Craig Russell’s Book Bag for the Beach


Here are four polymathic summer reading recommendations from YA author Craig Russell:

All My Friends are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman

Original, witty, fun and touching, Andrew Kaufman’s novel – All My Friends are Superheroes – is the perfect length for a weekend get-away.

One Good Turn – A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw, by Witold Rybczynski

Brilliant. Clear. Always interesting. This one should be in your hands today. Then give it to a relative who needs to broaden their historical perspective.

The Meaning of Everything – The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

Celebrates the obsession that drove generations of men and women to create the OED. A great book about an amazing achievement.

How to Read a Novel, by John Sutherland

A good book for readers. An excellent book for writers. Sutherland has spent a life devoted to understanding writing and reading and he shares that experience in a way that engages the imagination. I especially enjoyed his peek inside the world of literary criticism.

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Craig Russell

Craig Russell is a Brandon lawyer, actor, and the author of Prix Aurora Best English Novel finalist, Black Bottle Man. Listen to author Nikki Tate’s review of Black Bottle Man on CBC’s All Points West here.