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10 Canadian books we're excited to read in September

Clear your bookshelves! A new month means new books.

A new month means new books. Here's a collection of Canadian titles we're excited to read this September.

Monsters by David A. Robertson

Monsters is the second book in David A. Robertson's Reckoner series. (Courtesy of Portage and Main Press)

What it's about: Monsters is the second book in David A. Robertson's supernatural Reckoner series. The books follow a teenager named Cole Harper, who has returned home to Wounded Sky First Nation after spending a decade away. In Monsters, Cole learns that a creature is stalking Blackwood Forest and the local health clinic is being kept on lockdown by a strange organization. 

When you can read it: Sept. 1

Something for Everyone by Lisa Moore

Something for Everyone is a short story collection by Lisa Moore. (Heather Barrett, House of Anansi Press)

What it's about: Lisa Moore is one of Canada's most accomplished fiction writers. Her novels include February — which won Canada Reads 2013 — Caught and Alligator. Something for Everyone is her third short story collection, which showcases an eclectic array of stories.

When you can read it: Sept. 4

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie is a young adult novel by Courtney Summers. (Megan Gunter, Raincoast Books)

What it's about: Sadie lives in an isolated small town where she is raised and provided for by her older sister Mattie. When Mattie is found dead and the police botch the investigation, Sadie becomes determined to track down the killer herself. At a gas station, a travelling radio personality named West McCray hears about Sadie's story and starts a podcast about her investigation. The podcast in the book, The Girls, is available to listen to as a, well, podcast.

When you can read it: Sept. 4

The Death and Life of Strother Purcell by Ian Weir

Ian Weir is the author of The Life and Death of Strother Purcell. (Goose Lane)

What it's about: Famed lawman Strother Purcell disappeared in 1876 when he pursued his outlaw half-brother into a vicious storm on the B.C. mountains. Purcell turns up 16 years later, much worse for the wear, in a San Francisco jail. He's visited by Barrington Weaver, a failed journalist, who wants to write Purcell's story.

When you can read it: Sept. 4

Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal

Woman World is based on Aminder Dhaliwal's popular Instagram comic. (Drawn & Quarterly)

What it's about: Aminder Dhaliwal's debut book Woman World takes place after a birth defect has caused men to go extinct. Women unite under the flag of "Beyoncé's Thighs" and set out to build civilization anew. Only one, Grandma, has memories of the ancient society, a time of "That's What She Said" jokes. Dhaliwal began publishing this hilarious strip on Instagram, where she amassed over 120,000 readers.

When you can read it: Sept. 11

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

The Real Lolita is a nonfiction book by Sarah Weinman. (Knopf Canada, Anna Ty Bergman)

What it's about: Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 book Lolita, the controversial novel of a professor who falls obsessively in love with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, has sold over 60 million copies worldwide. The novel was based on the real abduction of an 11-year-old American girl named Sally Horner. Sarah Weinman pores over news articles and conducts interviews with Horner's living relatives to chronicle the young girl's life, including her kidnapping and rescue, in mid-century America. She also investigates how much Nabokov knew about Horner's case and the ways he hid it when publishing what is considered both an infamous and classic novel.

When you can read it: Sept. 11

Theory by Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is a poet and novelist. Her most recent novel is Theory. (Jason Chow, Knopf Canada)

What it's about: The unnamed narrator of Theory is constructing all-encompassing thesis on the past, present and future of art, culture, race, gender, class and politics. Their dissertation is inevitably impacted by three passionate love affairs, one following the other, that re-shape and reorient the narrator's life and work.

When you can read it: Sept. 18

All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay

All Things Consoled is a memoir by Elizabeth Hay. (Mark Fried/McClelland & Stewart)

What it's about: Award-winning novelist Elizabeth Hay channels her considerable writing abilities into nonfiction in this new memoir All Things Consoled. The book is about her aging parents with whom she had a challenging relationship growing up. As Hay shifts from eldest daughter to primary caregiver, old resentments rise to the surface, eventually giving way to greater understanding.

When you can read it: Sept. 18

How to Invent Everything by Ryan North

How to Invent Everything is a nonfiction book by Ryan North. (Connie Tsang/Penguin Random House Canada)

What it's about: Humorist Ryan North has just the thing for someone who has been flung thousands of years into the past by a faulty time machine. His new book is a how-to guide for all of history's key scientific breakthroughs — from farming to buttons to birth control. North is a New York Times bestselling author and comic creator, whose previous work includes Marvel's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series.

When you can read it: Sept. 18

river woman by Katherena Vermette​

river woman is a poetry collection by Katherena Vermette. (Lisa Delorme Meiler, House of Anansi)

What it's about: The author of the novel The Break and the Governor General's Literary Award-winning poetry collection North End Love Songs returns to poetry with river woman. The collection explores colonialism and the multigenerational trauma and loss it inflicted. It also explores the relationship between reclamation, love, nature and healing. 

When you can read it: Sept. 25

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