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The CBC Books spring reading list: 32 great Canadian titles to read in spring 2021

The CBC Books spring reading list is here! Enjoy one of these great books as the weather heats up!

The CBC Books spring reading list is here! Enjoy one of these great Canadian books as the weather heats up!

Nishga by Jordan Abel

Nishga is a book by Jordan Abel. (McClelland & Stewart, Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

Nishga is a memoir by Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel. In it, Abel grapples with his identity as a Nisga'a writer, with being an intergenerational residential school survivor and with his own Indigenous identity while consistently being asked to represent Nisga'a language and culture. Blending memoir, transcriptions and photography, Nishga is an exploration of what it means to be a modern Indigenous person and how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people engage with the legacy of colonial violence and racism.

Abel is a Nisga'a writer from British Columbia. He is the author of the poetry collections The Place of ScrapsUn/inhabited and Injun. In 2017, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Injun.

Jordan Abel wants you to know that you don't have to read his new autobiographical book Nishga if you're not ready. The subject matter — residential schools, dispossession and intergenerational trauma — might be too much to handle. But he hopes that readers will find it when they need it. 28:36

Northern Light by Kazim Ali

Northern Light is a book by Kazim Ali. (Goose Lane Editions)

Kazim Ali was the child of South Asian immigrants, who unexpectedly spent years of his childhood in the small Manitoba town of Jenpeg, a town that existed because of the hydroelectric dam nearby. As an adult, he found himself wondering about the town: did it even exist anymore? And if it did, what was it like? These questions sent him on a journey, one that looked at the environmental destruction the dam caused, and the local Pimicikamak community that fought against it. Northern Light is Ali's story, the story of the Pimicikamak community and the story of a town that no longer exists.

Kazim Ali is an academic, poet and writer who currently teaches at the University of California in San Diego. His poetry collections include Sky Ward and The Far Mosque. Northern Light is his first work of nonfiction.

American poet and author Kazim Ali joins Marjorie Dowhos on Radio Noon to speak about his new book, "Northern Light: Power, Land and the Memory of Water", centred around his time living in Jenpeg, Manitoba. The town, located about 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg, was established as a temporary community, where Manitoba Hydro workers and their families lived when a nearby dam was being constructed in the 1970's. Ali is reflects on what it was like to grow up in Jenpeg, and why he wanted to revisit it after all these years. 8:35

Find You First by Linwood Barclay

Find You First is a book by Linwood Barclay. (HarperLuxe)

Find You First is the latest thriller from bestselling author Linwood Barclay. Miles Cookson is a millionaire who has been told he only has a short time left to live. He decides it's time to connect with the children that were born with sperm he donated decades before. But as his search unfolds, his offspring vanish, one by one. What is happening? Who is behind it? And can Miles figure it out before it's too late?

Barclay is an American Canadian thriller writer, with almost 20 books to his credit. His books include the adult thrillers Broken Promise, A Noise Downstairs, Elevator Pitch and the middle-grade novels Escape and Chase.

Linwood Barclay talks about the art of writing crime fiction

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1 year ago
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In the CBC Books 'Why I Write' series, Canadian authors talk about what literature means to them. 4:11

The Speed of Mercy by Christy Ann Conlin

The Speed of Mercy is a novel by Christy Ann Conlin. (House of Anansi Press, Kate Inglis)

The Speed of Mercy is a novel that explores what is misunderstood about older women and others who are marginalized by mainstream society. It also looks at what happens when we forget our history, suppress our memories — and what happens when long-held secrets finally come to light.

Christy Ann Conlin is a writer who lives in Nova Scotia. Her first novel, Heave, was shortlisted for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her short story collection, Watermark, was nominated for the 2020 Forest of Reading Evergreen Award. Her short fiction has been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction prize.

Author Christy Ann Conlin grew up near the Bay of Fundy where she spent a lot of time around the campfire listening to maritime folktales. Those spooky stories inspired her latest novel, The Speed of Mercy, which is set in rural Nova Scotia. Conlin joined Tom Power to tell us about the book and how she developed a writing style she refers to as “Alice Munro meets David Lynch.” 16:01

Crossroads by Kaleb Dahlgren

Crossroads is a memoir by Kaled Dahlgren, a Humboldt Broncos crash survivor. (Collins)

On April 6, 2018, the news of a bus crash sent shock waves through Canada and around the world. The Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team, were travelling to an away game when a semi-truck missed a stop sign and the bus carrying the team crashed right into it. Sixteen people on board the bus were killed. Kaleb Dahlgren, the assistant captain of the team at the time, was one of the crash's 13 survivors. He shared his story of recovery, and eventually went on to study — and play hockey again — at York University. It's been three years since the crash and Dahlgren is now sharing his story in a memoir, Crossroads.

