The Proust Questionnaire, with Cathie Borrie

Caring for aging parents is a difficult right of passage that many of us will go through at some point in our lives.

The experience is often a struggle, but not without its emotional rewards, as author Cathie Borrie explores in her memoir, The Long Hello (Simon & Schuster Canada). Cathie details the emotional journey of caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer’s disease, for seven years. She shares the beautiful and intimate dialogue that develops between them, illuminates on her childhood memories and depicts the struggle to maintain a life outside of her caregiving duties.

On Writing, with Wanda Praamsma

Wanda Praamsma is a writer of poetry and literary non-fiction whose work has appeared in Ottawater, 17 seconds, Feathertale and the Toronto Star.

Wanda's first book of poetry, a thin line between (BookThug), is a verse-novel that weaves together her own Dutch-Canadian family's past and a young woman's exploration of her own being and creative life. Poet Sadiqa de Meijer praises the book saying, "Few books are so gracefully themselves: a thin line between accomplishes an atmosphere that seems enigmatically familiar, complex and unassuming."

CBC Announces Canada Reads Line Up with New Host Wab Kinew

This year's CBC Canada Reads theme is "One book to break barriers", so it makes sense that the show's new host is activist and broadcaster Wab Kinew (who also happened to champion last year's winning book, The Orenda by Joseph Boyden).

This morning, Candy Palmater, guest host of CBC's Q, announced the celebrity panellists and their chosen books for the 2015 edition of the popular literary battle.

CBC Canada Reads 2015 panellists and books:

  • Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, defending Ru by Kim Thúy (translated by Sheila Fischman)
  • Humber Writer's School

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