If you liked Wild by Cheryl Strayed, then try Nearly Normal by Cea Sunrise Person! Here’s why…
Welcome to another edition of Bookmarks, Savvy Readers! As usual, there has been a lot of great book news this week. Have you been keeping up? We’ve been collecting news stories, links, and photos that caught our eye this week, so continue reading or “Bookmark” this post for later!
1. Canada Reads Shortlist and Champions Announced
Photo via CBC Books
It’s almost that time again! Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books competition hosted by the CBC. This year’s contenders were announced this week and they all look fantastic. (Time to add them to our 50 Book Pledge and claim the Canada Reads badge!) Have you read last year’s winner, The Illegal by Lawrence Hill, yet?
Recently, Sarah and Katie sat down with Cea Sunrise Person, author of North of Normal, to ask her about her experience writing such a deeply personal memoir.
For those of you who do not know, Cea was raised off the land in northern Alberta. But unlike most commune dwellers of the time, the Persons weren’t trying to build a new society—they wanted to escape civilization altogether. Led by Cea’s grandfather, they lived in a canvas Teepee, grew pot, and hunted and gathered to survive. North of Normal is about Cea’s deep-seated desire for normality and her journey to find it.
Was North of Normal a project you knew you wanted to take on right from the beginning, or were you encouraged by friends and colleagues to share your story?
Ever since I was a teenager, I knew I would write my life story someday. I knew it was very unique, and everyone who heard even a bit of it was like, “You have to write a book!”
Are there stories from your life you wanted to include in this memoir, but they didn’t make the cut during the editing process?
Totally! My life seems to be this virtually bottomless pit of bizarre stories. In fact, there were so many left out of North of Normal that I am working on a second memoir right now. In hindsight, I’m happy they didn’t make the cut because it kept the focus of my book tighter. But there were also a few that I didn’t even attempt to tell that I think would be ready for paper now!