16 books you heard about on CBC Radio this week

These are some of the books discussed on national CBC Radio shows between June9-15, 2018.

These are some of the books discussed on national CBC Radio shows between June 9-15, 2018.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline's YA novel The Marrow Thieves will be defended by Jully Black. (CBC)

What it's about: The Marrow Thieves unveils a world where non-Indigenous people lose the ability to dream. To regain their dreams, they hunt and then harvest the bone marrow of Indigenous people. It's a story that has struck a chord with critics and readers. It was defended by Jully Black on Canada Reads 2018.

Heard on: Unreserved

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga highlights the lives of seven Indigenous teachers in Seven Fallen Feathers. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star/House of Anansi)

What it's about: Seven Fallen Feathers investigates the deaths of seven Indigenous students in Thunder Bay, Ont. The students were hundreds of kilometres away from home, forced to attend school in an unfamiliar city and were ultimately found dead in the region.

Heard on: Unreserved

I Am Woman by Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is a Canadian First Nations Coast Salish poet and author. (Columpa Carmen Bobb Photography/Press Gang)

What it's about: Published in 1988, Lee Maracle's seminal book is a harsh condemnation of racism and sexism in Canada. The book is a representation of her personal struggle with womanhood and race and brings to light the impact colonialism has had on Indigenous women.

Heard on: Unreserved

 Just Let Me Look At You by Bill Gaston

In Just Let Me Look At You, Bill Gaston writes about his relationship with his father. (Hamish Hamilton/Jen Steele)

What it's about: Bill Gaston had a stormy relationship with his father. Gaston Sr. was a heavy drinker with a dark side, but the one thing that bound father and son was a love and reverence for fishing. Gaston writes about this relationship in the memoir Just Let Me Look At You.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

A Promise is a Promise by Michael Kusugak & Robert Munsch

A Promise Is A Promise turns 30 in 2018. It was Michael Kusugak's first book. (

What it's about: A Promise is a Promise is a classic children's book that re-tells the Inuit story about a sea monster called the Qallupilluit.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

Sister of Mine is a psychological thriller by Ryerson University professor Laurie Petrou. (Submitted by Laurie Petrou)

What it's about: Sister of Mine is a thriller that tells the story of two sisters bound by a dark secret that becomes heavier and heavier as the years go by.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Strangers by David A. Robertson

In the novel Strangers, a young man returns home to find his community in shambles. (David A. Robertson/Highwater Press)

What it's about: Cole Harper is called back to Wounded Sky First Nation a decade after a terrible event forced him out. The community he returns to is reeling from a series of recent murders and a terrible plague that is ripping through residents. Harper gets help from his oldest friends, plus an unhelpful spirit, to find his purpose.

Heard on: The Next Chapter

Everything I Don't Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri 

Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Eleanor Wachtel pictured together at the 2018 Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal. (CBC)

What it's about: Everything I Don't Remember deals with loss, memory and cultural diversity in contemporary Stockholm. It won Sweden's top literary honour, the August Prize, for best Swedish fiction book of the year.

Heard on: Writers & Company

The Home For Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Joanna Goodman's novel, The Home for Unwanted Girls, examines the social history of 1950s Quebec. (Stacey Van Berkel, HarperCollins)

What it's about: In The Home for Unwanted Girls, Joanna Goodman looks back at a period in Quebec history when unwed mothers were forced to give their children up for adoption. The novel follows the story of a teenage girl forced by her family to give up her baby. Years later, both she and her daughter search to find each other. 

Heard on: q

How Not To Be A Boy by Robert Webb

Robert Webb spoke to Tom Power about his memoir, How Not to Be a Boy. (Vivian Rashotte, CBC/Canongate Books)

What it's about: Comedian Robert Webb grew up in a blue collar village in the North of England during the 1970s and 1980s, surrounded by a lot of traditionally macho guys, like his dad and older brothers. He spent his youth planning the ways he wanted to be different from them. For instance, he wanted to go to Cambridge University and become an actor and a writer. He shares his journey in his new memoir, How Not To Be A Boy.

Heard on: q

Calypso by David Sedaris

David Sedaris' new book Calypso is out now. (Ingrid Christie, Little, Brown and Company)

What it's about: David Sedaris is back with a new collection of essays called Calypso. In this book, Sedaris wrestles with middle age and mortality. 

Heard on: q

Oscar by Mauricio Segura

Jael Richardson's book pick this week is Oscar by Mauricio Segura. (Tonseg, Biblioasis Press)

What it's about: Oscar, translated from French by Donald Winkler, is a novel about the life of legendary Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.

Heard on: q

​Dead Men's Trousers by Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh's latest novel Dead Men's Trousers is out now. (Getty Images/Random House UK)

What it's about: Trainspotting characters are back, but not for long. In the early 1990s, Irvine Welsh created these characters — heroin addicts all struggling to get by in Edinburgh, Scotland — and he's continued their story through several more novels over the last two decades. The latest is called Dead Men's Trousers

Heard on: q

There There by Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is a writer based in California. (Random House)

What it's about: In his debut novel, Tommy Orange paints a kaleidoscopic picture of what it means to exist as a Native American in a sprawling urban landscape. 

Heard on: q

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh

American soldiers look over the remains of a home in My Lai, South Vietnam in this Jan. 8, 1970 file photo. (AP; Knopf Publishers)

What it's about: Seymour Hersh is an investigative journalist that broke stories like the massacre in My Lai that took place during the Vietnam War. Hersch recalls this story and his career, life and legacy in his new memoir, Reporter: A Memoir

Heard on: The Current

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon's new book of essays, Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces, is out now. (David Butow/Redux, HarperCollins)

What it's about: In a new collection of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon contemplates fatherhood from both sides of the looking glass: as the father of four children who are just beginning to find their way in the world, and as the son of a father who's approaching life's end.

Heard on: q


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