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I first heard of this when Farzana Doctor tweeted: "New hashtag inspired by talks @ #twucLCP2015: #ThisIsCanLit Recommend a book by a writer from a marginalized group. Check it out! @twuc" And people did. The hashtag was trending on Friday night, and so many great titles were shared.
The Wondrous Woo

The Wondrous Woo

edition:Paperback

The Wondrous Woo tells the story of Miramar Woo who is the quintessential Chinese girl: nice, quiet, and reserved. The eldest of the three Woo children, Miramar is ever the obedient sister and daughter ... on the outside. On the inside, she's a kick-ass kung fu heroine with rock star flash, sassy attitude, and an insatiable appetite for adventure. Just as Miramar is about to venture forth on the real adventure of leaving home for university, her beloved father is killed in an accident. Miramar w …

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Echoes from the Other Land

Echoes from the Other Land

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

These haunting stories beautifully evoke the oppressive lives of modern women in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Anis, a computer programmer, is at the end of her rope, putting up with the bullying criticism of a no-good, unemployed lout of a husband; Azar is a young divorcee, and the only person she can talk to is Reza; but she can see him only late at night when “they” are not around; Sharmin has Down’s syndrome and hopelessly loves Azad; he loves Kazhal, beautiful and blessed; but Kazhal …

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Forage

Forage

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Winner of the 2008 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
Finalist for the 2008 Asian American Literary Award

Rita Wong's new collection of poems explores how ecological crises relate to the injustices of our international political landscape. Querying the relations between writing and other forms of action, Wong seeks a shift in consciousness through poems that bespeak a range of responses to our world: anger, protest, anxiety, bewilderment, hope and love. In her words, "the next shift may be the biggest …

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The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy

The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy

edition:Paperback
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From award-winning author Cherie Dimaline comes a tale of struggle hope and the kind of magic that can only happen when you mix the Mississippi and the Georgian Bay.

Rudy Bloom has a lot going on; her mother is eating herself to death, a soul crushing museum job, and her flamboyant best friend who humiliates and saves her in equal doses. And then there’s a galaxy of odd planets that spin around her head. When Ruby’s sent to New Orleans for work, she finds an astronomer in an attic that just m …

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The Best Place On Earth

The Best Place On Earth

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover

“Tsabari’s characters will step off the page to captivate readers.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Confident, original and humane, these stories are peopled with characters at the crossroads of nationalities, religions and communities: expatriates, travellers, immigrants and locals. The Best Place on Earth illuminates the tenuous connections—forged, frayed and occasionally destroyed—between cultures, between generations and across the gulf of transformation and loss.

In the powerfully affecting op …

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Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary

An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.

2017 CBC CANADA READS SHORT-LIST
WINNER OF THE 2015 GILLER PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2015 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE 2015 TORONTO BOOK AWARDS

– I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.

– I'll wagera year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.

An …

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The Stone Thrower

The Stone Thrower

A Daughter's Lessons, a Father's Life
edition:eBook
also available: Digital edition Paperback

A daughter discovers herself while uncovering her father’s legendary past in football.
At the age of thirty, Jael Ealey Richardson travelled with her father – former CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey – for the first time to a small town in southern Ohio for his fortieth high school reunion. Knowing very little about her father’s past, Richardson was searching for the story behind her father’s move from the projects of Portsmouth, Ohio to Canada’s professional football league in the earl …

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Giant

Giant

edition:Paperback
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How do you fit in in a new country when you’re a “giant freak,” you don’t speak the language and bizarre things are happening to your motherland as well as to your body? In a candid and peculiar voice reminiscent of Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals, Aga Maksimowska tells the story of an eleven-year-old girl in an adult’s body whose coming of age in a country undergoing a revolution is interrupted by a sudden and cruel move to Canada. Readers will find the story of t …

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