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2022 Juno Award nominee Alan Doyle loved reading The Story of Bobby O'Malley by Wayne Johnston

The Canadian musician shares a book that influenced his life and career. The 2022 Juno Awards will air live from Toronto on May 15, 2022 on CBC-TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and CBC Listen.

'This novel taught me it was not just ok to be myself'

Alan Doyle is a Canadian musician and author. (Oberon Press, Dave Howells)

The annual Juno Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in Canadian music. Hosted by Canadian actor Simu Liu, the 2022 Juno Awards will air live from Toronto on May 15, 2022 on CBC-TV, CBC GemCBC Radio OneCBC Music and CBC Listen.

CBC Books asked Juno nominees to share their favourite books. Alan Doyle, the lead singer of Great Big Sea, is a musician, an author of books such as All Together Now, an actor and a proud Newfoundlander.

The East Coast legend is nominated in the traditional roots album category for his solo album Back to the Harbour. 

Doyle connected with CBC Books and recommended the book The Story of Bobby O'Malley by Wayne Johnston

"I first read The Story of Bobby O'Malley in my mid-teens. It was the first book of fiction I ever read about a young life that took place just a decent walk from where I grew up.

This novel taught me it was not just ok to be myself and write about things I knew, but in fact, essential to do so.

"Til then, I had only read books of fiction from other places, and was blown away that my backyard could serve as a setting for an 'Honest to God' novel. 

"Along with Ron Hynes songs, and Codco's comedy, this novel taught me it was not just ok to be myself and write about things I knew, but in fact, essential to do so."

Watch the video for Back Home on the Island by Alan Doyle

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