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20 Canadian books we can't wait to read in November

A new month means new books! Here are the Canadian new releases in November we can't wait to check out.

A new month means new books! Here are the Canadian new releases in November we can't wait to check out.

Blackwater Falls by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Blackwater Falls is a novel by Ausma Zehanat Khan. (Athif Khan, Minotaur)

Blackwater Falls is the first in a crime fiction series featuring detective Inaya Rahman. When girls from immigrant communities go missing in the American town of Blackwater Falls, Rahman must act to find justice before more go missing or are murdered. The book features themes of isolation, race and belonging as the search for the true culprit involves various twists and turns. 

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Ausma Zehanat Khan grew up in Toronto and now lives in Denver. She's a former adjunct law professor and former editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine. She's the author of several crime fiction and fantasy novels. Her debut novel, The Unquiet Dead, won the Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel. Her subsequent mystery novels include The Language of SecretsAmong the Ruins and A Dangerous Crossing.

LISTEN | Ausma Zehanat Khan on breaking stereotypes in crime fiction:

Author Ausma Zehanat Khan aims to tackle stereotypes about Muslims in popular culture with The Language of Secrets, her latest mystery novel with a Muslim-Canadian protagonist.

Frequently Asked White Questions by Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish

The book cover features a light-pink background with three darker-pink dots placed beside each other like an ellipsis in the middle of the cover. The bottom third of the book cover is a white background with the title of the book and authors' names in darker pink.
Frequently Asked White Questions is a book by Ajay Parasram and Alex Khasnabish. (Submitted by Alex Khasnabish, Fernwood Publishing, Dalhousie University)

In Frequently Asked White Questions, doctors Alex Khasnabish and Ajay Parasram answer 10 questions they are often asked by white people trying to understand how race and racial privilege infiltrates everyday life. The authors offer thoughtful, accessible explanations to questions like, "Is it possible to be racist against white people?" or "Shouldn't everyone be treated equally?" This book is a guide for white people who are looking for answers and for racialized people who are tired of answering the same questions. 

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Khasnabish is a writer, researcher and professor in Halifax. He currently is a professor of sociology and anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Parasram is professor in Halifax, where he teaches at Dalhousie University.

LISTEN | What are the regularly asked questions from white people about racism?

Can you be racist against white people? That's just one question that is addressed in the new book, "Frequently Asked White Questions." It was written by Nova Scotia university professors, Alex Khasnabish and Ajay Parasram, who joined host Jeff Douglas to discuss their new book.

 

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is a book by Matthew Perry. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, Raincoast Books)

Known to the world as Chandler Bing from the beloved sitcom Friends, Matthew Perry reflects on his life, from his childhood in a less-than-perfect family to behind the scenes of the hit sitcom to his struggles with addiction and eventual recovery in his memoir Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. Now, having found peace in his sobriety, Perry uses humour and heart to share stories about the lessons and people he's come across along the way, including a closer look at the real-life friendships he maintains with his Friends cast mates. 

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Perry is a Canadian American actor, executive producer and comedian. He is best known for playing Chandler Bing on the hit television sitcom Friends

Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart

The book cover is an illustration of green and beige forest with a path in the middle leading to a small house in the background. On the grass path are a set of footprints that turn from animal prints into human footsteps.
Ordinary Wonder Tales is a book by Emily Urquhart. (Emily Urquhart, Biblioasis)

Ordinary Wonder Tales is an essay collection about finding magic in the everyday. Writing about everything from death and dying, pregnancy and prenatal genetics, psychics, chimeras, cottagers and plague, Emily Urquhart carves out the truth from our imaginations, combining her curiosities as a journalist and a folklorist. 

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Urquhart is a writer and folklorist currently living in Kitchener, Ont. She is also the author of Beyond the Pale and The Age of Creativity

Where the Sea Kuniks the Land by Ashley Qilavaq-Savard

At left, a photo of writer Ashley Qilavaq-Savard. She has long brown hair and is looking off to the right. She is wearing a brown sweater and metal triangular earrings. On the right is the cover of her book Where the Sea Kuniks the Land, which features a photograph of a lake and snow-capped hills.
Where the Sea Kuniks the Land is a poetry collection by Inuk writer and artist Ashley Qilavaq-Savard. (Inhabit Media)

A "kunik" is a traditional Inuit greeting in which someone places their nose on the other's cheek and breathes them in. In Where the Sea Kuniks the Land , Inuk writer Ashley Qilavaq-Savard extends that gesture of love in a collection of poems that celebrates the Arctic landscape and people.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Ashley Qilavaq-Savard is an Inuk writer, artist and filmmaker born and raised in Iqaluit. She writes poetry about decolonizing narratives, healing from intergenerational trauma, and love of the land and culture. She has led acting and storytelling workshops for children and youth with the Qaggiavuut Performing Arts Society and the Labrador Creative Arts Festival.

