6 Canadian books we can't wait to read in May

A new month means new books! Look for these reads hitting shelves soon.

A new month means new books! Look for these reads hitting shelves in May.

Boys: What It Means to Become a Man by Rachel Giese

Rachel Giese is a journalist and the author of Boys. (HarperCollins Canada,

What it's about: By blending reporting, cultural analysis and personal narrative in Boys, journalist Rachel Giese explores modern masculinity and how and why we are raising boys the way we are today. 

When you can read it: May 1, 2018

Hiraeth by Carol Rose Daniels

Carol Rose Daniels is an award-winning journalist, writer and poet. (Harbour Publishing/Inanna Publications)

What it's about: Carol Rose Daniels sheds light on a dark period of Canadian history during which thousands of Indigenous girls were taken from their families. Hiraeth captures the struggles of many of these women, searching for a place to find recovery for past transgressions.

When you can read it: May 1, 2018

Adjacentland by Rabindranath Maharaj

Rabindranath Maharaj is an award-winning writer of several works, including The Amazing Absorbing Boy. Adjacentland is his most recent novel. (Vicky Maharaj/Wolsak & Wynn)

What it's about: Novelist and short story writer Rabindranath Maharaj — whose last novel was 2010's The Amazing Absorbing Boy — returns with Adjacentland. The dream-like tale revolves around a former comic book writer who one day awakens in a strange institution called the Compound with no memory of his past.

When you can read it: May 8, 2018

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the celebrated author of works such as The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion. (McClelland & Stewart)

What it's about: Michael Ondaatje, author of the acclaimed novel The English Patient, is once again writing about the Second World War. Set in London in 1945, Warlight is about two young siblings who have been separated from their parents in the aftermath of the Nazi bombings.

When you can read it: May 8, 2018

Hard To Do by Kelli María Korducki

Kelli Korducki is a journalist and author of Hard To Do. (Coach House Books)

What it's about: In Hard To Do, Kelli María Korducki explores the history and politics of the contemporary romantic relationship and the how and why of how the ending of such relationships has changed throughout time.

When you can read it: May 22, 2018

I've Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy

I've Been Meaning to Tell You is David Chariandy's latest book. (McClelland & Stewart, Joy van Tiedemann)

What it's about: In I've Been Meaning to Tell You, David Chariandy contemplates how to talk to his young daughter about the politics and history of race by sharing their family's story and his personal experience as the son of black and South Asian migrants from Trinidad.

When you can read it: May 29, 2018


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