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23 Canadian books for the memoir lover this holiday season

Books make great gifts for everyone! Here are 23 Canadian titles for those who love reading about other people's lives.

Books make great gifts for everyone! Here are 23 Canadian titles for those who love reading about other people's lives.

Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley

Run Towards the Danger is by Sarah Polley (George Pimentel/WIREIMAGE/Getty Images, Penguin Random House)

In this collection of essays, actor, screenwriter and director Sarah Polley reflects on the pieces of her life and the fallibility of memory. From stage fright to high risk childbirth, Polley contemplates these events and how she remembers them. In struggling with the aftermath of a concussion, she must retrain her mind to find a new path forward.

Run Towards the Danger is a book about learning, changing and what it's like to live in one's body.

Polley is an Oscar-nominated Canadian actor, screenwriter and director. Her first feature-length film, Away from Her, was adapted from the Alice Munro story The Bear Came Over the Mountain and was nominated for the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. Her other films include Stories We Tell and Take This Waltz. 

LISTEN | Sarah Polley reflects on her life and career:

From her beginnings as a young performer, to becoming an internationally acclaimed filmmaker herself, Sarah Polley has made bold, unusual choices in her work. Her first feature film, Away from Her, won multiple awards, while her personal documentary, Stories We Tell, was included in the Top Ten Canadian Films of All Time. Now she’s published a powerful collection of personal essays called Run Towards the Danger. They probe some of the most difficult experiences she has faced.

The Last Good Funeral of the Year by Ed O'Loughlin

Ed O'Loughlin is the author of The Last Good Funeral of the Year. ( Rodwell, House of Anansi Press)

After Ed O'Loughlin hears that an old friend has died young, he begins to rethink his life. In his search for meaning, O'Loughlin reflects on his early days, young love, the journalists and photographers with whom he covered wars in Africa and the Middle East, the suicide of his brother, his new life as an author and the mysteries of memory, aging, and loss. 

O'Loughlin is a Toronto-born author and journalist. His other books include the novels Not Untrue and Not Unkind, This Edenand Minds of Winterwhich was a finalist for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

LISTEN | Ed O'Loughlin discusses The Last Good Funeral of the Year on The Next Chapter:

The novelist and former foreign correspondent Ed O'Loughlin on his memoir The Last Good Funeral of the Year.

We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu

We Were Dreamers is a book by Simu Liu. (HarperCollins Publishers)

In We Were Dreamers, Simu Liu details his journey from China to Canada to Hollywood, where he becomes the star of Marvel's first Asian superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Born in China, Liu's parents brought him to Canada when he was just four years old. As he grows up, he gets top marks in school, participates in national math competitions and makes his parents proud. But less than a year out of college and disillusioned with the life laid out for him, Liu is determined to carve out his own path.

Liu is an actor and writer best known for his work on Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience. He lives in Los Angeles and Toronto.

LISTEN | Why Simu Liu is sharing his story now:

Canadian actor Simu Liu rose to international fame after being cast in the Marvel blockbuster Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. At 33-years-old, the former star of CBC's Kim's Convenience has penned a memoir called We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, which goes well beyond Hollywood headlines. His real-life story doesn't gloss over family strife and violence, the weight of diverse representation in Hollywood and his own missteps along the way. He opens up to Piya Chattopadhyay about all of that and the hope his story will inspire others to pursue their dreams in the face of uncertainty.

Stories I Might Regret Telling You by Martha Wainwright

Stories I Might Regret Telling You is a book by Martha Wainwright. (Flatiron Books, Cathy Irving/CBC)

In her memoir, Martha Wainwright reflects on her tumultuous public life, her competitive relationship with her brother and the loss of her mother. She writes about finding her voice as an artist, becoming a mother herself and making peace with the past. Stories I Might Regret Telling You offers a thoughtful and deeply personal look into the life of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in music today.

Wainwright is a Canadian musician and artist. She is the daughter of folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III and sister of singer Rufus Wainwright. She lives in Montreal.

LISTEN | Why Martha Wainwright is sharing her family's story:

Singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright isn't afraid to go there. In her new memoir, Stories I Might Regret Telling You, Wainwright – the daughter of folk musicians Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III – offers a candid look at her life growing up in a family full of famous musicians and making her own path in the business. In The Sunday Magazine's first in-studio interview, Wainwright opens up about things that she says don't get talked about enough, from abortion and divorce to motherhood and living with grief. She tells Piya Chattopadhyay why she's compelled to share so much of herself – and treats listeners to a pair of musical performances.

