Jael Richardson is familiar to many of us as the books columnist on CBC Radio’s q. She is also an accomplished author in her own right. Her memoir, The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lessons, a Father’s Life, explores issues of race, identity, prejudice and power as she examines her father’s journey from the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio to Grey Cup-winning quarterback. It received a CBC Bookie Award, a My People Award as an Emerging Artist and was adapted into a children’s book which was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Her debut novel, Gutter Child, about a dystopian society divided into the privileged Mainland and the policed Gutter, became a national bestseller and was a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award and the White Pine Award. Her latest book, Because You Are, a picture book about inner beauty and self-esteem, will be released this July.