Reading List 2018

1. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
2. A History of the World by Andrew Marr
3. God's Chinese Son by Jonathan Spence
4. Wonderful Life by Stephen Jay Gould
5. Everything About Us, edited by Sharon Bakar
6. Red Star over China by Edgar Snow
7. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
8. Habit of a Foreign Sky by Xu Xi
9. Straits Eclectic, edited by Nine
10. Y: The Descent of Men by Steve Jones
11. The Face: Strangers on a Pier by Tash Aw
12. Thinner than Skin by Uzma Aslam Khan
13. The First Five, edited by Chan Wai Han
14. Saudade by Anik See
15. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Doestoevsky
16. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
17. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
18. Gold by the Inch by Lawrence Chua
19. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History by Sidney W Mintz
20. Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
21. History's People by Margaret MacMillan
22. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
23. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
24. Two Innocents in Red China by Jacques Hébert and Pierre Elliott Trudeau
25. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
26. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy
27. Anti-Asian Violence in North America, edited by Patricia Wong Hall and Victor M Hwang
28. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
29. Nine Dayak Nights by WR Geddes
30. Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism by Xiaoping Li
31. The Execution of Mayor Yin by Chen Jo-hsi
32. Chronicles: Volume 1 by Bob Dylan
33. History Will Absolve Me by Fidel Castro
34. Brida by Paulo Coelho
35. Black Power by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton
36. The Other Side of Gold Mountain by Brian L. Evans
37. The Unceasing Storm by Katherine Luo
38. Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong
39. Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
40. The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80 by Wing Chung Ng
41. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
42. Racism and Racial Discrimination in Malaysia by Kua Kia Soong
43. Longitude by Dava Sobel
44. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
45. Is Just A Movie by Earl Lovelace
46. Othello by William Shakespeare
47. Museums & Women by John Updike
48. One Hundred Million Hearts by Kerri Sakamoto
49. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
50. The Boat to Redemption by Su Tong
51. A Rebel in Gaza by Asmaa al-Ghoul and Selim Nassib
52. Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry
53. A House in Bali by Colin McPhee
54. The City in Mind by James Howard Kunstler
55. The Seven Muses of Harry Salcedo by Vincent Ternida
56. The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
57. Vancouver Confidential, edited by John Belshaw
58. Vanishing British Columbia by Michael Kluckner
59. Reading the Riot Act by Michael Barnholden
60. City of Love and Revolution by Lawrence Aronsen
61. Vancouver Special by Charles Demers
62. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
63. God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya
64. Dangerous Love by Ben Okri
65. Touch the Earth: A Self-Portrait of Indian Existence by TC McLuhan
66. Thunder Out of China by Theodore White and Annalee Jacoby
67. Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System by Oran Hesterman
68. The Food of the Gods by HG Wells
69. The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers
70. The Plague by Kevin Chong
71. An Ordinary Star by Carole Giangrande
72. The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer
73. To Love the Coming End by Leanne Dunic
74. Where I'd Rather Go: More Essays beyond the Comfort Zone, edited by Tyee Bridge
75. Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa
76. Out of the Blue by Jan Wong
77. Hope and Despair by Monia Mazigh
78. Your Republic is Calling You by Kim Young-Ha
79. The Long March by Sun Shuyun
80. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
81. Asian-American Heritage, edited by David Hsin-Fu Wand
82. the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur
83. The Projectionist by Michael Helm
84. Cheap Wage Labour: Race and Gender in the Fisheries of British Columbia by Alicia Muszynski
85. I'm Not Chinese by Raymond M. Wong
86. Monkey Puzzle by Rita Wong
87. Man of Everest: The Autobiography of Tenzing Norgay as told to James Ramsey Ullman
88. Many-Mouthed Birds, Edited by Bennett Lee and Jim Wong-Chu
89. Creative Superpowers, Edited by Laura Jordan Bambach, Mark Earls, Daniele Fiandaca, Scott Morrison
90. Tin Man by Sarah Winman
91. 1968: On the Edge of World Revolution, Edited by Philipp Gassert and Martin Klimke
92. The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan
93. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
94. A Guided Tour Through The Museum of Communism by Slavenka Drakulić
95. Emily Kato by Joy Kogawa
96. My Year of the Racehorse by Kevin Chong
97. Nine Dragons by Jovanni Sy
98. Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong
99. Masters of Mankind by Noam Chomsky
100. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
101. Finding Mr. Wong by Susan Crean
102. The Three Pleasures by Terry Watada
103. Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre
104. Waiting for the Revolution by Sally Clark
105. Winners by Alastair Campbell
106. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
107. Why We Act Like Canadians by Pierre Berton
108. Landscape Design in Chinese Gardens by Frances Ya-Sing Tsu
109. Creating a Chinese Garden by David H Engel
110. Echoes from the Other Land by Ava Homa
111. The Art of Fiction by David Lodge
112. Sin by Josephine Baker

In residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House


  1. Hey Will!

    Just came across your blog as I was going through my emails. We had a brief exchange when you published King of Petaling Street. Lovely list you've got here. Looking forward to reading your reviews! Hope all is well.

    Michelle on


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