Son of Elsewhere by Elamin Abdelmahmoud

(Kyla Zanardi, Penguin Random House)

In his memoir, Elamin Abdelmahmoud recounts his experience leaving his native Sudan and moving to Kingston, Ont. Like all teens, he spent his adolescence trying to figure out who he was, but he had to do it while learning to balance a new racial identity and all the assumptions that came with being Black and Muslim. Son of Elsewhere explores how our experiences and environments can define our identity and who we truly are. 

Abdelmahmoud is the host of CBC's weekly pop culture podcast Pop Chat, co-host of CBC's political podcast Party Lines and a frequent culture commentator for CBC News. He will host the upcoming CBC Radio show Commotion. He's a culture writer for BuzzFeed News, where he also writes Incoming, the daily morning newsletter.

LISTEN | How Canada became home for Elamin Abdelmahmoud:

Elamin Abdelmahmoud has become a familiar face and voice to many Canadians. He's the host of CBC's Pop Chat and Party Lines podcasts. He's also known for his culture writing and political commentary. Now Abdelmahmoud is telling his own story in a new book, Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. His essays explore the culture shock he felt immigrating to Canada from Sudan as 12-year-old, how he carved out his identity and figured out his place in the world. He tells Piya Chattopadhyay how becoming a fan of professional wrestling and the teen drama The O.C. helped him navigate cultural barriers as an adolescent in Kingston, Ontario — and why country music and the American south speak to him as an adult.

Namwayut by Chief Robert Joseph

Namwayut is a book by Chief Robert Joseph. (Page Two, Reconciliation Canada)

Namwayut follows Chief Robert Joseph — the Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk and a globally recognized peace-builder — as he takes readers on a journey, starting with his childhood surviving residential school to his current role as a leader. Chief Joseph teaches readers about honour and respect for the truth of stories, so they can discover how to dismantle the walls of discrimination, hatred and racism.

Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk People, an Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and the Chair of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation. He received the 2016 Indspire Lifetime Achievement Award. 

LISTEN | Chief Robert Joseph reflects on his life and legacy:

Chief Robert Joseph talks to Shelagh Rogers about his book, Namwayut.

Ducks by Kate Beaton

(Morgan Murray, Drawn & Quarterly)

Ducks is an autobiographical graphic novel that recounts author Kate Beaton's time spent working in the Alberta oil sands. With the goal of paying off her student loans, Katie leaves her tight-knit seaside Nova Scotia community and heads west, where she encounters harsh realities, including the everyday trauma that no one discusses.

Kate Beaton is a cartoonist from Nova Scotia who launched her career by publishing the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant online. The sassy historical webcomic gained a following of 500,000 monthly visitors and was eventually turned into a bestselling book. Beaton's success continued with the comic book Step Aside, Pops!, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered Beaton the 2016 Eisner Award for best humour publication. Beaton has also published two children's books, King Baby and The Princess and the Pony.

LISTEN | Kate Beaton discusses Ducks with Shelagh Rogers:

Kate Beaton talks to Shelagh Rogers about her graphic memoir, Ducks.

Jennie's Boy by Wayne Johnston

Jennie's Boy is a memoir by Wayne Johnston. (Knopf Canada, Mark Raynes Roberts)

The latest book from storyteller and novelist Wayne Johnston is a sad, tender and funny memoir of his childhood in Newfoundland. At seven years old, Johnston was sick and too skinny. He had insomnia and a cough that wouldn't go away, despite the doctors removing his tonsils, adenoids and appendix in an effort to cure him. Jennie's Boy, named after Johnston's mother, is his tribute to his family and a community that were incredibly protective, but also tired of making allowances for him. 

Wayne Johnston is a writer from Newfoundland. His novels include The Divine RyansA World ElsewhereThe Custodian of ParadiseThe Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. His 1999 memoir Baltimore's Mansion won him the RBC Taylor Prize. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a 2003 Canada Reads finalist, when it was defended by now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His most recent novel is The Mystery of Right and Wrong.

LISTEN | Wayne Johnston talks to Shelagh Rogers about Jennie's Boy:

Wayne Johnston talks to Shelagh Rogers about his book, Jennie's Boy: A Newfoundland Childhood.

