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Hilary Atleo on the books that are flying off the shelves in her B.C. book truck

Hilary Atleo is the co-owner of Iron Dog Books in Burnaby B.C.
Iron Dog Books is a mobile bookstore in British Columbia. (Hilary Atleo)

Iron Dog Books is a mobile bookstore in Burnaby B.C. Hilary Atleo, the co-owner, notes that bookshop was built inside a van that looks just like a mail truck.

Here are the books that Atleo says are flying off the shelves.

My Conversations with Canadians by Lee Maracle

Lee Maracle is the author of numerous works, including the novels Ravensong and Celia's Song. (Columpa Bobb/BookThug)

"We really focus on trying to get interesting and critical Indigenous works. I think our Indigenous section is small, but mighty. My Conversations with Canadians is the book that I would encourage everybody to read about Indigenous issues in Canada. The book has really taken actual experiences that we have, talking about being Indigenous or having people ask us awkward questions about being Indigenous that we can't necessarily in the moment find a good response to. It you really unpacks a lot."

The Hamster Princess series by Ursula Vernon

Harriet the Invincible is the first book in Ursula Vernon's Hamster Princess series for children. (J.R. Blackwell, Puffin Books)

"I'd really like to recommend a book series called Hamster Princess by Ursula Vernon because it's such a fantastic book for kids to read. It is very purple and sparkly but is also incredibly feminist. It's essentially a warrior princess who's a hamster and it's a twisted fairy tale. The reading levels for ages seven to 10. It's sardonic, it's satirical and it's clever. I sold it to a customer and she came back and told me it's the only book she's read aloud to her kids and lost track of time. She just wanted to keep reading it."

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

No One Can Pronounce My Name is a novel by Rakesh Satyal. (Melisa Melling, Picador)

"This is my summer read. It's about an unlikely friendship between two different immigrants from South Asia who come from very different walks of life, but nevertheless find a lot of common ground with each other. It's entertaining and extremely heartfelt. It's also extremely well-written."

Hilary Atleo's comments have been edited for length and clarity.


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