Kaleb Dahlgren is a student at York University, where he plays on the varsity hockey team. Crossroads is his first book.

Kaleb Dahlgren, Humboldt crash survivor, opens up in new book 'Crossroads'

Sports

4 months ago
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Humboldt Broncos crash survivor, student athlete and author Kaleb Dahlgren sits down to discuss his new book 'Crossroads' and the next chapter in his life. 5:37

Heaven No Hell by Michael DeForge

Heaven No Hell is a comic by Michael DeForge. (Drawn & Quarterly)

Heaven No Hell is a collection of comics from Michael DeForge that explores the nature of relationships, life and society in general. The included stories range from an angel touring heaven to a couple following their pregnancy with an app to a couple who make terrible choices after an experiment goes wrong.

DeForge is a Toronto-based creator who has won awards for comics like Leaving Richard's Valley, Dressing and Lose #1. Other acclaimed books include StuntBig Kids, Ant Colony, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero and more.

Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal

Cyclopedia Exotica is a comic by Aminder Dhaliwal. (Submitted by Drawn & Quarterly)

Cyclopedia Exotica is a comic set in a parallel universe where cyclops are part of our society. They are artists and doctors and parents and students. But they regularly face discrimination and xenophobia and micro-aggressions. Through this alternate world, Aminder Dhaliwal explores race, discrimination, marginalization, beauty and belonging with humour and heart.

Aminder Dhaliwal is a comic writer and television animator originally from Brampton, Ont. Now based in Los Angeles, Dhaliwal is a director at Disney TV Animation. Her comic series Woman World, originally published on Instagram to hundreds of thousands of followers, was released as a graphic novel by Drawn & Quarterly in 2018. CBC Books named Dhaliwal a writer to watch in 2019.

Canadian cartoonist Aminder Dhaliwal turns funny illustrations into sharp social commentary. She joined Tom Power to talk about how she uses the mythic cyclops as a surprising metaphor for racism in her latest graphic novel, Cyclopedia Exotica. 14:32

Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin

Speak, Silence is a novel by Kim Echlin. (Hamish Hamilton, Michelle Quance)

Speak, Silence follows a journalist named Gota who travels to Sarajevo to cover a film festival alongside the fallout of the Bosnian war. She also has a personal mission: to connect with her former lover, Kosmos. Once there, Gota encounters a country and a man changed beyond recognition. But once she forms a bond with Komsos' new lover, Edina, Gota has a new mission: to share the stories of women who experienced sexual violence during the war.

Kim Echlin is a writer who lives in Toronto. Her other novels include Elephant Winter, Dagmar's DaughterThe Disappeared and Under the Visible LifeThe Disappeared was shortlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Canadian writer Kim Echlin weaves testimony from Bosnian War “rape camps” into a new work of fiction that shows the power of speaking up. 18:58

Phantompains by Therese Estacion

Phantompains is Therese Estacion's debut poetry collection. (Submitted by Therese Estacion.)

In her debut poetry collection, PhantompainsTherese Estacion shows what it means to bear witness to one's own pain and sexuality, to find catharsis and self-love, after a rare infection stole her limbs but not her life. Estacion takes her audience through the monotony of recovery and explores themes of disability, grief and life in a surrealist fashion, travelling across geographies and writing in a combination of English and Visayan, the language of Cebu, where her mother is from, and of her father's small home town of Guihulngan. 

Estacion is a writer and teacher from the Philippines who now lives in Toronto.

My Mother's Daughter by Perdita Felicien

In Perdita Felicien's new memoir, My Mother's Daughter,' she traces her mother's journey from Saint Lucia to Canada — and describes the struggle and abuse she faced here, as she tried to make a new life for her family. (Penguin Random House)

Perdita Felicien's mom Catherine was a poor young woman in St. Lucia when she was given a seemingly random, but ultimately life-changing, opportunity: to come to Canada with a wealthy white family and become their nanny. But when she gets to Canada, life is tougher than she expected, as she endures poverty, domestic violence and even homelessness. However, she still encouraged and supported her youngest daughter's athletic dreams. Felicien would go on to be a world-class hurdler and one of Canada's greatest track athletes. My Mother's Daughter is the story of these two women, and how their love for each other got them through difficult times and changed their lives.