Is There Bacon in Heaven? by Ali Hassan

Is There Bacon in Heaven? is a memoir by Ali Hassan. (Fouad Hassan, Simon & Schuster)

In this comedic memoir, Canadian comedian Ali Hassan looks back at growing up as a chameleon. He had friends from multiple different countries and religions, but also played hockey and knew Neil Young songs. He could blend in everywhere. But the world — and his Muslim Pakistani family and community — has a funny way of reminding you who you are. In Is There Bacon in Heaven?, Hassan shares his life-long journey to becoming a cultural Muslim, learning to embrace his heritage while following his passions.

Ali Hassan is a Canadian actor, comedian, host of CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud and frequent guest host of Q and As It Happens. He is also the host of Canada Reads. He has recurring roles on the television series Run the BurbsOdd Squad and Working Moms. He's performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto and his solo show, Muslim, Interrupted, was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

LISTEN | Why Ali Hassan is sharing his story:

Ali Hassan has long entertained us as a comedian and actor on stage, in films and of course on CBC Radio and TV shows including Laugh Out Loud, Canada Reads and Run the Burbs. Now, Hassan is sharing a more personal side of his life in a new memoir called "Is There Bacon in Heaven?" — which charts his upbringing in Montreal as a second-generation Canadian in the 1980s, his struggle to belong and understand who he is in relation to his Muslim-Pakistani heritage and his complicated love affair with pork. He joins Chattopadhyay to reflect on identity, the trials of fatherhood and the role of comedy in his life.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is a book by Matthew Perry. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, Raincoast Books)

Known to the world as Chandler Bing from the beloved sitcom Friends, Matthew Perry reflects on his life, from his childhood in a less-than-perfect family to behind the scenes of the hit sitcom to his struggles with addiction and eventual recovery in his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. Now, having found peace in his sobriety, Perry uses humour and heart to share stories about the lessons and people he's come across along the way, including a closer look at the real-life friendships he maintains with his Friends cast mates. 

Perry is a Canadian American actor, executive producer and comedian. He is best known for playing Chandler Bing on the hit television sitcom Friends

LISTEN | Why Matthew Perry wants to be known for more than Friends:

In his new memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Matthew Perry opens up about his decades-long addiction to alcohol and opiates. The Friends star joined Tom Power to share his incredible story of survival and why he’s now turned his energy to helping others.

The Mother of All Degrassi by Linda Schuyler

A middle-aged white woman with short blonde hair and bangs sits on a director's chair that is faced away from camera, holding a movie clapperboard. She is wearing a red leather jacket and is turned to face camera. The book cover beside this image features a black and white photo of a woman with curly hair and large, square glasses looking up and to the right. The title of the book appears over the photo with the word "Degrassi" in larger, yellow and purple block font.
The Mother of All Degrassi is a book by Linda Schuyler. (Epitome Pictures, ECW Press)

The co-creator and executive producer of the long-running television series DegrassiLinda Schuyler shares her personal stories about what it took to make it as a woman entrepreneur in the independent Canadian television industry of the early 1980s in her memoir The Mother of All Degrassi. Through sharing stories, insights and some behind-the-scenes memories from the Degrassi set, Schuyler reflects on the lessons she learned along the way. 

Linda Schuyler is the executive producer and co-creator of over 500 episodes of the multi-award-winning Degrassi television franchise. She is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto.

LISTEN | Linda Schuyler reflects on the lasting influence of Degrassi:

Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler spoke with guest host Talia Schlanger about her new memoir, The Mother Of All Degrassi, which details how she went from being a Toronto high school teacher to an award-winning television producer.

No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot by Wes Hall

A headshot of a bald, black man in a blue suit with a white collared shirt is beside the book cover for No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot. The book cover features a black boy in a blue collared-shirt, a black belt with a big circular buckle and blue and white plaid, flared pants looks down, eyes averted from the camera. On top of the photo, the text reads "Wes Hall, No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot, My rise from a Jamaican plantation shack to the boardrooms of Bay Street."
No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot is a book by Wes Hall. (CBC, Random House Canada)

Wes Hall's memoir No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot traces his childhood in Jamaica where he was raised by his grandmother and experienced abuse at the hands of his mother to his move to Canada where he eventually went on to become a major entrepreneur and philanthropist. Starting out in a law firm mail room, Hall's resilience paved the way for his life as a business leader while the roadblocks he faced, including racism and discrimination, forged his commitment to justice. 

