I haven't had a themed flight in a while, but seeing as shit has been getting a little too real, I figured it was time for this one. Thankfully these authors can help us through the distinctly orange-hued fog we find ourselves in world-wide:
- INJUN, by Jordan Abel: A playful yet powerful reclamation that just won the Griffin Poetry Prize.
- EXIT WEST, by Mohsin Hamid: This novel opens on the brink of civil war, when even so, people still take classes, fall in love, and follow the gently noble routines that will help them endure the unfathomable in the pages ahead.
- NO IS NOT ENOUGH, by Naomi Klein: The precise book the world need at this precise moment – appropriately orange-hued.
- CITIZEN, by Claudia Rankine: The book a young black woman was reading at a Trump rally last year – a quietly powerful act of protest.
- THE HANDMAID'S TALE, by Margaret Atwood: The novel that became the Hulu documentary.
- THE REFUGEES, by Viet Thanh Nguyen: This one is actually the lightest of the bunch! Exquisite stories about people caught between their adopted home and their homeland.
- ON TYRANNY, by Timothy Snyder: In twenty succinct points, you'll get your head screwed on right about what democracy is for: avoiding tyranny.
- THE ORIGINS OF TOTALITARIANISM, by Hannah Arendt: Published in 1951 so that we could all understand and prevent the tendencies that led to Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Time to re-up on this one.
- TELL ME HOW IT ENDS, by Valeria Luiselli: Luiselli works at the immigration courts in NYC, helping children answer the questions that will determine their fate. Brace yourself.
- AMERICAN WAR, by Omar El Akkad: A gripping story I dearly hope isn't prophetic. It tells of the ruin wrought by a second American Civil War.
Get them at The Weekend Variety (1080 Queen W), The Gladstone (1214 Queen W), The Good Neighbour (678 Bloor W), and Northwood General (800 Bloor W).