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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.
Yume by Sifton Tracey Anipare (Dundurn Press)Starting off the year on parental leave, I’m hoping to sit down with my TBR pile (I hear I’ll have loads of free time) beginning with Sifton Tracey Anipare’s debut Yume. This is a book that promises to be “a captivating fantasy novel about demons, dreams, and a young woman teaching English in Japan,” wrapped up in an eye-catching package. And though I haven’t historically been a fantasy reader, Yume looks like the kind of propulsive supernatural novel to expand my reading tastes.
Tenure by Kieran Ega (NeWest Press)Being a sucker for a good mystery and an academic in a former life, I will be kicking off my 2022 reading year with Tenure by Keiran Egan. In a mash-up of crime and campus genres, Tenure sees a seasoned mafioso take on the hallowed halls of Academia in an effort to repay a life-debt – and what he finds is an environment that is vicious and corrupt beyond anything he has ever encountered in the drug business! With just the right amounts of comedy and crime, I expect Tenure to be a fun read, sure to cure me of any lingering academic nostalgia.
Crippled by Paul David Power (Breakwater Books)In 2022 I want to get back to reading more plays. Crippled is a 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award finalist for drama. It has everything I look for in a play: humour and lived experience, big themes, and sharp writing. I can’t wait to read it.
Letters to Singapore by Kelly Kaur (Stonehouse Publishing; Forthcoming, May 2022)Growing up in a first-generation South-Asian Canadian family, I’ve always heard the multiple hints of “oh let me find you someone” at every wedding, family event, and yes, even funerals. Though my family respects my decision to seek a partner on my own and be career oriented first, not everyone is as fortunate.In Kaur’s debut novel, she recounts her experience of how she negotiated coming to Canada for college instead of choosing the traditional route of having an arranged marriage at an early age. As someone who has also forgone the option of having an arranged marriage, seeing how others opted out of this commitment is intriguing.