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Ami McKay's holiday gift guide

We asked our Canada Reads authors to share what they'll be giving their friends and family this holiday season. Here's hoping it will inspire a few last-minute buys for you and your loved ones!

Today's gift guide is from Ami McKay, author of The Birth House.

Ami McKay gift guide

The fiction book I'm giving is... I give a lot of books as gifts during the holiday season, but one novel I think is a perfect fit for lovers of historical fiction is Beth Powning's The Sea Captain's Wife. It's an incredible tale that stretches from the main character's Bay of Fundy roots, clear around the globe.

The non-fiction book I'm giving is... Lynda Barry's Picture This: The Nearsighted Monkey Book. It's an amazing collage/graphic memoir/how-to that explores why art matters and why we need it in our lives — each and every day.

The music I'm giving is... Elvis Costello's National Ransom. Love, love, love him.

The DVD I'm giving is... All three seasons of the Canadian series Slings and Arrows have been released as a complete set. Paul Gross and Martha Burns are brilliant in it, as is the entire ensemble cast. A must for all the theatre junkies on your list.

Also, the BBC's first season of Sherlock is now out on DVD. This modern retelling of Holmes and Watson (as written by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat — lately of Dr. Who fame) is smart and intriguing and beautifully shot.

My favourite part of the holidays is... My favourite part of the holidays is sharing laughter, music and conversation with friends and family. It always amazes me how the simple act of spending time with those you love can bring such light to the darkest part of the year. (Oh, and I'm also pretty jazzed about playing more than a few epic games of Settlers of Catan...)

During the holidays I'll be reading... Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

The Canada Reads gift guide extravaganza continues on Thursday with Jeff Lemire.

Ami's picks are available at independent bookstores across the country. To find one near you, visit the Canadian Booksellers Association's website.

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