ALU Summer Book Club: Follow-up Reads for After Realism

August 24, 2022

Our team has sure loved reading and discussing the 24 exceptional short stories in the anthology  After Realism, edited by André Forget and published by Véhicule Press. But what's after After Realism? We keep the anthology train running and recommend four great ones for your TBR.

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August pick: After Realism. "What the stories in After Realism display in aggregate... is a willingness to stretch form and subject to their limits, adapting or rejecting traditional techniques and approaches at will... the volume provides a provocative snapshot of the forces dragging CanLit — kicking and screaming — into the 21st century." —Steven W. Beattie


The "Best Kind" of essay writing from Canada's east-est coast:

The cover of essay anthology Best Kind, edited by Robert Finley. The design is based on the Purity Factory packaging.


Best Kind: Essays, edited by Robert Finley (Breakwater Books)


Best Kind collects the non-fiction writing of 12 outstanding Newfoundland writing talents. Nathan R. Elliott says of the anthology that "the book reads briskly… These are some good stories, stories that make us think about how stories — fiction and non-fiction alike — depend on the mind and the tongue of the teller."



A collection of comics you'll want to bop along to:

The cover of comics anthology Swan Song, featuring an illustration of a guitarist rocking out, with several swans behind them.

Swan Song, edited by Jeffrey Ellis (Cloudscape Comics)


Each of the 20 stories in this comics anthology is inspired by a song close to the author's heart, making it as much a playlist as it is a rad collection!



A celebration of Scarborough writing:

The cover of the Feel Ways Scarborough anthology, featuring a hot air balloon on a serene, tie-dyed style background.

Feel Ways: A Scarborough Anthology, edited by Adrian de Leon, Téa Mutonji, and Natasha Ramoutar (Mawenzi House)


After Realism alum Téa Mutonji is one of three co-editors of this anthology of writing out of Scarborough, Ontario; a blend of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from a dynamic part of Toronto often overlooked or misrepresented.


A Lambda-winning anthology of queer, Indigenous spec-fic:

The cover of Love After the End, edited by Joshua Whitehead, featuring a painting of a Chief in headdress wearing a blanket, half covering his body, by a peaceful lake. He is surrounded by modernist sculptures, lying on the shore.

Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction, edited by Joshua Whitehead (Arsenal Pulp Press)


These stories by some of Turtle Island's most exciting emerging Two-Spirit and queer Indigenous writers imagine future utopias where they can thrive.



Gosh, the summer sure goes by fast! We've had such fun reading our 2022 ALU summer book club picks, Ring and  After Realism, both of which are 15% off until the end of August right here on All Lit Up!

You can look back on our summer book club happenings right here.


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