Editor-in-Chief’s Book Recommendations

This article was written by Sorcha DeHeer

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Cover May Vary): Lorde, Audre,  Clarke, Cheryl: 9781580911863: Books - Amazon.ca
Cover of Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider is a collection of speeches and prose by activist and poet, Audre Lorde. Lorde has contributed critically feminist discourse, inspiring writers and activists even now. Truly an inspiring writer and orator, Lorde’s work has become foundational for any feminist or scholar. I particularly recommend “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” and “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” both of which are found in the book. 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 

NACCHO Book Club: So You Want to Talk About Race - NACCHO
Cover of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race is one of those fundamental books that everyone should have on their shelf. Oluo manages to break down complex, intersecting issues on race and explains them in plain language. She articulates the answers to every question or comment made by your racist family member at Thanksgiving. The book offers something for everyone, no matter how informed you are. There is also a helpful discussion guide at the back of the book.

Birdie by Tracey Lindburg 

Birdie: Lindberg, Tracey: 9781554682942: Books - Amazon.ca

Birdie is one of those stories I often find myself thinking back to. Without a doubt, it benefits from re-reading. Lindburg teaches Indigenous studies and Indigenous law at two universities in Canada. She is a citizen of As’in’i’wa’chi Ni’yaw Nation Rocky Mountain Cree and hails from the Kelly Lake Cree Nation community. Her novel was named a CBC Canada Reads Finalist and won the OLA Evergreen Award and KOBO Emerging Writer Prize. Birdie takes the reader through a story of a Cree woman on a journey for “family, home and understanding.” The novel is one of grief, loss, abuse and hardship. Nonetheless, it is also one of strength and resilience