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Raziel Reid: Canada Reads event in Toronto (Mar 2015)

Canada Reads finalist Raziel Reid is part of a panel discussing this year's Canada Reads competition, which is looking for the "Book to Break Barriers," in Toronto on March 4. ...more

Wayde Compton reads from The Outer Harbour in Toronto (Mar 2015)

Acclaimed poet Wayde Compton reads from his debut story collection The Outer Harbour in Toronto on March 27 as part of the ACROSS series. ...more

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When Everything Feels like the Movies

By (author) Raziel Reid

WINNER, Governor General's Literary Award Canada Reads 2015 Finalist An edgy and extravagant YA novel about a glamorous boy named Jude. School is just like a film set: there's The Crew, who make ...more

Live at the Commodore

The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom

By (author) Aaron Chapman

The untold story of a rock'n'roll landmark in Vancouver. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Commodore Ballroom is one of the best-loved music venues in Canada, if not the ...more

Tin Fish Gourmet

Great Seafood from Cupboard to Table

By (author) Barbara-jo McIntosh
Foreword by Michel Roux

Quick, inventive, stylish recipes featuring all manners of canned seafood. As an ingredient, canned seafood often gets short shrift; it's often considered a mundane filler for salads, casseroles, and sandwiches by ...more

Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow

The Green Man's Guide to Living & Eating Sustainably All Year Round

By (author) Randy Shore

A book of recipes and gardening tips for living and eating sustainably and responsibly all year round. Randy Shore's father and grandfather grew up on farms, yet he didn't even know ...more

Strange Material

Storytelling through Textiles

By (author) Leanne Prain

The art of storytelling through textiles, exploring the many ways in which narrative can be expressed through cloth and needle. Strange Material explores the relationship between handmade textiles and storytelling. Through ...more


By (author) Julie Maroh
Translated by David Homel

By the author of Blue Is the Warmest Color: a stunning graphic novel on the downfall of a rock legend. Julie Maroh burst onto the scene in 2013 with Blue Is ...more


By (author) Angie Abdou

Angie Abdou's latest: a novel on the complexities of class, gender, parenthood, and desire. Vero and her husband Shane have moved out of the sweet suite above his parents' garage and ...more

Nothing Looks Familiar

By (author) Shawn Syms

Sharp-eyed tales about outsiders, non-conformists, and iconoclasts. In Nothing Looks Familiar, Shawn Syms' debut story collection, characters from a wide swath of society chart paths from places of danger or unhappiness ...more

She of the Mountains

By (author) Vivek Shraya
Illustrated by Raymond Biesinger

A "Globe 100" Best Book of the Year (The Globe and Mail) In the beginning, there is no he. There is no she. Two cells make up one cell. This is the ...more

The Outer Harbour

By (author) Wayde Compton

An epic first story collection by poet Wayde Compton. In his debut story collection, poet Wayde Compton explores the concept of place and identity in which characters and space merge to ...more

I've Heard the Mermaids Singing

A Queer Film Classic

By (author) Julia Mendenhall

A Queer Film Classic on Canadian director Patricia Rozema's I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, her quirky and hopeful first feature film which made its premiere at Cannes and won its ...more

L.A. Plays Itself/Boys in the Sand

A Queer Film Classic

By (author) Cindy Patton

A Queer Film Classic on two groundbreaking gay films from the early 1970s, both of which exemplify the growing liberalization of social attitudes toward sex and homosexuality in post-Stonewall America. ...more

Blue Is the Warmest Color

By (author) Julie Maroh

A New York Times bestseller The live-action French film version of Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Originally published in French as ...more