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CBC’s All in a Day Book Panel – December 2016


Need some gift suggestion ideas in order to help check off every kind of reader from your holiday shopping list? During Monday December 5th 2016 CBC's All In A Day Book Panel, Ann Archer and Sean Wilson discussed their winter holiday reads as well as provided listeners with various book ideas for the holiday season. It's a WINTER WONDERLAND!


Ann's 5 literary gift suggestions for this holiday season are:

For Canadian adult fiction fans:

  • The Break by Katherena Vermette

For Canadian juvenile picture book fans:

  • The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel

For the artistic acquaintance book lover:

  • 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group edited by Jacques Rochers and Brian Foss

For the natural history book lover:

  • My Life with Trees by Gary Saunders

For understanding our stressful times:

  • Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas Friedman


Sean's 5 literary gift suggestions for this holiday season are:

For curious minds - science and anthropology fans:

  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Bundle with Photographs by Wade Davis)

For the socially aware - indigenous issues devotee:

  • Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire (Bundle with The Break by Katherena Vermette)

For readers of all ages - The most acclaimed author of the year award winner:

  • Do Not Say we Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Bundle with her previous book Dogs at the Perimeter)

For Canadian history buffs - Get into the mood for Canada’s 150th Birthday:

  • The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray (Bundle with The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation by Governor General David Johnston)

For YA readers: Best bets for teens:

  • Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn (Bundle with Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel)


If you missed them on the radio you can still listen to the podcast online at the following link:

Happy Holidays from Ottawa Public Library Content Services to you and your family!


Image: The Break

The Break

By Vermette, Katherena
Image: My Life With Trees

My Life With Trees

A Sylvan Journey
By Saunders, Gary L
Image: Thank You for Being Late

Thank You for Being Late

An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
By Friedman, Thomas L.
Image: Homo Deus

Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow
By Harari, Yuval N
Image: Wade Davis

Wade Davis

By Davis, Wade
Image: Secret Path

Secret Path

By Downie, Gordon
Image: Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

A Novel
By Thien, Madeleine
Image: Dogs at the Perimeter

Dogs at the Perimeter

A Novel
By Thien, Madeleine
Image: The Promise of Canada

The Promise of Canada

150 Years—people and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country
By Gray, Charlotte
Image: The Idea of Canada

The Idea of Canada

Letters to A Nation
By Johnston, David