Canada Reads 2022 at McGill

Canada Reads has just announced their 2022 longlist of titles for the Battle of the Books competition. From this list five books will be chosen by five different celebrities who each champion a book. Panelists vote out a book each day until only one winner remains.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library has many of the books included on this year’s longlist. Click the links on each book for more information on how to borrow.

Driver by Marcello Di Cintio

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

Book of Wings by Tawhida Tanya Evanson

Satellite Love by Genki Ferguson *

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac *

Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough *

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller *

From My Mother’s Back by Njoki Wane

We Two Alone by Jack Wang *

The Spoon Stealer by Lesley Crewe **

* Available through the BAnQ or les Bibliothèques Montéal

** This book can be requested via InterLibrary Loan


Follow CBC Reads

The five final books and the celebrity champions will be revealed on January 26th, 2022 and the debates are set to take place from March 28th – 31st, 2022. You can watch or listen on CBC Radio OneCBC TVCBC Gem and on CBC Books

Get Home Safe.

Finals are hard, and after a long day at the library the last thing you want to do is walk home alone. Stay safe and warm with these services that help you get home. No matter what the reason, SSMU Walksafe and Drivesafe are here for you.

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WalkSafe

Operating every day from 9pm-12am, if you have a late night at the library you have a safe companion home. Just call 514-398-2498.

For more information follow them on facebook here: @SSMUWalksafe or check out their website here: https://walksafe.ssmu.ca/

DriveSafe

Operating Monday to Friday 10PM-2AM, DriveSafe offers the option for those who live a little farther from campus.

They are only picking up passengers from campus, and due to limited resources the exam period boundaries are restricted to:

East-West: Autoroute 15 to Papineau

North-South: Rue Jean-Talon to Verdun

If passengers would like to be dropped off outside of this designated area, they will drop them at a bus stop, metro, or train station near the edge of the boundary.

There is one car each night! Call (514)398-8040

Also some key information:

  • If its an emergency, don’t wait for DriveSafe, call 911!
  • Opened alcohol is not permitted at anytime in a DriveSafe van.
  • Volunteers have total and absolute discretion as to who to allow into their van and where to go.
  • It is service aimed at bringing students home safely, not a taxi service for transporting you from place to place!

For more information, @McGillSSMUDriveSafe

For their website: https://drivesafe.ssmu.ca/

A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who give their time to make their peers safer and happier.

Stay safe and take care of yourselves during the busy season. You are almost done!!

If you have any questions email hssl.library@mcgill.ca or directly contact WalkSafe and DriveSafe.

Redpath Book Display: Works of Fiction by BIPOC authors

According to McGill’s International Student Services, as of the 2020-2021 academic year, there are 11,942 international students enrolled at McGill from over 150 countries. In order to celebrate our internationally diverse study body, this month’s Redpath Book Display is dedicated to works of fiction by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) authors from a wide variety of countries. Our physical book display in the Redpath Library features works such as:

Hot Comb, by Ebony Flowers, is a graphic novel and collection of stories that examine the coming of age of a young Black girl living in the United States.

Celestial Bodies, by Omani author Jūkhah Ḥārithī, won the Man Booker Prize and tells the story of three sisters growing up in the village of al-Awafi.

No Knives in the Kitchens of this City, by Khālid Khalīfah, is set in Aleppo, Syria, between the 1960s and the 2000s and examines the lives of one family during that time period.

Harbart, by Nabāruṇa Bhaṭṭācārya, is a beloved cult novel in India, translated from Bengali into English for the first time.

Ms Ice Sandwich, by Mieko Kawakami, is a novella by an up-and-coming Japanese author.

Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett, is set in Lagos, Nigeria, and is about a Black man who wakes up on the morning of a job interview to discover that he has turned into a white man.

In the Pond, by Ha Jin, is a piece of satire about a Chinese factory worker who becomes famous for drawing a political cartoon.

Five Little Indians, by Michelle Good, is a timely look at Canadian residential schools by a Cree writer, poet, and lawyer.

In addition to our physical book display, we have also curated a list of works of fiction by BIPOC authors in e-book format on the OverDrive platform. If you are in the mood for some romantic comedies to read over the holiday season, or simply to give yourself a break during exam period, then be sure to check out works such as:

Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, by Alyssa Cole

You Had Me at Hola, by Alexis Daria

Heart Principle, by Helen Hoang

Dial A for Aunties, by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The Startup Wife, by Tahmima Anam

If you would rather read fast-paced thrillers and mysteries, then look no further than the following reads:

My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

When No One Is Watching, by Alyssa Cole

Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam

The Case of the Missing Auntie, by Michael Hutchinson

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

American Spy, by Lauren Wilkinson

The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris

No matter your taste in literature, we are confident you will find a great read from one of these amazing BIPOC authors!