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8 Canadian books coming out in February we can't wait to read

A new month means new books! Here are Canadian books coming out in February to check out.

A new month means new books! Here are eight Canadian books coming out in February we can't wait to read.

Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui

Chop Suey Nation by is a nonfiction book by Ann Hui. (Amanda Palmer, Douglas & McIntyre)

In Chop Suey Nation, Ann Hui drives to small towns across Canada and visits the family-run Chinese restaurants that dot the country. She also discovers her own family's secrets of working in the industry. Hui, a journalist with the Globe and Mail, begins her journey as an authenticity snob, but comes to appreciate the determination and enterprise of families across the nation.

When you can read it: Feb. 2, 2019

Soar, Adam, Soar by Rick Prashaw with Adam Prashaw

Soar Adam Soar is a memoir by Rick Prashaw. (Dundurn)

In Soar, Adam, Soar, Rick Prashaw pays tribute to the short and inspiring life of his son, Adam. Born with epilepsy and assigned female at birth, Adam struggled with his health and gender identity throughout his life. He died after a tragic accident at the age of 22. Prashaw, a former priest and journalist, lives in Ottawa.

When you can read it: Feb. 2, 2019

Divided Loyalties by Nilofar Shidmehr

Divided Loyalties is a short story collection by Nilofar Shidmehr. (House of Anansi Press)

Divided Loyalties is a collection of stories about the diverse lives of Iranian women through the past several decades and across Iran and Canada. Shidmehr's stories follow young girls and women as they look beyond their designated roles as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives in times of war, refuge and reflection. Divided Loyalties is poet and essayist Nilofar Shidmehr's first collection of short fiction.

When you can read it: Feb. 5, 2019

Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

Comics Will Break Your Heart is a YA novel by Faith Erin Hicks. (Nathan Boone, Raincoast Books)

Miriam's grandfather co-created the iconic superhero series TomorrowMen, but doesn't get a dime for his work because he sold the rights for a pittance to his co-creator. Now the family's struggling to stay afloat and the future looks grim for Miriam. Things get complicated when the heir to the TomorrowMen fortune moves to town — and, worse, he happens to be pretty cute. Comics Will Break Your Heart is for YA readers and is Faith Erin Hicks's first novel. She is also the author of the popular Nameless City graphic novel series.

When you can read it: Feb. 12, 2019

The Art of Leaving by Ayelet Tsabari

The Art of Leaving is a nonfiction book by Ayelet Tsabari. (HarperCollins Canada, Jonathan Bloom)

After finishing her two mandatory years in the Israel Defense Forces and in the midst of grieving her father's death, Ayelet Tsabari leaves Tel Aviv to travel through India, Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Moving quickly through homes and cities, Tsabari eventually starts making trips back to Israel and digs deep into her Jewish-Yemeni background and Mizrahi identity in ways she'd never done before. Tsabari was a finalist for the 2018 CBC Short Story Prize and won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her debut short story collection, The Best Place on Earth.

When you can read it: Feb. 19, 2019

Days by Moonlight by André Alexis

Days by Moonlight is a novel by André Alexis. (Coach House Books)

Nearly a year after his parents' death, botanist Alfred Homer agrees to go on a research road trip with Professor Morgan Bruno, an old family friend. As the sun sets, the two depart in search of an obscure, possibly dead poet named John Skennen and encounter a host of oddities in the gothic underworld of southern Ontario. Days by Moonlight is the fourth book in André Alexis's acclaimed quincunx, which includes the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Canada Reads winner Fifteen Dogs.

When you can read it: Feb. 19, 2019

The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper

The Homecoming is a novel by Andrew Pyper. (Simon & Schuster Canada, Heidi Pyper)

When the Quinlan family gathers at a vast rainforest property for the reading of their patriarch's will, they discover that in order to receive their inheritance, they must isolate themselves at the estate for 30 days. In the month that follows, chilling family secrets emerge about their father's true intentions. Andrew Pyper is a bestselling horror writer, whose books include The Only ChildThe Demonologist and The Killing Circle.

When you can read it: Feb. 26, 2019

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

The Beauty of the Moment is a YA novel by Tanaz Bhathena. (Penguin Teen, Nettie Photography)

Teenagers Susan and Malcolm are opposites in many ways. She works hard to keep up with her parents' high expectations, while he's had a reputation for mischief since his mom died. They end up falling for each other — and finding more about themselves along the way. The Beauty of the Moment is YA and is Tanaz Bhathena's sophomore novel.

When you can read it: Feb. 26, 2019

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