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Canadian Comics for First Nations Schools: A Lit Wish from the One Tribe Anthology

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For the second year in row, we’ve been spending the holiday season making Lit Wish Lists—lists of books we want to give, books we want to get, books to read or reread. And all this thinking about Lit Wish Lists got us pondering the nature of the Lit Wish; what exactly might one of these look like? So we went exploring to find out, and came up with three excellent Lit Wishes worthy of coming true in 2014. This one is by writer/editor James Waley, the force behind the One Tribe Anthology project. 

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Chad Solomon - Rabbit and Bear Paws

Chad Solomon - Rabbit and Bear Paws

The One Tribe comic book anthology is a not-for-profit fundraiser production currently being assembled for release later in 2014, in association with the Canadian publisher known for reissuing the legendary Classics Illustrated comic book line, Jack Lake Productions

Like many of their superhero characters, Canadian comic book creators have a reputation for being caring, compassionate individuals with a strong sense of justice, and they have often answered the call for assistance regarding world crises. Art auct …

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Arjun Basu Recommends Some Poetry, Some Imperfection, and Some Coupland

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Arjun Basu, author of the short story collection Squishy, the upcoming novel Waiting for the Man, and countless—read thousands and thousands—"twisters" (tweet-sized stories), gives us his Lit Wish List picks.

Visit Arjun at his website and follow him on Twitter as @arjunbasu.

Want recommendations for books to buy this holiday season in many genres? Catch up with all our Lit Wish List coverage here.

 

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Down to the Wire: Non-Fiction Lit Wish List

Was there ever a catch-all quite like the term "non-fiction"? Luckily, that catch-all can step in and catch you in these final shopping days before Christmas. Because here on our Non-Fiction LitWishList, you will find a little bit of everything, and we've organized these great books by topic to make it even easier for you to match each reader on your list to his or her perfect book. 

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History

You can't go wrong with history books because they've got everything—great stories, facts and trivia, plus it's learning, so it's good for you. Here are four books by award-winning Canadian biographer/historians.  

 

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The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan

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Aunt Winnie by Elspeth Cameron

The Massey Murder

The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte Gray

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The Canadian Sleuth Lit Wish List

How the Light Gets In, the latest book in Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, was a huge international success this year, proving once again that Canadian crime fiction knows what it’s doing. And although it is unclear whether or not Penny has more Gamache novels in the works, there is a huge variety of other Canadian crime/detective series to try out in the meantime. (And get ready—quite a few of these series have new instalments due in 2014!)

But how to choose which series to start with?

Well, it’s easy with our handy #LitWishList of fictional Canadian sleuths. Think of it like sleuthy speed-dating—peruse the list to see who catches your fancy. Though you just may end up wanting to read them all.

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The Toronto Lesbian PI: Calli Barnow

Last Seen: Yellow Vengeance by Liz Bugg

After narrowly escaping death while solving her last case, the Toronto PI is settling happily into married life with her new wife, Jess. Once again, however, trouble is looming: Jess wants a baby but Calli would rather fight a psycho with a gun than contemplate parenthood. When an old school friend asks Calli to investigate her mother’s death, Calli jumps at the chance to distract herself with work. Her plans go awry when her own mother reveals a shocking secret that threatens …

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Holiday Gift Picks From Some of Canada's Hottest Writers: Part 2

Leading up to the holidays, we asked some of Canada's most notable authors for the one book they know they'll give this Christmas. Earlier this week we featured the picks of Lisa Moore, Todd Babiak, Steven Heighton, Stacey May Fowles, Cynthia Flood, Amber Dawn, Nicole Lundrigan, and Charlotte Gill.

Today, we add even more to the mix with Douglas Glover, Ayelet Tsabari, George Murray, Matthew Heiti, Catherine Bush, Saleema Nawaz, Jennifer LoveGrove, Kelli Deeth, and Sandra Ridley. You can link to their books, too (and be glad you did!).

Thanks to all the amazing authors who participated—and here's to another stunning year in Canadian books, writing, and reading.

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Douglas Glover picks Leonard Cohen's Beautiful Losers: "Beautiful Losers is a blasphemous, masturbatory, scatological masterpiece, one of the few Canadian works of literature to escape the gravitational pull of verisimilitude (that seems to have a lock on the Canadian creative soul) and project itself into the larger world discourse of modernism and postmodernism.

After Beautiful Losers, o …

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Canadian Bookstores' Top Tween and Teen (YA) Fiction in 2013

In their busiest season of the year, the staff at Ella Minnow (Toronto), Kaleidoscope Books (Ottawa), Woozles (Halifax), and Babar Books (Montreal) and McNally Robinson (Winnipeg and Saskatoon) nonetheless pulled together a selection of excellent Canadian tween and teen fiction – complete with the reasons they love them and in addition to the list of books for littler kids we featured earlier this week. It's with much appreciation that we present this fantastic list ... please check out all the books here.

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Middle Grade: This can be such a tricky age to buy for, as reading level and also maturity can be so variable among tweens. Here are some books that just might be the right fit for the tween in your life:

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Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen (McNally Robinson): "The title makes you pick this book up but the story makes it all worthwhile as Violet tries to help her mom cope after a devastating divorce."

