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What does it mean to be black in Canada? Jael Richardson shares books that have shaped her journey

Our books columnist, Jael Richardson, discusses some books that have been important in her own personal journey to understand what it means to be black in Canada.
Black Writers Matter is an anthology edited by Whitney French. (University of Regina Press, Whitney French)
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If you've been taking time to reflect on issues around race, justice and equality, you might be looking for something to read. Books shape our lives, they can help us feel less alone or understand difficult events in a broader context.

Jael Richardson is q's books columnist, an author and the artistic director of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). She drops by every few weeks to give us a new recommendation.

This week, she joined host Tom Power to share some books that have been important in her own personal journey to understand what it means to be black in Canada. 

Below are the books Richardson discussed:

  • The Stone Thrower: A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's Life, Jael Richardson's own memoir
  • Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada, a novel by Lawrence Hill
  • Black Writers Matter, an anthology published by University of Regina Press and edited by Whitney French

Produced by Jean Kim

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