74 works of Canadian fiction to read in fall 2023

Here are the Canadian fiction we are excited about this season.

Here are the Canadian novels and short story collections we are excited to read in the second half of 2023.

The African Samurai by Craig Shreve

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The African Samurai is a novel by Craig Shreve. (Simon & Schuster)

Yasuke was a 16th-century samurai. He was Japan's first foreign-born samurai, and the only samurai of African descent. His story is special, and little known. Canadian writer Craig Shreve, hopes to change that with his novel The African Samurai

The African Samurai tells Yasuke's story. As a boy, he is sold as a slave to Portuguese mercenaries. A series of unlikely events results in Yasuke in Japan, now imprisoned to the powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga. From there, the two forge an unlikely bond, and Yasuke begins his journey to becoming a samurai, and the  power that comes with it. But with this power comes attention, risk, danger ⁠— and the chance to make history.

When you can read it: Aug. 1, 2023 

Craig Shreve is a writer originally from North Buxton, Ont. He is also the author One Night in Mississippi.

Our Lady of Mile End by Sarah Gilbert

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Our Lady of Mile End is a short story collection by Sarah Gilbert. (Alain Pratte, Anvil Press)

Set against the backdrop of renoviction threats and walking tours, Our Lady of Mile End is a collection of short stories about a cast of recurring characters facing personal challenges in the famed Montreal neighbourhood. Tensions and affections flare as the lives of residents — neighbours and strangers, tenants and landlords, the old generations and the next — begin to overlap.

When you can read it: Aug. 21, 2023

Sarah Gilbert is an author and professor from Montreal. She teaches in the English deoartment at Dawson College.

The Handyman Method by Nick Cutter & Andrew F. Sullivan

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The Handyman Method is a novel by Nick Cutter, centre, and Andrew F. Sullivan. (Gallery/Saga Press, Eden Boudreau)

The Handyman Method is a horror novel that centres around a young family that has recently moved into an unfinished development community. When a mysterious Internet DIY instructor hides dark messages about how to fix any problem around the house, strange things begin to happen that expose the cracks in the family's foundation.

When you can read it: Aug. 8, 2023

Craig Davidson writes horror under the pen name Nick Cutter. He has written several novels, including Cataract City, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2013, Rust and Bone, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated feature film, The Fighter and Sarah Court. His memoir Precious Cargo was defended by Greg Johnson on Canada Reads 2018. 

Andrew F. Sullivan is also the author of The Handyman Method, the novel Waste and the short story collection All We Want is Everything. He lives in Hamilton, Ont.

Breaking and Entering by Don Gillmor

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Breaking and Entering is a novel by Don Gillmor. (Biblioasis,

In Breaking and Entering, Beatrice is a 49-year-old dealing with a stale marriage and a strained relationship with her son Thomas, who is away at university. She is the primary caregiver for her mother who is in the early stages of dementia and she has trouble getting along with her older sister Ariel. Reflecting on her life and feeling unfulfilled, she discovers a talent — and passion — for picking locks. Breaking into other people's homes quickly becomes a thrilling hobby that makes her feel alive again as she begins to analyze the lives of strangers — and her own.

When you can read it: Aug. 15, 2023

Don Gillmor is a Toronto journalist and author of novels and nonfiction books, including Canada: A People's History. He has twice been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in the young people's literature — text category for The Fabulous Song and The Christmas Orange.

Nothing in Truth Can Harm Us by Colleen René

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Nothing in Truth Can Harm Us is a novel by Colleen René. (Tidewater Press, Kimberly Lee)

Nothing in Truth Can Harm Us tells the story of three women struggling to repair bonds fractured by a decade-old tragedy. Eva is an 18-year-old who has dropped out of school and is working as a dishwasher in Montreal. Her aunt Maddie has reluctantly been her guardian for the last decade despite the anger she feels towards Eva's mother Gaby — who is an inmate in a women's jail. With Gaby's parole just weeks away, her sole focus is to find her daughter — as all three women try to escape the spectre of Eva's dead father Adam. 

When you can read it: Aug. 15, 2023

Colleen René is a Toronto-based writer originally from Nova Scotia. She was on the CBC Short Story Prize longlist in 2022. Nothing in Truth Can Harm Us is her first novel. 

Back in the Land of the Living by Eva Crocker

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Back in the Land of the Living is a novel by Eva Crocker. (House of Anansi Press)

Back in the Land of the Living follows a year in the life of a a young queer woman named Marcy, who moves to Montreal in 2019 after messing up her life in St. John's. With COVID-19 and lockdowns imminent, Marcy finds herself alone in the big city doing odd jobs — some more ethically questionable than others — to make ends meet. Caught up in a tumultuous relationship with a charismatic woman, Marcy tries to create a future for herself amidst modern-day climate, economic and health crises.

When you can read it: Aug. 22, 2023

Eva Crocker is an author and freelance writer from St. John's. Her short story collection Barrelling Forward won the Canadian Authors' Association Emerging Writer's Award and the Alistair MacLeod Award for short fiction. CBC Books named Crocker a writer to watch in 2020. Her debut novel All I Ask was on the longlist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

River Mumma by Zalika Reid-Benta

A dark book illustrated with waves and a fish tail with some buildings spread out. The author photo she is smiling and wearing a colourful shirt.
River Mumma is a book by Zalika Reid-Benta. (Penguin Canada, Rogene Reid)

River Mumma is a magical realist story inspired by Jamaican folklore. The main character is a young Black woman having a quarter-life crisis while adventuring through the streets of Toronto. The story follows Alicia, a young woman who still lives at home with her mom and has no career prospects. One evening, River Mumma, the Jamaican water deity, appears to inform Alicia that she has 24 hours to find her missing comb in the city.

Why River Mumma chose her is a mystery. Alicia barely remembers the legends she was told about the deity as a child. Still, Alicia embarks on her quest through the city which turns into a journey through time — to find herself, but also what the river carries.

When you can read it: Aug. 22, 2023

Zalika Reid-Benta is a Toronto-based author who explores race, identity and culture through the lens of second-generation Caribbean Canadians in her work. The Columbia MFA graduate's debut novel Frying Plantain was on the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlistCBC Books named Reid-Benta a writer to watch in 2019 and she served as jury chair for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Empty Spaces by Jordan Abel

Empty Spaces by Jordan Abel. A black book cover with a circle of colours in the centre. A portrait of an Indigenous man standing on a path in the forest.
Empty Spaces is a novel by Jordan Abel. (McClelland & Stewart, Sweetmoon Photography)

Empty Spaces is a reimagining of James Fenimore Cooper's 19th-century text The Last of the Mohicans from a modern urban perspective. Jordan Abel explores what it means to be Indigenous without access to familial territory and complicates popular understandings about Indigenous storytelling.

When you can read it: Aug. 29, 2023 

Abel is a Nisga'a writer from British Columbia. He is also the author of the poetry collections The Place of ScrapsUn/inhabited and Injun. In 2017, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Injun.

Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue

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Learned by Heart is a novel by bestselling author Emma Donoghue. (HarperCollins Canada, Una Roulston)

Learned by Heart is the latest novel by bestselling author Emma Donoghue. The novel draws on years of research and the five-million-word secret journal of British diarist Anne Lister — dubbed by many as "the first modern lesbian."