Perdita Felicien was a 10-time national champion, a two-time Olympian and became the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal at a world championships. She now works as a sports broadcaster and is part of CBC's team covering the Olympics. My Mother's Daughter is her first book.

Perdita Felicien draws strength from the hurdles her mother faced

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4 months ago
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Perdita Felicien is one of Canada’s most decorated female track athletes, but her memoir focuses on the hurdles her mother faced and how that became her inspiration. 9:12

Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson

Satellite Love is a novel by Genki Ferguson. (McClelland & Stewart, genkiferguson.com)

The novel Satellite Love is set in a city in Japan in 1999. Anna is a lonely teenager who turns to stargazing for comfort and escape. But when the Low Earth Orbit satellite (aka LEO) returns Anna's gaze and comes down to earth as Leo, what follows is an unconventional story about love, loneliness and human connection.

Genki Ferguson is a writer from Calgary, and the son of acclaimed writer Will Ferguson. Satellite Love is his first book.

Genki Ferguson talks to Shelagh Rogers about his novel, Satellite Love. 13:19

The Relatives by Camilla Gibb

The Relatives is a novel by Camilla Gibb. (Doubleday Canada, George Whiteside)

The Relatives is a novel that explores what it means to make — and be — a family. Lila is working on becoming a mother, alone, while Tess and Emily are figuring out what happens to their embryos now that their relationship is ending. The man who donated the sperm to all three of them is being held captive in Somalia, his life hanging in the balance. As he faces the potential end of his life, what will happen to the lives he helped create, which haven't quite started yet?

Camilla Gibb is a writer who lives in Toronto. Her other books include the novels Mouthing the Words, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement and the memoir This is HappySweetness in the Belly won the 2006 Trillium Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Author Camilla Gibb tackles tough subjects in her latest work of literary fiction. 0:00

The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

The Bomber Mafia is a book by Malcolm Gladwell. (Celeste Solomon, Little, Brown & Company)

The Bomber Mafia is an exploration of the relationship between technology and ideology and how they come together during times of war. Malcolm Gladwell uses a range of anecdotes and stories to examine how societal structures shape human behaviour, decision-making and the spread of ideas. The Bomber Mafia looks at the deadliest night during the Second World War, and how it was caused by the collision of different approaches and beliefs about air bombing. The book builds on themes that Gladwell explored in a 2020 episode of his podcast, Revisionist History.

Gladwell is a bestselling author, journalist and staff writer at the New Yorker. His books include The Tipping PointBlinkOutliersWhat the Dog Saw and David and GoliathHis previous book, Talking to Strangerswas one of the top 10 bestselling Canadian books of 2019.

The firebombing of Tokyo was one of the single most destructive nights of the Second World War. But before that mission, Malcolm Gladwell says there were efforts to fight less deadly wars, and to end them faster with precision bombing. Gladwell explores those efforts in his new book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War. 23:13

Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Ann Xu

Shadow Life is a comic by Hiromi Goto. (First Second Press)

In the graphic novel, Shadow Life76-year-old Kumiko is placed in a long-term care home by her daughters. It's not what Kumiko wants and she breaks out and takes refuge in an apartment she keeps secret from her children. She finds pleasure in simple, daily life, but Death's shadow haunts her. Kumiko is ready to fight for the life she's built herself, but how long can she fight back?

Hiromi Goto is a writer and editor from British Columbia. Her novels include Chorus of Mushrooms, Half World and Darkest Light. Shadow Life is her first graphic novel. She was shortlisted for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize.

Ann Xu is an American illustrator.

In Canadian writer Hiromi Goto’s first graphic novel, Shadow Life, an independent senior named Kumiko breaks free from her assisted living facility and rents a bachelor apartment in a cool part of the city — until Death's shadow shows up. Goto joined Tom Power to tell us about the story and why she wants more older women of colour to be written as central characters. 16:05

The Good Father by Wayne Grady

The Good Father is a book by Wayne Grady. (Doubleday Canada, Gerry Kingsley)

The Good Father is about a divorced man, Harry, and his daughter, Daphne. Harry is living a quiet life in Toronto with his second wife, while Daphne is a volatile teenager growing up in Vancouver. But when a terrible event takes place, both Harry and Daphne are forced to re-examine their lives, and their relationship to each other.

