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Something Fierce selected for the 2012 Canada Reads: True Stories

Something Fierce selected for the 2012 Canada Reads: True Stories

November 2011

Douglas & McIntyre is delighted to announce that Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter has been chosen as one of the five titles battling it out for the 2012 CBC Canada Reads crown.

For the first time ever, CBC’s annual battle of the books will focus on non-fiction. The panelists will determine Canada’s must-read non-fiction title for 2012 during four hour-long debates, Feb. 6-9, in front of audiences in Toronto. The shows will air live on CBC Radio One and will be live-streamed on CBC Books. They will also air daily on CBC’s documentary channel, with recap specials the following weekend on CBC TV and CBC Radio One.

Aguirre’s champion for Something Fierce is Shad, a Juno Award-winning rapper. A hiphop luminary with a master’s degree in liberal studies, Shad is often pegged as “the thinking man’s rapper,” thanks to his witty wordplay, thoughtful lyrics and smooth delivery. Shad was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents. He was raised in London, Ontario, and now calls Vancouver home.

Something Fierce is a gripping, darkly comic memoir of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Aguirre captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. Something Fierce is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

CARMEN AGUIRRE is a Vancouver-based writer and theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written or co-written eighteen plays, including The Refugee Hotel, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play in 2010. Aguirre’s Blue Box, a one-woman show based on the same life experiences as in Something Fierce, will premiere in 2012.

Check out www.cbc.ca/books for daily updates about Canada Reads.

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