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Carolyn I. for Gethsemane Hall by David Annandale

It's one of the few intelligently written horror novels that exist--it's both literary AND accessible, a rare combination....

Vince F. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

It exposes the hardships that immigrants experienced in Hamilton during the outbreak of the Nazi regime in Germany.And that prejudice and bigotry was employed by...

Nanci L. for The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

Ami makes you care about her characters and her excellent research makes Victorian-era New York come alive on the page. Her women are full multidimensional...

David R. for Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer

Sawyer's works have been widely recognized within the genre of science-fiction. He writes about realistic characters in an empathetic way and their struggles with how...

J.R. M for People Park

Pasha Malla's People Park stands out among recent Canadian fiction for its ambition, originality and darkly skewed vision of our contemporary world. While the words...

Maciek H. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

It connects with me personally; I empathize with the main character's struggle to find her cultural identity after her emigration from Poland to Canada....

Mona L. for The Loss of the Marion by Linda Abbott

Because of the spellbinding nature of the story, and the exquisite narrative style which carries the tale along, this book is hard to put down....

Denise B. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

This is mordantly funny writing about the traumas of adolescent life first under communism in Poland, and then under democracy in Canada. I've never seen...

Barbara P. for Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

This is a tender, unflinching and beautifully written novel about love, injustice, magic and the power of spirit. No writer but Richard Wagamese could weave...

James A. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

Well told  story of the struggle that a highly educated Italian immigrant and family experiences prior to and during  WW2. Backdrop of the city of...

Shamima K. for The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

Ami McKay already proved that she was an amazing storyteller with The Birth House. This new book seems to be just as stunning...it hooked me...

Huy Le for Our Daily Bread by Lauren Davis

This is an excellent family drama/psychological novel. It also demonstrates Lauren B Davis' highly illustrative attention to detail, used especially to good effect in conveying...

Linda H. for The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling

A fabulous novel about a man named Anson Baird who is a doctor in the American Civil War and his experiences, which touches on slavery...

Carolyn P. for The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

This book has been written from the heart and deals with universal emotional issues while weaving an absorbing story....

Anthony C. for The Apple House by Gillian Campbell

A "real" story about someone who is at a tumultuous time in their life, yet it still manages to be humourous and engaging without making...

Inna G. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

Interesting approach to story telling, great characters, historic details are fascinating....

Michael A. for Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

An epic novel, wonderfully written. The writer has taken time to describe the life of a girl who lived through life and still fulfill destiny....

Andrea C. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

This book was an amazing read for a first time novelist, set in Havana, the city had just as much character as the people in...

Kem L. for Passing Through by David Penhale

An exceptional first novel from a U of T/Sheridan Institute writing teacher. Passing Through is about Foster, a man who finds Canada by leaving it....

Fran S. for The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

It's a captivating read that introduces the reader to an old custom wherein sex with virgins was thought to cure some ailments.  It's a book...

Nolan K. for The City's Gates by Peter Dube

Although I haven't read the book, at first glance it looks like part of it is related to economic issues, which is something we should...

Candice F. for Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

This novel provides a new understanding of the world from a different cultural perspective and also reveals the common effects of sexual abuse....

Barbara D. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

A book that well develops its character without going overboard and allows you to laugh and feel you with deep emotion. You can't help but...

Joan A. for Ravenscraig by Sandi Krawchenko Altner

Ravenscraig is wonderful story about hard times and the grit determination of immigrants who came to Canada in the height of the immigration boom. It...

Manon S. for The Love Monster by Missy Marston

This is a wonderfully entertaining book that is light in comedy and heavy in heart. Missy captures all the awkward moments life has to offer...

Heather F. for Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

Beautifully and poignantly written adventure with romance. She really captures the atmosphere of Everest and what it might be like to be left behind....

Emily E. for The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

It's a beautiful tale weaving through generations and cultures. It's a thought provoking reflection on family, culture and relationships. I would recommend to to anyone...

Linda W. for Kaleidoscope by Gail Bowen

Suspenseful and fast paced. Joanne Kilbourn's personal life threatens to fall apart and she is having trouble coping with it. Great character development....

Catherine A. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

This book is a gritty, thought-provoking novel that guides the reader through several social justice issues, while at the same time introducing a couple of...

Brian G. for 13 by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong is an awesome storyteller in her genre of romantic paranormal horror. She is able to weave a captivating storyline with the most interesting...

Matthew L. for Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer

The books examines the issue of memories and the impact of other people having access to them. National security, racism, criminal acts, PTSD, blackmail, and...

Joanne M. for Until the Night by Giles Blunt

Lead character Detective John Cardinal is someone you can empathize wife, particularly when his wife passed away. The author presents a page turning  suspenseful novel...

Marlene V. for Titanic Ashes by Paul Butler

It was a good read. I also had lots of interest in any reading that involved the titanic because of all the renewed interest in...