Wayne Grady is a writer and translator from Kingston, Ont. His other books include the nonfiction books The Quiet Limit of the World, Bringing Back the Dodo and Tree: A Life Storyco-written with David Suzuki, and the novels Emancipation Day and Up From Freedom. Emancipation Day won the 2013 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Wayne Grady talks to Shelagh Rogers about his latest book, on The Good Father. 14:05

Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham

Letters from Across the Sea is a historical novel by Genevieve Graham. (Simon & Schuster Canada, Nicola Davison)

Letters Across the Sea is the story of a Protestant girl and her Jewish neighbour in Toronto, against the backdrop of the Depression. Their lives are forever changed living through the rise of Adolf Hitler, the Nazis and a wave of hate that would ignite the Second World War.

Genevieve Graham is a historical fiction writer from Nova Scotia. Her other books include At the Mountain's Edge, Tides of Honour, Come From Away and The Forgotten Home Child.

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Hana Khan Carries On is a novel by Uzma Jalaluddin. (HarperCollins, Andrea Stenson)

Hana Khan Carries On is a romantic comedy from Uzma Jalaluddin. In Hana Khan Carries On, Hana is an aspiring radio host who is working at her family's halal restaurant. When her aunt and a cousin come to town, and a rival restaurant opens in their neighbourhood, Hana's life is upended and family secrets are revealed. Fighting for her family is a big battle, one that will put all of Hana's skills to the test. It's a battle that gets more complicated by Hana's growing attraction to the rival restaurant's attractive owner, Aydin.

Jalaluddin is a teacher, parenting columnist and author based in Ontario. She is also the author of the novel Ayesha At Last.

Toronto writer Uzma Jalaluddin is back with her second novel, Hana Khan Carries On. It's a romantic comedy about rival Halal restaurants that draws comparisons to the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, You've Got Mail. Jalaluddin’s book is already on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list. She joined Tom Power to talk about the novel and how she puts a different spin on the rom-com format. 19:17

Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla

Lost Immunity is a novel by Daniel Kalla. (Michael Bednar Photography, Simon & Schuster Canada)

In the novel Lost Immunity, a dangerous bacteria has caused local outbreaks around the world. When it hits Seattle, the local public health officer asks a pharmaceutical company working on the vaccine to release it to the city early. At first, the controversial plan works. But when people start dying from an even more terrible and more mysterious illness, the vaccine gets blamed. Can they figure out what's really happening before it's too late?

Daniel Kalla is an emergency room doctor, as well as an international bestselling author of 10 books, including We All Fall Down and The Last High.

Author Dr. Daniel Kalla speaks with Michelle Eliot about his new book "Lost Immunity". 8:28

Iron Goddess of Mercy by Larissa Lai

Iron Goddess of Mercy is a poetry collection by Larissa Lai. (Monique de St. Croix, Arsenal Pulp Press)

Iron Goddess of Mercy is a long poem comprised of 64 fragments, inspired by the history, politics and culture of Hong Kong, and explores the complicated personal and collective identity of what it means to be "Asian." The 64 fragments honour the hexagrams of the ancient Chinese text I Ching. The poem is also inspired by the Japanese tradition of haibun, where travel diary entries end with a haiku.

Larissa Lai is a writer from Calgary. She is also the author of the novels The Tiger FluSalt Fish Girl and When Fox is a Thousand and the poetry books Sybil Unrest, co-written with Rita Wong, and Automaton Biographies. The Tiger Flu won a Lambda Literary Award. She is a Canada Research Chair in creative writing at the University of Calgary.

A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson

A Town Called Solace is a novel by Mary Lawson. (Knopf Canada, Nathaniel Mobbs)

A Town Called Solace is a novel told from three different perspectives: Clara, a young woman who sits at her window, waiting for her missing sister to return home, Liam, Clara's new neighbour who Clara watches with suspicion, and Mrs. Orchard, the old woman who owns the house Liam is staying in. As their stories unfold, so does the mystery of what happened to Clara's sister and how Mrs. Orchard and Liam are connected.

Mary Lawson is an acclaimed novelist who grew up in Ontario and now lives in the U.K. Her other novels include Crow LakeThe Other Side of the Bridge and Road EndsCrow Lake won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Mary Lawson talks to Shelagh Rogers about A Town Called Solace. 22:08

The Centaur's Wife by Amanda Leduc

The Centaur’s Wife is a novel by Amanda Leduc. (Random House Canada, Trevor Cole)

The Centaur's Wife is a novel that weaves together fairy tales with a story of an apocalypse. The world has nearly ended: meteors have destroyed the city Heather and her family live in, and humanity is facing extinction. There are only a handful of survivors, including Heather, her husband and their twin daughters. The mountain that looms over the city becomes the survivors' focus, as it remains lush and green and full of life. Heather is one of the few people who knows how to get there — and what creatures they will encounter.

