Radio Book Club episode 127: Best of 2016 with Saskatoon Public Library

December 28, 2016

I was joined this week by Lisa Johnson and Theressa Slind from Saskatoon Public Library to hear their picks for some of the best fiction and non-fiction titles of 2016.

The books mentioned (and some we didn't get around to mentioning!) are:

Fiction:

Wenjack by Joseph Boyden

Barkskins by Annie Proulx

The Parcel by Anosh Irani

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

The Two of Us by Kathy Page

Stranger by David Bergen

Do Not Say that We Have Nothing by Madeliene Thien

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis

The Wonder by Emma Donaghue

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

GRAPHIC NOVEL BONUS!
Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus: Prostitution and Religious Disobedience in the Bible, by Chester Brown

BOOKS I JUDGED "WORTH READING" SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THEIR COVERS
By Gaslight by Steven Price
Cannibals in Love by Mike Roberts

DON'T BE SCARED OF POETRY
Witness, I am by Gregory Scofield
The Hideous Hidden by Sylvia Legris (ON ORDER)
Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Yuong

Nonfiction:

AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFÉ: FREEDOM, BEING, AND APRICOT COCKTAILS
By Sarah Bakewell

THE BALLAD OF DANNY WOLFE: LIFE OF A MODERN OUTLAW
By Joe Friesen

THE BEST OF WRITERS & COMPANY: INTERVIEWS WITH 15 OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST AUTHORS
By Eleanor Wachtel

BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD
By Trevor Noah

THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY
By Siddhartha Mukherjee

HERO OF THE EMPIRE: THE BOER WAR, A DARING ESCAPE AND THE MAKING OF WINSTON CHURCHILL
By Candice Millard

I CONTAIN MULTITUDES: THE MICROBES WITHIN US AND A GRANDER VIEW OF LIFE
By Ed Yong

LAB GIRL
By Hope Jahren

MAD ENCHANTMENT: CLAUDE MONET AND THE PAINTING OF THE WATER LILIES
By Ross King

ROGUE HEROES: THE HISTORY OF THE SAS, BRITAIN'S SECRET SPECIAL FORCES UNIT THAT SABOTAGED THE NAZIS AND CHANGED THE NATURE OF WAR
By Ben Macintyre

WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
By Paul Kalanithi

WHITE TRASH: THE 400-YEAR UNTOLD HISTORY OF CLASS IN AMERICA
By Nancy Isenberg

A WORLD WE HAVE LOST: SASKATCHEWAN BEFORE 1905
By Bill Waiser

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Radio Book Club episode 126: Winter reading suggestions from McNally Robinson

December 21, 2016

This week, I was joined by Caroline Walker from the McNally Robinson bookstore for suggestions for holiday gift-giving and winter reading. The books she mentioned were:

Nonfiction:

Waiting for First Light: My Ongoing Battle with PTSD by Romeo Dallaire

99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky

Bleeding Blue: Giving My All for the Game by Wendel Clark

Towards a Prairie Atonement by Trevor Herriot

Firewater: How Alcohol Is Killing My People (and Yours) by Harold Johnson

Fiction:

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Madder Carmine by Tyler Enfield

Russian Dolls: Stories from the Breathing Castle by W.P. Kinsella

Take Us To Your Chief: and Other Stories by Drew Hayden Taylor

Childrens:

Refuge by Anne Booth and Sam Usher

When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar by Bernice Johnson-Laxdal and Miriam Körner

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

 

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Radio Book Club episode 125: Teen book suggestions from Saskatoon Public Library

December 15, 2016

This week, Adrianna Dyksman from the Teen Services Department of the Saskatoon Public Library shared some of her favouite recent YA books, perfect for gift-giving and holiday reading for adults and teens alike! 

The full list of titles mentioned, and a few we didn't have time to discuss:

A week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
Naked, '76 by Kevin Brooks
Shooter by Caroline Pignat
Pasadena by Sherril Smith
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely
Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughn

 

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Radio Book Club episode 124: Children’s book suggestions from Saskatoon Public Library

December 7, 2016

This week I was joined by Lise Fortier, Youth Services Coordinator for Saskatoon Public Library, to hear about her favourite recent children's books. These are perfect for gift-giving, reading aloud as a family, enjoying on your own or all three!

The full list of titles mentioned:

Board books
Welcome song for baby: a lullaby for newborns by Richard Van Camp
We sang you home by Richard Van Camp

Picture books
Du iz tak? by Carson Ellis
The cow said meow by John Himmelman
Oh no, George! by Chris Haughton
King Baby by Kate Beaton
Penguin Problems by Jory John & Lane Smith
The Liszts by Kyo Maclear & Julia Sarda
The very fluffy kitty Papillon by A.N. Kang

Chapter books
​Spirit Animals and Spirit Animals: Fall of the great beasts by various authors
A year in the life of a total and complete genius by Stacey Matson
The gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

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Radio Book Club episode 123: Vikki VanSickle

December 7, 2016

This week's episode is all about middle grade fiction, so who could I invite to join me but children's book author and MG aficianado Vikki VanSickle? Vikki's here with lots of great recommendations of middle grade books to give as gifts or just read for yourself! You heard it here first: MG is the new YA.

Check out Vikki's middle grade book recommendations and learn more about her and her books at http://vikkivansickle.wordpress.com/

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Radio Book Club episode 122: Amanda Deitz

December 7, 2016

This week I was excited to talk to Amanda Deitz about her new serialized novella series, The Kate And Thomas Series, as well as how she began writing about the soap opera intrigue of a series of more than 100 (!) characters. 

Learn more about Amanda and her work at amandadeitz.com

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Radio Book Club episode 121: Brett Francis

December 7, 2016

This week's episode features an interview with speaker, mental health advocate and recently-published author Brett Francis about her book, Not Broken™: How to overcome mental health challenges and unlock your full potential!

Learn more about Brett and her inspiring work at brettfrancis.ca

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