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Shelf Talkers

Indie booksellers suggest what to read next, and why.

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? …

Shelf Talkers: The Mystery Edition

While readers likely need no reminder, the recent success of CTV’s Cardinal (based on Giles Blunt’s Forty Words for Sorrow) alerted many viewers to …

Shelf Talkers: On Family Day

When Victoria's great booksellers Jim Munro and Mel Bolen passed away late last year, their losses cut through our family, from coast to coast. The outpouring …

Shelf Talkers: Under the Tree 2016!

Canada's erudite, well-read indie booksellers have, this month, provided their choices for the best books of 2016.

Shelf Talkers: Remembrance Day 2016

From an exploration of the nature of Remembrance Day itself, to an examination of what it means to be Canadian, to a heartbreaking account of a story …

Shelf Talkers: From Outer Space to Wrestling Rings to Vietnam

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to you, faithful readers, who return to these pages and these bright, eclectic folks to discover—just as I do—what …

Shelf Talkers: Private Detectives, Secret Mommies, Suspicious Men, and More

With the cooling of the year comes the fall book season, a treasure trove of new releases and prize shortlists, award ceremonies, and new favourites. …

Shelf Talkers: August Is the Best Time for Reading

It’s all part of the experience: brave the heat and make your way to your local independent bookstore (bonus: many of them are air-conditioned!) and …

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  • The Chat

    By Trevor Corkum

    Great writers from across the country sit down with us to talk about their books, and the stories behind them.

  • Shelf Talkers

    Rob Wiersema

    Indie booksellers from coast to coast tell us the books they can't stop recommending to their customers.

  • Quick Hits

    Kiley Turner

    The best books are timeless, and they deserve to find readers whenever and wherever.

  • Notes From a Children's Librarian

    Julie Booker

    Our resident children's librarian columnist chooses books by theme for children of all ages.

  • On Our Radar

    Kerry Clare

    We spotlight books generating buzz all over the web, and beyond.