Hall is a Jamaican-Canadian business leader and business school instructor. His podcast, Between Us with Wes Hall, features conversations on systemic racism with leaders of colour. He is the founder of the anti-Black racism initiative BlackNorth and one of the investors on the hit CBC series Dragons' Den.

LISTEN | Why it's important for Wes Hall to give back to the Black business community:

Wes Hall was raised by his grandmother in a tin-roof shack in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, before moving to Canada as a teenager and working to become one of the country’s most successful corporate leaders. He tells the story in his new memoir, No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot: My Rise from a Jamaican Plantation Shack to the Boardrooms of Bay Street.

Boldly Go by William Shatner, with Joshua Brandon

The book title, in light-blue text, reads "Boldly Go" at the top of the black cover. In white text, "William Shatner with Joshua Brandon" is in the centre and underneath, the subtitle in light blue reads "Reflections of a Life of Awe And Wonder." In between each section of text is a gold line.
Boldly Go is a book by William Shatner. ( and Schuster Canada)

William Shatner, the beloved star of Star Trek, reflects on nearly nine decades of exploring the world with a sense of wonder and awe. In heartfelt, often funny essays, Shatner shares the stories of his life and the insights he has gleaned along the way. 

Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek novels, including The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That

Joshua Brandon is a director, producer and writer.

LISTEN | William Shatner reflects on life at 90:

William Shatner has been on a quest for knowledge his entire life. Now, in his 10th decade on the planet, the acclaimed actor and Star Trek legend is sharing some of what he’s learned in a new collection of essays, titled Boldly Go: Reflections On A Life Of Awe And Wonder. He joined Tom Power over Zoom to talk about his lifelong love of learning and why his trip to space didn’t turn out to be the celebration he had expected.

Dancing in Small Spaces by Leslie A. Davidson

A black-and-white closeup of an older, white woman wearing glasses, smiling to camera is beside the book cover for Dancing in Small Spaces. The book cover features middle-aged white man with a moustache and a jean collared shirt hugs a woman with short brown hair and bangs. He looks off to the left while her eyes are closed. In the background, out of focus, there is a tree with orange leaves.
Dancing in Small Spaces is a book by Leslie A. Davidson. (Sarah Mickel, TouchWood Editions)

Dancing in Small Spaces is the story of a marriage. In 2011, Leslie Davidson and her husband, Lincoln Ford, were finding adventure in their retirement through the outdoors, travelling and preparing to be grandparents. Then, when Lincoln started experiencing confusion and Leslie experienced tremors in her body, a double diagnosis of Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's disease transformed the couple's lives. In Dancing in Small Spaces, Davidson documents the years following the diagnoses, including navigating how to care and be cared for, reckoning with the physical symptoms and community support. In Dancing in Small Spaces, she writes her way through the emotional turmoil, sharing the lessons she learned along the way about herself and the man she loved, in a bid to move toward understanding and acceptance. 

Davidson is the author of two children's books, In the Red Canoe and The Sun is a Shine. Her essay Adaptation won the 2016 CBC Nonfiction Prize. She lives in Revelstoke, B.C.

Aki-Wayn-Zih by Eli Baxter

Aki-Wayn-Zih is a book by Eli Baxter. (Eli Baxter, McGill Queen's University Press)

Residential school survivor Eli Baxter is among the last fluent speakers of Anishinaabemowin, an Anishinaabe language. In Aki-Wayn-Zih, Baxter looks at the history of the Anishinaabeg and their relationship with the land since the beginning of their life on Turtle Island. He brings together thousands of years of history with his personal story, growing up on the land, trapping and fishing, and his experience being forced to attend residential school. Aki-Wayn-Zih is about the importance of spirituality, language, history and of sharing stories.

Aki-wayn-zih won the 2022 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction.

Baxter is a residential school survivor and certified Ontario teacher. Aki-wayn-zih is his first book.

LISTEN | Eli Baxter reacts to winning the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction:

Author Eli Baxter tells London Morning about his book, Aki-wayn-zih which just won the Governor General's literary award for non-fiction.