Amanda Leduc is the communications and development coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in Brampton, Ont. She is also the author of the novel The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the nonfiction book DisfiguredShe was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize.

Amanda Leduc talks to Shelagh Rogers about her novel, The Centaur's Wife. 16:36

The Shadow List by Jen Sookfong Lee

The Shadow List is a poetry collection by Jen Sookfong Lee. (Wolsak & Wynn, Kyrani Karavanos)

Novelist and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee turns to poetry for the first time with the collection The Shadow ListThe Shadow List is a collection of lyric poems that explore the tension in the narrator's life between who they are, who they want to be and what they really want.

Lee is a novelist, broadcast personality, a past Canada Reads panellist and The Next Chapter columnist from Vancouver. She is the author of the novel The Conjoined and the nonfiction book Gentleman of the ShadeThe Shadow List is her first poetry collection.

Jen Sookfong Lee talks to Shelagh Rogers about her collection of poems, The Shadow List. 17:06

Women of the Pandemic by Lauren McKeon

Women of the Pandemic is a book by Lauren McKeon. (McClelland & Stewart, Yuli Scheidt)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a story of women. It's a story of women leaders, in political office, medical fields and in public health. But it's also a story of how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women: taking them out of the workforce, putting them in charge of virtual or homeschooling and making them the primary providers of childcare and elder care. Women of the Pandemic is the portrait of several women during the early months of the pandemic and how their resilience, perseverance and creativity can serve as inspiration for future challenges.

Lauren McKeon is also the author of the books F Bomb: Dispatches on the War on Feminism and No More Nice GirlsHer writing has appeared on CBC, Toronto Life, Hazlitt, The Walrus and Chatelaine. 

Lauren McKeon, author of Women of the Pandemic, tells us why in many ways the story of COVID-19 is the story of women. 21:56

Pizza Punks by Cole Pauls

Pizza Punks is a comic by Cole Pauls. (Conundrum Press)

Pizza Punks is a comic that celebrates pizza, and asks the question how far would a pizza-loving punk rocker go for a slice? All kinds of pizza are celebrated in this quirky comic, from deep dish to backpack pizza to mosh-pit pizza and more.

Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist. He created his first comic, Dakwäkãda Warriorsas a language-revival initiative. In 2017, it won Broken Pencil magazine's Best Comic and Best Zine of the Year Award.

Yukon comic artist Cole Pauls has brought out a book version of his Pizza Punks comic strip, along with a seven inch release on Mint Records. 10:20

Watermelon Snow by Lynne Quarmby

Lynne Quarmby is a Canadian author and professor of cell biology. (McGill-Queen's University Press)

Watermelon snow is the name given to snow that goes pink or red from a species of ice loving algae. Watermelon Snow is also the name of Canadian scientist Lynne Quarmby's latest book. It's about a recent adventure trip she took on a schooner full of artists in the high Arctic. Her years of climate change activism hadn't achieved what she had imagined, and she was deeply concerned about the future of the planet.

Quarmby is a Canadian scientist, activist and politician. She is a professor and chair of the department of molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.

Lynne Quarmby talks to Shelagh Rogers about her book, Watermelon Snow. 11:54

Gutter Child by Jael Richardson

Gutter Child is a novel by Jael Richardson. (HarperAvenue, Simon Remark)

Gutter Child is about a young girl growing up in a world divided: the Mainland, where people of privilege live, and the Gutter, a policed state where the most vulnerable reside. A social experiment results in 100 babies born in the Gutter to be raised in the Mainland. One of those babies is Elimina Dubois. But when Elimina's Mainland mother dies, she is sent to an academy with rules and a way of life Elimina doesn't understand.

Gutter Child is a finalist for the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Jael Richardson is the founder and the artistic director of the Festival for Literary Diversity (FOLD) and the books columnist for q on CBC Radio. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Stone Thrower, which was also adapted into a picture book of the same name. Gutter Child is her first work of fiction.

