The Internet is a useful place. We can find many things there. But it’s not the place to find meaning. It isn’t where we fall in love in a lightning storm. And we might search forever for forgiveness.

In this digital age, books reaffirm our need for connection. They remind us of our vulnerability but also of the reality that we are not alone. Our most indelible characters struggle and sometimes fail, but they also discover small, brilliant windows of light – often in the form of another human being. They come to realize that every moment holds a second chance. A chance to be kinder. To be brave. To love, despite inevitable loss.

Their journeys evoke the transcendence that is possible when we make the effort to really connect. No wires, no memes, zero grumpy cats. A little awkwardness, but so much more.

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Afterlife of Birds, The

By Elizabeth Philips
Categories: Fiction
Series: Connect

A gorgeous, deeply felt debut novel about obsession, loneliness, and the surprising ways we find to connect with each other.

Henry Jett's life is slowly going nowhere. His girlfriend recently left, and ...


By Lindsay Anderson & Dana VanVeller
Categories: Cooking
Series: Connect

Two friends. Five months. One car. Ten provinces. Three territories. Seven islands. Eight ferries. Two flights. One 48-hour train ride. And only one call to CAA. The result: over 100 incredible Canadian ...

Heaviness of Things That Float, The

By Jennifer Manuel
Categories: Fiction
Series: Connect

Jennifer Manuel skilfully depicts the lonely world of Bernadette, a woman who has spent the last forty years living alone on the periphery of a remote West Coast First Nations reserve, serving as a nurse ...

Hope Makes Love

By Trevor Cole
Categories: Fiction
Series: Connect

All former major league baseball player Zep Baker needs to put his life back on track is to revive his marriage by convincing his wife to return to Tampa with their daughter. But his wife won’t fall ...

Islands of Decolonial Love

In her debut collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love, renowned writer and activist Leanne Simpson vividly explores the lives of contemporary Indigenous Peoples and communities, especially ...

Just Jen


Jen Powley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at fifteen. By thirty-five, she had lost the use of her arms and legs.

Just Jen is a powerful memoir that tells the story of Powley’s life at the time ...