Reading List – Our Father, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers

Persephone Theatre is pleased to partner with Turning the Tide Bookstore to create book lists for our performances.

Lists will be curated by the Turning the Tide staff, to act as a supplement to what you see on our stage. They will help to expand your knowledge about the themes, history and information within our productions.

All the books on the list are available for purchase through the Turning the Tide website:

The following books are chosen for Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers by Makambe K Simamba

List curated by Tracey Mitchell.


I Am Every Good Thing (Fiction)
by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C James

Siha Tooskin Knows the Gifts of His People
by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead and Chloe Bluebird Mustooch

Little Black Lives Matter (Local Author!)
by Khodi Dill

When We Say Black Lives Matter (Fiction)
by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Skin Again
by bell hooks

Young Adult

Felix Ever After (Fiction)
by Kacen Callender

Field Guide to the North American Teenager (Fiction)
by Ben Phillipe

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi

Long Way Down: Graphic Novel (Fiction)
by Jason Reynolds

Piecing Me Together (Fiction)
by Renee Watson

Creeboy (Fiction)
by Teresa Wouters


Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces
by Elamin Abdelmahmoud

Angry Queer Somali Boy
by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America
by Curtis Bunn

Brother (Fiction)
by David Chariandy

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power
by Desmond Cole

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada
edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware

The Trees (Fiction)
by Percival Everett

Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity
by Jamil Jivani

After Black Lives Matter
by Cedric Johnson

They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up
by Eternity Martis

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present
by Robyn Maynard

Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities Through Story
by Sam McKegney

Shame On Me: an Anatomy of Race and Belonging
by Tessa McWatt

BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom
by Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi


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