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What Esi Edugyan and Anakana Schofield are reading during this time of isolation

We bring you dispatches from two of Canada’s top novelists — two-time-Giller-winner Esi Edugyan and Giller-nominated Anakana Schofield — about what they’re reading during this time of isolation.
Two-time-Giller-winner Esi Edugyan and Giller-nominated Anakana Schofield. (Canadian Press and Arabella Campbell/Biblioasis)

Now that we spend most of our waking hours indoors, books can be a portal to another world, or a way to go deeper into ourselves.

We've been asking lovers of literature what books they're turning to in this unsettling moment, and why.

Here are reflections from Canadian novelists Anakana Schofield and Esi Edugyan, and their selected recommendations:

  • Fighting for Life by S. Josephine Baker
  • What We Did in Bed: A Horizontal History by Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani
  • The Travels by Marco Polo
  • The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole
  • Weather by Jenny Offill

Click 'listen' above to hear the full interview. 

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