Tabassum Siddiqui

Tabassum Siddiqui is a writer and editor based in Toronto.

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How I Wrote It

Pop stars Tegan and Sara take centre stage in Melody Lau's book Modern Heartthrobs

Canadian music writer Melody Lau's debut nonfiction book examines the long and evolving career of the popular twin-sister folk-pop duo.
How I Wrote It

Chelene Knight reimagines Vancouver's historic Black neighbourhood Hogan's Alley in debut novel

Junie is the coming-of-age story of a creative young woman growing up with her difficult jazz-singer mother in Vancouver's historic Hogan's Alley neighbourhood.

Polaris Prize finalist Lisa LeBlanc was transfixed by Patrick Rothfuss's fantasy novel The Name of the Wind

New Brunswick-based singer-songwriter Lisa LeBlanc tells CBC Books about the book she loved reading and recommends to other fans of fantasy novels.

Polaris Music Prize finalist Hubert Lenoir thinks all music fans should read The Lyrics by Paul McCartney

The Montreal singer-songwriter tells CBC Books about why he thinks everyone who loves music should read this book by a former Beatle.

Polaris Prize winner Pierre Kwenders recommends two great reads in English and French

The Montreal musician shares two book recommendations — one English, one French — with CBC Books. Kwenders won the 2022 Polaris Music Prize for his album, José Louis and the Paradox of Love.

Polaris Prize finalists Ombiigizi recommend the Indigenous futurism of Moon of the Crusted Snow

Ombiigizi singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Sturgeon tells CBC Books about re-reading Waubgeshig Rice's novel Moon of the Crusted Snow.

Polaris Prize finalist Charlotte Day Wilson found reading Maggie Nelson's Bluets opened her mind and heart

Toronto-based R&B singer-songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson, shortlisted for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, shares her book recommendation with CBC Books.

Polaris Music Prize finalist Ouri says reading this 1990s guidebook made her rethink what intimacy means

Montreal producer, singer and instrumentalist Ouri, who is shortlisted for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, shares her book recommendation with CBC Books.

Joshua Whitehead explores Indigeneity, queerness and identity in new personal essay collection

Making Love with the Land is a finalist for the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Polaris Music Prize finalist Shad reflects on the humanity at the heart of Viktor Frankl's book Yes to Life

The Toronto rapper recommends reading Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl's Yes to Life: "It's always encouraging to hear someone bravely argue for the inherent value and meaning of human life." The Polaris Music Prize annually celebrates the best Canadian album of the year. This year's winner be announced on Sept. 19, 2022.