Joanne D. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

A compelling tale of the Italian community in Hamilton after World War II. I found the characters just leaped from the pages....

Asma K. for 13 by Kelley Armstrong

I'm a long-time fan of Kelley Armstrong and her Women of the Underworld Series and this book definitely doesn't disappoint....

Shannon for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

This novel has everything a reader could ask for. He takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. One moment your laughing and the next you...

Gertrude P. for The Taste of Ashes by Sheila Peters

Any book that mentions a hard, gut retching look of what many people in B.C. have had to endure, deserves to be on the list....

Marc-Andre T. for Against God by Patrick Senecal

It is a good story book written by an extraordinary author. It has a lot of action and has great character. It should win the...

Simon for Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

Simply put, it's a beautiful novel told exceptionally well. Emotional depth, resonance, and pure craftsmanship make this novel a rare find deserving of national recognition....

Daniel B. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

It's such a gripping allegory about man's struggle against the inevitability of fate....

Kim M. for The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

I am a slow reader, reading a couple of chapters at a time. I just couldn't put down this book.  I felt close to the...

Emily C. for Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

This book is beautifully written. The story follows a courageous woman who is victim of sexual abuse as a child; and how this abuse impacts...

Heather S. for The Love Monster by Missy Marston

This book is fresh and funny and sad and beautifully written and oh-so-Canadian (the protagonist is named Margaret H. Atwood!). I haven't enjoyed a Canadian...

Allysun W. for Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad

Lovely book about a late thirties couple dealing with infertility and the reality of being an aging hipster in this economy in Toronto....

Christine E. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

This is the author's first novel, written in the voice of a teenage girl, living in Poland with aging grandparents while her separated parents seek...

Ira K. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

I like to read books about World War II. The characters are full of life. I didn't know of that type of persecution in Canada,...

Graham M. for Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay turns out excellent thrillers, easily standing on his own on the global stage. Time to give him his due....

Jennifer B. for Up and Down by Terry Fallis

This book is a great representation of a wonderful Canadian writer. This book is witty and at the same time though provoking, a great read...

Kelly Ann B. for The Love Monster by Missy Marston

It is rare that a book makes me laugh, smile, wince and cry in one read but The Love Monster does all that and more....

Jan N. for Shag Carpet Action by Matthew Firth

For my employment I help those with serious mental health problems. When I have the time to read I want an escape from the serious...

Carolyn P. for The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

This Headmaster's Wager has strong characterizations and universal appeal. It is written from the heart....

Joyce B. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

This book has great character development, a plot with lots of twists and a unique setting.  I kept on thinking that it was over and...

Shell B. for Ravenscraig by Sandi Krawchenko-Altner

An insightful period piece about the integration of many different and varied ethnic cultures into the amalgamation that is Canada. It is a well written...

Shail for Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

A spectacular work of historical fiction. Immensely readable, yet profound and poetic....

Coral P. for The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

Everyone seems to think that the Vietnam War ended when the Americans left. This book tells of the aftermath and the terrible hardship that every...

Meghan A. for The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it.  It's a perfect blend of precise writing, taut pacing, and emotional...

Brian H. for The Apple House by Gillian Campbell

I believe the Apple House should be on the list because it is depicts one's battle with tough changes. It is a glimpse into the...

Janice N. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

Havana, Cuba is an intriguing back-drop and the characters are interesting to follow as they make difficult decisions and choices in a morally complex and...

Charlene F. for Gethsemane Hall by David Annandale

Lots of suspense, thrilling action. It's a book I don't want to put down until my eyes are too sore!...

Jerry F. for The Good Doctor by Vince Agro

It is a good read and great look at the city of Hamilton....

Chris M. for Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

This is another winning mystery/murder novel by Linwood Barclay that has you on the edge of your seat until the very end! No one writes...

Ella P. for The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

A great book about a post-war life in Canada written so well that you can't stop reading it until it's finished....

Gerry T. for Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron

It appears to be a historical fiction.  We need more perspective on countries like Rwanda.  Also, its timely, we are in the throes of the...

Maureen A. for The Girl In the Box by Sheila Dalton

Interesting plot.. lots of small subplots. Her characters were well thought out. A real twist to the ending to say the least!! Gets my vote!!...

Margaret M. for A Matter of Life and Death or Something by Ben Stephenson

A Matter of Life and Death or Something, Ben Stephenson's first novel (and I believe there will be many more to come) drew me in...

Vikki V. for The Magnified World by Grace O'Connell

I haven't been so emotionally touched by a book in along time. O'Connell was incredibly adept at giving the reader the same dreamlike, confused experience...

Brian F. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

It makes the connection between Cuba and Canada in a unique way while providing an intriguing mystery with fulsome characters. It's easy to read and...