Still Hopeful by Maude Barlow

Activist and author Maude Barlow's latest book is called Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism. (ECW Press, Michelle Valberg)

Maude Barlow counters the prevailing atmosphere of pessimism and offers lessons of hope that she has learned from a lifetime of activism. Barlow has been involved in three major movements: second-wave feminism, the battle against free trade and globalization and the fight for water justice. She emphasizes that effective activism is about building a movement and finding like-minded people rather than making the goal the focus.

Barlow is a Canadian activist and writer. She is the bestselling author of 20 books and served as the senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly. Barlow was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She lives in Ottawa.

LISTEN | Maude Barlow reflects on a life of activism:

As a leader in Canada's women's movement, Maude Barlow helped score victory after victory. But when her activism moved to combating globalization and the dominant economic narratives of our time, she had to dig deep to find hope. The author and activist joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss her book Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism.

My Ackee Tree by Suzanne Barr, with Suzanne Hancock

My Ackee Tree is a book by Suzanne Barr, pictured, written with Suzanne Hancock. (Samuel Engelking, Penguin Canada)

Suzanne Barr began her journey to become a chef when she was 30 years old. After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Suzanne moved home to Florida to care for her, but she didn't know how to cook. My Ackee Tree tells the story of a woman who battles the stereotypes of being a Black female chef to become a culinary star. It is a celebration of creativity, soul searching and motherhood.

Barr is a chef, restaurateur, social advocate and author. She was one of the judges on Food Network Canada's new series, Wall of Chefs, and has a passion for local community and food security. Barr lives in Toronto.

Suzanne Hancock is the Toronto-based host and producer of Sunday Night Dinner, a podcast about cooking, food and that last meal of the weekend. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

LISTEN | Suzanne Barr on what it will take to fix the hospitality industry:

Matt Galloway talks to Toronto-based chef and restaurateur Suzanne Barr about being featured in Today's Special, a book celebrating 100 emerging chefs around the world. Barr discusses why the hospitality industry must face up to systemic problems around inclusivity and working conditions.

Half-Bads in White Regalia by Cody Caetano

A composite photo of a book cover featuring geometric primary colours overlaying a photo of a boy in the field and the book's author, a bald young man staring straight into the camera.
Half-Bads in White Regalia is a memoir by Cody Caetano. (Hamish Hamilton Canada, Kris Caetano)

Half-Bads in White Regalia traces Cody Caetano's unique upbringing living in a rural house with his siblings after his parents split up and left them behind — his mother trying to discover her Anishinaabe roots after finding out her Sixties Scoop origin story and his Portuguese immigrant father drifting aimlessly. 

Cody Caetano is a Toronto-based writer of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent and an off-reserve member of Pinaymootang First Nation. Half-Bads in White Regalia is his first book.

LISTEN | Cody Caetano discusses Half-Bads in White Regalia with Shelagh Rogers:

Cody Caetano talks to Shelagh Rogers about his memoir, Half- Bads in White Regalia.

Invisible Boy by Harrison Mooney

Invisible Boy is a memoir by Harrison Mooney. (HarperCollins Canada, Transatlantic Agency)

Invisible Boy is a memoir by Harrison Mooney that details his adoption into an evangelical white family and navigating zealotry, paranoia and prejudice. Born to a West African mother, he was merely an infant when he was adopted. He grew up as a Black child in a fundamentalist revivalist church and was constantly abused for the colour of his skin. Twenty-five years later, his biological mom told her son the truth: she wanted to keep him. This book examines the controversial practice of transracial adoption.

Mooney is a writer and journalist who has worked for nearly a decade at the Vancouver Sun. He was born to a West African mother and adopted as an infant by a white family in British Columbia's Bible belt. He has also been published in the National Post, the Guardian, Yahoo and Macleans. Mooney lives in East Vancouver.

LISTEN | Why Harrison Mooney is sharing his story of interracial adoption:

The Vancouver Public Library's writer-in-residence has a new memoir about being a black boy raised by a white family before being meeting his birth mother in his 20s. Author Harrison Mooney discusses his book: "Invisible Boy."

The Girl in the Middle by Anais Granofsky

(HarperCollins, Justin Aranha)

Anais Granofsky is a Canadian woman of mixed Black American and Jewish heritage. Her parents met in the early 1970s: her father is the son of a very wealthy Toronto Jewish family; her mother is one of fifteen children from a poor Black Methodist family. The Girl in the Middle reveals how Granofsky is forced to navigate her way through issues of race, class and social standing. When she became a star on the TV series Degrassi Junior High, she came to a better understanding of her place in the world.

