Every so often, a book comes along that is simply masterful. Readers and writers alike marvel at its brilliance and attempt to figure out what, precisely, made it so stunning. Often, the answer eludes us. As writer Julian Barnes said of Canadian short story writer Alice Munro, “I have sometimes tried to work out how she does it but never succeeded, and I am happy in this failure ...”

We rave about the books we love and press them into the hands of friends, then wait eagerly for them to finish, craving the discussion to come. Sometimes we disagree – a book may be earth-shattering for one person but not another – so we must argue, and with gusto.

Our most cherished books follow us around, infusing our days with significance and inspiring new ideas about art and life.

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All My Puny Sorrows

By Miriam Toews
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

SHORTLISTED 2014 – Scotiabank Giller Prize
Miriam Toews is beloved for her irresistible voice, for mingling laughter and heartwrenching poignancy like no other writer. In her most passionate novel ...

All Saints

By K.D. Miller
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

Antagonist, The

By Lynn Coady
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

Winner of the 2012 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

A finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, and named one of the best books of the ...

Au péril de la mer

Aux belles heures de sa bibliothèque, le Mont-Saint-Michel était connu comme la Cité des livres. C’est là, entre les murs gris de l’abbaye, que trouva refuge, au quinzième siècle, un peintre ...

Becoming Lin

By Tricia Dower
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

It's 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and her hometown, where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the ...


The long-awaited follow up to Annabel and Kathleen Winter’s first work of narrative nonfiction.

In 2010, bestselling author Kathleen Winter took a journey across the storied Northwest Passage, among ...

Break, The

By Katherena Vermette
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature Finalist

Winner, First Novel Award

Winner, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Winner, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Winner, McNally ...


By Rawi Hage
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

Winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

In the Carnival city there are two types of taxi drivers -- the spiders ...

Do Not Say We Have Nothing

By Madeleine Thien
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

Winner of the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence ...

Fifteen Dogs

By Andre Alexis
Categories: Fiction
Series: Inspire

An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness.