Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Molly Johnson’s latest album, 2018’s Meaning to Tell Ya, is a mix of funk, soul and jazz. Photo: Chris Nicholls Photography

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Molly Johnson on James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Candacy Taylor

The award-winning jazz vocalist, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist would love to dine with Desmond Cole and Margaret Atwood / BY Athena McKenzie


  • What’s the best book you’ve read this year and why?
    James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain. It reminds me of the past and the hard road ahead.
  • What book can’t you wait to dive into and why?
    Candacy Taylor’s Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America to understand my parents’ generation and how far we have come.
  • What’s your favourite book of all time?
    Choosing my favourite book of all time is like choosing a favourite child – impossible. I really love Louise Penny and would love to move to the fictional town she created.
  • What book completely changed your perspective?
    Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon is a gorgeous story that helped me understand where I come from.

  • If you could have dinner with any author, living or dead, who would it be? Desmond Cole and Margaret Atwood – lively conversation and good food and wine.

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