The Next Chapter·Summer Reading

What novelists Madeleine Thien and Joshua Whitehead hope to read this summer

The list includes Canadian and international authors alike.
Madeleine Thien and Joshua Whitehead make their summer reading selections. (Babak Salari/Joshua Whitehead)

The Next Chapter has been asking writers what books they plan to sink into this summer. Madeleine Thien —  the writer behind the novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing and winner of the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction — answers the question along with Oji-Cree poet Joshua Whitehead, author of the novel Jonny Appleseed.

Madeleine's selections

Madeleine Thien is eager to read, from left, This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, David Chariandy’s I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You and Kim Fu’s The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore. (Greywolf Press/McClelland & Stewart/HarperCollins)

Madeleine says: "This summer I'm really looking forward to reading a number of books, one of which is This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga. She's a writer from Zimbabwe and this is the final book in a trilogy. I'm also really looking forward to reading David Chariandy's nonfiction book I've Been Meaning to Tell You and Kim Fu's The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore."

Joshua's selection

In David A. Robertson's novel Strangers, a young man returns home to find his community in shambles. (David A. Robertson/Highwater Press)

Joshua says: "The book I'm most looking forward to reading this summer is Strangers by David A. Robertson. It's a YA Indigenous novel that features a protagonist, Cole Harper, as he returns to Wounded Sky First Nation. I first heard heard David A. Robertson talk about this at the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Based on the reading he did, it sounded like an amazing novel and much-needed voice that we need to hear right now in Indigenous literatures."

Madeleine Thien and Joshua Whitehead's comments have been edited and condensed.