Craig Kielburger's desire for social change was bred early in life, and his favourite books reflect his commitment to make the world a better place for us all. We asked the Canada Reads defender of Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian to share with us the titles of some of the other books he feels most passionate about. Poor Economics by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most brilliant books I have ever read. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl touched me more deeply than any book I've ever read. Anne Robinson hosts a chat show which invites well-known personalities to discuss the books they most love and why. BBC navigation News News Sport Weather Shop Earth Travel Capital iPlayer Culture Autos Future TV Radio CBBC CBeebies Food iWonder Bitesize Travel Music Earth Arts Make It Digital Taster Nature Local Menu Search the BBC BBC Skillswise Home English Maths Job skills Adult learning Tutors About Skillswise ? Wab Kinew is an activist, journalist, former Canada Reads champion - and now he's an author too. The Road to Wounded Knee by Robert Burnette and John Koster gives an account of the history of the American west. The Autobiography of Malcolm X forced me to think about politics, political organizing, and the ethics of activism. Reservation Blues is the story of this quasi-indigenous, multi-genre fusion blues band that starts on a reserve in the Pacific Northwest, but it draws in a number of the things that make Sherman Alexie's writing amazing. As a kid - maybe 8 or 9 years old - this was one of the first books I read about injustice.
In heart-wrenching details, he explores his own struggle as someone who felt powerless in the face of such hate. It's written by two MIT professors who explore the economics of poverty and rethink the way in which poverty has been approached and understood. Help Finding a Course Rip Off Britain Quick Reads My Life in Books Secrets and Words Mobile tool My Life in Books Anne Robinson talks with celebrities about their favourite books. It was an African writer re-taking the narrative of colonization and retelling that story from the indigenous African perspective. In my sheltered Thornhill home, this book brought me face to face with the fact that prejudice and racism were very real forces in the world - that justice is not a foregone conclusion. I fell in love with his story - with both his courage, his desire for peace and the power he had for forgiveness. As Dallaire looks at the failure of the UN in Rwanda, he shows us that we cannot always look to others to intervene.
His parents, brother and pregnant wife all perished, but Frankl refuses to give in to hate.


It's about the Crusader kingdom in Palestine, and it's very good on the hybrid civilization there, and very good on the politics and how the kingdom began to be defeated. It looks back at Wab's relationship with his father and how he grew from a troubled young teen into the community leader and devoted father he is today. It answered several questions I had growing up, like why do people outside my community view my people a different way than I do? The transformation that he underwent - in embracing true Islam at the end of his life and renaming himself El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz - laid the groundwork for how I think about reconciliation in Canada. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted is even more powerful because it asks questions about how we put lives back together after they've been damaged. This is because he speaks the many truths that we witness growing up in a reserve or a reservation or in the city as an indigenous person, but he also captures the humour.
It's an issue that I've tried to be very balanced and level-headed about and try not to fall into the hyperbole on either side. I started to question what injustices were happening in my community and in the world as whole.
It had one of the best descriptions I've read to this day of what it was like to put on armour and how to fight in armour.
I see my people as strong and proud and positive, but when I go to Winnipeg, that's not how people see us. You need to move beyond anger and retribution and towards compassion and being concerned with our fellow humanity. What role is there for people who have been very harmful, disrespectful to people in their lives? It is an epic tragedy of this man and what happens when, not just your family and your life, but your entire civilization falls apart around you.
But combined with what's happened in our country over the last few years, I recognise that a lot of what Naomi Klein argues is true and particularly strong, for me, was her argument around divestment.
In each programme Anne’s two guests share their five favourite books and talk about the impact the books have had on their lives. It answered questions like why did the Canadian military get deployed in a community like mine in 1990. They aren't going anywhere, so how do we rehabilitate, how do we deal with them, how do we bring them back into the community? Divesting from oil and gas may not be the most efficient way to exert economic influence on the carbon extraction industry but it is a way for students, for people in the general public, to say we are committed to changing for the benefit of the environment and we want to the carbon extraction companies that we don't think their behaviour is ethical and they need to change now. I was at a boarding school in England and would read them under the covers after lights out with a flashlight.


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On a literary level, it's written in Maori slang, so it also opened up to my eyes to the power of using oral narrative when writing, with different uses of tense and language.
And yet, at its core, he has a strong instinct for what is good about people, what is their instinct, why people survive devastating experiences. It's helped me crystallize my thinking about what I think is one of the great issues of our time.
It asks the questions I think a lot of people are asking themselves now, whether they are native to Canada or indigenous Africans or displaced people around the world.
It changed my outlook by providing a summary of history of a lot of experiences of native America. The identities that were constructed for us in the past no longer seem to apply, so who am I? It also speaks to colonialism, but it also speaks to a much broader, much more robust truth that all of us are seeking.
With Dickens, you're always seeing evil do its work and you're hoping that good will triumph. I came to Dickens late - I didn't like him that much at first and found him too sentimental - then I came to him again in my thirties and realized that for all of his sentimentality, he is a great writer.
Origin 8th Century BCAlexander Armstrong:Mr Standfast by John Buchan (1919)The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (1996)The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
It's a series of sketches of a woman living in the country in the 1930s, written as a fictional journal. At Lady Molly’s by Anthony Powell (1957)Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad (1900)Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (1938)   In this section 1 My Life in Books 2 Alexander Armstrong - Mr Standfast 3 Pamela Stephenson - Usborne Book of Greek Myths 4 Chris Hollins - Robin Hood 5 Nicky Haslam - Robinson Crusoe 6 Anna Chancellor - Who was Emily Davidson? It was extraordinary and funny and riveting, and it's on my list to re-read.The book she surprisingly lovedI really liked the autobiography of Keith Richards, called Life.
A couple of people told me about it and I was surprised they had read it, and I picked it up and just loved it. I thought it would be all sex, drugs and rock and roll - and of course, there is that, but there's also a lot about growing up in London, about his family and about history.



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