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny – Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath (McNally Robinson): "A hilarious over-the-top mystery from the author of Everything On a Waffle, translated from Rabbit."

That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore (Ella Minnow): "This depression era novel set in PEI features a handy, clever, but not bookish Red. It is a smartly told a …

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Diverse CanLit: A Lit Wish From Léonicka Valcius

For the second year in row, we’ve been spending the holiday season making Lit Wish Lists—lists of books we want to give, books we want to get, books to read or reread. And all this thinking about Lit Wish Lists got us pondering the nature of the Lit Wish; what exactly might one of these look like? So we went exploring to find out, and came up with three excellent Lit Wishes worthy of coming true in 2014. This one is by Léonicka Valcius, the force behind "Diverse CanLit"

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I only discovered CanLit two years ago. Though I was born in Montreal, I grew up in the US. The only exposure I had to Canadian literature was reading The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (still one of my favourites) for my WorldLit course in high school and stumbling on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale at the library. When I joined the publishing industry, I felt woefully behind and did my best to play catch up.

My foray into the Canadian literary canon fizzled out quickly. The popular conception of CanLit was overwhelmingly white. Although the books were beautifully written, I couldn’t shake the feeling that they weren’t written for people like me—they certainly weren’t written by people like me.

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Lit Wish List 2013: Mandy Brouse (Words Worth Books)

Lit Wish List 2013 continues with Mandy Brouse, co-owner of Words Worth Books in Waterloo, ON. Factoid: Before Mandy became co-owner of the store, she was named Young Bookseller of the Year from the Canadian Booksellers Association in 2010. Mandy recently became a member of the Waterloo Uptown Vision committee and the Advisory Committee on Culture, via the City of Waterloo.

Visit Words Worth Books in person or online. Follow them on Twitter as @BooksWordsWorth.

 

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Canadian Kids' Bookstores Choose Their Top Books for Little Kids in 2013

We are delighted to present amazing gift ideas from four kids-focused bookstores: Ella Minnow (Toronto), Kaleidoscope Books (Ottawa), Woozles (Halifax), and Babar Books (Montreal) as well as from the kids' book staff at McNally Robinson (Winnipeg and Saskatoon). This post will focus on books for younger readers, divided into board books, picture books, and first chapter books. Later in the week we will post the stores' picks for older kids—middle-grade and YA.

We will introduce each category then provide a link to the full list.

Many thanks to the staff and owners of the participating bookstores; they happily made their selections, complete with annotations, at the height of their busiest season of the year. We appreciate it!

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Board books: These are the sturdy little numbers our kids booksellers chose (the full list includes annotations and links to the books on our site):

Little You by Richard Van Camp (McNally Robinson and Woozles)

The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson illustrated by Julie Morstad (McNally R

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In My Tree by Sara Gillingham and …

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Holiday Gift Picks From Some of Canada's Hottest Writers: Part 1

Leading up to the holidays, we asked some of Canada's most notable authors for the one book they know they'll give this Christmas. Our contributors have all won major lit awards and/or critical acclaim; you can check out their most recent books, listed just below their picks. Later this week, we'll post Part 2, featuring Kelli Deeth, Catherine Bush, Matthew Heiti, Douglas Glover, Sandra Ridley, George Murray, Ayelet Tsabari, Jennifer LoveGrove, and Saleema Nawaz.

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Lisa Moore picks Michael Winter's Minister Without Portfolio: "I am going to give Michael Winter's Minister Without Portfolio because it captures outport Newfoundland as it is today. The renovation of traditional houses, joists shored up, rippled window panes jostled, and dories banged about by whales, forest fires, through which one can catch glimpses of lake, between flames and heat-crimped air, and a girl floating on an air mattress with a paperback resting, open, spine up, on her thigh, and later, the shadow of a beaver swimming under a solid foot or two of ice, the whiff of frost an …

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A Lit Wish From Holly Kent and the National Reading Campaign

For the second year in row, we’ve been spending the holiday season making Lit Wish Lists—lists of books we want to give, books we want to get, books to read or reread. And all this thinking about Lit Wish Lists got us pondering the nature of the Lit Wish; what exactly might one of these look like? So we went exploring to find out, and came up with three excellent Lit Wishes worthy of coming true in 2014. First up is one by Holly Kent, Community Manager of the National Reading Campaign

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My Lit Wishes for 2014?

I’d like every person on earth to be literate—highly literate. I’d like books and other reading materials to be accessible, affordable, and widely purchased all over the world, outselling all other media. I’d like Alice Munro to be required reading for all human beings. I’d like all students to have fifth-grade teachers like Mr. Bromley and for their reading habits to be changed forever when he hands you a copy of The Giver, like mine were. I’d like all minds to be blown in the 11th grade when Ms. Tarawana recommends The Handmaid’s Tale. (What is it about dystopian novels that change lives?) I’d like everyone to be raised by passionate readers, to audit at least one long, rambling, passionate English class taught by Professor Michael …

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Lit Wish List 2013: Sara O'Leary

Lit Wish List continues with Sara O'Leary literary journalist and the author of the "Henry" series for children: When I Was Small, When You Were Small and Where You Came From, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books).

Visit her at www.123oleary.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter as @saraoleary.

Recommend your own book-gifting suggestions on Twitter by following #givecdn.

 

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