The most exciting books coming out in fall 2020

We've rounded up all our Canadian fall preview book lists. Know what's coming out this season in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and kids books.

We've rounded up all our Canadian fall preview book lists. Know what's coming out this season in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and kids books.


Indians on Vacation is a novel by Thomas King. (CBC/Sinisa Jolic, HarperCollins Publishers)

Our top pick: Indians on Vacation by Thomas King

Indians on Vacation is about a couple named Bird and Mimi, who decide to travel through Europe after discovering postcards from Mimi's long-lost Uncle Leroy, who sent them while on his own European adventure almost 100 years ago.

Thomas King is a Canadian-American writer of Cherokee and Greek ancestry. His books include Truth & Bright WaterThe Inconvenient IndianGreen Grass, Running Water and The Back of the Turtle. He also writes the DreadfulWater mystery series.

When you can read it: Aug. 25, 2020


David A. Robertson is the author of Black Water. (Amber Green, HarperCollins Publishers)

Our top pick: Black Water by David A. Robertson

David A. Robertson is a member of Norway House Cree Nation, but grew up not knowing much about his Indigenous heritage. His father, Don, grew up on the trapline in northeast Manitoba, but lost his connection to his Indigenous roots, language and culture after his family was moved to a reserve, and Don wasn't allowed to speak Cree at school. David decides to go traplining with his father as an adult, as a way to connect to his own Cree heritage and the land, but to also better understand his father. Black Water is the story of these journeys: a father and son heading into the wilderness, and of a son connecting with his father, but also with heritage and, ultimately, himself.

When you can read it: Sept. 22, 2020

Robertson is a writer based in Winnipeg. He has published more than 25 books across a variety of genres, including the graphic novels Will I See? and Sugar Falls, a Governor General's Literary Award-winning picture book called When We Were Aloneillustrated by Julie Flett, and the YA book StrangersHe is also releasing a middle-grade novel, The Barren Grounds, in fall 2020. He hosts the CBC Manitoba podcast Kiwew.


home body is a book by Rupi Kaur. (Simon & Schuster, Amrita Singh)

Our top pick: home body by Rupi Kaur

home body is the third collection from bestselling poet Rupi Kaur. home body, which will also feature illustrations by Kaur, will explore the concept of self and reflect on home, mental health, love and acceptance. 

When you can read it: Nov. 17, 2020

Kaur is a poet and artist from Brampton, Ont. She currently has more than four million Instagram followers. At the beginning of 2020, she was named the writer of the decade by U.S. publication The New Republic. Her other poetry collections are milk and honey and the sun and her flowersboth made the New York Times bestseller list.


Kimiko Does Cancer is a graphic novel written by Kimiko Tobimatsu and illustrated by Keet Geniza. (Jenny Vasquez, Arsenal Pulp Press, Eloisa Guerrero)

Our top pick: Kimiko Does Cancer by Kimiko Tobimatsu, illustrated by Keet Geniza

Kimiko Tobimatsu was 25 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her life instantly changed and became filled with doctors' appointments, medical treatments and difficult conversations. She shares her story in the comic Kimiko Does CancerThe comic is a frank and moving look at what it means to have cancer, and how your life can change once you become a cancer survivor.

When you can read it: Oct. 1, 2020

Tobimatsu is a lawyer from Toronto. Kimiko Does Cancer is her first book.

Keet Geniza is a comic artist who was born in Manila and now lives in Toronto. Kimiko Does Cancer is her first book.


Philippe is of Haitian descent, was raised in Montreal and is now a teacher at Barnard College in New York. (Balzer + Bray, Richard Louissaint)

Our top pick: Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe

Charming as a Verb is a YA novel about Henri "Halti" Haltiwanger, a teen with swagger who is convinced he can charm just about anyone. As one of the most popular kids in his prestigious high school — and as the operator of a highly successful dog walking business — Henri has it made and his dream of attending his dream college awaits. But when Henri meets Corinne Troy, a girl who sees right through his charms and exposes his less-than-ethical business practices, it becomes a battle of wits — with potential love looming on the horizon.

Charming as a Verb is for ages 12 and up.

When you can read it: Oct. 13, 2020

Ben Philippe is a writer who was raised in Montreal and currently lives in New York. He published his debut novel The Field Guide to the North American Teenager in 2019. He has contributed to publications like Vanity Fair, the Guardian and Playboy. CBC Books named Philippe a writer to watch in 2019.


Kenneth Oppel is a Canadian children's writer. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Mark Raynes Roberts)

Our top pick: Hatch by Kenneth Oppel

The latest book in Kenneth Oppel's Bloom series is about three kids named Seth, Anaya and Petra and mysterious seeds that have bloomed into dangerous alien plants. The trio prove to be immune to the plants' toxins and must find a way to stop the plants from spreading. It's a task that proves challenging and involves a mystery that could reveal the true reason why the kids are the way they are.

Hatch is for ages 10 and up.

When you can read it: Sept. 8, 2020

Kenneth Oppel has written numerous acclaimed novels for middle grade and young adult readers. His Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide. His novel Airborn received the Governor General's Literary Award in 2004 and was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. His most recent books include The Nest, Every Hidden Thing and Inkling.

Picture books

Out Little Kitchen is a picture book by Jillian Tamaki. (Emma McIntyre, Groundwood Books)

Our top pick: Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

Our Little Kitchen is a picture book that features a neighbourhood with colourful characters who come together in the kitchen to share a meal. Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of food, community and laughter. 

Our Little Kitchen is for ages 4-8.

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2020

Jillian Tamaki is an award-winning illustrator. In 2014, Tamaki received the Governor General's Literary Award for her work in This One Summerwritten by her cousin and graphic novelist Mariko Tamaki. They also collaborated on SkimHer other books include the comics SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless and the picture book They Say Blue

Tamaki created a comic strip called This Face for the special CBC Books series Borders.

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