14 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week: Sept. 16-22, 2017

Heard about a book on the radio and can't wait to read it — but you can't remember the title? This list is for you!

Heard about a book on the radio and can't wait to read it — except you can't remember the title? Here are the books discussed on CBC Radio from Saturday, Sept. 16 to Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Is the book you're looking for not on this list? Email us cbcbooks@cbc.ca and we will do our best to track it down!

Augustown by Kei Miller

Kei Miller, author of the novel Augustown, is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. (Pantheon)

What it's about: Augustown revolves around the story of the real-life preacher Alexander Bedward — a largely mocked or forgotten figure — and features a cast of memorable characters, set in a fictionalized version of the real August Town, Jamaica.

Heard on: Writers & Company

The Dead Husband Project by Sarah Meehan Sirk

Sarah Meehan Sirk is the author of the short story collection The Dead Husband Project. (Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about:The Dead Husband Project is a collection of short stories that examines themes of love, death and yearning for connection.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Turning by Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee is the author of Turning. (Hamish Hamilton/Paul Capewell)

What it's about: Jessica J. Lee swam 52 lakes in 52 weeks while she was a PhD candidate studying in Berlin. She chronicled this journey in Turning: A Year in the Water.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose

Durga Chew-Bose is the author of the essay collection Too Much and Not the Mood. (Carrie Cheek/HarperCollins)

What it's about: Too Much and Not the Mood is an essay collection that examines identity and the world around her.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Inheritors of the Earth by Chris D. Thomas

(Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: Inheritors of the Earth argues that many species are taking advantage of opportunities created by humans, even thriving as they adapt to new environmental realities and fight back against extinction.

Heard on: The Current

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

The Golden House is the 13th novel from the famed author. (Moskowitz/salmanrushdie.com/Penguin Random House)

What it's about: The Golden House focuses on the wealthy Golden family during the presidency of Barack Obama —and features an unconventional presidential run by an anti-hero.

Heard on: q

No is a Four-Letter Word by Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho in Studio q with Tom Power. (Melody Lau)

What it's about: Chris Jericho has discovered 20 life lessons that have been the key to his success and he wants to pass them along in his new book.

Heard on: q

Deer Life by Ron Sexsmith

Deer Life is Canadian musician Ron Sexsmith's first foray into fiction. (Dundurn Press)

What it's about: Deryn Hedlight never believed in witches, until he came afoul of a particularly nasty one. Ron Sexsmith's debut novel tells the story of a reluctant hero and his mother's unconditional love.

Heard on: q

All We Leave Behind by Carol Off

Carol Off is the host of CBC's As It Happens and author of All We Leave Behind. (CBC)

What it's about: All We Leave Behind is about Carol Off's efforts to help bring a family that was being targeted by warlords from Afghanistan to Canada.

Heard on: The Current

Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing by Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet has a condition known as synesthesia, where he sees words as numbers. (Hachette Book Group Canada/Copyright © 2017 Jérôme Tabet)

What it's about: For Daniel Tammet, words, numbers, pictures and emotions all intermingle in his mind. His new book, Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing, explores a new way of understanding language.

Heard on: The Current

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

Physicist Max Tegmark is part of a group of intellectuals and futurists. (Max Tegmark/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence explores why physicist Max Tegmark is confident that we will develop an artificial intelligence that will be far smarter than we are.

Heard on: Quirks & Quarks

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero

What it's about: The Disaster Artist tells the story of the best worst film ever made, from the perspective of Greg Sestero, one of the movie's stars and a friend of the film's writer, director and producer, Tommy Wiseau.

Heard on: Day 6

Down Inside by Robert Clark

Robert Clark's new book Down Inside: Thirty Years in Canada's Prison Service. (Goose Lane Editions/John Moore/Getty Images)

What it's about: Robert Clark, who has worked as a journalist and in the Canadian prison system, has documented his experiences and shared his perspective on what is right and wrong about our prisons.

Heard on: The Sunday Edition

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter is the author of The History of White People. (Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: Nell Irvin Painter is an eminent American historian who made the story of the white race the subject of her landmark book The History of White People.

Heard on: The Sunday Edition


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