Granofsky is an actor, director, producer and writer. Best known for her role as Lucy Fernandez on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, she has directed and starred in a number of films. She is also developing a fictional TV series loosely based on her childhood. The Girl in the Middle is Granofsky's first book.

LISTEN | Anais Granofsky reflects on her life and career:

When she was a teenager, Anais Granofsky played Lucy Fernandez on the groundbreaking TV series Degrassi Junior High. In her new memoir, The Girl in the Middle: Growing Up Between Black and White, Rich and Poor, she describes her childhood split between two very different worlds. Granofsky lived in social housing with her mom — a Black woman — who raised her mostly alone. But on weekends, the actor would visit her dad’s parents — one of the wealthiest Jewish families in Toronto — at their mansion. Granofsky joined Tom Power to share her story and how acting helped her feel like she finally belonged.

Chasing Rivers by Tamar Glouberman

The book cover is an aerial photo of a river flowing vertically with rock and green grass on either side.
Chasing Rivers is a book by Tamar Glouberman. (Mara Glouberman, Douglas & McIntyre)

Chasing Rivers takes readers headfirst into the life of female whitewater guide, Tamar Glouberman, who has traversed some of the most difficult rafting rivers in North America, including in the Grand Canyon. At home on the water, Glouberman's love for rafting and paddling brought her community, friendship, romance, increasing self-confidence to overcome challenges and unfortunately, tragedy in the form of a fatal accident for one of her passengers. Navigating her guilt and love for the water, Glouberman's memoir asks deep questions about how to make a meaningful life, the potential for self-sacrifice and self-forgiveness and what it means to chase adventure around every corner. 

Glouberman is an outdoor guide and a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia. When she's not off exploring the wilderness, she can often be found in Whistler, B.C., Montreal or on Vancouver Island, B.C. 

Running Down a Dream by Candy Palmater

Running Down a Dream is a book by Candy Palmater (HarperCollins, Dustin Rabin/CBC)

Running Down a Dream is Palmater's story about the highs, the lows, the gut instincts and the pitfalls that led her to live a unique, multi-hyphenate life, often exceeding expectations and finding success through self-belief and community support. She described herself as "a queer Mi'kmaw lawyer-turned-comic raised by bikers in rural New Brunswick" and found major success across mediums and careers. After practicing law and landing a government job, Palmater left to pursue comedy and later starred in five successful seasons of her own national TV show, hosted many radio shows, among many other appearances.

Candy Palmater was a band member of Ugpi'ganjig, a Mi'kmaw First Nation in northern New Brunswick formerly called Eel River Bar. Palmater created and hosted The Candy Show on APTN, was a regular co-host on CTV's afternoon talk show The Social and acted in various shows, including Trailer Park Boys. She also hosted The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio One and championed The Break by Katherena Vermette on Canada Reads 2017.

LISTEN | Remembering Candy Palmater: 

Playing the Long Game by Christine Sinclair, with Stephen Brunt

Christine Sinclair is the author of Playing the Long Game. (Rachel Pick)

Olympic soccer gold-medallist Christine Sinclair provides an in-depth look into what led her to become the top international goal scorer of all time and one of Canada's greatest athletes. She tells the stories behind some of her brightest successes and heartbreaking failures. In Playing the Long GameSinclair shares the wisdom gleaned from a career spent changing the game of women's sport.

An Olympic gold medallist, Sinclair is the long-time forward and captain of Canada's national soccer team and the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League. Born and raised in Burnaby, B.C., she now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Stephen Brunt is a Canadian writer and broadcaster with Rogers Sportsnet and the author of multiple books including Facing AliSearching for Bobby Orr and Gretzky's Tears.

LISTEN | Christine Sinclair reflects on life in soccer:

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair has played in five World Cups, won Olympic gold, and holds the record for the most goals scored in international play. But she doesn't get a cut of her Team Canada jersey sales. And she and her teammates are still fighting for pay equity with their male counterparts. As the men's World Cup kicks off in Doha, Piya Chattopadhyay sits down with the Canadian women's soccer team captain to talk about her long and storied career, and how she – and the country – are evolving when it comes to equality in sports and beyond. While she often shuns the spotlight, Sinclair says she penned her new memoir, Playing the Long Game, to shine a light on women in sport in the hopes of inspiring a new generation.

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