If you haven't yet devoured these homegrown novels, treat yourself today!
Late Nights on Air
In 1975, a motley crew of characters worked at a small radio station in Yellowknife. Against the backdrop of the political and environmental upheaval of a looming pipeline project, we learn about their lives and loves—and what brought each of them so far north.
Late Nights on Air (Emblem Editions) by Elizabeth Hay, $20.
Dunstan Ramsay is reflecting on his life, the details of which he's kept to himself for years. In his self-deprecating, sometimes funny tone, he ultimately reveals his friendship with a mysterious magician and the guilt he's carried from a childhood misdeed.
Fifth Business (Penguin Canada) by Robertson Davies, $22.
Green Grass, Running Water
History, fiction and humour collide as characters gather in Blossom, Alta., for the Blackfoot Sun Dance. Expect to find four native American hospital escapees who want to fix the world; Eli, who's trying to save his cabin; and Coyote, who wants to help tell the story straight.
Green Grass, Running Water (Harper Perennial) by Thomas King, $20.
Naomi heads to rural Canada, where, with help from her aunt, she faces her repressed memories of living through the Japanese internment during the Second World War. Only when she begins to remember and talk about it does she process her trauma.
Obasan (Penguin Canada) by Joy Kogawa, $20.
Jack picks up a fellow traveller on his road trip across North America in search of his brother. His companion, a young Métis woman, keeps him company as they dig into their lives, their fears and the history of their route.