Canticles III (MMXXII) by George Elliott Clarke

At left, a photo of writer George Elliott Clarke standing in a library. He is wearing glasses and a beige knit sweater and smiling. On the right is the cover of his poetry book Canticles III, featuring white and green text over a purple background.
Canticles III is the continuation of an epic work of poetry by poet and professor George Elliott Clarke. (georgeelliottclarke.net, Guernica Editions)

In 2008, George Elliott Clarke began to write Canticles, an epic poem addressing the Transatlantic slave trade and colonial conquest. In Canticles III (MMXXII), Clarke looks at the history of the African Baptist Association of Nova Scotia, concluding his epic in his own inimitable style.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Born and raised in Nova Scotia and now based in Toronto, poet and professor George Elliott Clarke is acclaimed for his narrative lyric suites (Whylah Falls and Execution Poems), his lyric "colouring books" (Blue, Black, Red and Gold), his selected poems (Blues and Bliss), his opera libretti and plays (Beatrice Chancy and Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was the poet laureate of Toronto from 2012-2015, among many other honours.

Playing the Long Game by Christine Sinclair, with Stephen Brunt

The book cover features a female soccer player looks to her right with her back to camera. Her white jersey reads "Sinclair" with the number 12 on it in red text. In the background, out of focus, is a crowd of people wearing red and white seated in a soccer stadium. Above the woman, in the sky, the text of the book cover reads "Playing the Long Game" in black and the authors' names "Christine Sinclair with Stephen Brunt" in red.
Playing the Long Game is a book by Christine Sinclair with Stephen Brunt. (Rachel Pick, Random House Canada, Peter Tym)

In collaboration with the Canadian sportswriter Stephen Brunt who has followed her career for years, Olympic soccer gold-medallist Christine Sinclair provides an in-depth look into what led her to become the top international goal scorer of all time and one of Canada's greatest athletes. She tells the stories behind some of her brightest successes and heartbreaking failures. In Playing the Long Game, Sinclair shares the wisdom gleaned from a career spent changing the game of women's sport.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

An Olympic gold medallist, Sinclair is the long-time forward and captain of Canada's national soccer team and the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League. Born and raised in Burnaby, B.C., she now lives in Portland.

Stephen Brunt is a Canadian writer and broadcaster and the author of multiple books including Facing AliSearching for Bobby Orr and Gretzky's Tears.

WATCH | Christine Sinclair wins a lifetime achievement award:

Margaret Atwood on politics and the pandemic

2 years ago
Duration 7:00
Renowned Canadian author Margaret Atwood discusses getting through the COVID-19 pandemic, her eerie prediction about politics in the U.S. and staying hopeful in a virtual discussion with Adrienne Arsenault.

A Train in the Night by Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny & Christian Quesnel, translated by W. Donald Wilson

A Train in the Night is a graphic novel by Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny & Christian Quesnel, and translated by W. Donald Wilson. (Between the Lines, Maximilien Faubert, talonbooks.com)

A Train in the Night is the graphic novel adaptation of the Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny's nonfiction book Mégantic. The book tells the story of the 2013 summer night when a runaway train full of oil caused a massive explosion in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic. The disaster claimed 47 lives and is one of the deadliest railway accidents in Canadian history. A Train in the Night connects the dots from the scene of the accident to the corporations, investors and politicians that may have played a role in the tragedy.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny is a writer, activist and videographer based in Quebec. Her book Mégantic was shortlisted for the 2018 Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction.

Christian Quesnel is an author and graphic novel and children's book illustrator from Saint-Andre-Avellin, Que.

W. Donald Wilson is a translator from Waterloo, Ont.

LISTEN | Why the Lac Mégantic disaster was memorialized as a graphic novel:

Christine Sinclair receives FIFA Lifetime Achievement Award

11 months ago
Duration 5:49
Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C. was honoured for breaking the international goal scoring record at The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021 ceremony.

