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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick fiction

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.



Adult Onset
Ann-Marie Macdonald
(Knopf Canada)

A powerful novel about motherhood and the power and pressures of love. When the symptoms of an illness dormant since childhood flare up, Mary-Rose is left to reconsider memories of her own childhood and her relationship with her parents with dangerous implications for her life and that of her children.
$32.00 cl, 400 pp. 978-0-345-80827-1


Blind Spot Laurence Miall (NeWest Press)

Blind Spot
Laurence Miall
(NeWest Press)

When his parents’ car is hit by a train, Luke returns to Edmonton to wrap up their affairs. While those around him grieve, Luke remains detached, falling into a relationship with a woman in a neighbouring house… and learning his mother may have had an extramarital affair herself. A gripping character study in the tradition of Tobias Wolff and Andre Dubus III.
$19.95 pa, 240 pp. 978-1-927063-65-1


Celia's Song  Lee Maracle  (Cormorant Books)

Celia’s Song
Lee Maracle
(Cormorant Books)

Celia’s Song is a novel that matters. It speaks of the unspeakable, but also of stories that must be told: the resilience and strength of First Nations people to come together to regain their knowledge and traditions, and to heal themselves. “Elegiac and brave, Celia’s Song is mind-changing.” –Smaro Kamboureli
$24.00 pa, 280 pp. 978-1-77086-416-0


A Girl is a Half-Formed ThingEimear McBride(Simon & Schuster Canada)

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Eimear McBride
(Simon & Schuster Canada)

This award-winning debut tells, with astonishing insight, the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour and her harrowing sexual awakening.
$27.00 cl, 224 pp. 978-1-4767-8902-6


SweetlandMichael Crummey(Doubleday Canada)

Michael Crummey
(Doubleday Canada)

When the government offers the inhabitants of a remote Newfoundland island a generous compensation package to leave their home, all but one old man accepts it. By turns darkly comic and heartbreaking, Sweetland is a story about one man’s struggles against the forces of nature and the ruins of memory.
$32.00 cl, 320 pp. 978-0-385-66316-8


The Umbrella MenderChristine Fischer Guy(Wolsak & Wynn)

The Umbrella Mender
Christine Fischer Guy
(Wolsak & Wynn)

After a stroke, Hazel struggles to recount her time as a TB nurse up North, including her affair with an itinerant umbrella mender. “An absolutely compelling read from start to finish.” –Miriam Toews
$22.00 pa, 300 pp. 978-1-894987-90-5

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