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Pick your favourite holiday reading room!

It's time to get cozy! Pick your favourite holiday reading room and check out some of our book recommendations to help make the moment special.

Adèle Hugo

By Leslie Smith Dow

When Victor Hugo died in 1885, the world was shocked to discover that he had a lone survivor: his daughter Adèle, incarcerated in an asylum for insane gentlewomen. Adèle Hugo was an accomplished, intelligent, and ambitious young woman whose potential shrank with every year ... Read more


By Sky Curtis

Everyone knows someone who has been abused by a doctor and this book, a moving true story, is about the devastating impact of sexual abuse and one woman’s steely determination to recover and find justice. Sky Curtis is a successful writer who goes to her family doctor for ... Read more

ALU Spring Preview 2021: Staff Picks


Book people know spring weather signals new books—and we're ready for both! Below, we pick some of the books we're looking forward to digging into this season.


Almost a Great Escape

By Tyler Trafford

Winner of the W. O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mother's death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man he's ... Read more

Dear Current Occupant

By Chelene Knight

Winner of the 2018 City of Vancouver Book Award

From Vancouver-based writer Chelene Knight, Dear Current Occupant is a creative non-fiction memoir about home and belonging set in the 80s and 90s of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Using a variety of forms, Knight reflects on her ... Read more

A Ghost in the Throat

By Doireann Ní Ghríofa

An Post Irish Book Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year • A Guardian Best Book of 2020 • Shortlisted for the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize • Longlisted for the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize • Winner of the James Tait Black Biography Prize A New York Times New & ... Read more

Kelly Kaur

Kelly grew up in Singapore, came to Calgary to get her degrees at the University of Calgary, and stayed longer than she thought she would. Universities appear to be her playground; as a university educator today, she must have taught over 10,000 students and graded over 60,000 ...

Staff Picks: What We're Reading in 2022

The new year is here, and while it's feeling a lot like a flashback to 2020 chaos right now, we can always rely on a fresh new season of books to keep our spirits afloat. Here are just some of the reads that our All Lit Up staff are living for right now.