ALU Summer Book Club is BACK for 2018!

June 19, 2018

Two things are certain here during the Summer at ALU's Toronto headquarters: patios, and Book Club. Our third-annual instalment of book club brings you a wonderfully weird debut short story collection and a hilariously heartbreaking family novel from an award-winning author. What are they? Read on to find out (and get a 15% discount on our picks, too).

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"I've wanted to be in a book club my whole life!" You exclaim. "But how?"

Much like our 2016 and 2017 instalments, throughout July and August we'll be focusing on a book each month, getting into the nitty-gritty details of the publishing process with the publishers, interviewing the authors, and having our own staff discussions. You can even follow along with all our bookish endeavours on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where you can submit your own author questions! And if all of that isn't enough to entice you to check out these two amazing books, both will be 15% off throughout the duration of the Summer Book Club, right up until August 31st! (Discount reflected at cart.)

"But what are your picks, ALU?" You say. Cue drumroll...




July:  Zolitude by Paige Cooper (Biblioasis)

The badass ensemble of Zolitude's women characters don't so much take the reader for a ride as they snatch the reader up and jerk them along an austere, dystopian road of twelve short stories. Written with unapologetic intelligence and complexity, this incredible collection refuses to ever give up—and you don't want it to.

Learn more about Zolitude and buy it at 15% off, here. You can also read the short story "The Tin Luck" here (clicking begins a .pdf download). 

Follow along:

July 4:  We meet Zolitude and hear from the publishing team that brought it into the world
July 11:  ALU staff have our own book club meeting & share discussion questions for your own crew
July 18:  Author Paige Cooper answers our burning questions about the book
July 25: We choose follow-ups to Zolitude from the ALU bookshelves




August:  The Figgs by Ali Bryan (Freehand Books)

The tumultuous tale of the titular family, The Figgs come together, break down, and come together again in ways simulanteously all-too-real and all-too-hilarious when the family's youngest finds himself an unexpected, single dad.

Learn more about The Figgs and buy it at 15% off, here. You can also read from the first chapter here (clicking begins a .pdf download). 

Follow along:

August 1:  We meet The Figgs and talk to its publishing team
August 8:  ALU staff meet to discuss The Figgs and share discussion questions
August 15:  Author Ali Bryan answers all of our pressing Figgs questions
August 22: We find more books like The Figgs from our catalogue



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Join us for some bookish fun this Summer with these two amazing reads! See you on the "club" circuit.


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