Learned by Heart tells the long-buried story of the romance between Lister, a brilliant young troublemaker, and Eliza Raine, an orphan heiress banished to England from India. The two meet at a boarding school for girls called the Manor School for Young Ladies when they are 14 and fall dangerously in love as their lives become entangled. 

When you can read it: Aug. 29, 2023 

Donoghue is an Irish Canadian writer whose books include the novels LandingRoomFrog MusicThe WonderThe Pull of the Stars and the children's book The Lotterys Plus OneRoom was an international bestseller and was adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Brie Larson.

Rage the Night by Donna Morrissey

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Rage the Night is a novel by Donna Morrissey. (Viking)

In the novel Rage the Night, it's 1914 and 20-year-old Roan has always thought himself to be an orphan with no last name. But when a deathbed confession from the man that raised him uncovers secrets about his past, Roan sets off on a quest to find answers. He eventually finds himself aboard the a rickety old ship called the Newfoundland, where he is put to the test physically and emotionally — and meets a cast of unforgettable characters. As his story intertwines with the Newfoundland disaster he forms a bond of brotherhood with the other resilient men who risk their lives on the ice.

When you can read it: Aug. 29, 2023

Donna Morrissey is the author of seven novels, including Kit's Law and The Fortunate Brother. She has also written the children's book Cross Katie Kross, which was illustrated by her daughter Brigitte Morrissey. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she now lives in Halifax.

A New Season by Terry Fallis

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A New Season is a novel by Terry Fallis. (Penguin Random House, Tim Fallis)

A New Season is a novel about a man named Jack McMaster. From the outside, Jack's life seems idyllic — but Jack is still learning to live with a loss that he fears has changed him forever. As a last ditch effort to reclaim some joy in life he sets off to Paris where a chance encounter lands him into the art world and onto the trail of a secret the City of Light has kept for nearly a century. 

When you can read it: Aug. 29, 2023

Terry Fallis is the author of several novels, including One Brother ShyThe Best Laid PlansThe High Road and Up and Down. He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour twice, in 2008 for The Best Laid Plans and in 2015 for No RelationThe Best Laid Plans won Canada Reads in 2011, when it was defended by journalist Ali Velshi.

Tales for Late Night Bonfires by G.A. Grisenthwaite

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Tales for Late Night Bonfires is a short story collection by G.A. Grisenthwaite. (Freehand Books, G.A. Grisenthwaite)

In Tales for Late Night Bonfires, writer G.A. Grisenthwaite blends the Indigenous tradition of oral storytelling with his own unique literary style. From tales about an impossible moose hunt to tales about the "Real Santa," Grisenthwaite crafts witty stories — each more uncanny than the last.

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2023 

Grisenthwaite is Nłeʔkepmx, a member of the Lytton First Nation who currently lives in Kingsville, Ont. He made the 2021 CBC Short Story Prize longlist and his 2020 debut novel Home Waltz was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

Soft Serve by Allison Graves

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Soft Serve is a novel by Allison Graves. (Breakwater Books)

Soft Serve is an edgy short story collection all about unconventional attachments between people and the reasons they endure. Through random encounters on highways, dating apps and fast food chains, the characters in these stories connect as they wander through the spaces — real and virtual — of our modern lives. 

When you can read it: Sept.1, 2023

Allison Graves is a Newfoundland-based writer and musician. Her work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Riddle Fence Magazine and Room Magazine. Her fiction has been long listed for prizes in Prism, The Fiddlehead, The Newfoundland Quarterly. Soft Serve is her debut fiction collection. 

Uncontrolled Flight by Frances Peck

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Uncontrolled Flight is a novel by Frances Peck. (NeWest Press)

Uncontrolled Flight is set during wildfire season in the British Columbia Interior. Experienced firefighting pilot Rafe Mackie plummets to his death during a routine drop. The ensuing investigation will forever change the lives of three people: Will, Rafe's protege, Sharon, Rafe's widow struggling with his loss, and Nathalie, an accident investigator with shady connections to the accident.  

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2023

Frances Peck is a fiction writer and poet from Vancouver. Her debut novel, The Broken Places, was a finalist for the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

The Future by Catherine Leroux, translated by Susan Oriou

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The Future is a novel by Catherine Leroux, pictured, and translated by Susan Ouriou. (Biblioasis, Audree Wilhelmy)

The Future set in an alternate history Detroit where the French never surrendered the city to the U.S. It's residents deal with poverty, pollution and a legacy of racism. When a woman Gloria, a woman looking for answers about her missing granddaughters arrives in the city she finds a kingdom of orphaned and abandoned children who have created their own society. 

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

Catherine Leroux is a writer, translator and journalist from Montreal. She was shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel The Party Wall, which is an English translation of her French-language short story collection Le mur mitoyen.

The Valkyrie by Kate Heartfield

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The Valkyrie is a novel by Kate Heartfield. (HarperVoyager, Robert de Wit)

Inspired by the characters in Norse mythology, The Valkyrie introduces readers to Brynhild, a shieldmaiden to Odin the All-Father, Gudrun a princess of Burgundy and Sigurd a legendary warrior. Legends tell of love, deception and their intertwined destinies — but not all legends are true. 

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

Kate Heartfield is a former journalist and the author of The Embroidered Book. Her debut novel, Armed in Her Fashion, won the 2019 Aurora Award for Best Novel.

Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter by Emily Paskevics

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Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter is a book by Emily Paskevics. (Thistledown Press)

The short stories in Half-Wild and Other Stories of Encounter use the wilderness a a backdrop to focus on the connection between humans and the natural world and the intergenerational relationships within families. From a father searching for his wife and child wondering if they're better off without him, to an old woman standing on a frozen lake contemplating her death — this collection asks what it means to be a human in nature.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023

Emily Paskevics is a writer and editor currently based in Montreal. She is the author of the chapbook The Night That Was Animal. Her poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in numerous publications and she was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize. In 2022, Paskevics was named one of six emerging writers shortlisted for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Awards in the short fiction category. 

The Bliss House by Jim Bartley

The Bliss House by Jim Bartley. A book cover with a green fan in front of peeling wallpaper. A portrait of a man with glasses looking up into the camera.
The Bliss House is a novel by Jim Bartley. (Rare Machines, Dundurn Press)

The Bliss family has farmed the same land for almost a hundred years in The Bliss House. But now with Cam, his older cousin Wes and little Dorie, this might come to an end. They buried their grandmother over a year ago, but their Gramp's body is still with them wrapped in a tarp. Rumours start to spread through the neighbourhood and with Children's Aid on their tail, the trio head north to a cabin in the woods with the body in the trunk — and try desperately to keep their family together.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

Jim Bartley is a playwright and novelist living in Toronto. He was a playwright before he took to prose. His first two novels were set mainly in Balkan war zones.

