The Next Chapterwith Shelagh Rogers


Listen to the Canada Reads authors on The Next Chapter

Cherie Dimaline, Mark Sakamoto, Omar El Akkad, Sharon Bala and Craig Davidson join Shelagh Rogers before the Canada Reads debates, which take place March 26-29, 2018.

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The Next Chapter has a feature called "If you liked that, you'll love this..." where our columnists match an international book to a Canadian alternative. We want to hear your suggestions!
Proust Questionnaire

Lee Maracle highlights her everyday heroines and favourite literary character

The groundbreaking Indigenous writer reveals why Anna Karenina is her favourite character in fiction, her idea of perfect happiness and more.

Elisabeth de Mariaffi explores the dark fairy tales of her childhood in her novel Hysteria

Elisabeth de Mariaffi on her new thriller, which combines the dark side of fairy tales with the dark side of the American Dream in the 1950s.

How David Demchuk's horror novel The Bone Mother taps into our fears and superstitions

David Demchuk on his horror novel The Bone Mother, a book of interconnected stories where myth and reality intersect.

Mary Steer on why if you liked The Little Paris Bookshop, you'll love The Summer of Permanent Wants

Author Mary Steer tells The Next Chapter why she thinks that The Summer of Permanent Wants is a perfect Canadian companion to The Little Paris Bookshop.
Dog-Eared Reads

Ruth B. on the ageless charm of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Juno nominee Ruth B. on why she likes rereading the second book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Dog-Eared Reads

Musician Vince Fontaine on his musical and cultural connection with A Newfoundlander in Canada

Member of Juno Awards nominated group Indian City recommends Alan Doyle's memoir.

How Allan Hawco and Lisa Moore brought the novel Caught to life on television

Allan Hawco and Lisa Moore on his adaptation of her novel as a five-part TV series, airing on CBC.

How Canada Reads finalist Cherie Dimaline found hope in a dystopian future

The Canada Reads 2018 finalist discusses the inspiration behind her dystopian novel The Marrow Thieves.

Elizabeth Renzetti on the importance of sharing the microphone in feminism

The Globe and Mail columnist discusses her book of essays, Shrewed, which draws on her decades of reporting on feminist issues.
Bedside Books

The Dears' keyboardist Natalia Yanchak on the far-out yet resonant novel The End, by Anna

Natalia Yanchak reviews A. Light Zachary's small but mighty novel.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why novelist Brad Smith will never tire of John Steinbeck's classic The Grapes of Wrath

The author of The Return of Kid Cooper on why he rereads John Steinbeck's novel every few years.

How Canada Reads finalist Omar El Akkad unintentionally mirrors the U.S. political climate in his new book

The novel American War is being defended by Tahmoh Penikett on Canada Reads 2018.
Proust Questionnaire

Cartoonist Jeff Lemire shares the artists who inspire him and his perfect idea of happiness

The graphic novelist and cartoonist behind Secret Path and Essex County answers the Proust Questionnaire.
Dog-Eared Reads

Why poet Kai Cheng Thom re-reads a 1980s YA fantasy series every year

The author of the poetry collection, a place called No Homeland, talks about the role Tamora Pierce's YA fantasy series The Song of the Lioness played in her life.
Books + Music

Treasa Levasseur on why Rheostatics named an album after Paul Quarrington's novel Whale Music

The singer-songwriter shares the real story behind the connection between the novel and the album of the same name.

How spending 20 years in a small P.E.I. community inspired Hilary MacLeod's murder mystery series

The author talks about the village that inspired her Shores mysteries series.

Why Tyrell Johnson wrote a post-apocalyptic story set in the Yukon wilderness

The author of The Wolves of Winter talks about his literary debut and exploring humanity through his work.
Canada Reads 2018

How Canada Reads finalist Mark Sakamoto's grandparents' stories of survival shaped him

Forgiveness is being defended by Jeanne Beker on Canada Reads 2018.
Canada Reads 2018

Canada Reads finalist Craig Davidson shares the lessons he learned driving a school bus

The experience inspired the memoir Precious Cargo, which is being defended by Greg Johnson on Canada Reads 2018.

How a forgotten file on Patrick Lane's computer became his new novel

The award-winning poet and fiction writer discusses his latest novel, Deep River Night , which is set in a sawmill community in the B.C. interior in 1960.
Book Report

Antanas Sileika looks at the ethics of bringing extinct species back to life in Britt Wray's book

The Next Chapter columnist reviews Rise of the Necrofauna: the Science, Ethics and Risks of De-extinction.
Canada Reads 2018

How a news headline inspired Sharon Bala's debut novel, The Boat People

The Boat People is being defended by Mozhdah Jamalzadah on Canada Reads 2018.

How growing up in St. Lucia nurtured poet Canisia Lubrin's imagination

The poetry collection Voodoo Hypothesis was informed by her experience growing up in the diaspora, explores race, oppression and colonialism through a folkloric lens.