Rather than list them all, the best of the year so far:


  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D (2014).
  • Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake (Random House, 2020)


  • Low Centre of Gravity by Michael Dennis (Anvil Press, 2020)
  • Moonflowers: Pioneering Women Haiku Poets in Canada by Terry Ann Carter (Catkin Press, 2020)
  • The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde (Norton, 1978)
  • Department of Continuous Improvement by Ben Robinson (above/ground, 2020)
  • Coup by Jérôme Melançon (above/ground, 2020)
  • Crossing a Grave in Harmonium by David Groulx (phafours press, 2020)
  • The Devil by John Nyman (K | F | B, 2020)
  • For it is a pleasure and surprise to breathe: Selected and New by Gary Barwin (Wolsak & Wynne, 2019)


  • The Book of Delights by Ross Gay (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019)
  • The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole.(Doubleday, 2020)
  • Attack of the Copula Spider & Other Essays in writing by Daniel Glover (Biblioasis, 2012)
  • The Sounds of Poetry: a brief guide by Robert Pinsky (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998)
  • The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative: CBC Massey Lecture Series by Thomas King (anansi, 2003)


  • A Quality of Light by Richard Wagamese (Doubleday, 1997)
  • Today will be Different by Maria Semple (Back Bay Books, 2016)
  • Death by Association by Madona Skaff-Koren (Renaissance Press, 2020)
  • The Red Power Murders by Thomas King (Dead Dog Café/HarperCollins, 2006)
  • Dreadfulwater by Thomas King (HarperCollins, 2017)
  • The Union of Smokers by Paddy Scott (Invisible Publishing, 2020)
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (HarperCollins, 2019)
  • Such a Lonely Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Malope (Mawenzi, 2018)

Short Stories

  • Nothing without us: anthology edited by “Cait Gordon and Talia C. Johnson (Renaissance, 2020)


  • The Orville: Launch Day, part 2 of 2 by David Goodman, David Cabeza & Michael Atiyeh (Dark Horse Comics, 2020)

Fantasy Novels

  • A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurance Gidney (Word Horde, 2019)
  • Céilí by Moriah Gemel (Interlude Press, 2016)
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Tor, 2014)
  • Wolf’s Bane by Kelley Armstrong (K.L.A. Fricke, 2019)
  • Witchmark by C.L.Polk (Tor, 2018)
  • Tainaron: Mail from another city by Leena Krohn, trans by Hildi Hawkins (Cheeky Frawg books, 2004)
  • Huntsmen by Michelle Osgood (Interlude Press, 2017)
  • Moon illusion by Michelle Osgood (Interlude press, 2018)
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking, 2011)


  • The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman and illust by Dave McKean (Harpers Collins, 2006)
  • Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson, trans by Ernest Benn Ltd (Square Fish, Macmillan, 1958)
  • Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson, trans by Thomas Warburton (Puffin Books, 1958)