“Growing up my parents filled our home with books and I continue to do the same in my own home.  Many of the books on this list are about being Black in Canada and of the lived experience of Black people in the Caribbean, a reflection of my Jamaican roots. Some are serious, some are comedic, some are soapy drama, some are poetry, and there are even a few plays. Enjoy!”


Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood by Rachel Manley
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

Execution Poems by George Elliott Clarke
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

Another Black Girl Miracle, Poems by Tonya Ingram
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God by Djanet Sears
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

They Call Me George by Cecil Foster
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter by David Chariandy
Owl’s Nest Books
Shelf Life Books
Calgary Public Library

About Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell, P.Eng. has had a diverse twenty-five-year career in the energy sector, with technical, commercial, energy policy, and business advisory positions in petrochemicals, oil and gas, clean technology and innovation, energy consultancies, and energy industries.  She is currently the Team Lead, Legal Registry at TC Energy Corporation.

A lifelong, community volunteer, Ms. Campbell is currently a board director with Arts Commons, is a member of the Advisory Council for Western Engineering, the People’s Warden at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Calgary, and a Commissioner with the Calgary Police Commission. She is the former co-chair of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Advisory Council.