Gull Island by Anna Porter

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Anna Porter is the author of Gull Island. (Mark Raynes Roberts, Simon & Schuster Canada)

When Jude's estranged father goes missing, she is persuaded by her mother to find his will in the thriller Gull Island. Jude makes her way to her family's cottage on the remote Gull Island to relive old memories but is shaken by what the discovers. Searching thorough the neglected cottage triggers terrifying dreams and frightening memorise from her childhood. When a storm traps her on the island with no contact with the outside world, Jude is forced to come to terms with long-buried truths that threaten her sanity — and make her fear for her life. 

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

Anna Porter was born in Budapest, Hungary, studied in New Zealand and began her publishing career in London, England, before moving to Ontario in the 1970s and working for publishing company McClelland & Stewart. She is the author of several books including her nonfiction book Kasztner's Train, which won the 2007 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the memoir In Other Words: How I Fell in Love with Canada One Book at a Time and the novels Deceptions and The Appraisal

Away from the Dead by David Bergen

Away from the Dead by David Bergen. A black book cover with tattered white fabric. A portrait of a white man with glasses looking into the camera.
Away from the Dead is a novel by David Bergen. (Goose Lane Editions, Thies Bogner)

Away from the Dead is set in early 20th century Ukraine as anarchists, Bolsheviks and the White Army come and go — all claiming justice and freedom. The book follows the lives of Lehn, Sablin and Inna, three Ukranians dealing with the chaos violence around them as the best and worst of humanity are on display.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023

David Bergen is the author of 11 novels and two collections of stories. His work includes The Time in Between, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, The Matter with Morris and The Age of Hope, which was championed by Ron MacLean on Canada Reads 2013. He currently lives in Winnipeg.

Do You Remember Being Born? by Sean Michaels

Do You Remember Being Born? An illustrated book cover with a book on a bed and an open window in the background. A portrait of a bald white man with glasses and a white shirt looking into the camera.
Do You Remember Being Born? is a novel by Sean Michaels. (Random House Canada)

Do You Remember Being Born? follows a famous poet named Marian Ffarmer, who after years of dedicating herself singularly to her art has started to question her life choices. After receiving an invitation to the Silicon Valley headquarters of one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Marian begins collaborating with a state-of-the-art poetry bot named Charlotte. What follows is a journey of self-discovery for both Marian and Charlotte, as the two begin to form a friendship unlike any Marian has ever known.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

Sean Michaels was born in Stirling, Scotland and moved to Montreal, where he currently lives, when he was 18 years old. His first novel, Us Conductors, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2014 and was nominated for the First Novel Award, the Kirkus Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. Michaels is also the founder of the music blog Said the Gramophone.

The Circle by katherena vermette

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katherena vermette is the author of The Circle. (Vanda Fleury, Hamish Hamilton)

The Circle is the third and final book set in the world of The Strangers and The Break, featuring some of the same characters. With Phoenix set for release from prison for the assault she committed in The Break, the news is sending ripples through the community. Her sister Cedar has been both dreading and longing for her return, while M, the girl Phoenix assaulted is triggered by the news. When Phoenix goes missing shortly after her release, past grievances, revenge plots and accusations begin swirling — and the community and the people who live there all search for healing in their own ways.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023

katherena vermette is a Métis writer from Winnipeg. Her books include the poetry collections North End Love Songs and river woman, the novel The Break and the four-book graphic novel series A Girl Called Echo. North End Love Songs won the Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. The Break was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. It was defended by Candy Palmater on Canada Reads 2017.

The Clarion by Nina Dunic

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The Clarion is a novel by Nina Dunic. (Invisible Publishing)

Siblings Peter and Stasi are struggling to find their place in the world in the novel The Clarion. Peter is a trumpet player who also works in a kitchen and Stasi is trying to climb the corporate ladder. The Clarion looks at themes of intimacy and performance — and how far one must go to find or lose their sense of self.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

Nina Dunic is a freelance writer and journalist living in Scarborough. She has been longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize four times: in 2023 for The Artist, in 2022 for Youth, in 2020 for Bodies and in 2019 for an earlier version of Bodies. In 2023, she was named to the CBC Books Writers to Watch list. The Clarion is her debut novel. 

Everything There Is by M.G. Vassanji

Everything There Is by M.G. Vassanji. A book cover with a landscape at night with stars streaking across the sky. A portrait of a South Asian man with grey hair and a grey beard smiles into the camera.
Everything There Is is a novel by M.G. Vassanji. (Doubleday Canada)

World-renowned physicist Nuril Islam is a dedicated family man trying to reconcile his religious beliefs with his scientific convictions in the novel Everything There Is. On a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, he falls in love with a graduate student named Hilary and betrays his wife. With his views on God and science drawing the ire of fundamentalists in Pakistan, he becomes a target when he refuses to contribute to their nuclear program. His wife Sakina finds out about his infidelity and and unwittingly betrays him as he sees everything he's worked for begin to fall apart.

When you can read it: Sept. 5, 2023 

M.G. Vassanji is an author from Toronto. He has published short stories, novels, memoir and biography. He has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize twice: in 1994 for The Book of Secrets and in 2003 for The In-Between World of Vikram Lall. He is a member of the Order of Canada and has been awarded several honorary doctorates. His novel Nostalgia was defended on Canada Reads 2017 by Jody Mitic.

Reuniting with Strangers by Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio

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Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio is the author of novel-in-stories Reuniting With Strangers. (Jose Bonifacio, Douglas & McIntyre)

When five-year-old Monolith arrives from the Philippines to join his mother in Canada he lashes out, attacking her and destroying his new home in the novel Reuniting with Strangers. The characters in Reuniting with Strangers are all dealing with feelings of displacement and estrangement caused as a result of migrating to Canada seeking opportunity. 

When you can read it: Sept. 9, 2023

Jennilee Austria-Bonifacio is a Filipina-Canadian author, speaker and school board consultant who builds bridges between educators and Filipino families. She was the runner-up in the Jim Wong-Chu Emerging Writers Award recognizing Asian authors in the Canadian Diaspora. Austria-Bonifacio made the 2022 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Her Life's Work

Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue by Christine Higdon

Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue by Christine Higdon. An illustrated cream coloured book cover with various budding plants and a beagle on it. A portrait of a woman with short hair and glasses smiling into the camera.
Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue is a novel by Christine Higdon. (ECW Press)

Set in in the 1920s, Gin, Turpentine, Pennyroyal, Rue centres around the lives of four working-class Vancouver sisters still reeling in the wake of the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed their brother. As they barely scrape by, determined to make the most of the Roaring '20s, forbidden love and betrayal abound against the backdrop of the complex political and social realities of the time.

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Christine Higdon is an author living in Mimico, Ont. Her novel The Very Marrow of Our Bones won the 2018 Foreword Indies Editor's Choice Prize. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize for Because We're Not at the Ocean, and in 2020 she made the CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Courage, My Love. Her work has appeared in Plenitude and The New Quarterly. 

Her Body Among Animals by Paola Ferrante

Her Body Among Animals is a novel by Paola Ferrante. Her Body Among Animals by Paola Ferrante. An illustrated book cover with a silhouette of a dog jumping over a mermaid's fin. A portrait of a white woman with short brown hair looking into the camera.
Her Body Among Animals is short story collection by Paola Ferrante. (Book*hug Press)

Her Body Among Animals is a genre-bending collection of short stories that merges sci-fi, horror, fairy tales and pop culture to examine the challenges and boundaries society places on women's bodies. 

