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Feb 03, 2021

On Monday, February 1st, CBC's All in a Day Book Panel, featuring OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, recommended some recent favourites. You can find their picks at OPL on the lists below, and listen to their discussion at the following link

CBC All in a Day Book Panel - February 2021
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Book recommendations from OPL's Ann Archer and Sean Wilson of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, presented monthly on CBC's All in a Day with Alan Neal.


Males Invading Female Sports over the Last 100 Years

One of the short stories in “We Two Alone” sounded very timely: “A young laundry boy risks his life, pretending to be a girl to play organized hockey in Canada in the 1920s.” Now President Biden has taken a blowtorch to girls’ sports in the US, allowing any boy who claims he feels like a girl to play on girls’ teams. This can’t end well. But I didn’t expect the Book Panel to make the connection. All of the books that dealt with people rather than black holes sounded a tad on the depressing side. A book published in 2019 that is anything but depressing, quite inspiring really, is “Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone”, the third and final volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography. Moore argues that Thatcher’s educational reforms in her third term were as significant as her move to let British people buy their council flats in her first term. Among other things, she established a new set of City Technology Colleges. One of these became the highly successful BRIT School for the Performing Arts in Croydon, whose students included Amy Winehouse and Adele. Why doesn’t the Book Panel review Moore’s book next month?