Edmonton AM's summer reading list
It's the perfect time to pick up a good book
Whether you're a seasoned reader or looking for a book to get you back in the swing of reading, CBC's Edmonton AM has you covered.
All summer long, Edmonton's favourite morning show is asking around town for the best books to get you through the summer.
The reader: Marty Chan
The read: The One-2-One series by Lorna Shultz Nicholson
Chan often turns to local and Alberta authors, including the One-2-One series by Lorna Schultz Nichsolson. The novels, which follow two teenagers paired together by their school's 'Best Buddies Club'. Using their two voices, the novel explores their relationship as they open their minds and the stories are "very heartfelt".
The reader: Alice Major, writer and former poet laureate
The read: Timefulness: How thinking like a geologist can help save the world by Marcia Bjornerud
Major says Bjornerud's book isn't "exactly light romance or anything", but is a source of inspiration for her. The book is a "kind of history of the earth… and how rocks and geological phenomena tell us about where we are". She says she often turns to science books for context and inspiration. Plus "if you just want to think about a moment that's not right now, it's a great read" she says.
The reader: Alison Clarke, writer and artist
The read: Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
Clarke read Obama's first book last year and it has resonated with her since — especially as protests against anti-Black racism lit up the globe after the death of George Floyd. She says its all about "the importance of knowing your roots, knowing who you are" and how "we don't achieve anything alone".
The reader: Richard Van Camp, storyteller and author
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Five Little Indians connects Van Camp to his mother's experience in residential school, as it follows five residential school survivors in Vancouver. He says this is the time "to really explore the books out there that are going to knock your socks off."
Pass Me By: Gone Fishin' by Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen
Locally published, Pass Me By: Gone Fishin' is "one of the most beautiful graphic novels" Van Camp has ever read, and follows the story of a senior progressing through Alzheimer's disease in northern Alberta.
The read: Molly of the Mall by Heidi L. M. Jacobs
About the book: It's the 1990s, in Edmonton. Molly works in one of the many shoe stores in West Edmonton Mall. Written in the style of Jane Austen, "Molly is super easy to connect to" and "doesn't get sick once."
Over the course of the summer, we'll be updating this list every week. Be sure to stop by to check out our next recommendation for your summer read.