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CBC's All in a Day Book Panel


On June 5th, 2017 CBC’s All in a Day book panel, Sean Wilson of the Ottawa Writers’ Festival and Ann Archer of the Ottawa Public Library discussed their picks for the month. Sean discussed two books dealing with the idea of voice. First, Pulitzer prize winner, The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nuygen, which came out in 2015 but was brought back to mind due to current conversations about appropriation of voice in the arts. His second pick, Bad Engine, a new collection by Ottawa poet Michael Dennis, is described as poetry that is accessible to everyone, and an example of “voice in the truest sense”.

Ann’s picks both concern backwoods living--a great topic for cottage reading. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel is the true story of a man who took to the Maine woods and survived, alone and undetected, for 27 years. The counterpoint, The Lost Diaries of Susannah Moodie, by Cecily Ross, is a novel that brings to vivid life the challenging experience of Susannah Moodie, emigrating to the backwoods of Canada in the 19th century after anticipating a much different standard of living!


If you missed them on the radio, you can always listen to the podcast online!

Image: The Sympathizer

The Sympathizer

By Nguyen, Viet Thanh
Image: The Stranger in the Woods

The Stranger in the Woods

The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
By Finkel, Michael