Barack Obama names novels by Canadians Emily St. John Mandel, Silvia Moreno-Garcia among favorites of 2022

Former US President Barack Obama has released the annual summer reading list of his favorite books of 2022, which includes three Canadian authors among the 14 titles he shared on Twitter.

“I’ve read some great books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites so far,” he wrote.

The list included Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel’s latest novel sea ​​of ​​calm. Mandel seems to be a favorite of Obama’s as she was also on the former president’s reading list last year with her previous book The glass hotel.

He also included Velvet was the night by Mexican-Canadian writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia and the novel mouth to mouth by Canadian-American author Antoine Wilson.

Also on Obama’s list for 2022 was that of Ohio poet and music writer Hanif Abdurraqib A little devil in AmericaPulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan The candy housethe last novel by the late British thriller writer John le Carré, silver gazeand Jessamine Chan’s debut Chicago novel The school for good mothers.

Mandel’s sixth novel sea ​​of ​​calm, traversing time, space and reality. It follows a variety of characters living in British Columbia in 1912 and on the moon in 2401 as they come into contact with a time traveler who must resist the pull of altering the past and future.

Mandel is a US-Canadian citizen currently residing in New York. She is also the author of 2020 The glass hotelwho was shortlisted for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Her breakthrough novel was 2014 station elevenwas a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, won the 2015 Toronto Book Award, and became an Emmy-nominated series for HBO Max.

Set in 1970s Mexico City, Velvet was the nightthe NPR “a black with a heart of gold,” follows Maite, a secretary, and Elvis, a rock ‘n’ roll-loving jerk, as they investigate the disappearance of Maite’s neighbor, an art student, Leonora, encountering hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies along the way.

Velvet was the night is Moreno-Garcia’s seventh novel and was on the Canada reads Longlist 2022. She was born and raised in Mexico and now lives in Vancouver. Her work has been recognized with a 2021 Aurora Award, a Goodreads Readers’ Choice Award, and the Copper Cylinder Award.

The third novel by Montreal-born Antoine Wilson mouth to mouth is also on the list. The 2022 book explores themes of money, destiny and morality through the eyes of an art dealer who confesses the true story behind his success.

Wilson is a Canadian-American novelist and short story writer based in California.

An avid reader, Obama is the self-author of the best-selling memoir of 2020 A promised landwhich encompassed his rapid and historic rise to the White House and his first term in office.

He regularly shares reading lists of his favorite books and recommends Mandels The glass hotel last year and two Canadian titles in 2019: war light by veteran Toronto novelist Michael Ondaatje and Washington Black by Edi Edugyan from Victoria who was a finalist Canada reads 2022.

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