Books of the Year

Jordan Tannahill's favourite Canadian book of 2018: Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima

As the year draws to a close, CBC Books is asking Canadian writers for their favourite titles of 2018.
Playwright Jordan Tannahill recommends reading Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima. (Book*hug/Alejandro Santiago)

As the year draws to a close, CBC Books is asking Canadian writers for their favourite titles of 2018. Jordan Tannahill is the author of the novel Liminal and won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for drama for the plays Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom.

Tannahill recommends reading Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima.

"My favourite Canadian book this year was Sludge Utopia by Catherine Fatima. I found the narrative voice of this autofiction totally disarming and fresh. A woman of 25 living in a downtown Toronto milieu of writers, students, comedians and the otherwise underemployed and over-educated, navigates sex, depression and artistic self-possession. Fatima's almost diaristic writing crackles with candour, wit and a healthy dose of critical theory. We can thank the indispensable indie publisher Book*hug for this 2018 gem, as well as Jacob Wren's equally searching and rewarding autofiction novel Authenticity is a Feeling."

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