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Best Bets: CanLit Classics, Present and Future

It's the final day of Best Bets, and we're closing out our fortnight of recommendations with two CanLit classics. One is a gorgeous new illustrated edition of W.O. Mitchell's timeless book,  Who Has Seen the Wind (Freehand Books), and the other is a classic-to-be, Brian ...

Best Bets for cli-po (climate poetry)

Today’s ALU Best Bets are for those readers that connect with nature and the world around them while holding a poetic outlook — for the cli-po (climate poetry) reader. How to Hold a Pebble (NeWest Press) by Jaspreet Singh presents intimate engagements with memory, pl ...

Best Bets: For littles

We'll be the first to admit it: we've been a little remiss on these Best Bets recommendations thus far. What about the kids? Fear not, with two gorgeous picture books incoming. Gift the sweet bedtime story  Bedtime in Nunatsiavut by Raeann Brown (Arsenal Pulp Press) and ...

Best Bets for queens (or kings) of quirk

Peculiar plot lines, strange twists and turns, today’s Best Bets are for the queens (or kings) of quirk. In Muckbang (Linda Leith Publishing) by Fanie Demeule, Kim Delorme is uninterested in anything behind her computer screen and throws herself into a challenge that s ...

Best Bets: Sports journeys

Sports fans, this Best Bets day is for you (or your like-minded giftees). We recommend Jason Smith's gritty baseball underdog novel  The Closer (Now or Never) and sportswriter Joshua Kloke's  The Voyageurs (Dundurn Press), a look at the meteoric rise of the Canadian ...

Best Bets for LGBTQ+ reads

Today's Best Bets are LGBTQ+ reads; for the poetic reader who loves queer theory. LOTE (Metonymy Press) by Shola von Reinhold takes us through the art world and curates a queer historical scene breaking it open and reveling in it. Horrible Dance (Brick Books) by Aver ...

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