Books

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

A new month means new books! Here are the titles hitting bookstore shelves in November you should check out.

A new month means new books! Here are 10 Canadian titles hitting bookstore shelves in November you should check out.

Breaking Right by D.A. Lockhart

Breaking Right is a book by D.A. Lockhart. (Porcupine's Quill, Angelica Haggert/CBC)

Breaking Right is the first short story collection from poet D.A. Lockhart. Each story is about an ordinary person who experiences something extraordinary, which challenges their relationships, their identity and how they connect to and understand the world.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2020

Lockhart is a Turtle Clan member of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation and the author of four poetry collections, including Devil in the Woods.

To Know You're Alive by Dakota McFadzean

To Know You're Alive is a book by Dakota McFadzean. (Conundrum Press)

To Know You're Alive is a collection of comics by Dakota McFadzean that explores the ways adulthood is disappointing when compared to how one imagines it would be when you're a kid. It takes mundane daily life and renders it absurd to explore loneliness, connection and finding one's purpose.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2020

McFadzean is a cartoonist from Toronto. He is the author of two other books, Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On and Don't Get Eaten by Anything.

Close to the Bone by Lisa Ray

Close to the Bone is a memoir by Lisa Ray. (Doubleday Canada, submitted by Lisa Ray)

Lisa Ray is one of India's most successful cover models, has been a host of Top Chef Canada and an actor in the Oscar-nominated film Water, the Amazon Prime series Four Shots More Please and the upcoming A.R. Rahman film 99 Songs. In 2009, she was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer multiple myeloma. She revealed her diagnosis on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival, and shared her journey on a blog called The Yellow Diaries. Ray shares her story in her memoir, Close to the Bone.

When you can read it: Nov. 3, 2020

Ray is a model, TV personality and actor. She defended Brother by David Chariandy on Canada Reads 2018. Close to the Bone is her first book.

Stella Atlantis by Susan Perly

Stella Atlantis is a book by Susan Perly. (Wolsak & Wynn)

Stella Atlantis is a follow-up novel to Susan Perly's Death ValleyPhotographer Vivienne Pink and novelist Johnny Coma used to be married. But now they are estranged from each other, both haunted by the death of their daughter, Stella. Separately, they travel, taking on new lovers and diving into their art, in an effort to combat their grief and find purpose, joy and love once again.

When you can read it: Nov. 3, 2020

Susan Perly is a journalist and writer who has worked as a war correspondent and radio producer for CBC. Her novels include Love Street and Death ValleyShe lives in Toronto.

Dearly by Margaret Atwood

Dearly is a book of poems by Margaret Atwood. (Luis Mora/penguinrandomhouse.ca, McClelland & Stewart)

Dearly is Margaret Atwood's first poetry collection in over a decade. The collection gathers poems about "absences and endings, aging and retrospection... gifts and renewals" and draws from the natural and supernatural world. 

When you can read it: Nov. 10, 2020

Atwood is the celebrated Canadian writer who has published fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics. Her acclaimed books include the novels The Handmaid's TaleAlias GraceOryx and Crake and The Edible Woman. She has won several awards for her work including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Booker Prize. Her other poetry collections include The Circle Game, The Journals of Susanna MoodiePower Politics in 1971 and The Door.

Extraordinary Canadians by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch

Extraordinary Canadians is a book by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch. (Simon & Schuster, CBC)

In Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation, former host of CBC's The National Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch spotlight remarkable Canadians. The collection features first-person stories from advocates, politicians, veterans, immigrants, business leaders and healthcare workers, including a nurse fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19 and the rabbi whose family fled Nazi Germany and now gives the Remembrance Day benediction on Parliament Hill each year.

When you can read it: Nov. 10, 2020

Mansbridge is also the author of the national bestseller Peter Mansbridge One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them.

Bulgutch is also the author of That's Why I'm a Journalist and That's Why I'm a Doctor.

Because They Were Women by Josée Boileau, translated by Chantal Bilodeau

Because They Were Women is a book by Josée Boileau, translated by Chantal Bilodeau. (Second Story Press, Radio-Canada)

On Dec. 6, 1989, a man entered École Polytechnique, an engineering school in Montreal, and murdered 14 female students. The tragedy, known now as the Montreal massacre, remains one of the worst mass shootings in Canadian history. Because They Were Women memorialises the victims, and offers a definitive account of what happened that day.

When you can read it: Nov. 10, 2020

Josée Boileau is a journalist from Montreal. She is a columnist for CBC/Radio Canada, Chatelaine and Journal de Montréal. Because They Were Women ​​is her first book to be translated into English​​​​.

Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator from Montreal who now lives in New York. She has translated more than 20 plays.

I Am Ariel Sharon by Yara El-Ghadban, translated by Wayne Grady

I Am Ariel Sharon is a book by Yara El-Ghadban, translated by Wayne Grady. (Radio-Canada, House of Anansi Press)

I Am Ariel Sharon is a novel that imagines what went on in the mind of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon during his coma, which lasted for eight years, until his death in 2014. In I Am Ariel Sharon, Sharon is confronted with the women in his life he has wronged, including his mother and wives, along with the legacy he is leaving behind, how he approached Israel's wars and how he treated the Palestinian people. 

When you can read it: Nov. 17, 2020

Yara El-Ghadban is a novelist, anthropologist, essayist and ethnomusicologist from Montreal.

Wayne Grady is a writer and translator from Kingston, Ont. His novels include Emancipation Daywhich won the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and Up From Freedom. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English translation for his translation of On the Eighth Day by Antonine Maillet.

home body by Rupi Kaur

home body is a book by Rupi Kaur. (Simon & Schuster, Amrita Singh)

home body is the third collection from bestselling poet Rupi Kaur. home body, which will also feature illustrations by Kaur, will explore the concept of self and reflect on home, mental health, love and acceptance. 

When you can read it: Nov. 17, 2020

Kaur is a poet and artist from Brampton, Ont. She currently has more than 4 million Instagram followers. At the beginning of 2020, she was named the writer of the decade by U.S. publication The New Republic. Her other poetry collections, milk and honey and the sun and her flowersboth made the New York Times bestseller list.

Barely Functional Adult by Meichi Ng

Barely Functional Adult by is a book Meichi Ng. (HarperCollins Canada)

Meichi Ng brings her popular webcomic to print with Barely Functional Adult. The humorous and heartfelt comics explore being an adult and all the messiness that comes with it, including dating, adult friendships, therapy, anxiety, bills and finding a career path that is both fulfilling and pays the bills. 

When you can read it: Nov. 24, 2020

Ng is a cartoonist from Vancouver. She is the creator of the popular webcomic Barely Functional Adult.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now