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Paola Ferrante is a poet and fiction writer from Toronto. Her books include the poetry collection What to Wear When Surviving A Lion Attack and the poetry chapbook The Dark Unwind. She was longlisted for the 2020 Journey Prize and won Room's 2018 prize for fiction.

Cocktail by Lisa Alward

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Cocktail is a short story collection by Lisa Alward. (Biblioasis, Maria Cardoso Grant)

Cocktail is a short story collection that explores some of life's watershed moments and the tiny horrors of domestic life. Beginning in the 1960s and moving forward through the decades, Cocktail tells intimate and immersive stories about the power of desire — and the cost of pursuing it.

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Lisa Alward's short fiction has appeared in The Journey Prize Stories 2017, Best Canadian Stories 2017 and Best Canadian Stories 2016. She is the winner of the New Quarterly's 2016 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award as well as the 2015 Fiddlehead Short Fiction Prize. She lives in Fredericton. She was on the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize longlist for Orlando 1974 which is included in Cocktail.

Rouge by Mona Awad

A black book cover with a red rose and red font.
Rouge is a novel by Mona Awad. (Hamish Hamilton)

In Rouge, Mona Awad plays with horror and surrealist elements to tell a fairy tale about a lonely dress shop clerk who is sent down a dangerous path in pursuit of youth and beauty after her mother's unexpected death. Drawn to the culty spa her mother belonged to by a mysterious woman in red that shows up at the funeral, Belle finds herself unravelling the frightening secret behind her and her mother's obsession with the mirror and the demons that await on the other side.

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Awad is a Boston-based author whose debut short story collection 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Colorado Book Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of the novels Bunny and All's Well.

Daughter by Claudia Dey

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Claudia Dey is a writer from Toronto. (Norman Wong, Doubleday Canada)

Daughter explores the regenerative power of art, and how making art is making selfhood, when Mona Dean strives to make a life and art of her own. The story is about a playwright, actress and titular daughter named Mona Dean, who is caught in her charismatic father's web — a man famous for one great novel, and whose needs and insecurities have a hold on the women in the family. 

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Claudia Dey is a Toronto author, playwright and actor. She is also the co-designer of women's clothing brand Horses Atelier. She is also the author of the novels Stunt and HeartbreakerHeartbreaker was a finalist for the 2019 Trillium Book Award

The Observer by Marina Endicott

The Observer by Marina Endicott. A book cover featuring a landscape and a meteorite falling from the ski. A portrait of a white woman with grey hair smiling into the camera.
The Observer is a novel by Marina Endicott. (Knopf Canada, CBC)

When Julia moves back to Medway with her RCMP officer husband Hardy, she struggles to explain her new reality to old friends from the city in the novel The Observer. To reconnect with the community Julia takes a job at the local newspaper the Observer as she starts to notice Hardy burning out from being immersed in violence and loss on a daily basis. 

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Marina Endicott is the author of several critically acclaimed novels. Her most recent books include The Little Shadows and Close to Hughboth of which were longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. In 2010, her novel Good to a Fault won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was featured on the 2010 edition of Canada Reads

The Economy of Sparrows by Trevor Herriot

The Economy of Sparrows by Trevor Herriot. An illustrated turquoise book cover featuring a prairie farm with various animals on it. A portrait of a white man with blue eyes looking into the camera.
The Economy of Sparrows is a book by Trevor Herriot. (Thistledown Press,

The Economy of Sparrows is the debut novel from naturalist writer Trevor Herriot. It tells the story of Nell Rowan, a woman who has inherited her family's farmstead on the prairies. When she returns to live there after decade away, she finds herself obsessed with a 19th-century bird collector and haunted by the disappearance of her mother.

When you can read it: Sept. 12, 2023

Herriot is a naturalist, grassland conservationist, and the author of several books, including Grass, Sky, Song and River in a Dry Land, both of which were shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction. 

Flicker by Lori Hahnel

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Flicker is a novel by Lori Hahnel. (University of Calgary Press)

After reluctant psychic Cass Reisender touches a strange antique device, she finds herself transported from Calgary to West Orange, New Jersey in the year 1900 in the novel Flicker. There, she meets the dashing Erik Thorvaldsen in Thomas Edison's lab and eventually falls in love. But when Madame Freyja strikes Cass has to protect that connection to Erik or risk losing it forever.

When you can read it: Sept. 15, 2023

Lori Hahnel is the author of the novels Love Minus Zero and After You've Gone and the short story collection Nothing Sacred. Her collection Vermin: Stories won a 2022 Alberta Literary Award, and was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, the CAA Fred Kerner Award and the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Glengarry Book Award.

A Ramshackle Home by Felicia Mihali, translated by Judith Weisz Woodsworth

A Ramshackle Home By Felicia Mihali, translated by Judith Weisz Woodsworth. A blue book cover with geometric patterns and an white and blue bowl in the centre. Two portraits of Felicia Mihali and Judith Weisz Woodsworth.
A Ramshackle Home is a novel written by Felicia Mihali, centre, and translated by Judith Weisz Woodsworth. (Linda Leith Publishing)

When her marriage falls apart, a woman and her son move back into the ramshackle home in the Romanian countryside where her parents once lived in the novel A Ramshackle Home. Struggling with feelings of isolation she escapes into her imagination where her memories are interwoven with stories from ancient mythology. 

When you can read it: Sept. 16, 2023 

Felicia Mihali is is a translator, editor and author living in Montreal. She is the founder and president of Montreal publishing house Éditions Hashtag.

Judith Weisz Woodsworth is a Canadian translator and recently retired professor at Concordia University. Her translation of Pierre Anctil's History of the Jews in Quebec won the 2022 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English translation.

Semi-Detached by Elizabeth Ruth

Semi-Detached by Elizabeth Ruth. A white book cover with various multicoloured spots. A portrait of a woman with short salt and pepper hair and glasses looking over her shoulder.
Semi-Detached is a novel by Elizabeth Ruth. (Cormorant Books, Samuel Engelking)

Semi-Detached is part ghost story, part love story with a murder mystery twist. Laura Keys is a Toronto real estate agent looking to sell a one-of-a-kind house on behalf of its comatose owner, but she is being haunted by a mysterious teenage girl with a Scottish Terrier tucked in her coat. After some digging she uncovers the story of its owner Edna's ill-fated affair with her boss's daughter and a decades-old murder mystery. 

When you can read it: Sept. 16, 2023

Elizabeth Ruth is an author poet and professor living in Toronto. She is the author of the novels Ten Good Seconds of Silence, Smoke and Matadora. Her debut poetry collection, This Report Is Strictly Confidential, is forthcoming in 2024.

Wild Hope by Joan Thomas

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Wild Hope is a novel by Joan Thomas. (Ian McCausland, HarperCollins Canada)

Wild Hope follows Isla and Jake, a couple who are slowly drifting apart. Isla's farm-to-table restaurant is failing and visual artist Jake is haunted by his late father's legacy in the oil and gas industry. Jake's childhood friend-turned-enemy Reg Bevaqua is a local bottled-water baron and harbours a seething resentment toward Jake. Reg is a demanding regular at Isla's restaurant and Jake is keeping a close eye on him. When Jake disappears after a winter camping trip all signs point to Reg and his magnificent Georgian Bay property — and Isla is determined to get to the bottom of it.

