Q&Q reviewers, editors, and Canadian booksellers have shared their picks for the top books of 2013. Now it’s your turn.
Share your favourite Canadian titles of the year (don’t worry if you don’t have a pick in every category) and we’ll reveal the results next week.
Are you passionate about a particular book? Feel free to use the comments section to tell us why.
We asked four authors whose titles appeared in Q&Q’s 2012 Books of the Year list to make their 2013 picks.
Click on the thumbnails to discover favourite titles from Caroline Adderson, Julie Devaney, Tamara Faith Berger, and Kyo Maclear.
Q&Q polled booksellers across the country to find out which Canadian non-fiction books sold the best this year. Click on the thumbnails below to learn more about each title.
Q&Q contacted independent booksellers across the country to find out which Canadian kids’ books were most popular this year.
Lisa Doucet, a bookseller at Woozles in Halifax, noted that 2013 was a strong year for middle-grade books, including debut kids’ books by Sue MacLeod and Meghan Marentette.
Click the thumbnails below to read more about booksellers’ top kids’ books.
For CanLit aficionados, 2013 has been an embarrassment of riches. Major new works from Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Colin McAdam, Wayne Johnston, Douglas Coupland, Lynn Coady, Lisa Moore, Michael Winter, and Eleanor Catton abutted strong new titles from the likes of Craig Davidson, Elizabeth Ruth, Nicole Lundrigan, Shaena Lambert, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Michael Crummey, Sara Peters, Kelli Deeth, Andrew F. Sullivan, and Douglas Glover. A reader could suffer whiplash bouncing from one book to the next.
Alice Munro won the Nobel and Lynn Coady took the Giller, signalling (hopefully) a renewed interest in the Canadian short story. Elsewhere, maximalism was back in a big way (see what I did there?). In addition to Catton’s 850-page sophomore novel, The Luminaries (the longest novel ever to nab the coveted Man Booker Prize), there were hefty entries from Kenneth Bonert (whose debut, The Lion Seeker, was one of the most overlooked novels of the year, its GG nomination notwithstanding) and Norm Sibum (whose decidedly ambitious monolith, The Traymore Rooms, was iconoclastic and absorbing, if not altogether successful).
Narrowing down my favourites to a clutch of five was extraordinarily difficult, and the books on this list could easily have been substituted for any number of those alluded to above. Once again, I haven’t read everything published this year, so this is not a list of best books, but a highly personal selection of five titles that made an impact on me as a reader over the past 12 months.
Five eminent book designers make their choices for the year’s best covers.
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Click on the thumbnails to find out which non-fiction titles made an impact in 2013.
Click on the thumbnails to find out which fiction titles made an impact in 2013.
When asked about the top LGBT books of the year, Canadian booksellers offered many thought-provoking choices.
Scott Dagostino, manager of Toronto’s Glad Day Bookshop, says, “I could go on and on about the great books we have in stock. And the great taste of our customers, who have rewarded these authors for their talent and risk-taking.”
Click the thumbnails below to read more about booksellers’ picks.