This past year has been no different on the enthusiasm front, but there's something more. The incredible voices of the authors we're privileged to work with have been a bastion against the painful reckoning of Canada's colonial legacy and the simultaneous disintegration of public civility south of the border. We heard
Black voices, immigrant voices (pieces
4), and celebrated the
Indigenization of CanLit. We talked about
reading as a resistance act (in fact, we based our whole
poetry month and
bot around it). We made mistakes, and learned a lot from authors generous to share their lived experiences on how to fix them. This year reminded us why we're in this business: that we love and are entertained by books, sure, but moreover that books help us to survive.
Thanks for sticking it out with us; we definitely couldn't have done it without you.
The Editors at All Lit Up
How We're Celebrating:
Do you follow us on
Instagram? You may have seen the #ALUturns3 posts hanging around this month: 20 books that left a mark on us these past three years, with a sweet 15% sale price on them, to match! Better still: if you're the first to buy these featured titles, you get not only the book but an All Lit Up birthday box featuring our favourite swag (including the Poets Resist iron-on patch and our much-beloved tote bags). Here are the books we've featured so far...and there may be some birthday boxes still available, just saying!
Stay tuned to Twitter and Instagram for the rest of our featured Birthday books: we drop a new one each weekday at 3pm EST.
What's In Store (and in store):
Because we're now the three-year-old big kid on the block, we decided it was time for a new look! Our beloved columns (which you've helped make so great) will have a new identity going forward. Tell us your fave!
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