When you can read it: Sept. 19, 2023

Joan Thomas is the author of four previous novels. Her first novel, Reading by Lightning, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean) and the Amazon First Novel Award. Her novel Five Wives won the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. Her novel The Opening Sky was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 2014.

The Legend of Baraffo by Moez Surani

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The Legend of Baraffo is a novel by Moez Surani. (Book*hug Press)

A mythic work of sweeping literary imagination, The Legend of Baraffo speaks to our current social climate and the ingredients for progress. This coming-of-age story, of a boy and a town, asks prescient questions about the nature of social change: is it better accelerated by those who seek total transformation or attained by those trying to work within the system?

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023 

Moez Surani is the author of four poetry books, including Operations and Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real. His writing has been published in Harper's Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry and the Globe and Mail. Surani was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Poetry Prize.

How to be Alone by Heather Nolan

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How to be Alone is a novel by Heather Nolan. (Goose Lane Editions)

How to Be Alone is a duet of poetic novellas documenting the double-edged sword of self-acceptance. Heather Nolan depicts the euphoric highs of a queer awakening and the crushing lows of feeling othered in a world that isn't built for you. The work explores themes such as isolation, trauma and loss. 

When you can read it: Sept. 19, 2023 

Nolan is a neurodiverse writer from St. John's. They are the author of Land of the Rock and This is Agatha Falling, which was shortlisted for the ReLit Award and longlisted for the BMO Winterset Award. Nolan was on the longlist of the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize for Home and Native Land. Nolan was also a reader for the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize.

Time to Shine by Rachel Reid

On the left, a blue illustrated book cover featuring two male hockey players embracing. On the right, a white woman with brown hair wears a red hockey jersey and looks into the camera.
Time to Shine is a novel by Rachel Reid. (Carina Adores)

In Time to Shine, hockey player Landon Stackhouse has just gotten his call up to the big leagues from the Calgary farm team, though he doesn't get to play much. When Calgary's star player Casey Hicks hit it off this bromance evolves into a romance between the two. But what will happen to the budding relationship when Landon's time in Calgary comes to an end?

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023 

Rachel Reid is a romance writer and die-hard hockey from Nova Scotia. 

The Adversary by Michael Crummey

The Adversary by Michael Crummey. An orange book cover with two black birds flying on either side. A portrait of author Michael Crummey.
The Adversary is a novel by Michael Crummey. (Knopf Canada, Richard Lautens)

The Adversary features two rivals who represent the largest fishing operations on Newfoundland's northern outpost. When a wedding that would have secured Abe Strapp's hold on the shore falls apart it sets off a series of events that lead to year after year of violence and vendettas and a seemingly endless feud. 

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023 

Michael Crummey is a poet and novelist from Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also the author of the novels The InnocentsSweetland and Galore and the poetry collections Arguments with Gravity and Passengers. Two of Crummey's novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction — Sweetland in 2014 and Galore in 2009. The Innocents was shortlisted for the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prizethe 2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

And Then She Fell by Alicia Elliott

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Alicia Elliott is the author of the novel And Then She Fell. (Submitted by Alicia Elliott, Doubleday Canada)

And Then She Fell follows a young woman named Alice who is struggling to navigate the early days of motherhood and live up to the unrealistic expectations of those around her. 

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023 

Alicia Elliott is a Mohawk writer living in Brantford, Ont. Her writing has been published most recently in Room, Grain and The New Quarterly. She is the author of the nonfiction book A Mind Spread Out on the Grounda columnist for CBC Arts and CBC Books named her a writer to watch in 2019. She was chosen by Tanya Talaga as the 2018 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award.

Double Eagle by Thomas King

Double Eagle is a novel by Thomas King. A book cover featuring an eagle flying over a mountain range. A portrait of an Indigenous man with grey hair and glasses looking into the camera.
Double Eagle is a novel by Thomas King. (HarperCollins Publishers, CBC)

Double Eagle is the latest entry in the DreadfulWater mystery series. Thumps DreadfulWater is tasked with making sure a gold coin exhibition goes off without a hitch. When one of the dealers at the exhibition dies it's up to Thumps to get to the bottom of the mystery as he struggles to balance the rest of his chaotic life.

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023

Thomas King is a Canadian-American writer of Cherokee and Greek ancestry. He delivered the 2003 Massey Lectures, The Truth about Stories. His books include Truth & Bright Water, Green Grass, Running Water, which was on Canada Reads 2004, The Inconvenient Indianwhich was on Canada Reads 2015, and The Back of the Turtlewhich won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 2014. 

Avalanche by Jessica Westhead

Avalanche by Jessica Westhead. An illustrated book cover featuring a giant woman standing in a lake with an avalanche behind her. A portrait of a white woman with light brown hair smiling into the camera.
Avalanche is a novel by Jessica Westhead. (Invisible Publishing, Derek Wuenschirs)

The short stories in Avalanche all take a critical look at the ideas of whiteness, identity and relationships. The characters encounter — and perpetuate — everyday racism in many of its insidious forms and reckon with the implications of that.

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023 

Jessica Westhead is the author of the novel Pulpy & Midge and the short story collection And Also Sharks. Her novel Worry was on the Canada Reads 2020 longlist. 

Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin & Marissa Stapley

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Three Holidays and a Wedding is a co-written novel by Uzma Jalaluddin, left, and Marissa Stapley. (Andrea Stenson, Viking Canada, Dahlia Katz)

Three Holidays and a Wedding is a multi-faith holiday rom-com about the love that occurs when Christmas, Ramadan and Hanukkah all fall at the same time. The story follows two strangers-turned-friends, Maryam Aziz and Anna Gibson, who are snowbound in the small, charming town of Snow Falls — along with the cast and crew of a holiday romance movie, nosy family members, and their lifelong crushes.

When you can read it: Sept. 26, 2023 

Uzma Jalaluddin is a teacher, parenting columnist and author based in Ontario. She is also the author of the novels Ayesha At Last and Much Ado About Nada.

Marissa Stapley is a writer and journalist from Toronto. Her other novels include Mating for LifeThings to Do When It's Raining and The Last Resort.

The B-Side of Daniel Garneau by David Kingston Yeh

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The B-Side of Daniel Garneau is a novel by David Kingston Yeh. (Guernica Editions)

The B-Side of Daniel Garneau is the third in a trilogy of books that include A Boy at the Edge of the World and Tales from the Bottom of My Sole. Now Daniel is preparing to graduate from med school while his boyfriend David sets out to donate sperm so his brother can have a baby. But when Daniel's celebrity ex launches a shocking exhibit, a crisis forces Daniel to re-evaluate his priorities.

When you can read it: Oct. 1, 2023 

Daniel Kingston Yeh is a Toronto-based writer and LGBTQ counsellor. He is the author of the novels A Boy at the Edge of the World and Tales from the Bottom of My Sole.

