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Inquisitive and expansive, Like a Boy but Not a Boy explores National Magazine award-winning author and editor andrea bennett’s experiences with gender expectations, being a non-binary parent, and the sometimes funny and sometimes difficult task of living in a body.
Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. American Book Award-winner Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds.
Winner of the Lambda Literary Prize and Toronto Book Prize finalist for her novel Six Metres of Pavement, Farzana Doctor is back with Seven: a rich, soulfully written novel about inheritance and resistance that tests the balance between modern and traditional customs.
American editor and writer, John Freeman, is a Festival favourite, offering insights and recommendations that illuminate contemporary literature. In The Park, his second book of poetry, Freeman uses a park as a petri dish, turning a deep gaze on all that pass through it.
Covering twenty-six years and selected from eight previous volumes, the poems in Governor General’s Award for Poetry finalist Patrick Friesen’s collection reject wisdom; rather, they are infused with the kind of knowledge that comes from having weathered many seasons yet still remaining open to wonder.
Thomas Homer-Dixon, the renowned Governor General’s Non-Fiction Award-winning author of The Upside of Down, is back with a highly anticipated new work. He turns his attention to how we can shift human civilization onto a decisively new path if we mobilize our minds, spirits, imaginations and collective values.
Award-winning novelist Joe Ide’s private investigator IQ became one of the best-loved detectives of modern crime, and quickly made Ide a multi-bestselling author. In Hi Five, IQ is back to piece together a Newport Beach murder with an eyewitness who gives “people person” a whole new meaning.
In the third book in Jess Keating’s Elements on Genius series, Genius Academy is under attack! When a routine operation goes horribly wrong, Nikki Tesla and the team take the blame for an international incident of epic proportions, and the school is shut down indefinitely.
Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis boldly breaks through the narrative of doom and gloom that has overtaken conversations about our future to show why hope, not fear, is our most powerful tool for tackling the planetary crisis.
In this Michael L. Printz Award-winning novel, five estranged cousins are lost in a maze of their family’s tangled secrets. Their grandparents, former potato farmers Gottfried and Marla Hemmings sit atop a million-dollar bank account—wealth they’ve refused to pass on to their adult children or their five teenage grandchildren.
Sara wants one thing: to be normal. What she has instead are multiple diagnoses from her doctor that cause her to isolate herself. She rarely speaks at school, and doesn’t have any friends. When she starts group therapy, she meets talkative and outgoing Erin, who doesn’t believe in “normal.”
In A Good War, author, activist and founding director of BC’s Canadian Centre for Public Alternatives chapter Seth Klein revisits and reframes strategies from WWII, demonstrating that change can be productive, creating jobs and reducing inequality while tackling our climate obligations.
From the time we’re born, our brains sort and label the world around us—a skill that’s crucial for survival. But, when we do this to people, it can cause great harm. Tanya Lloyd Kyi’s newest release is a primer to the science behind stereotypes that will help young people understand why we classify people and how we can change our thinking.
In a rusted unnamed city full of five-dollar hotels and flea markets, a young homeless girl named Eggs is trying to make her way in the world. She’s shy and bold at the same time, and wary of strangers, but she is convinced beyond all reason that she can fly.
Inspired by Petra Kelly, the original Green Party leader who fought for the planet in 1980s Germany, Petra is a captivating new novel about a woman who changed history and transformed environmental politics—and who, like many history-changing women, has been largely erased.
Fairy tales shape how we see the world, so what happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty? If every disabled character is mocked and mistreated, how does the Beast ever imagine a happily-ever-after?
Award-winning novelist Nancy Lee’s latest collection of poetry is a searing exploration of girlhood pre- and post- the #MeToo movement. These poems confront how socially ingrained violence and sexual power dynamics distort and dislocate girlhood, womanhood, and relationships.
World-renowned scholar and bestselling author of The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, Amin Maalouf traces how civilizations have drifted apart throughout the 20th century, mixing personal narrative and historical analysis to provide a warning signal for the future.
A booksmart kid from Toronto, Eternity Martis was excited to move away to Western University for her undergraduate degree. But as one of the few Black students there, she soon discovered that the campus experiences she’d seen in movies were far more complex in reality.
An exciting new work from Learning to Breathe author and Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, Janice Lynn Mather, Facing the Sun revolves around four friends in the Caribbean—Eve, Faith, KeeKee and Nia—who are facing unexpected changes in their lives
From the bestselling author of Cloud Atlas and two-time Booker Prize finalist David Mitchell comes the story of Utopia Avenue and its age; of riots in the street and revolutions in the head; of drugs and thugs, schizophrenia, love, sex, grief, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t.
Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley’s most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.
Internationally beloved author Kenneth Oppel introduced us to alien plants with deadly toxins in Bloom. In the first book, Seth, Anaya and Petra found themselves strangely immune to the toxins and combatted them. Now in Hatch, the second novel in the trilogy, the rain brings eggs that hatch into large, dangerous insects.
Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton’s powerful story of an Inuvialuit girl standing up to the bullies of residential school has been reissued to commemorate the memoir’s 10th anniversary with updates to the text, reflections on the book’s impact, and a bonus chapter from the acclaimed follow-up, A Stranger at Home.
Governor General’s Literary Award-winning author David A. Robertson’s new novel revolves around two Indigenous children, Morgan and Eli, who live in foster care. One day, they find a portal to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher).
A MacEwan Book of the Year winner and finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and Trillium Book Award for This Accident of Being Lost, Nishnaabeg writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson has returned with a bold and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics in Noopiming.
An instant #1 New York Times bestseller. From Emily St. John Mandel, the Arthur C. Clarke and Toronto Book Award-winning author of Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel is a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts and moral compromise.
Yorick is a skeleton who was just dug up after a few hundred years of sleep. He speaks like it too. “Forsooth, my joy, I barely can contain!” Bones is the hungry dog who did the digging. Though he cannot speak, he can chomp. What will become of these two unlikely companions?
Nainoa Flores is known as the boy who was rescued by sharks after falling off a cruise ship in Hawai’i. The strange abilities he acquires after this begin to drive his family apart, while he also struggles with his newly discovered powers while working as a paramedic.