Andrea W. for Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

This book addresses difficult subject matter while captivating the reader to root for triumph over hardships.  A talented writer with a knack for transporting the...

Zarin H. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

It is a wonderful coming of age book with the twist of being told from the perspective of a lovable yet sad young girl living...

Winn L.M. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

Great suspense novel .. Held my interest from front to back cover!...

Louise J. for Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko

This is the best book I've read this year and deserves to win this prestigious prize!  I sincerely hope the committee deciding will seriously take...

Patience E. for A Certain Grace by Binnie Brennan

Binnie captures every person's emotions in all walks of life - a journey well worth travelling....

Laura B. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

GIANT is the kind of book that you can't put down. I lost myself in the main character's life and when I had to put...

Ian M. for The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

Gripping, compelling and  beautifully written. This tells a tale of the past that is as much about today as it is about victorian NYC....

Thelma F. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

Captivating, exciting, thoroughly enjoyable - this mystery deftly weaves Cuban and Canadian themes and characters into a story you can't put down. Inspector Ramirez is...

Ron S. for Life is About Losing Everything by Lynn Crosbie

Imaginative, darkly comic , poignant, insightful, brilliant and maddening in turn, original, vexing and inspiring, flawed yet beautiful, Life is About Losing Everything deserves to...

Neil S. for A Certain Grace a Binnie Brennan

This is a wonderful and compelling set of short stories. The characters are complex, sensitively drawn and very real. There are no cliches here. The...

John A. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

Excellent first effort book.  Captured the true spirit of Havana while being a mystery I simply could not put down....

Trish O. for Carnival by Rawi Hage

Inventive, smart, satirical, funny, subversive: Carnival is Rawi Hage's best book yet. Hage's writing is incredibly strong and he commands his subject matter deftly and...

Daphne S.V. for Kaleidoscope by Gail Bowen

Written beautifully and still great even after so many books from that mystery series!...

Jacob M. for Giant by Aga Maksimowska

Giant is incredibly honest, heartbreaking, and filled with such sincere moments of humor that come only from an author being very self reflective. The author...

Sandra B. for A Certain Grace by Binnie Brennan

I found that Ms. Brennan's book had to be digested in small doses.  A few of the stories in particular, were so full of emotion...

Adrienne K. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Plair

The Beggar's Opera is a gripping, fast-paced literary mystery. It is brilliantly plotted and deeply imagined. It evokes the crumbling beauty of Old Havana, as...

Ramona L. for A Certain Grace by Binnie Brennan

Binnie Brennan strikes grace notes throughout these stories. They are tender, compassionate, filled with insights into our flawed and valiant humanity. "Duncan's Lament" holds you...

Hayden for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

A powerful debut mystery with strong and diverse characters that explores the idea of justice where justice is seldom found....

Tina F. for Magnified World by Grace O'Connell

Magnified World by Grace O'Connell was beautifully written. It encapsulated the grief of loss so poignantly by creating a world bizarrely off kilter, strange, and...

Wayne A. for Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

One of the best books about the native experience in Canada. Also, the best book ever written about hockey, although it's not about hockey. If...

Susan H. for Everybody Has Everything by Katrina Onstad

Heartbreaking, poignant, and written in delicate but fierce prose, this novel has compelling characters and a story that unfolds in an unpredictable but ultimately realistic...

Danny M. for Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer

A thrilling, trippy, futuristic adventure about memory swapping interwoven into a story about a dangerous terrorist plot. If this ever gets made into a movie,...

Jessica K. for Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

With interwoven male and female narrators, (George Mallory and his wife Ruth), Rideout makes you think about embracing physical and mental suffering in order to...

Allegra Y. for Magnified World by Grace O'Connell

Grace O'Connell is a fabulous, young, up-and-coming author that deserves to be recognized for her stellar debut novel. It's a wonderful read....

Peter S. for The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair

This is the first book I have read that I have enjoyed on so many levels. 1. At first blush it is a compelling mystery...

Suzie M. for The Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder

Is it a short story collection? Is it a novel? Who cares! All that matters is that Carrie Snyder has created an unforgettable character...

Jen F. for Inside by Alix Ohlin

A great book about overcoming loss and finding yourself again. Alix Ohlin is going to be one of CanLit's next great writers, I just...

Marie for Chai Tea Sunday by Heather Clark

A beautiful, powerful book about overcoming tragedy. Loved it!!...

Jack W. for Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Not only is this the best book published in Canada in the past year, it's the most important. Makes Canadians look at our history of...

Dennis R. for The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

I thoroughly enjoyed Lam's Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures and was not disappointed with this take on historical fiction. Set in Vietnam during the height of...

Jenny Q. for Maidenhead by Tamara Faith Berger

This is such a raw, intense story about young female sexuality and the dark side of desire and sexual subjugation. Tamara Faith Berger is a...