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FIC­TION

1

The Love of One’s Coun­try

Brian Brennan. An Ir­ish im­mi­grant to Canada looks into the mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of an ancestor. Lo­cal au­thor.

2

Lit­tle Fortress

Laisha Ros­nau. This novel is based on a true story of the Cae­ta­nis, Ital­ian no­bil­ity driven out of their home by the rise of fas­cism and who chose ex­ile in Ver­non, B.C.

3

King Mouse

Cary Fa­gan (au­thor) & Dena Seifer­ling (il­lus­tra­tor). King Mouse finds his au­thor­ity in ques­tion when his sub­jects find crowns of their own. Cana­dian au­thor/lo­cal il­lus­tra­tor.

4

The Inquirer

Ja­clyn Dawn. A univer­sity stu­dent re­turns to her fam­ily’s ranch in small-town Al­berta, while anony­mously writ­ing a tabloid for the town.

5

Cougar Frenzy

Pamela McDow­ell. Cricket McKay and friends work to­gether to save a cougar in Water­ton. Lo­cal au­thor.

6

Arc­tic Smoke

Randy Nikkel Schroeder. Ag­ing punk Lor Kowal­ski is un­sure of his san­ity. Forced to join his old band from a life he’d rather for­get, he is dragged north un­der the spell of a mys­te­ri­ous ad for an Arc­tic fes­ti­val tour.

7

Lit­tle White Lies

Jennifer Lynn Barnes. An 18-year-old auto me­chanic agrees to par­tic­i­pate in “debu­tante sea­son” to solve the mys­tery of her fa­ther’s iden­tity.

8

Western Alien­ation Merit Badge

Nancy Jo Cullen. Set in Cal­gary in

1982 dur­ing the re­ces­sion, this book ex­plores the com­plex dy­nam­ics of a fam­ily fall­ing apart. Cana­dian au­thor.

9

Tes­ta­ments

Mar­garet At­wood. More than 15 years af­ter the events of The Hand­maid’s Tale, this iconic story comes to a dra­matic con­clu­sion. Cana­dian au­thor.

10

Proof I Was Here

Becky Blake. A Cana­dian ex­pat liv­ing in Barcelona leaves her re­la­tion­ship and dwelling to live with thieves and mis­fits.

NON-FIC­TION

1

Sec­ond Chances

Kerry Gladue. A story of hope and ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery. Lo­cal au­thor

2

The Spy and the Traitor

Ben Mac­In­tyre. The thrilling true story of Oleg Gordievsky and his role in the fall of the Soviet Union.

3

Fall­ing Back­wards Into Mir­rors

Anne Sor­bie. A book of po­etry. Cal­gary au­thor.

4

Homes: A Refugee Story

Abu Bakr al Rabeeah. The re­mark­able true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone with a pas­sion for shar­ing his story and telling the world what is truly hap­pen­ing in Syria. Cana­dian au­thor.

5

Ranch­ing Women in South­ern Al­berta

Rachel Her­bert. This book rec­og­nizes the women that played a cru­cial role in es­tab­lish­ing the fam­ily ranch in the foothills of south­ern Al­berta. Al­berta au­thor.

6

Songs of an Ir­ish Poet: The Mary O’Leary Story

Brian Brennan. The bi­og­ra­phy of Mary O’Leary, one of the most cel­e­brated Ir­ish-lan­guage folk po­ets of the 19th cen­tury. Lo­cal au­thor.

7

Ranch­ing un­der the Arch: Sto­ries from the South­ern Al­berta Ran­ge­lands

D. Lar­raine An­drews. A tale of sur­vival, per­se­ver­ance and pros­per­ity in the face of strug­gle, loss and lone­li­ness.

8

The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a New­found­land Tsunami

Linden Mac­In­tyre. An in­cred­i­ble true story of de­struc­tion and sur­vival in New­found­land. Cana­dian au­thor.

9

Stam­pede and the West­ness of West

Aritha van Herk. A book of po­etry on the Stam­pede. Lo­cal au­thor.

10

Birds, Art, Life

Kyo Ma­clear. Ma­clear’s year­long ad­ven­ture of dis­cov­er­ing in­spi­ra­tion in the in­tri­ca­cies of birds, bird-search­ing and bird­watch­ing in a big city. Cana­dian au­thor.

Com­piled from in­for­ma­tion from Owl’s Nest Books and

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