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August 2017 - Read Alikes: Camping Stories

Books to enjoy on your next camping trip.

July 2017 - Read Alikes: Canadian Stories

This year marks a special July 1st anniversary. This sampling of Canadian fiction and biography reveals how much the country has changed in 150 years, and how much further we need to go.

June 2017 - Read Alikes: The Couple Next Door

Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door was released in July 2016 and quickly became a best seller. The books on this list will help you find your next domestic noir thriller.

Who's Reading What? Lists

Uzma Shakir, Director, Equity, Diversity & Human Rights, City of Toronto and community activist

Uzma Shakir is a community-based researcher, advocate and an activist. She is past Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario; and an Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow and Adjunct Professor, U of T. Uzma holds several degrees in English Literature, International Relations, Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Business. Her work at the city focuses on legislative and policy compliance; administering the Human Rights Office; and embedding equity in all corporate services. She is also a writer; a lecturer on issues facing racialized communities; and the recipient of multiple awards.

Anne Marie Aikins, media relations, corporate communications and feminist

Anne Marie Aikins is a former city hall journalist and has been working in corporate communications and media relations for the past 12 years – including several years with Toronto Public Library. The past five years, she's been with Metrolinx (which includes GO Transit) as their spokesperson. She can be found on Twitter @femwriter. Says Aikins of her Who’s Reading What? list, “A few of my current favourites taught me a lot about who I am, my connection to my sons & to other women, to Toronto and my urban environment, and to feminism & democracy. Some are keepsakes for a variety of reasons and I'll return to read them again and again.”

Debbie Ridpath Ohi, children’s book author and illustrator

Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? Debbie's illustrations appear in books by Michael Ian Black and Judy Blume, and she has worked on projects with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Random House. Upcoming books in 2017 include Debbie’s second solo picture book Sam & Eva, Sea Monkey & Bob (author Aaron Reynolds), Mitzi Tulane, Preschool Detective in The Secret Ingredient (author Lauren McLaughlin), and Ruby Rose, Big Bravos (author Rob Sanders). Debbie posts about reading, writing and illustrating children’s books at On Twitter, you can find her at @inkyelbows.