Welcome to your next indie book

Welcome to your next indie book
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With winter looming and pandemic life in full swing, staying at home is the new national hobby.

Luckily, we have good books to keep us company.

Canadian Independent literary presses publish books that reflect the richness and diversity of Canadian stories. Whether your taste is fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, or graphic novels, indie presses gift us with inventive, edgy, award-winning, homegrown books that inspire, awaken, challenge, and provoke.

Books on All Lit Up belong to some of Canada's best independent presses—all of which are small businesses. And now, more than ever, we want our purchases to support local companies, not internet giants.

Scroll down to discover, buy, and collect their new releases.

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Stella Atlantis

By Susan Perly

It's 2016, and there's a new president in the White House. The world is on edge, and celebrated novelist Johnny Coma, survivor of a bomb test in the Nevada desert and the subsequent disintegration of his marriage to photographer Vivienne Pink, must face the one trauma he can ... Read more

The Only Card in a Deck of Knives

Edited by Lauren Turner

The Only Card in a Deck of Knives is a groundbreaking new collection in the area of sickness poetry. Within these poems, Lauren Turner aims to reclaim the "hysterical" label given to sick women throughout history. Rather than shying away from the emotional urgency and raw vulnerability ... Read more

Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin

By Theresa Turmell

Mnidoo Bemaasing Bemaadiziwin is a twenty-five year research and community based book. It brings forward Indigenous thought, history, and acts of resistance as viewed through the survivors of residential school who through certain aspects of their young lives were able to persevere ... Read more

Storying Violence

By Dallas Hunt & Gina Starblanket

Storying Violence explores the 2018 murder of Colten Boushie and the subsequent trial of Gerald Stanley. Through an analysis of relevant socio-political narratives in the prairies and scholarship on settler colonialism, the authors argue that Boushie?s death and Stanley?s acquittal ... Read more

My Claustrophobic Happiness

By Jeanne Randolph

Inspired by Athanasius' The Temptations of St. Anthony in which the protagonist is repeatedly beset by desert demons, My Claustrophobic Happiness offers La Betty, a wealthy condo inhabitant whose cloistered consumer object worship provides her with fragile protection against ... Read more

Perimeter's Ridge

By (artist) Ferdinando Spina

This collection of paintings and writings by Fred Spina is a much-awaited sequel to his "Arctic Notes and Prairie Places" published by Bayeux Arts.

Remember, It's Ok: Loss of a Partner

By Marina L. Reed & Marian Grace Boyd

If you have lost your partner, your love, your other half, this book is for you. If you don't know where to turn because your heart is so very broken, open the cover of this book. Inside these pages are moments you can identify with and guidance that will help you on this painful ... Read more

Conscious Grief & Loss Guide

By Lise Leblanc

None of us want to experience the loss of a loved one, but the sad reality is we've all experienced it, and it is certain that grief will come knocking many times throughout our lives. A psychotherapist for more than twenty years, Lise Leblanc has learned that we are rarely ... Read more