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Shelf Talkers

Indie booksellers suggest what to read next, and why.

Shelf Talkers: 2017's Must-Reads

For this year-end column, we’ve combed through the dozens of recommendations, a year of reading, to create a double-handful of special books, a stack …

Shelf Talkers: Ideas for Christmas 2017!

From brunch ideas to books for kids and teens, Canada's indie booksellers have you covered.

Shelf Talkers for the Dark Days of November

The daring independent booksellers of the Shelf Talkers column have taken a peek into the darkness and come up with a great selection of titles for November. …

Shelf Talkers: Thanksgiving 2017 Edition

"One thing that I’m thankful for (and I’m sure I’ve said it before), is that every month I get to spend some virtual time with some of Canada’s …

Shelf Talkers: Back to School and Beyond

For possibly the first time in this column’s history, two of our booksellers have chosen the same book.

Shelf Talkers: August Long Weekend, 2017

Perhaps the first time CanLit and mohito have been aligned in the same sentence.

Shelf Talkers: July 1, 2017

Most years, the significance of July 1 passes with little in the way of fanfare. Sure, there are festivals and fireworks, cake and crowds, but—generally …

Shelf Talkers: Mysterious Disappearances, Bad Endings & Utopia in BC

Including a Canadian icon, a hot new must-read, a business visionary, a stunning short story debut, and utopian inspiration.

Shelf Talkers: Six New Books to Usher in Spring 2017

Our hardy crew of independent booksellers has recommendations for every eventuality, from guides to take you outside (down to the dirt or up to the skies) …

Shelf Talkers: The Best New Book I've Read

For this month’s Shelf Talkers column, we’ve set our panel of erstwhile indie booksellers a single question: what’s the best new book you’ve read? …

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