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Angie Abdou'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!

First up: The to-give items on Angie Abdou's (The Bone Cage) list.

Angie Abdou gift guide

The fiction book I'm giving away is...I always gives books for Christmas to everyone. That way I can do all my shopping at my one favourite store: Polar Peek Books & Treasures in Fernie, B.C. I hate shopping. Really. Usually, I buy every person on my list a different book, so it's hard to name just one here. Let me give three (for the three people on my list who are least likely to read this the CBC site!): Swimming by Nicola Keegan, Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis and Light Lifting by Alexander MacLeod.

The non-fiction book I'm giving away is... Fatal Tide by David Leach. I wrote about it on my site, so you can find out more here!

The music I'm giving away is... So Runs the World Away by Josh Ritter

The DVD I'm giving away is... Sorry, I don't do TV. I've never given anyone a DVD for anything. Ever.

Actually, though, I have to say that someone once gave me a DVD that I love. It's called Á vos marques ... Party! 2 (translated as Taking the Plunge 2). The friend who gave it to me described it as the cheesy French Canadian version of The Bone Cage.

My favourite part of the holidays is... Beach. Sun. Heat. I always try to get away with my family — at least for a quick trip. Call me a bad Canadian — and definitely a bad ski-town dweller — but I kinda hate winter. I like it HOT.

Over the holidays, I'll be reading... First, I want to read The Girls Who Saw Everything by Sean Dixon and Heave by Christy Ann Conlin. Those two were so much fun when we were together on the Canada Reads Top 40 list; I've been dying to read their work. I've also been carrying Mark Anthony Jarman's Salvage Kings, Ya! around unread for way too long. And then (you see how these reading lists spiral out of control!) ever since I attended the Paul Quarrington tribute at the Banff Wordfest, I've been wanting to read The Boy on the Back of the Turtle. Finally, for a beach read, I'll take the most recent Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger.

Tune in tomorrow to check out Ami McKay's's gift guide!

Angie'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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