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Celebrate Canada with some of the country's finest literature.

 

The Orenda

by Joseph Boyden

In this hugely acclaimed author’s new novel, history comes alive before us when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts—the defining moment of...


The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

by Heather O'neill

An enchanting story of twins, fame, and heartache by the much-praised author of Lullabies for Little Criminals

Heather O’Neill charmed readers in the hundreds of thousands with her sleeper hit, Lullabies...


Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories

by Alice Munro

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

In the her tenth collection (the title story of which is the basis for the new film Hateship Loveship), Alice Munro achieves new heights, creating narratives that...


The Blind Assassin: A Novel

Man Booker Prize 2000, Hammett Prize 2000

by Margaret Atwood

The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945...


The English Patient

Trillium Book Award 1993, Man Booker Prize 1992

by Michael Ondaatje

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted...


The Handmaid's Tale

Arthur C. Clarke Award 1987, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 1986

by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future,...


The Cat's Table

by Michael Ondaatje

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group...


Dear Life: Stories

Trillium Book Award 2013

by Alice Munro

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE© IN LITERATURE 2013

New York Times Notable Book

Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction

A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco ChronicleVogue, AV Club...


The Stone Diaries: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1995, National Book Critics Circle for Fiction 1994

by Carol Shields & Penelope Lively

In celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of its original publication, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now available in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

ONE OF THE MOST successful and acclaimed...


A Tale for the Time Being

Kitschies Red Tentacle Award 2013, Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction 2013

by Ruth Ozeki

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki-shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

"A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you,...


The Free World

by David Bezmozgis

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title

Summer, 1978. Brezhnev sits like a stone in the Kremlin, Israel and Egypt are inching towards peace, and in the bustling,...


Natasha

by David Bezmozgis

Few readers had heard of David Bezmozgis before last May, when Harper's, Zoetrope, and The New Yorker all printed stories from his forthcoming collection. In the space of a few weeks, these magazines introduced...


The Sisters Brothers

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2011

by Patrick Dewitt

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it....


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia de Luce #1

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2010, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2009

by Alan Bradley

BONUS: This edition contains a The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie discussion guide and an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand...


Juliet in August

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2010

by Dianne Warren

In her luminous debut novel, acclaimed writer Dianne Warren captures the honesty of the human spirit and the quest for companionship…

Juliet is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town—a dusty oasis on the...


Life of Pi (Illustrated): Deluxe Illustrated Edition

by Yann Martel

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship,...


My Life in Black and White

by Kim Izzo

When Clara Bishop, a struggling screenwriter-turned-tabloid journalist in Hollywood, is jilted by her philandering husband, she follows him to London, determined to win him back. Armed with only a glamorous...


Room: A Novel

by Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the...


The Beautiful Mystery

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

Macavity Best Mystery Novel 2013, Agatha Award for Best Novel 2012

by Louise Penny

The brilliant new novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Louise Penny, one of the most acclaimed crime writers of our time  No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups,...


A Trick of the Light

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #7

by Louise Penny

A New York Times Notable Crime Book and Favorite Cozy for 2011A Publishers Weekly Best Mystery/Thriller books for 2011 "Penny has been compared to Agatha Christie [but] it sells her short. Her characters are...


Girlfriend in a Coma

by Douglas Coupland

On a snowy Friday night in 1979, just hours after making love for the first time, Richard's girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to their daughter,...


The Sentimentalists

by Johanna Skibsrud

The Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel by Johanna Skibsrud. Haunted by the vivid horrors of the Vietnam War, exhausted from years spent battling his memories, Napoleon Haskell leaves his North Dakota trailer...


Bloodletting & Miraculous Cure

Giller Prize 2006

by Vincent Lam

A prize-winning #1 bestseller in Canada, this literary Grey's Anatomy follows the careers and relationships that develop among a group of young doctors.


How Should a Person Be?

by Sheila Heti

A raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium—a compulsive read that's like "spending a day with your new best friend" (Bookforum)

Reeling from a failed marriage,...


Ru: A Novel

by Kim Thuy

Winner of Canada's Governor General's Award and an international success, an exquisite autobiographical novel of a Vietnamese refugee finding her way-and finding her voice-on new shores.


The Headmaster's Wager

by Vincent Lam

A superbly crafted, highly suspenseful, and deeply affecting debut novel about one man’s loyalty to his country, his family and his heritage

 

   Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English...


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