March 2020
NEWSLETTER
What is the one book all of Canada should read?
It's time for  Canada Reads  2020.
Over four days in March, the five defenders will bring their diverse perspectives to this year's theme: One book to bring Canada into focus.

The debates will take place March 16-19, 2020 and will be hosted by  Ali Hassan . The debates will be broadcast on  CBC Radio One CBC TV CBC Gem  and on  CBC Books

2020 Canada Reads Shortlist


From the Ashes  is a remarkable memoir about hope and resilience, and a revelatory look into the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up.
Told through one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation,  Radicalized  is a timely collection consisting of four science fiction novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future.
More than ten years after her Giller-shortlisted title  Monkey Beach , Eden Robinson returns with a striking and precise coming-of-age novel, in which everyday teen existence meets Indigenous beliefs, crazy family dynamics and cannibalistic river otters.
This is blistering Newfoundland Gothic for the twenty-first century, a wholly original, bracing, and timely portrait of a place in the throes of enormous change, where two women confront the traumas of their past in an attempt to overcome the present and to pick up a future.
A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not,  We Have Always Been Here  is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one's truest self.
STAFF PICKS
JAN'S PICK
The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History
by S. Theresa Dietz
This is beautifully decorated throughout with illustrations that remind me of classic Victorian art. It includes both Latin and common names, hidden and symbolic meanings, and folklore and facts for each flower. 

MARIANNE'S PICK
American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
Her family has been brutally murdered by a drug cartel in the Mexican city of Acapulco, and Lydia and her son Luca are on the run.
Desperation and fear drive this mother to do anything to protect herself and her son as they attempt to get to, and cross, the Mexico/US border. A beautifully written story, tense and heartbreaking. Highly recommended.

Not written by a Latina author, this book has stirred up controversy about representation and the ownership of stories. This would make an excellent book club selection.
ANTONIA'S PICK
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
by Alix E. Harrow
A unique young woman. A mysterious journal. A most loyal canine companion. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a curious blend of “True Grit” and “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”, as we follow a ruthlessly bold and courageous heroine navigating her way through shimmering and deceptive physical and emotional landscapes. This book is utterly dripping with beauty and agony. Every turn of the page felt urgent, luscious, painful. Exploring themes of personal triumph, unconditional love and friendship, deep loss, finding inner courage, ambition, contentment, and fear, Alix E. Harrow delivers it all in this dazzling one-punch-K.O. of a debut novel.
MITZI'S PICK
Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief
by David Kessler
This beautiful and sensitively written book offers more than comfort. Other books have already been written to comfort us during the grieving process. David Kessler offers us an opportunity to go beyond and to find the meaning and embrace the lessons and love that loss can provide. I highly recommend this book to anyone either experiencing grief or those who work with people who are grieving. I promise you, this is a book that does not sugar coat this loss, but helps to transform the experience. There is great wisdom and empathy within these pages.

RACHAEL'S PICK
Here I Am!
by Pauline Holdstock
Six year-old Frankie, the principal narrator of Pauline Holdstock's 8th novel is utterly disarming, smart as a prodigy, and like most child narrators, unreliable. But as he sets out on his adventure - to take the boat to France so his Dad can come get him - the reader slowly pieces together the tragic story of his home life. At turns comic and poignant, this is a story not soon forgotten. 
TOM'S PICK
Small Summer Gardens
by Emma Hardy
Spring is on it's way, so with that in mind I just read this great little book all about planting small gardens for summer. It features 35 very doable garden projects for your spring and summer garden, for those folk with a smaller space. It includes annuals and seeds, bedding plants, bulbs, shrubs, vegetables, and more. A practical, useful guide.
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Apeirogon
by Colum McCann
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Dear Edward
by Ann Napolitano
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Daisy Jones & the Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mercy House
by Alena Dillon
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Lux
by Elizabeth Cook
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Tidelands
by Philippa Gregory
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Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James
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The Tenant
by Katrine Engberg
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Filled with photos of stunning, inspiring trees,  The Little Book of Bonsai  provides simple, clear, effective guidance on bonsai care, including wiring, watering, pruning, pests, disease, tools, repotting, fertilizing, and more. Dupuich covers indoor and outdoor bonsai care, selecting the right container, displaying your bonsai, and choosing different species with clear, step-by-step photos to help you cultivate your trees with confidence.
Amanda Leduc challenges us to revisit the archetypes and stereotypes depicted in the fairy tales we grew up with. She shows us how they influence our expectations and behaviour and links the quest for disability rights to new kinds of stories that celebrate difference. An important book.
This interesting account offers insight into, and explanations about, the main issues facing First Nations communities from a historical perspective. It deals with questions often encountered by a non-indigenous populations and attempts to provide background and context, questions such as: So, who are First Nations anyway? Why do they claim so much of Canada? What are the treaties all about and why do we still have an Indian Act? Who is responsible for the alleged mess on the reserves and why isn’t governance working better? Isn’t the residential schools issue far in the past?
Learn how to buy, style, and present seasonal flower arrangements for every occasion.

Featuring expert advice from Erin Benzakein, world-renowned flower farmer and floral designer, this book is a gorgeous and comprehensive guide to everything you need to make your own incredible arrangements all year long, whether harvesting flowers from the backyard or shopping for blooms at the market.

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This new book outlines the formative years of the Force in certainly the most momentous twelve-year period observed in Canadian prairie history.

In his research, the author relied extensively on primary sources: diaries, letters, newspapers, official reports, NWMP personnel files. The North-West Mounted Police: 1873-85 is an engaging account of Western Canadian history.  
The extraordinary story of four courageous women who helped form the Italian Resistance against the Nazis and the Fascists during the Second World War.

In the late summer of 1943, when Italy changed sides in WWII and the Germans, now their enemies, occupied the north of the country, an Italian Resistance was born. Ada, Frida, Silvia and Bianca were four young Piedmontese women who joined the Resistance, living secretively in the mountains surrounding Turin.
Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible,  Food Fix  is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about -- and eat -- food forever. It will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policy makers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.
Nature’s Best Hope  shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy - you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.
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