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July 2016 - Read Alikes: Jason Bourne

From amnesiac spies to thrilling international games of cat and mouse, keep your adrenaline going with some of these titles similar to this summer’s blockbuster, Jason Bourne.

June 2016 - Read Alikes: Aboriginal History Month

A collection of novels and short stories that explore and articulate the Aboriginal peoples’ experience and our country’s shared history. The grace, insight, and humour of these authors helps all Canadians understand the forces and experiences that have made us who we are.

May 2016 - Read Alikes: The Widow

Fiona Barton’s debut novel is a dark, psychological thriller about an accused child murderer and the lives of those affected by the crime. Here are some other dark and chilling reads in the domestic noir genre, which are primarily focused on the home and families, and concerns itself largely with the female experience.

Who's Reading What Lists

John Lorinc, journalist

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist, editor and author. He writes about urban affairs, business and local history for a range of publications, including The Globe and Mail, Spacing, The Toronto Star and Walrus. He is co-editor of The Ward and Subdivided, both from Coach House Books.

Robert J. Sawyer, Science Fiction writer

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else ever in the history of the science-fiction and fantasy genres. The 2009 ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. In 2014, Rob was one of the initial nine inductees to the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. His 23rd novel, Quantum Night, about an experimental psychologist trying to recover memories of a time in which he himself might have been a psychopath, was published in March 2016 and spent five weeks on the Maclean’s fiction bestsellers list.

Jo-Anne McArthur, photojournalist and author

Award-winning photojournalist and author Jo-Anne McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals around the globe for over a decade. Her work has contributed to hundreds of campaigns, protests, editorials, organizations and academia. She is the founder of the We Animals project; author of the book We Animals; and the subject of the celebrated film The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne comes from a family of avid readers and part of their regular banter is about what they’re reading, what they liked and why. She says “Books, both fiction and non-fiction alike, shape us and can provide us with insight into our own lives through relatable characters, times, places and ideas. We see ourselves in the pages; we are transformed. We learn. Books make us better.”