Scales and Stardust by Meaghan McIsaac

The Bear House: Scales and Stardust is a book by Meaghan McIsaac. (Holiday House)

Scales and Stardust is the latest book in The Bear House series. While the war in the medieval world of the Bear Highen has ended, the true test has just begun for 13-year old Aster who is now the High Queen. While peace now reigns in the land, political and personal challenges threaten to end her rule as the massive Hemoth Bear, symbol of the House of the Bear, is growing more powerful. When Aster meets a young girl living in a nest of wyverns, she must learn how to keep the peace while realizing her one true destiny.

Scales and Stardust is for ages 10 to 14.

When you can read it: Nov. 1, 2022

Meaghan McIsaac is a Toronto author. Her other books include UrgleUnderhand, The Boys of Fire and Ash and The Bear House.

Abolitionist Intimacies by El Jones

Illustrated bees and hummingbirds hover over green, white and yellow illustrations of flowers. The stems of the seven flowers form what appears to be prison bars with the stems connected at the bottom to form a prison cell. The title of the book cover is underneath the drawing.
Abolitionist Intimacies is a book by El Jones. (Fernwood Publishing, Sinisa Jolic/CBC)

In Abolitionist Intimacies, El Jones analyzes the prison abolition movement through the Black feminist principles of care and collectivity. Jones explores how intimacy is controlled and policed in the prison system, such as through prison visits, strip searches and controlling connection to community. Examining these principles in the context of the history of Canadian prisons, settler colonialism and anti-Black racism, Jones argues that intimacy is vital to the movement for justice and liberation in the carceral state. 

When you can read it: Nov. 2, 2022

Jones is a poet, journalist, professor and activist from Halifax. She is also a journalism instructor at the University of King's College and the fifth poet laureate of Halifax.

Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk

Even Though I Knew the End is a book by C.L. Polk. (Mike Tan, Tordotcom)

Even Though I Knew the End revolves around a detective living in a Chicago filled with magic and monsters. The historical fantasy novel is about mystical powers, everlasting love and a chase for a vengeful serial killer.

When you can read it: Nov. 8, 2022

C.L. Polk is a fantasy writer from Calgary. Their other books include Witchmark, Stormsong and The Midnight BargainWitchmark, their debut novel, won the 2019 World Fantasy Award for best novel. It was also nominated for a Nebula Award, Locus Award, Aurora Award and a Lambda Literary Award. The Midnight Bargain was defended by Olympian and broadcaster Rosey Edeh on Canada Reads 2021.

This is it, Lark Harnish by Laura Best

This is it, Lark Harnish is a book by Laura Best. (Nimbus Publishing, Shelley Zinck)

This is it, Lark Harnish is a historical middle-grade novel about a plucky young teen starting a new life in 1919 Nova Scotia. Lark's father has died and due to economic constraints, she is forced to leave her mother and siblings to go work at the McMasters house. She arrives at an unhappy place of devastated adults, raising sad and lonely children. Lark is determined to bring laughter and hope into the lives of both families... but will she succeed? When Lark barrels in with her big personality, she disturbs a long-held silence in the McMasters house.

This is it, Lark Harnish is for ages 9 to 12.

When you can read it: Nov. 8, 2022

Laura Best is an author from Nova Scotia. Her books include the YA novels A Sure Cure for Witchcraft and Bitter, Sweet, which was shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

Night Lunch by Eric Fan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling

Night Lunch is a book by Eric Fan, illustrated by Dena Seiferling. (Tundra Books, Billie Metz Photography)

Night Lunch is a picture book set in a Victorian city at night under the watchful eye of the hungry Night Owl. As the animals and people set down to eat under the midnight sky, Mouse is wary. Owl has spotted Mouse... will he be next on the menu? 

Night Lunch is for ages 4 to 8.

When you can read it: Nov. 8, 2022

Eric Fan is a writer and frequent collaborator with brother Terry Fan on children's books. Their books include The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets SkyThey also illustrated The Darkest Dark by astronaut and author Chris Hadfield.

Dena Seiferling is a Canadian illustrator of children's books and needle-felt artist based in Calgary.

The Opportunist by Elyse Friedman

The Opportunist is a novel by Elyse Friedman. (Patrick Crean Editions)

The Opportunist is a novel about gender dynamics and powerWhen Alana Shropshire's father, Ed, starts dating a much younger woman, her family react with shock, dismay and a desire to protect their inheritance. When it's clear wedding bells are in the picture, a dangerous scheme is set in motion to retain control.

When you can read it: Nov. 8, 2022

Elyse Friedman is a Toronto-based author and screenwriter. Her work has been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, the ReLit Award and the Tom Hendry Award.

