World Emoji Day – Guess that Book!

Celebrate World Emoji Day (July 17) with us in a fun new way! We’re diving into the fascinating world of emojis and their ability to tell stories. From the classic smileys to a vast array of symbols, animals, and objects, emojis have changed the way we express ourselves in the digital age. Try guessing these book titles based on emojis and a couple of context clues. Start sleuthing and have fun!


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The Quiz


  • Cozy Maples mystery
  • Female lead


  • 2023 Canada Reads Finalist
  • Longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize


  • Winner of Canada Reads 2017
  • Features a bet between gods Hermes and Apollo


  • Authentic poetry collection
  • Large-scale libretto


  • Coming-of-age novel
  • Features American location connections


  • Set in Cape Breton, the streets of Toronto, and Shakespeare’s London
  • Drama of love, sex, family tensions, and more


  • Mystery set in Newfoundland and Labrador’s national park
  • Shortlisted for the Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel set in Canada


  • Humorous graphic novel
  • Follows the lifestyle of a traveling musician


  • Comedic drama by a Leacock finalist
  • Exploration of thorny family dynamics


  • Features the stories of three different people
  • Centers around a playwright

(Scroll down for the answers!)

The Answers

1. The Cat Possessed by Louise Carson (Signature Editions)

2. Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah (Véhicule Press)

3. Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books)

4. Fishing for Leviathan by Rodney Decroo (Anvil Press)

5. The Glint of Light by Clarence Major (At Bay Press)

6. Full Fadom Five by David Bourgeois (Baraka Books)

7. Two for the Tablelands by Kevin Major (Breakwater Books)

8. Moon Boots by Lorenz Peter (Conundrum Press)

9. Coq by Ali Bryan (Freehand Books)

10. All the World’s a Wonder by Melia McClure (Radiant Press)

Browse these “answers” (and great books) here.

With thanks to Ashley at Signature Editions for this emoji-rific idea!