Blacklion by Luke Francis Beirne

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Blacklion is a novel by Luke Francis Beirne. (Baraka Books)

Set against the backdrop of early 1970s Ireland in the wake of Bloody Sunday, Blacklion centres around a plot by the U.S. government to infiltrate the IRA. CIA agent Raymond Daly is tasked with gaining the trust of the community an embed himself into the organization. Loyalties are put to the test and Ray finds himself having to make a decision that will have lasting effects on everyone involved. 

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2023 

Luke Francis Beirne was born in Ireland and grew up in Western Canada. His first novel, Foxhunt, was a finalist for the 2022 Foreword Indies General Fiction Award. He lives in Fredericton.

Whistle at Night and They Will Come by Alex Soop

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A black, grey and white book cover featuring a terrifying monster with evil eyes and horns. (UpRoute)

Whistle at Night and They Will Come is follow up to Alex Soop's previous horror collection, Midnight Storm Moonless Sky. The stories mix reality with dark terror to uncover th anxieties affecting Indigenous people across North America.

When you can read it: Oct. 1, 2023 

Soop is a Calgary writer of the Blackfoot Nation. His stories focus on Indigeneity, identity and the legacy of residential schools.

A Dream Wants Waking by Lydia Kwa

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A Dream Wants Waking is a novel by Lydia Kwa. (Buckrider Books)

A Dream Wants Waking weaves speculative fiction and Chinese myth to imagine a future where the ideas of sentience and personhood come into question. Yinhe is a half-human half-fox spirit living in a patchwork city called Luoyang, which is controlled by an artificial intelligence called No.1. When the AI starts behaving erratically Yinhe is sent on a mission to stave off an ancient enemy and possibly reunite with her soulmate, who was lost many lifetimes before.

When you can read it: Oct. 3, 2023

Lydia Kwa is a clinical psychologist and writer based in Vancouver. She is also the author of the books Oracle Bone and The Walking Boy

The Marvels of Youth by Tim Bowling

The Marvels of Youth by Tim Bowling. An illustrated book cover featuring a bicycle parked in front of a store.
The Marvels of Youth is a novel by Tim Bowling. (Wolsak & Wynn)

The Marvels of Youth is set in the short window between the release of the films Jaws and Star Wars and follows a adolescent boy named Sean as he pieces together a mystery that could shake the foundation of his working-class town.

When you can read it: Oct. 3, 2023

Tim Bowling is the author of several works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including The Dark SetThe Heavy Bear and The Lost Coast. He has been the recipient of numerous honours, including two Edmonton Artists' Trust Fund Awards, five Alberta Literary Awards, a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal, two Writers' Trust of Canada nominations, two Governor General's Literary Award nominations and a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of his entire body of work.

A Season in Chezgh'un by Darrel J. McLeod

A Season in Chezgh'un by Darrel J. McLeod. An illustrated book cover with an Indigenous man standing looking off into the wilderness. A portrait of an Indigenous man with a vest on looking into the camera.
A Season in Chezgh'un is a novel by Darrel J. McLeod. (Douglas & McIntyre, Ilja Herb)

A Season in Chezgh'un is a fictionalized year in the life of a Nehiyaw man and what he experiences working in a remote  B.C. First Nations community. James, a man from a small settlement in Northern Alberta has created a comfortable life for himself in a trendy neighbourhood in Vancouver. He has all the things he once dreamed of — he travels, has great friends, a great career and a caring partner — but part of him is wary of assimilating into mainstream culture. When his mother dies suddenly, James embarks on a journey to reconnect with his roots. After securing a job as a principal in a remote northern Dakelh community where he encounters poverty, cultural disruption and abuse, he is haunted by ghosts from his past that threaten to throw him off balance.   

When you can read it: Oct. 7, 2023 

Darrel J. McLeod is from Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before his retirement, he was chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. He's the author of the memoirs Mamaskatch and PeyakowMamaskatch won the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction and Peyakow was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Once Upon an Effing Time by Buffy Cram

Once Upon an Effing Time by Buffy Cram. An illustrated book cover with a woman with sunglasses looking up at a blue sun. A black and white portrait of a white woman with dark brown hair smiling at the camera.
Once Upon an Effing Time is a book by Buffy Cram. (Douglas & McIntyre)

In this novel, set in the tumultuous 1960s, young Elizabeth Squire and her mother navigate a complex relationship and become deeply entangled in an American hippie doomsday cult. This darkly comedic tale astutely dissects the various cults that shape our lives, from the cult of family to the counter-cultural movements of the times. 

When you can read it: Oct. 7, 2023 

Buffy Cram is a writer from Victoria. Her first book,  Radio Belly, is a collection of short fiction."

Sadie X by Clara Dupuis-Morency, translated by Aimee Wall

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Sadie X is a novel written by Clara Dupuis-Morency, centre, and translated by Aimee Wall. (Book*hug Press)

Sadie X is novel about the mysterious Sadie. By day, Sadie is a researcher in a lab in Marseille who spends most of her time in the microscopic world of the creatures she studies. By night, she gets lost in bars, music and drugs until a call from the past entices her back home to Montreal. When her father tells her about a new virus that's been found in his hospital, Sadie must find a solution to the puzzle.

When you can read it: Oct. 10, 2023 

Clara Dupuis-Morency is a writer and professor based in Montreal. Her first book was the novel Mère d'invention, which was a finalist for Prix des libraires du Québec, Prix du CALQ–Work by an Emerging Artist and for the France-Québec prize.

Aimee Wall is a writer and translator from Newfoundland who now lives in Montreal. Her translations include Vickie Gendreau's novels Testament and Drama Queens. Her first novel We, Jane was on the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.

The Defector by Chris Hadfield

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The Defector is a book by Chris Hadfield. (Mulholland Books)

The Defector is a follow-up to astronaut Chris Hadfield's debut novel, the space thriller The Apollo MurdersThe Defector follows NASA flight controller and former U.S. test pilot Kaz Zemeckis as he takes to the sky in aerial combat to hunt down a high-level defector and uncover Soviet secrets. 

When you can read it: Oct. 10, 2023 

Hadfield was a military pilot and astronaut for 35 years. He was the first Canadian to walk in space and served as commander of the International Space Station. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2002 and became a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. He is also the author of the memoir An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earththe children's book The Darkest Darkwhich was illustrated by the Fan Brothers, and the photo book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.

Moon of the Turning Leaves by Waubgeshig Rice

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Moon of the Turned Leaves is a novel by Waubgeshig Rice. (Random House Canada, Shilo Adamson)

Moon of the Turning Leaves takes place 10 years after the events of the post-apocalyptic novel Moon of the Crusted Snow and depicts an epic journey to a forgotten homeland. With food supplies dwindling, Evan Whitesky and his band of survivors  need to find a new home. Evan volunteers to lead  a group — including his daughter Nangohns and a great archer and hunter — to their ancestral home, the "land where the birch trees grow by the big water." Along the way, they come across other survivors — not all of whom can be trusted. 

When you can read it: Oct. 10, 2023 

Waubgeshig Rice is an Anishinaabe author, journalist and radio host originally from Wasauksing First Nation. Rice's first short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge, which was about his life growing up in his Anishinaabe community, won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His novel Moon of the Crusted Snow was on the Canada Reads 2023 longlist.

Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth

Normal Women by Ainslie Hogarth. A blue book cover with half of a woman's face covered by a cloud.
Normal Women is a novel by Ainslie Hogarth. (Strange Light)

Normal Women is a darkly comic story about a stay-at-home mom Dani who is becoming increasingly anxious about what would happen to her financially if her husband died. Stumbling into a yoga centre called The Temple, she falls under the spell of its guardian Renata who seems to be committed to helping people reach their "full potential." Things take a turn when Renata disappears just and Dani tires to piece together exactly what's going on. 

When you can read it: Oct. 10, 2023

Ainslie Hogarth is a Canadian YA and speculative fiction writer. Her other books include MotherthingThe Lonely and The Boy Meets Girl Massacre (Annotated)

Enough by Kimia Eslah

Enough by Kimia Eslah. A book cover featuring a photo of the Toronto skyline from above. A portrait of a woman with black hair and a blue polka dot shirt smirking into the camera.
Enough is a novel by Kimia Eslah. (Fernwood Publishing,

Faiza Hosseini is a ruthless executive trying to circumvent the old boys club in the novel Enough. Sameera Jahani has a passion for equity but can't get her girlfriend to care as much as she does. And Goldie Sheer has just landed her first job but work drama is making her question herself. Enough chronicles the lives of these three women of colour as they navigate the cubicles and courtyards of Toronto's City Hall. 

When you can read it: Oct. 12, 2023 

Born in Iran, Kimia Eslah spent her early childhood in New Delhi before immigrating to Toronto with her family. She is a feminist, queer writer and the author of the novels The Daughter Who Walked Away and Sister Seen, Sister Heard

Jawbone by Meghan Greeley

Jawbone by Meghan Greeley. An illustrated book cover featuring the bottom half of a woman's face with clouds covering her eyes. A portrait of a woman with dark brown hair looking into the camera.
Jawbone is a book by Meghan Greeley. (Radiant Press)

Jawbone is a work of speculative fiction that tells the story of a young woman determined to win a trip to Mars by entering a one-minute video pitch contest. As she secludes herself in a cottage by the sea to prepare to record her entry, she examines her fixation on the colour red, guilt, shame and the dramatic end of her most important friendship — all while dealing with a recently unwired jaw that makes it difficult to speak. 

When you can read it: Oct. 10, 2023 

Meghan Greeley is an actor, author, director and playwright from Corner Brook, N.L. Her play Hunger was shortlisted for the 2023 Winterset Award. Her stageplays have been produced in Toronto, Halifax and across Newfoundland. She currently lives in St. John's.

Grandview Drive by Tim Blackett

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Grandview Drive is a novel by Tim Blackett. (Nightwood Editions)

Grandview Drive is a collection of connected short stories that examine the way humans feel alone yet must rely on others. The characters in Grandview Drive long for meaningful connections and have a hard time finding them — even when those connections are right in front of them. 

When you can read it: Nov. 18, 2023 

Tim Blackett is a Canadian writer from Regina. His work has appeared in Briarpatch, Swift and Flowing. Grandview Drive is his debut fiction collection.

The Blood of Five Rivers by Arjun Bedi

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The Blood of Five Rivers is a novel by Arjun Bedi. (Palimpsest Press)

The Blood of Five Rivers is an intergenerational novel about fathers and sons and the meaning of legacy. From a rural farming village in the Indian province of Punjab, through the Middle East and Europe and eventually Canada, the book charts the journey of young man named Kaka and the indelible mark the journey leaves on him.

When you can read it: Oct. 16, 2023 

Arjun Bedi and Indian Canadian author from Mississauga, Ont. The Blood of Five Rivers is his first novel.

Mudflowers by Aley Waterman

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Mudflowers is a novel by Aley Waterman. (Dundurn Press)

Mudflowers is a novel about, Sophie, a 20-something living in Toronto's west end — where everyone is in their late 20s and makes art of some kind. Since her mother's death, Sophie has been making ends meet by making stained glass mosaics for rich people. While navigating the Toronto arts scene, Sophie soon finds herself caught between her on-again off-again boyfriend and a glamorous poet named Maggie. 

When you can read it: Sept. 19, 2023

Aley Waterman is a musician and author based in Corner Brook, N.L. Her writing has appeared in Bad NudesHart House ReviewVault ZineRiddle Fence and the Trampoline Hall Podcast. Mudflowers is her first novel. 

Yara by Tamara Faith Berger

A book cover with the letters Y-A-R-A overlain four blurry, arty photos.
Yara is a novel by Tamara Faith Berger. (Coach House Books)

The titular Yara is a teenage girl in Brazil who is in a relationship with a woman 10 years her senior who is becoming increasingly jealous and controlling. Her mother finds out and is so distraught that she sends Yara on a Birthright trip to Israel. The trip takes turn when Yara leaves Israel for Toronto and then California — gaining new insight into her own life and relationships along the way.

When you can read it: Oct. 17, 2023

Tamara Faith Berger is Toronto-based a writer of fiction, nonfiction and screenplays. Her books include Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore, Maidenhead, Kuntalini and Queen Solomon.

Nights Too Short to Dance by Marie-Claire Blais, translated by Katia Grubisic

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Nights Too Short to Dance is a novel by Marie-Claire Blais, left, and translated by Katia Grubisic. (Second Story Press)

René is finally feeling his age in the novel Nights Too Short to Dance. He wants nothing more but to continue to dress elegantly and be independent but those days are long gone. René is visited by old friends and together they reminisce about everything from past loves to tragedies and fights. The old friends find comfort and hope in each other's presence as they fight to live on their own terms. 

When you can read it: Oct. 17, 2023

Marie-Claire Blais was often lauded as one of Quebec's greatest writers. Her latest novel is The Acacia Gardens. She was the winner of numerous awards including the Médicis Prize, the W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize, four Governor General's Literary Awards and two Guggenheim Fellowships. She died in 2021.

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor and translator. She has been a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for translation and the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her collection of poems What if red ran out won the Gerald Lampert award for best first book.

The Red One by Safia Fazlul

A composite image featuring a book cover with cup of tea and a spoon laid down beside it and a portrait of a South Asian woman with black hair looking into the camera.
The Red One is a novel by Safia Fazlul. (Mawenzi House Publishers)

Nisha is an image-obsessed woman living the "perfect" life in a Toronto suburb in the novel The Red One. But behind closed doors she is in a passionless marriage with an unfaithful husband. She hides the pain of her abusive past with shopping sprees, fake friends and a secret drug addiction. A chance meeting with a mysterious man who she's instantly attracted to makes her realize that she must face her past and overcome it.  

When you can read it: Oct. 23, 2023

Safia Fazlul is a Bangladeshi Canadian author and poet based in Toronto. She is also the author of the novel The Harem.

What Wild Women Do by Karma Brown

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What Wild Women Do is a book by Karma Brown. (Viking, Natalie D'Souza)

What Wild Women Do follows a screenwriter Rowan as she's searching for her purpose and finds an unsolved mystery — the disappearance of camp leader Eddie Calloway — at an abandoned camp in the Adirondacks. 

