15 Books for Dad

With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some book gift suggestions for your pop that will, well, pop. Keep scrolling for recommendations for angler dads, jokester dads, crying-at-commercial dads, literary dads (obviously), and more.


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For the angler

If your dad would rather be river- or lakeside with a fishing pole than at Father’s Day brunch.

Casting into Mystery by Robert Reid (Porcupine’s Quill)Fishing the High Country: A Memoir of the River by Wayne Curtis (Goose Lane Editions)

For the outdoorsman

Knapsack? Check. Compass? Check. One (or both) of these reads? CHECK.

Orphans of Empire by Grant Buday (TouchWood Editions)Capturing the Summit: Hamilton Mack Laing and the Mount Logan Expedition of 1925 by Trevor Marc Hughes (Ronsdale Press)

For the history buff

Keep your dad from lamenting all of the alien programming on History Channel with one of these.

Beneath the Coal Dust: Historical Journeys through the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass by Wayne Norton (Caitlin Press)Copperhead Road by Brad Smith (At Bay Press)

For the music guy

Thankfully, no hearing required for these books (if dad’s is wrecked from too much time with the hi-fi).

Let it All Fall: Underground Music and the Culture of Rebellion in Newfoundland by Mike Heffernan (Breakwater Books)Don’t Call It Hair Metal: Art in the Excess of ’80s Rock by Sean Kelly (ECW Press)

For the softie

Give dad a break from surreptitiously crying at commercials with one of these heartfelt picks.

Home Safe: A Memoir of End-of-Life Care During COVID-19 by Mitchell Consky (Dundurn Press)Chasing Baby: An Infertility Adventure by Morwenna Trevenen (Great Plains Publications)

For the dad-jokes specialist

Arm your loves-to-laugh dad with even more humorous lit.

Grin Reaping by Rod Carley (Latitude 46)Half the Lies You Tell Are Not True by Dave Paddon (Running the Goat)

For the literary dad

He loves reading, so give the man what he wants.

The Animals by Cary Fagan (Book*hug Press)Who Has Seen the Wind: 75th Anniversary Edition by W.O. Mitchell (Freehand Books)Oldman’s River: New and Collected Poems by Sid Marty (NeWest Press)

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