15 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week

Here's a round-up of the best book and author interviews from CBC Radio from June 1-6, 2019.

Here's a round-up of the best book and author interviews from CBC Radio from June 1-6, 2019.

The Age of Walls by Tim Marshall

The Age of Walls is a nonfiction book by Tim Marshall. (Gregory Bull, Associated Press, Simon & Schuster)

A former diplomatic editor at Sky News in the United Kingdom, Tim Marshall has reported from conflict zones around the world. His latest book, The Age of Walls, examines how the increasing presence of physical barriers between nations is changing the world. 

Heard on: The Sunday Edition

Consumer Management in the Internet Age by Joshua Sperber

Consumer Management in the Internet Age is a book by Joshua Sperber. (Lexington Books,

In Consumer Management in the Internet Age, Joshua Sperber analyzes how our culture of online customer reviews on sites like Yelp and Rate My Professors inadvertently create a "surveillance state" for college teachers and employees in the service industry. 

Heard on: Spark

How to Lose a Country by Ece Temelkuran

How to Lose a Country is a nonfiction book by Ece Telemkuran. (Sean Gallup, Getty Images, Fourth Estate)

Turkish political analyst and journalist Ece Temelkuran has documented the rise of populist and nationalist sentiments in Europe and the Middle East and warns that the same is happening in the West. How to Lose a Country discusses the early signs of the phenomenon and offers alternatives to the pressing political questions of our time. 

Heard on: The Current

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

Mariko Tamaki is the author of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me. The book is illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. (Shawnee Custalow, House of Anansi Press)

The latest graphic novel from award-winning author Mariko Tamaki, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me is the story of teenagers Freddy Riley and her girlfriend, Laura Dean. Freddy must find a way to leave their toxic relationship behind and forge positive bonds with the other people in her life.    

Heard on: q

Cloud 3.0 edited by Lisa R. Lifshitz and John A. Rothchild

Cloud 3.0 is a nonfiction book edited by Lisa R. Lifshitz and John A. Rothchild. (, American Bar Association)

Cloud 3.0 looks at the who is legally responsible when an artificial intelligence commits what amounts to a crime. The books is a guide full of best practices, advice and guidance for those looking to understand and draft cloud computing agreements.

Heard on: Spark

Leaving the Witness by Amber Scorah

Amber Scorah has written about losing her faith in her new book Leaving The Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life. (Submitted by Penguin Random House)

Amber Scorah was a Jehovah's Witness in Shanghai, trying to bring new converts on board. But then she left — both the country and the faith. Her new book, Leaving the Witness, chronicles why and how she got out, lost her faith, and found a new life.

Heard on: The Current

Naturally Tan by Tan France

Tan France’s new memoir is called Naturally Tan and it’s out now. (Getty Images, Raincoast Books)

As one of the "Fab Five" on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye, fashion expert Tan France helps people become better versions of themselves. His memoir, Naturally Tan, details his own journey of acceptance and overcoming some persistent and painful childhood experiences.   

Heard on: q

The Demise of Selma the Spoiled by Evangeline Lilly, illustrated by Rodrigo Bastos Didier

The Demise of Selma the Spoiled is a children's book by Evangeline Lilly and illustrated by Rodrigo Bastos Didier. (CBC, Titan Books)

In the second book of her The Squickerwonkers series for children, Evangeline Lilly continues the story of Selma the Spoiled and her travelling band of outcasts as they inherit her Gramp's wealth and leave their lives behind to enjoy their newfound riches.  

Heard on: q

I Am a Body of Land by Shannon Webb-Campbell

Shannon Webb-Campbell's new book, I Am a Body of Land will be out in early 2019. (Book*Hug, Shannon Webb-Campbell)

When Shannon Webb-Campbell published her poetry collection Who Took My Sister? she thought she was honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. But family members of the victims didn't see it that way. The book was pulled, and the poet and her publisher apologized. Because of this controversy, Webb-Campbell spent a year remaking her book alongside Lee Maracle to examine issues of accountability and harm reduction. 

Heard on: The Next Chapter

A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan

A Deadly Divide is a novel by Ausma Zehanat Khan. (Alan Klehr, Raincoast Books)

Ausma Zehanat Khan was inspired by the recent wave of mass shootings in places of worship: the Easter Sunday church bombings in Sri Lanka, the Christ Church mosque attacks in New Zealand and the Quebec City mosque shooting in 2017. In A Deadly DivideMuslim cop Esa Khattak and his partner are called to Quebec in the aftermath of a mass shooting. To discover the truth, they have to unravel threads of fear, racism and politics.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

How a Poem Moves by Adam Sol

Adam Sol's new collection of essays gives readers a guide to enjoying poetry. (Mark Raynes, ECW Press)

Adam Sol is an award-winning scholar and poet who knows that reading and interpreting a poem can be an intimidating process. He's written a new collection of essays, How a Poem Moveswhich is a guide to learning how to enjoy poetry.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Heft by Doyali Islam

heft is the latest poetry collection by Toronto poet Doyali Islam. (CBC, McClelland & Stewart)

Award-winning poet Doyali Islam's latest poetry collection, heft, looks at the nature of illness, pain and sexuality and explores the notion of home in light of chronic pain and suspected autoimmune illness.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

The Pity of War by Niall Ferguson

The Pity of War is a nonfiction book by Niall Ferguson. (Dewald Aukema, Basic Books)

The Pity of War is an iconoclastic study of the First World War, which puts forth a compelling and controversial argument about the events that led to the start of the conflict.

Heard on: Writers & Company

Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan

Paris 1919 is a nonfiction book by Margaret MacMillan. (Greg Smolonkis, Penguin Random House Canada)

The award-winning book, Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, is an ambitious and highly readable account of the peace process.

Heard on: Writers & Company

Quarrels by Eve Joseph

Quarrels is a poetry collection by Eve Joseph. (, Anvil Press)

Quarrels, is a slim volume of prose poems, that collects a series of vivid scenes evoking both the ordinary and the fantastic. Characters drift in and out of the book without explanation or apology, but always leaving their mark.

Heard on: q


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