Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

In matters of identity as beautiful and nuanced as Joshua Whitehead’s, there is no better descriptor than the one he wrote for himself: “Joshua Whitehead is an Oji-Cree, Two-Spirit storyteller and academic from Peguis First Nation on Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.” Jonny Appleseed is his first novel, a short book marketed as young-adult fiction, […]

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

This tight book of memoir in connected essays, Terese Mailhot’s debut, has been universally lauded over the course of 2018. It was reviewed in the New York Times, and then became a NYT bestseller. It was a finalist for many of Canada’s major nonfiction awards, and blurbed by the likes of Roxane Gay, Katherena Vermette, […]

The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin is the Hugo Award-winning, glass ceiling-breaking, African-American female author of a healthy young collection of fantasy novels and short fiction. Her writing is admired and respected, making her one of the greatest authors in her genre writing today. She’s also a formidable voice for people of colour, and part of the recent […]

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist was not what I expected. I thought the book of essays would examine what it means to be intersectionally feminist in 2014. I thought the essays would be related, and would build towards a complicated revelation. Maybe that would be the book Roxane Gay would write today, but back in 2014 Gay was […]

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Pay no attention to the sentences in The Girl on the Train. The sentences are utilitarian at best, and often laden with painful clichés. But words aren’t what matters in The Girl on the Train. It’s plot. It’s characters who feel familiar and surprising. It’s scenes as vivid as a Netflix thriller. Speaking of Netflix […]

Murder in the Dark by Margaret Atwood

Murder in the Dark is a little book of journal scratchings. Some might call them prose poems, others might call them micro-essays, experimental short stories, or newspaper columns. Atwood’s ideas are intelligent, but in their current form I doubt they’d make it out of the slush pile without her Can-Lit name. It makes me jealous. […]