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Af­ter a sum­mer of beach reads, this sea­sonal six­pack al­lows read­ers to add a lit­tle Canada 150 spirit to their book­shelves. Ac­claimed Cana­dian mu­sic his­to­rian Ni­cholas Jen­nings presents the de­fin­i­tive bi­og­ra­phy of a na­tional mu­si­cal trea­sure with

Light­foot, craft­ing a por­trait of Gor­don Light­foot’s life through in­ter­views with friends, mu­si­cians and the singer him­self. Mean­while, for­mer Wal­rus fic­tion editor Nick Mount chron­i­cles the sto­ries and scribes who fu­elled the rise of Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture in the last cen­tury, from At­wood to Rich­ler, in

Ar­rival: The Story of CanLit. Speak­ing of CanLit, three huge fic­tion ti­tles ar­rive this month: That’s

My Baby, Frances Itani’s story of iden­tity and be­long­ing amid the rav­ages of the Sec­ond World War that serves as a se­quel to her Giller-nom­i­nated novel Tell; Linda Spald­ing’s A Reck­on­ing, a Civil War-era slav­ery tale of free­dom and fa­mil­ial strife that echoes her 2012 Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Lit­er­ary Award-win­ning The Pur­chase; and Wayne John­ston’s First Snow, Last Light, about a New­found­land teen’s life and strug­gles fol­low­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of his fam­ily, which fea­tures the re­turn of the mem­o­rable Sheilagh Field­ing, who first ap­peared in his hugely pop­u­lar The Colony of Un­re­quited Dreams. To cap the six-pack, Monc­ton-born car­toon­ist Michael de Ad­der of­fers an il­lus­trated ex­plo­ration of the na­tion it­self in

You Might Be From Canada If…. — MC

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