6 new Canadian books to watch for in April

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

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

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree storyteller from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. (Joshua Whitehead, Arsenal Pulp Press)

What it's about: Joshua Whitehead's debut novel — and follow-up to his 2017 collection of poetry full-metal indigiqueer — is about a Two-Spirit Indigiqueer young man who must reckon with his past when he returns home to his reserve.

When you can read it: April 1, 2018

The Never-Ending Present by Michael Barclay

The Never-Ending Present tells the story of The Tragically Hip. (ECW/REUTERS/Kevin Light)

What it's about: The Never-Ending Present is the first print biography of The Tragically Hip. With dozens of interviews, Michael Barclay explores the band's music and its place in Canadian culture and the legacy its lead singer, Gord Downie, leaves behind. 

When you can read it: April 3, 2018

Why Young Men by Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani is a lawyer, community organizer, teacher and author of Why Young Men. (

What it's about: Jamil Jivani explores the socioeconomic and cultural forces that inspire young men just like him to turn to violent radicalization, and offers a way forward for how society can view these young men differently and change their futures.

When you can read it: April 3, 2018

Vi by Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman

Kim Thúy is a Vietnamese-born Canadian author. Her debut novel, Ru, won the 2010 Governor General's Literary Award for French language fiction. (Penguin Random House/Benoit Levac)

What it's about: Kim Thúy's debut novel Ru was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2012 and was the Canada Reads winner in 2015. Her latest, Vi, tells the story of a group of Vietnamese refugees as they seek to acclimatize to new lives in Canada and elsewhere. 

When you can read it: April 10, 2018

The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi

Tima Kurdi is a spokesperson and the co-founder of the Kurdi Foundation. (Simon & Schuster Canada/Maxine Bulloch)

What it's about: When a photo of the body of Tima Kurdi's nephew, Alan, washed ashore, Kurdi became a spokesperson for the refugee crisis in Syria. From sharing her own story, growing up in Damascus and emigrating to Canada at 22, Kurdi provides the human side of a story that's dominated the news cycle.

When you can read it: April 17, 2018

Floating City by Kerri Sakamoto

Kerri Sakamoto's debut novel, The Electrical Field won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in 1998. (Penguin Random House/Daniel Tisch)

What it's about: A modern take on Citizen Kane, Commonwealth Prize-winning and Governor General's Literary Award-nominated author Kerri Sakamoto delivers a tale about family, ambition and the costs of turning our backs on history and home.

When you can read it: April 17, 2018


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