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The Island of Books

By Dominique Fortier
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Categories: Fiction

A rich portrait of the beauty of words – painted by a 15th-century illiterate scribe.

A 15th-century portrait painter, grieving the sudden death of his lover, takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint-Michel, ...

Baloney

By Raymond Bock
Translated by Pablo Strauss
Categories: Fiction

A Tristram Shandy–esque novella about failing memory and failed writing, from one of French Canada’s most exciting new voices.

A young, floundering author meets Robert ‘Baloney’ Lacerte, an older, ...

The Hidden Keys

By Andre Alexis
Categories: Fiction

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD

NATIONAL POST 99 BEST BOOKS OF 2016

Giller Prize winner André Alexis’s contemporary take on the quest narrative is an instant classic.

Parkdale’s Green ...

This Poem Is a House

By Ken Sparling
Categories: Fiction

If love is a house, how do we arrange the furniture?

Meditative and magical, a book as complicated as the ways we love, This Poem Is a House is, in the end, about a girl’s story sheltering a boy’s poem, ...

Guano

By Louis Carmain
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Categories: Fiction

Bartleby the Scrivener meets Catch-22 in this charmingly sardonic tale of love, war and fertilizer.

WINNER OF THE PRIX DES COLLÉGIENS

Simón turned his thoughts to her daily. There were few enough
of them, ...

Pillow

By Andrew Battershill
Categories: Fiction

Most of the things Pillow really liked to do were obviously morally wrong. He wasn't an idiot; clearly it was wrong to punch people in the face for money. But there had been an art to it, and it had been ...

The Murder of Halland

By Pia Juul
Translated by Martin Aitken
Categories: Fiction

When Halland is found murdered almost right outside his door, his widow, Bess, is of course the prime suspect. She isn't worried about that, though, but about the daughter she abandoned years ago. As ...

Chinkstar

By Jon Chan Simpson
Categories: Fiction

Chinksta rap is all the rage in Red Deer, Alberta. And the king of Chinksta is King Kwong, Run’s older brother. Run isn’t a fan of Kwong’s music – or personality, really. But when Kwong goes missing ...

Twenty-One Cardinals

By Jocelyne Saucier
Translated by Rhonda Mullins
Categories: Fiction

From the author and translator of And the Birds Rained Down, a 2015 CBC Canada Reads selection

Winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation

An abandoned mine. A ...

Fifteen Dogs

By Andre Alexis
Categories: Fiction

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

SHORTLISTED FOR CANADA READS 2017

WINNER OF THE 2015 GILLER PRIZE

WINNER OF THE 2015 ROGERS WRITERS' TRUST FICTION PRIZE

FINALIST ...