I was recently running between meetings downtown when I spotted a a quaint little book shop in the lobby of one of the office buildings. It was International Women’s Day and the shop had an incredible display of titles . It stopped me in my tracks and I quickly took a few photos so I could take a closer at another time. I’ve now downloaded a few on my Kobo eReader so I can take them on the go!
When I reached out to Kobo about spotlighting some of the incredibly talented and creative female Canadian writers and their books on AuburnLane.com I wondered if they would be willing to offer up a Kobo Aura H20 (Edition 2) eReader as a giveaway to one of you. After all, we’re avid readers and Kobo is my trusted companion on-the-go for a diversion and escape. This particular eReader is also waterproof so fear not around the bath, pool or seaside! I’m not kidding!
If you’re looking for your next read, here are some great reads penned by remarkable Canadian women authors worth putting on your list…and scroll down to be sure and enter yourself in the giveaway!
Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of adulthood–whether or not to have children–with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim.
Having reached an age when most of her peers are asking themselves when they will become mothers, Heti’s narrator considers, with equal urgency, the question of whether she will do so at all. Over the course of several years, under the influence of her partner, her body, her family, mysticism and chance, Heti’s narrator struggles to make a wise and meaningful choice. In the process, she takes apart, examines, and reconstructs the very idea of “motherhood.”
In the diary-like form of a woman in conversation with herself, Motherhood raises radical and essential questions, including whether this pivotal decision is truly “a decision” at all.
Sheila Heti is the author of seven books, including the 2012 novel, How Should a Person Be? which was a New York Times Notable Book and was called by Time magazine “one of the most talked-about books of the year.” She is co-editor of the New York Times bestseller Women in Clothes, which features the voices of 639 women from around the world.
Inspired by a real incident, this gripping and morals complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada–only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land. When the rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees reaches the shores of British Columbia, the young father is overcome with relief: he and his six-year-old son can finally put Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war behind them and begin new lives. Instead, the group is thrown into prison, with government officials and news headlines speculating that hidden among the “boat people” are members of a terrorist militia infamous for suicide attacks. As suspicions swirls and interrogation mounts, Mahindan fears the desperate actions he took to survive and escape Sri Lanka now jeopardize his and his son’s chances for asylum. Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer Priya, who reluctantly represents the migrants; and Grace, a third generation Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate
Sharon Bala lives in St. John’s where she’s a member of The Port Authority writing group. Her short story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” won the prestigious Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Price in 2017.
This novel tells the story of three musicians in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations–those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise.
Winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and long listed for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.
Madeleine Thien was born the same year her parents immigrated to Vancouver from Malaysia. She studied contemporary dance at Simon Fraser University and completed an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia of in 2001. That same year, she published her first book, Simple Recipes, a collection of short stories derived from her MFA thesis.
40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate. But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself. In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women’s lives.
Finalist for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, National Best Seller, A National Post Best Book of 2017.
Claire Cameron is the also the author of the bestselling The Bear, the story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Lenny Letter, and Salon.
Go back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century. In 1843, at the age of sixteen, servant girl Grace Marks was convicted for her part in the vicious murders of her employer and his mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Grace herself claims to have no memory of the murders. As Dr. Simon Jordan – an expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness – tries to unlock her memory, what will he find? Was Grace a femme fatale – or a weak and unwilling victim of circumstances? Taut and compelling, penetrating and wise, Alias Grace is a beautifully crafted work of the imagination that vividly evokes time and place. The novel and its characters will continue to haunt the reader long after the final page.
This title won the Canadian Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The award-winning novel was inspired by true events has also been adapted into a six-hour miniseries that is currently on Netflix.
Margaret Atwood is the author of over 40 written works including The Handmaid’s Tale.
Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II, Terese Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is Heart Berries, a memorial for Mailhot’s mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father–an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist–who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.
Mailhot “trusts the reader to understand that memory isn’t exact, but melded to imagination, pain and what we can bring ourselves to accept.” Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people and to her place in the world.
Named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Chatelaine, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Bustle, Goodreads and many more. Also a New York Times Editor’s Choice and selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018.
Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden – but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.
Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for English-language children’s literature and the 2017 Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category. Her first book, Red Rooms won Fiction Book of the Year from the Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards. Her novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award. Cherie Dimaline is an author, editor and Métis writer.
An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia. Her novel, Station Eleven, was a finalist for a 2014 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. Her previous novels were Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun, and The Lola Quartet. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 and Venice Noir.
The police tell you that your wife’s been in an accident. They found her in the worst part of town, after she lost control of the car while speeding through the streets. But why would she go to that neighbourhood? And why was she driving so fast? Was she running toward something? Or away from something? The police think your wife was up to no good. You refuse to believe it, at first. Then, as the stories and facts don’t line up, and your wife can’t remember what happened that evening, you start to wonder. You’ve been married for two years and you thought you knew her better than anyone else in the world…but maybe you don’t.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, Shari Lapena brings us this thriller that threaten to tear the couple apart. Shari was a layer and an English teacher before turning her hand to fiction.
When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.
In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim — police, family, and friends — tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.
National bestselling writer Katherena Vermette has received many accolades for her work including 2017 Burt Award of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature Finalist, Amazon.ca First Novel Award, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, A Canada Reads 2017 Finalist, CBC Best Canadian Debut Novels 2016, McNally Robinson Book of the Year, and many more.
From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.
Toront- based Rupi Kaur is and Indian-Canadian poet, writer, illustrator and performer. She’s considered to be one of today’s most successful “instapoets” — a generation of young poets publishing on social media platforms including Instagram.
In No Is Not Enough: Resisting the New Shock Politics and Wining the World We Need, Naomi Klein embraces a lively conversation with the reader to expose the forces behind Trump’s success and explain why he is not an aberration but the product of our time–Reality TV branding, celebrity obsession and CEO-worship, Vegas and Guantanamo, fake news and vulture bankers all rolled into one. And she shares a bold vision, a clear-eyed perspective on how to break the spell of his shock tactics, counter the rising chaos and divisiveness at home and abroad, and win the world we need.
Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analysis and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism. She first became known internationally for her book No Logo, The Take, a documentary film about Argentina’s occupied factories, The Shock Doctrine, and This Changes Everything was a New York Times bestseller.
Vincent Appleton smiles at his daughters, raises a gun, and blows off his head. For the Appleton sisters, life had unravelled many times before. This time it explodes. Eight-year-old Hariet, known to all as Ari, is dispatched to Cape Breton and her Aunt Mary, who is purported to eat little girls. But Mary and her partner, Nia, offer an unexpected refuge to Ari and her steadfast companion, Jasper, an imaginary seahorse.
Yet the respite does not last, and Ari is torn from her aunts and forced back to her twisted mother and fractured sisters. Her new stepfather, Len, and his family offer hope, but as Ari grows to adore them, she’s severed violently from them too, when her mother moves in with the brutal Dick Irwin.
Through the sexual revolution and drug culture of the 1960s, Ari struggles with her father’s legacy and her mother’s addictions, testing limits with substances that numb and men who show her kindness. Ari spins through a chaotic decade of loss and love, the devilish and divine, with wit, tenacity, and the astonishing balance unique to seahorses.
The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates.
Heather Tucker has gathered stories— from working as a nurse in Ethiopia, Columbia, France, Belgium and Northern Ontario, to her experience as a teacher, a public health and psychiatric nurse and bereavement counsellor. She worked extensively as a professional writer, developing educational resources, policy and curricula… until discovering that ‘playing with words’ is more fun than working with them.
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