While You Sleep by Jennifer Maruno, illustrated by Miki Sato

While You Sleep is a book by Jennifer Maruno, left, illustrated by Miki Sato. (Pajama Press)

The picture book While You Sleep features collage art and rhyming couplets to depict the world of dreams as little ones get ready for bed. The magical tale sees night-helper bunnies busy at work to help make bedtime a wonderful place to be. 

While You Sleep is for ages 2 to 5.

When you can read it: Nov. 8, 2022

Jennifer Maruno is an educator and author. She is also the author of the novel When the Cherry Blossoms Fell.

Miki Sato is a Japanese Canadian illustrator originally from Ottawa. Her work has previously appeared in Today's Parent, Reader's Digest and The Walrus.

Cyclettes by Tree Abraham

The green book cover features an ink drawing of a bicycle with a real-life seashell sitting on top of the drawing.
Cyclettes is a book by Tree Abraham. (Book*hug Press, Unnamed Press)

Interspersed with drawings, maps, diagrams and scientific charts, Cyclettes probes the millennial experience, asking what it means to live a meaningful life, especially amid economic and environmental uncertainty. Both a travelogue and a book of philosophical introspection, the multidisciplinary work asks big questions in a bid to understand our place in the world. 

When you can read it: Nov. 10, 2022

Tree Abraham is a book designer, illustrator and writer. 

The Mother of All Degrassi by Linda Schuyler

A middle-aged white woman with short blonde hair and bangs sits on a director's chair that is faced away from camera, holding a movie clapperboard. She is wearing a red leather jacket and is turned to face camera. The book cover beside this image features a black and white photo of a woman with curly hair and large, square glasses looking up and to the right. The title of the book appears over the photo with the word "Degrassi" in larger, yellow and purple block font.
The Mother of All Degrassi is a book by Linda Schuyler. (Epitome Pictures, ECW Press)

The co-creator and executive producer of the long-running television series Degrassi, Linda Schuyler shares her personal stories about what it took to make it as a woman entrepreneur in the independent Canadian television industry of the early 1980s in her memoir The Mother of All Degrassi. Through sharing stories, insights and some behind-the-scenes memories from the Degrassi set, Linda reflects on the lessons she learned along the way. 

When you can read it: Nov. 15, 2022

Linda Schuyler is the executive producer and co-creator of over 500 episodes of the multi-award-winning Degrassi television franchise. Linda is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto.

LISTEN | The Degrassi creator on what makes good TV:

Kwändǖr by Cole Pauls

Kwändǖr is a graphic novel by Cole Pauls. (Conundrum Press)

Kwändǖr collects Cole Pauls's work from comic festivals, magazines and zine-making workshops. The comics covers topics like racism, family and identity, and features Yukon history and Southern Tutchone cultural practices and language lessons.

When you can read it: Nov. 15, 2022

Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist. He created his first comic, Dakwäkãda Warriorsas a language-revival initiative. In 2017, it won Broken Pencil magazine's awards for best comic and best zine of the year. In 2020, it won best work in an Indigenous language from the Indigenous Voices Awards. He is also the author of the graphic novel Pizza Punks.

WATCH | Cole Pauls on making Indigenous comics:

Linda Schuyler, creator of Degrassi Junior High, talks about making good TV for kids.

Men I Trust by Tommi Parrish

Men I Trust is a graphic novel by Tommi Parrish. (Fantagraphics Books)

When Sasha, a 20-something who just moved back in with her parents and is searching for direction, meets Eliza, a struggling poet and single mother in her 30s, the two strike up an unlikely friendship in Men I Trust. Their relationship evolves into something more in this story about looking for intimacy in a world that feels increasingly disconnected. 

When you can read it: Nov. 22, 2022

Tommi Parrish is a cartoonist and painter based in Montreal. Their debut graphic novel, The Lie and How We Told It, won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for best LGBTQ graphic novel.

A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny

A World of Curiosities is a novel by Louise Penny. (Jean-Francois Berube, Minotaur)

A World of Curiosities is Louise Penny's 18th book in the Armand Gamache series, which takes place in a warm, eccentric, tight-knit community known as Three Pines. This time out, Inspector Gamache gets caught up in a story involving two young siblings who have appeared in the village. The pair were young when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them damaged. Gamache must uncover why they have arrived in town — before it's too late.

When you can read it: Nov. 29, 2022

Louise Penny, a former CBC broadcaster and journalist, is the award-winning author of the Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries.

Corrections

  • This post has been updated to reflect that the release date for Fourteen Days, edited by Margaret Atwood has been moved to May 2023.
    Nov 02, 2022 4:01 PM ET

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