenings which was made into a movie.

This book tackles the issues of age and death as Sacks battles cancer.  His last essay in the book was published two weeks before his death.

Walsh says this book will resonate with a lot of people.

Ru by Kim Thúy

This award winning book is a series of vignettes that tell the story of a young woman forced to leave Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Walsh says this book is particularly poignant right now as it looks at what it's like to be a refugee plus the difficulties of coming to Canada and trying to fit in. 


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