Jael Richardson on the inspiration behind her debut novel, Gutter Child. 19:35

Return of the Trickster by Eden Robinson

Return of the Trickster is a novel by Eden Robinson. (Knopf Canada, Red Works Photography)

Return of the Trickster is the third book in celebrated writer Eden Robinson's Trickster trilogy, after Son of a Trickster and Trickster DriftIn Return of the Trickster, Jared is coming to terms with his trickster powers — and with the havoc they create for him and everyone he loves. His mom, Maggie, is coming to terms with them as well. But when his power-hungry Aunt Georgina comes to town, it's the beginning of a magical war — with Jared in the middle of it all.

Robinson is an award-winning writer from Kitamaat, B.C. She is also the author of the novels Monkey Beach, Son of a Trickster and Trickster DriftReturn of the Trickster completes the Trickster trilogy. Son of a Trickster was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was championed on Canada Reads 2020 by actor Kaniehtiio Horn.

Eden Robinson, the award-winning Haisla and Heiltsuk author, spoke with Unreserved host Falen Johnson about her anticipated novel Return of the Trickster, the third and final book in her bestselling Trickster trilogy. 9:57

Measuring Up by Dan Robson

Measuring Up is a book by Dan Robson. (Viking, David Wile)

Sportswriter Dan Robson always admired his father: a loving blue-collar man who worked hard and knew how to fix things. When his father dies, Dan is hit hard. He not only misses his father, he realizes there is so much he never learned from him. So he decides to learn all the skills his father had: plumbing carpentry, basic electrical work and more. Measuring Up is the story of Dan's father, their relationship, and how Dan found ways to keep his father's memory alive.

Dan Robson is the author of Quinn: The Life of a Hockey Legend, and the co-author of The Crazy Game with Clint Malarchuk, Change Up with Buck Martinez and Killer with Doug Gilmour. He is currently a senior writer at The Athletic.

Call Me Indian by Fred Sasakamoose

Call Me Indian is a memoir by Fred Sasakamoose. (Author photo: Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs Inc. composite image CBC sports)

Fred Sasakamoose was the first Indigenous hockey player with Treaty status to play in the NHL. He was sent to residential school when he was seven years old, and endured that horror for a decade. But he became an elite hockey player, joining the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954. He only played 12 games in the NHL, but the legacy he left would have a huge impact for decades to come. He became an activist, dedicated to improving the lives of Indigenous people through sport. He shares his story in the memoir Call Me Indian.

Fred Sasakamoose is a member of the NHL Hall of Fame and the Order of Canada. He died in 2020.

Tributes have been pouring in for former Chicago Blackhawks player Fred Sasakmoose, one of the first Indigenous athletes to play in the NHL. Sasakamoose died Tuesday after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Waubgeshig Rice spoke with Day 6 about what the hockey legend means to Indigenous players today. 8:55

Lucky by Marissa Stapley

Lucky is a novel by Marissa Stapley. (Simon & Schuster, Eugene Choi)

Lucky is a novel about a scam artist named Lucky Armstrong. She just pulled off her biggest scam yet, a million dollar heist with her boyfriend. But things don't go as planned and Lucky ends up alone. Her escape hatch is a lucky lottery ticket she bought. It's worth millions, but if she cashes it in, the police will know where she is. With no one she can trust, and nothing to lose, what is she going to do?

Marissa Stapley is a writer and journalist from Toronto. Her other novels include Mating for LifeThings to Do When It's Raining and The Last Resort.

Marissa Stapley talks to Shelagh Rogers about her new novel, Lucky. 16:52

Goodbye, Again by Jonny Sun

Goodbye, Again is a book by Jonny Sun. (Harper Perennial)

Goodbye, Again is a collection of essays that reflect on loneliness, being an outsider, productivity, anxiety, depression and more. Jonny Sun is open and vulnerable in these heartfelt and humorous pieces.

Jonny Sun is an engineer, artist, comic and PhD candidate at MIT. He gained fame on Twitter with comics featuring an alien trying to understand the human condition. He is also the author of the comic Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too.

Canadian author and illustrator Jonny Sun joined Tom Power to talk about his latest book, Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations, in which he contemplates life, relationships and his anxieties. 14:40

We, Jane by Aimee Wall

We, Jane is a novel by Aimee Wall. (Book*Hug, Richmond Lam)

We, Jane is about a young woman named Marthe, who ends up befriending an older woman while living in Montreal. She learns about how the woman used to help young women in rural Newfoundland get abortions, and the two return to the island to continue this cause. But over time, things become more difficult, and more complicated, than Marthe ever imagined.

Aimee Wall is a writer and translator from Newfoundland who now lives in Montreal. Her translations include Vickie Gendreau's novels Testament and Drama Queens. We, Jane is her first novel.

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