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12 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week

Here's a round-up of the best book and author interviews on CBC Radio from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2019.

Here's a round-up of the best book and author interviews on CBC Radio from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, 2019.

Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin

Dual Citizens is a novel by Alix Ohlin. (House of Anansi Press)

Alix Ohlin's latest novel Dual Citizens tells the story of two sisters, Lark and Robin, whose intense co-dependent bond is cemented by their mother's wayward, selfish behaviour. Lark, the eldest, is an aspiring filmmaker, but is often overshadowed by her piano prodigy sister. Dual Citizens describes the story of their lives from Lark's perspective, exploring the ambitions, relationships and challenges faced by two female artists. 

Dual Citizens is a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Heard on: The Sunday Edition

A Matter of Malice by Thomas King

A Matter of Malice is a mystery novel by Thomas King. (Trina Koster, HarperCollins Canada)

In A Matter of Malice, Trudy Samuels's death was ruled accidental, but Nina Maslow, the producer of a true-crime television show, is determined to prove otherwise. After ex-cop Thumps DreadfulWater declines her request for help, Maslow ends up dead in the exact same way as Samuels. The coincidence prompts Thumps to take on the case. A Matter of Malice is the fourth book in Thomas King's popular DreadfulWater mystery series.

Heard on: Unreserved

The North-West Is Our Mother by Jean Teillet

The North-West Is Our Mother is a nonfiction book by Jean Teillet. (Ed Henderson, HarperCollins Canada)

Jean Teillet is a lawyer, Métis expert and the great-grandniece of Louis Riel. Her book The North-West Is Our Mother is a history of the Métis Nation. It begins in the early 1800s, when the Métis became known as fierce nomadic hunters, and continues to the resistance led by Riel to reclaim the land stolen from them. The story continues all the way to the present day as they fight for reconciliation and decolonization.

Heard on: The Sunday Edition

We Are Data by John Cheney-Lippold

We Are Data is a nonfiction book by John Cheney-Lippold. (University of Michigan, NYU Press)

Algorithms and digital technologies try to predict, and even influence, our behaviour on scales both large and small. In We Are Data, University of Michigan professor John Cheney-Lippold says the profiles that algorithms build of us are more reflective of how those companies want to see us, in ways that give value to them.     

Heard on: Spark

Inside Out by Demi Moore

Demi Moore's new memoir is called Inside Out. (Getty Images, Harper Collins)

For years, Demi Moore's life was scrutinized by paparazzi and splashed across the pages of glossy magazines. Now Moore is telling her own story in a new memoir, Inside Out, where explains why she — one of Hollywood's most successful actors — faced insecurity and inner turmoil for much of her life. 

Heard on: q

Life Undercover by Amaryllis Fox

Life Undercover is a memoir by Amaryllis Fox. (Doubleday Canada, Brent Bolthouse)

Amaryllis Fox was just 21 years old when, as a student at Georgetown University, she was recruited into the CIA. She quickly rose through the ranks to work undercover, infiltrating terrorist networks in the Middle East and Asia. In her memoir, Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA, Fox details her training —including living in a simulated world for six months, learning how to use a gun and how to withstand torture — and her years working undercover for the CIA.   

Heard on: The Current

We, the Survivors by Tash Aw

We, the Survivors is a novel by Tash Aw. (Associated Press/Alastair Grant, Hamish Hamilton Canada)

A senseless act of violence becomes part of a much larger story in Tash Aw's compelling new novel We, the Survivors. An ordinary, uneducated man, raised in poverty in rural Malaysia, tells a harrowing and sadly familiar tale of aspiration and struggle, leading to the murder of a migrant worker.

Heard on: Writers & Company

The Wake by Linden MacIntyre

The Wake is a nonfiction book by Linden MacIntyre. (Sinisa Jolic/CBC)

Linden MacIntyre is an award-winning journalist and novelist who worked on CBC's Fifth Estate for several years. He was born near a small Newfoundland village called St. Lawrence, a community that was almost wiped out by a tsunami in 1929. Twenty-eight people died, hundreds more were injured or left homeless and the town would never be the same again. After transitioning from fishing to mining, it was later discovered that the underground mine was radioactive and killed hundreds of miners. The Wake tells the story of how one wave changed everything for an entire community.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Season of Fury and Wonder by Sharon Butala

Season of Fury and Wonder is a short story collection by Sharon Butala. (Coteau Books)

Season of Fury and Wonder tells the stories of contemporary older women. Each story is inspired by or is a tribute to a short story by literature's most celebrated writers including Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Halfbreed by Maria Campbell

Maria Campbell is a Métis author, playwright, broadcaster, filmmaker and elder. (Ted Whitecalf, McClelland & Stewart)

Maria Campbell is a Métis author, playwright, broadcaster, filmmaker and elder. She is the author of the classic 1973 memoir Halfbreed, an account of her encounters with racism, poverty, oppression and tragedy.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Those Who Dwell Below by Aviaq Johnston

Those Who Dwell Below is a fantasy YA novel by Aviaq Johnston. (Inhabit Media)

After being trapped in a spirit world, a young shaman named Pitu returns to his life in the Arctic. When Pitu gets wind of a nearby community that is starving, he realizes he must travel to the depths of the ocean to meet with the sea goddess Nuliajuk. Those Who Dwell Below, written for readers 12 and up, is a sequel to Aviaq Johnston's debut novel, Those Who Run in the Skywhich was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — text.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

The Body by Bill Bryson

The Body is a nonfiction book by Bill Bryson. (Doubleday Canada, Catherine Williams/Submitted by Bill Bryson)

Bill Bryson is the bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and Notes from a Small Island. In his latest book, The Body: A Guide for OccupantsBryson is full of extraordinary facts and guides readers through the human body and how its complex network of systems function.  

Heard on: The Current

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