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10 Canadian books coming out in March we can't wait to read

A new month means new books! Watch for these exciting new reads coming out in March.

A new month means new books! Watch for these exciting new reads coming out in March.

Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn

Amber Dawn won the 2012 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for emerging LGBTQ authors. (Arsenal Pulp/amberdawnwrites.com)

What it's about: Amber Dawn's sophomore novel, Sodom Road Exit, is a supernatural thriller that revels in themes of sexual orientation, economic disenfranchisement and family dynamics. 

When you can read it: March 1, 2018

Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight

Chelene Knight is the author of Braided Skin and Dear Current Occupant. (BookThug/Greg Ehlers/cheleneknight.com)

What it's about: Through a series of letters, Chelene Knight recalls growing up as the only mixed East Indian/Black child in her family during the 1980s and 1990s in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her family lived in 20 different residences and Knight revisits each one, trying to deconstruct and understand her past.

When you can read it: March 1, 2018

Marry, Bang, Kill by Andrew Battershill

Marry, Bang, Kill is Andrew Battershill's second novel. (andrewbattershill.com/Goose Lane)

What it's about: Andrew Battershill's debut novel, Pillow, appeared on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2016. This second effort, Marry, Bang, Kill is a crime thriller that has a man on the run after robbing the daughter of a high-ranking motorcycle gang member.

When you can read it: March 6, 2018

The Measure of My Powers by Jackie Kai Ellis

Jackie Kai Ellis is the founder of Vancouver’s Beaucoup Bakery. (Penguin Random House Canada/Samantha Lauren)

What it's about: In her late 20s, Jackie Kai Ellis was living the dream. But she was miserable. She found solace in the kitchen and decided to give up everything she knew and loved to pursue this passion. This journey takes her to France, Italy and the Congo, but more importantly, gives her a path to a new, fulfilling life. 

When you can read it: March 6, 2018

Hysteria by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Elisabeth de Mariaffi is a Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated author. (HarperCollins/Ayelet Tsabari)

What it's about: Elisabeth de Mariaffi's Hysteria is a psychological thriller about a woman named Heikie, her missing son and her increasingly distant husband. 

When you can read it: March 6, 2018

Find You in the Dark by Nathan Ripley

Nathan Ripley is the pen name of author Naben Ruthnum. (Simon & Schuster)

What it's about: This novel by Naben Ruthnum, under his pen name of Nathan Ripley, delivers this tale of a family man obsessed with digging up the undiscovered remains of a serial killer's victims, catching the attention of a murderer in the streets of Seattle.

When you can read it: March 6, 2018

The Storm by Arif Anwar 

The Storm is the debut novel of Toronto-based writer Arif Anwar. (HarperCollins/arifanwar.com)

What it's about: The Storm weaves together five interconnected stories and explores love and emotion across 50 years of Bangladeshi history.

When you can read it: March 13, 2018

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Terese Marie Mailhot is a writer from Seabird Island, B.C. (Penguin Random House Canada/Isiah Mailhot)

What it's about: Heart Berries is a memoir about a woman's coming of age on Seabird Island in British Columbia, growing up with an activist mother and an abusive and alcoholic father and coming to terms with her own mental illness.

When you can read it: March 13, 2018

That Time I Loved You by Carrianne Leung

Carrianne Leung is a writer and educator based in Toronto. (Sarah Couture McPhail/HarperCollins)

What it's about: Carrianne Leung, author of The Wondrous Woo, returns with this look at cultural division, the challenges of adult life and the irrepressibility of youth through the eyes of a young Canadian of Chinese descent living in 1970s Toronto. 

When you can read it: March 27, 2018

The Unceasing Storm by Katherine Luo

On the left, a childhood photo of Katherine Luo, the author of The Unceasing Storm. (D&M)

What it's about: Katherine Luo shares her story about growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution — a young girl from Hong Kong who moved to mainland China, only to be rejected by the country she loved because of her capitalist class origins and overseas connections.

When you can read it: March 31, 2018

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