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The books Coroner stars Serinda Swan, Roger Cross and Ehren Kassam loved reading

The second season of the hit CBC television series, based on the bestselling series of novels by M.R. Hall, starts on Jan. 6, 2020.

The CBC show's second season, based on the bestselling series of books by M.R. Hall, starts Jan. 6

A CBC original series, Coroner stars Serinda Swan as Dr. Jenny Cooper. (CBC)

CBC's television series Coroner is back for a new season. It premieres on Monday, Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.

Based on the bestselling series of novels by M.R. Hall, the drama stars Serinda Swan as Jenny Cooper, a recently widowed Toronto coroner who investigates suspicious deaths. The series also co-stars Ehren Kassam as Ross Kalighi and veteran actor Roger Cross as Donovan "Mac" McAvoy.

The three actors are also avid readers. Here are a few books the Coroner stars read and loved.

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow and The Cure for Hate by Tony McAleer

Serinda Swan is the star of the CBC original series Coroner. (CBC, Little, Brown and Company, Arsenal Pulp Press)

Serinda Swan: "I'm currently reading two books, Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow and The Cure for Hate by Tony McAleer. It's been interesting trying to figure out a book that changed my life. I believe that almost every book I've read has changed my life or my vision or my understanding of a person, place or thing.

"This includes a better understanding of myself from books like The Empty Bowl by Dhyan Vimal, to better understanding the world around me, like Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers.

I believe that almost every book I've read has changed my life or my vision or my understanding of a person place or thing.- Serinda Swan

"I remember how The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand made me think and question society throughout the whole read and how the entire Harry Potter series brought my imagination to a new level of wizards and witches." 

A Practical Handbook for the Actor by Melissa Bruder, et al.

Roger Cross stars as Detective Donovan McAvoy on CBC's Coroner. (CBC, Vintage)

Roger Cross: "This is the best book on acting I've ever read and a book I'll still re-read on occasion. This simple and essential book about the craft of acting describes a technique developed and refined by the authors, all of them young actors, in their work with David Mamet, W. H. Macy and Gregory Mosher. 

"I'm a very logical person, and I like things to make sense. My job as an actor is to tell my character's story, regardless of how I personally feel about this character or how I'm feeling that particular day. I may be having a terrible day in my personal life and then have to shoot a scene where I'm the happiest man on the planet. I can't just wait for that feeling to arrive or be 'real' to perform;  there's a whole crew or theatre audience waiting on me. This book helped guide me to a concrete set of skills that I can always draw upon, regardless of how I'm feeling. 

This is the best book on acting I've ever read and a book I'll still re-read on occasion.- Roger Cross

"As David Mamet says in his introduction: 'If you intend to manipulate, to show, to impress, you may experience mild suffering and pleasant triumphs. If you intend to follow the truth you feel in yourself — to follow your common sense, and force your will to serve you in the quest for discipline and simplicity — you will subject yourself to profound despair, loneliness, and constant self-doubt. Theatre, which you are learning to serve, will grace you, now and then, with the greatest exhilaration it is possible to know.'"

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Ehren Kassam, best known for his character Jonah Haak on TV's Degrassi, plays Ross Khalighi on CBC's Coroner. (CBC, DAW)

Ehren Kassam: "The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss was recommended to me by a friend three years ago when reading was nothing but a fleeting memory from high school. Now, going to the same shop and reading every morning is a crucial part of my day and I owe it to this book which opened my eyes to the wondrous world that is fantasy fiction. Those winter treks on Toronto's Bloor West in the snow are so nostalgic to me and set the scene perfectly for this chilling, beautiful and enchanting story.

"The Name of the Wind follows our protagonist Kote, now a young man who owns a quiet inn in the countryside. We're led to believe he is nothing more than a quiet solemn lonely figure who doesn't partake in anything other than the mundaneness of his inn.

The Name of the Wind weaves beauty and nature into every sentence written.- Ehren Kassam

"Early on, he decides to entertain a man named Chronicler who claims that he believes Kote is not who he says, and is indeed Kvothe the KingKiler (Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe Lightfinger) an infamous anti-hero shrouded in mystery whose legend runs deep into the blood of this world with many great and horrifying deeds attributed to his name. The novels take the form of a memoir being documented by Chronicler in which every secret, myth and legend about this mysterious man is uncovered by none other than his own lips in chronological order, from his childhood through the events that led him to hide his identity in secrecy as the lonely keeper of an inn. 

"The Name of the Wind weaves beauty and nature into every sentence written. As our protagonist is very musical and quite in touch with the earth, it allows the reader to see the world through a lyrical and fantastical lens unparalleled in any fantasy novel. It will always hold a place in my heart as one of the most perfect experiences cover to cover and even if you're only half as big of a nerd as I am you will still enjoy it!"

Watch the trailer for season 2 of CBC's Coroner

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