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Tackling the Big Themes

by Daniel Kalla

"I am drawn to fiction writers who highlight vital social and scientific themes through their novels. And fortunately, there is an abundance of Canadian …

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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.

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What's Possible: Chinese Canadian Poets

by Grace Lau

A recommended reading list by Grace Lau, whose book The Language We Were Never Taught to Speak is out now.

Short Stories: Fearless and Tender

by Barbara Black

A recommended reading list by the author of the new book Music from a Strange Planet.

The Chat with Jordan Abel

by Trevor Corkum

"What does it mean to be Indigenous? What does it mean to be Indigenous but to be dispossessed of both traditional land as well as traditional Indigenous …

Green and White Threads: Nigerian-Canadian Writers

by Yejide Kilanko

A recommended reading list by the author of the new novel A Good Name.

On Our Radar: Dancing Chickens, Pregnancy Loss, Powerful Poetry, and Pandemic Days

by Kerry Clare

"On Our Radar" features books with buzz worth sharing. We bring you links to features and reviews about great new books in a multitude of genres from …

Shiver Me Timbers: A Little Murder with My Fall

by Helen Walsh

"Is there anything more delicious than a chill up the spine as nights grow longer and shadows lurk?"

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Physics with Chris Ferrie

by Julie Booker

At first glance, "The Everyday Science Academy" series, by Chris Ferrie, appears to be for very young children. But the series brilliantly simplifies …

Quick Hits: 5 Gems You Don't Want to Miss

by Kiley Turner

Explore these gems including "the year's [2017] best collection of short stories," a sweeping new romantic fantasy, a striking debut, an exploration of …

Pineapple Kisses in Iqaluit

by Felicia Mihali

Books about Inuit Women, Nunavut, migration, rootlessness, tradition, and identity.

Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2021 Books for Young Readers Preview

by 49thShelf Staff

New books by Andrew Larsen, Cherie Dimaline, Jo Ellen Bogart, Wab Kinew, Eric Walters, the Fan Brothers, and so much more great stuff.

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