When you can read it: Oct. 24, 2023

Karma Brown is the author of five other novels, including Recipe for a Perfect Wife. She lives in Ontario.

The Cobra and the Key by Sam Shelstad

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The Cobra and the Key is a novel by Sam Shelstad. (Touchwood Edition)

The Cobra and the Key is a satirical novel centred around the life of a writer named Sam Shelstad who is busy at work on a book about his failed relationship, while he awaits word from a publisher about the manuscript he's sure will make him a star. He's also got another project in the works: a how to book for aspiring fiction writers detailing the finer points of the craft.  

When you can read it: Oct. 10, 2023 

Sam Shelstad is a writer currently based in Toronto. He was formerly longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and a runner-up for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. He has previously published a short story collection called Cop House. His debut novel was Citizens of Light.

An Ordinary Violence by Adriana Chartrand

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An Ordinary Violence is a novel by Adriana Chartrand. (House of Anansi Press)

An Ordinary Violence is a darkly funny horror novel about a young Indigenous woman named Dawn trying to find peace in a world where the lines between the spirit realm and the real world are blurred. For most of her life, Dawn has been haunted by cryptic messages from her dead mother and when her life implodes she returns to her childhood home and must face the past. 

When you can read it: Oct. 31, 2023

Adriana Chartrand is a mixed-race Métis author originally from Winnipeg and currently based in Toronto. An Ordinary Violence is her debut novel. 

Shanghai Immortal by A. Y. Chao

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Shanghai Immortal is a novel by A.Y. Chao. (Hodder & Stoughton )

Drawing from various elements of Chinese mythology, Shanghai Immortal tells the story of Lady Jing, a half vampire, half fox spirit who struggles with an explosive temper. When Jing gets wind of a plot to overthrow the King of Hell it's her opportunity to expose the traitorous courtiers once and for all. With the help of a mortal assigned to the Central Bank of Hell, Jing sets out on wild chase that might lead to self-discovery.

When you can read it: Oct. 31, 2023

A. Y. Chao is an author and former lawyer based in London, Ont. Shanghai Immortal is her debut novel and the first in a fantasy trilogy.

Zulaikha by Niloufar-Lily Soltani

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Zulaikha is a novel by Niloufar-Lily Soltani. (Inanna Publications)

It's 2007 and Zulaikha finds herself on the same flight from Amsterdam to Tehran as a family friend named Kia who she hasn't heard from in many years in the novel Zulaikha. Zulaikha suspects Kia knows something about her brother's disappearance during the Iran and Iraq War. After their flight is cancelled, Zulaikha is taken into custody and interrogated about her relationship with Zia, which sets off a series of events that sees her caught in the crossfire of international politics.

When you can read it: Nov. 9, 2023 

Niloufar-Lily Soltani is a fiction writer, poet and translator based in Vancouver. She is a graduate of the Humber College creative writing porgram. Zulaikha is her debut novel. 

The Syrian Ladies Benevolent Society by Christine Estima

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The Syrian Ladies Benevolent Society is a novel by Christine Estima. (House of Anansi Press, Panther Sohi)

The Syrian Ladies Benevolent Society is a collection of connected stories traces the immigrant experience of an Arab family through multiple generations. From brave Syrian refugees to trailblazing Lebanese freedom fighters, Azuree knows she comes from a long line of daring Arab women. These stories follow her as she explores ideas of love, faith, despair and the effects of war — and what those family histories mean for her as an Arab woman in the 21st century. 

When you can read it: Nov. 14, 2023 

Christine Estima is a writer, playwright and journalist living in Toronto. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and she was longlisted for the 2015 CBC Short Story Prize. The Syrian Ladies Benevolant Society is her first book. 

The Lost Cause by Cory Doctorow

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The Lost Cause is a novel by Cory Doctorow. (Tor Books)

This sci-fi novel from Cory Doctorow imagines a world in the near future where climate change has gone from a divisive topic to a reality of life. Whole cities are being moved inland to prevent flooding and clean energy projects abound. But there are still aging holdouts, who refuse to let go of their old destructive ways —  and they are willing to use violence to protect their way of life.

When you can read it: Nov. 14, 2023

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian science fiction writer, activist and journalist currently based in Los Angeles. Among his many novels are notable titles such as Walkaway and Little Brother. His novel Radicalized was a finalist on Canada Reads in 2020.

Held by Anne Michaels

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Held is a novel by Anne Michaels. (McClelland & Stewart, Marzena Pogorzaly)

Weaving in historical figures and events, the mysterious generations-spanning novel Held begins on a First World War battlefield near the River Aisne in 1917, where John lies in the falling snow unable to move or feel his legs. When he returns home to North Yorkshire with life-changing injuries, he reopens his photography business in an effort to move on with his life. The past proves harder to escape than he once thought and John is haunted by ghosts that begin to surface in his photos with messages he struggles to decipher.

When you can read it: Nov. 14, 2023 

Anne Michaels is the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Trillium Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. 

The First Few Feet in a World of Wolves by Scott Mainprize

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The First Few Feet in a World of Wolves is a novel by Scott Mainprize. (At Bay Press )

The First Few Feet in a World of Wolves chronicles the fictionalization of the year the author spent teaching in Aupaluk. Told through the voice of Nomad, who finds himself very much at odds with the land itself as he slowly learns how to reconnect with his fractured history as he embraces and is embraced by the Elders and his own students.

When you can read it: Nov. 21, 2023 

Scott Mainprize is an Algonquin two-spirit lawyer and university instructor who has lived across Turtle Island. The First Few Feet in a World of Wolves is his debut novel.

The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose

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The Mystery Guest is a novel by Nita Prose. (Penguin Random House Canada, Dahila Katz Photography)

The Mystery Guest is a sequel to the bestseller The MaidThe Mystery Guest sees Molly now risen through the ranks to become the Head Maid at the five-star Regency Grand Hotel. Things are looking great until world-renowned mystery author J.D. Grimthorpe drops dead in the hotel. Molly must look deep into her past to unlock clues that reveal her connection to Grimthorpe — and hopefully solve his murder.

When you can read it: Nov. 28, 2023

Nita Prose is an Toronto author and editor. She is currently the Canadian vice president and editorial director for publishing company Simon & Schuster.

The Jazz Club Spy by Roberta Rich

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The Jazz Club Spy is a book by Roberta Rich. (Guy Immega, Simon & Schuster)

The 1930s-set novel The Jazz Club follows Giddy Brodsyk, a Jewish girl who makes a living serving cigarettes at a Manhattan jazz club called Sid's Palace. When she thinks she recognizes the man who burned her Russian village to the ground decades earlier, she agrees to become a spy for Carter van der Zalm, Commissioner of Immigration ad Ellis Island. Betrayals and intrigue ensue as Giddy finds herself in the middle of a political conspiracy on the eve of the Second World War, and has to choose between justice and forgiveness.

When you can read it: Nov. 21, 2023

Roberta Rich is a former lawyer and the bestselling author of a series of historical novels set in Venice in the 16th century and revolve around the life of a midwife. Her books include The Midwife of Venice, The Harem Midwife and A Trial in Venice.

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