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ALU Summer Book Club: 2020 Edition

It's our fifth annual All Lit Up Summer Book Club! Despite not being patio-side this year, we'll be spending the next two months gabbing virtually with publishers and authors and each other about books — follow along with us! This year's instalment of book club brings you ... Read more

Choose Your Quarantine Fighter: Mighty Books for Hard Times

Defeat your quarantine boredom with books — which will you take into battle? Choose your fighter below!

How Do Poets Write Through Times of Crisis? Two approaches to writing poetry during uncertain times

When Heather O’Neill writes that “artists are notorious for creating their art under the most perilous and inopportune circumstances,” I want so desperately to believe it. 

In an essay for  Maclean's, she states: “They create in poverty, under repressive regimes, ... Read more

A Mature and Intelligent Period of Grieving: On Death and Humour in Writing

My first job after my mother died was a contract position writing a Joke of the Day calendar. Each day I input approximately ninety jokes into an Excel spreadsheet, selecting which would appear on significant days such as the day my mother died, her birthday, the day she birthed ... Read more

All Lit Up Turns Six: 6 + 6 Books

At ALU we love bookish roundups and birthdays so we're putting them together and celebrating with a roundup of 6 + 6 books that made an impact on us over the last year. And we're taking 20% off any of our birthday selections for one week (until Sept 22) so you can enjoy them ... Read more

Read Harder Challenge #17

Our final Read Harder Challenge of the year is all about bingeable book series and more bookish challenges to get you reading harder, too!

On Beauty: An Interview with Bahar Orang

In her hybrid book of lyric essay and prose poetry,  Where Things Touch (Book*hug Press), poet and physician-in-training Bahar Orang considers the meanings and possibilities of beauty, reimagining what it really is and how we define it. A thoughtful, meditative book that ... Read more

In House: NeWest Press

NeWest Press Marketing and Production Coordinator Claire Kelly gives us a glimpse at how the team has been weathering the pandemic—carving workspace out from home libraries, overtaking dining room tables and learning to share space with pets and partners alike, all in an effort ... Read more

Home Ice

By Angie Abdou


The author of the Canada Reads–nominated The Bone Cage tackles the ups and downs of amateur hockey, from a mother’s point of view

Over 570,000 people are registered in Hockey Canada and over 600,000 in Hockey USA. It’s a national obsession. But what does that really mean ... Read more

M Word

Edited by Kerry Clare

A CNQ Editors' Book of the Year

A Dropped Threads-style anthology, assembling original and inspiring works by some of Canada's best younger female writers — such as Heather Birrell, Saleema Nawaz, Susan Olding, Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, Carrie Snyder, and Alison Pick — The ... Read more