A novel comprised of connected short stories about a boy coming-of-age in 1970-80s Halifax, Aubrey McKee is the first in a five-part series of autobiographical novels. Residence: Nova Scotia.
Sable Ursu has just turned eighteen, which means she is ready to breed. Sable is paired with Ambrose, the son of a favoured Man in the Den. In their second trimester, girls are sent to the Birth Yard, where they are prepared for giving birth and motherhood, but are also regularly drugged and monitored by their midwives. When Sable's loyalty is questioned and her safety within the Den is threatened, she must rebel against the only life she has ever known - the only life she has been designed for. Residence: Vancouver, B.C. Print run 30,000.
Mandel, Emily St. John.
A weaving of three lives that captivates money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it's the beginning of their life together. Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees a note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later, Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Author of "Station Eleven." Hometown: Comox, B.C. Print run 800.
It's New Year's Day and the residents of a small fishing town are ready to start their lives anew. Leo takes his two young sons out to the lake to write resolutions on paper boats. That same frigid morning, Vera sets out for a walk. But she never returns. In the months ahead, Vera's absence sets off a chain of reverberating events in Whale Bay. Her apathetic husband succumbs to grief. Leo heads south and remarries. And the cop investigating the case falls for Leo's ex-wife but finds himself slipping further away from the truth. Author of "Y." Hometown: Vancouver Island, B.C.
This revelatory debut collection features stories that have appeared in Harper's, Granta, and The Paris Review. Told with compassion, wry humour, and an unflinching eye for the often absurd realities of having to start your life over again, these stories honour characters struggling to find their bearings far from home, even as they do the necessary "grunt work of the world." Residence: Toronto, ON.
Michaud, Martin, 1970-, author
When a homeless man jumps to his death in Old Montreal, the police discover two wallets in his possession: one belonging to a retired psychiatrist who was recently murdered in a bizarre ritual, the other to a powerful corporate lawyer who has vanished. As Montreal police detective Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, work to solve the separate mysteries, a dark history begins to emerge. Residence: Montreal, QC.
Two years ago, Nora Watts' daughter Bonnie was kidnapped by the wealthy Zhang family. Though Nora rescued her, she made a powerful enemy in Dao. Now Dao is out for revenge, and she needs to track him down in order to keep herself - and Bonnie - safe. On Dao's trail, Nora pursues Dao from Canada to southeast Asia. But soon, the trail will lead full circle to Vancouver, the only home Nora's ever known, and right to the heart of her brutal past. Author of "The Lost Ones." Residence: Vancouver, B.C. Print run 25,000.
The Kaplan family has just won 10 million dollars in the lottery. The surprise windfall suddenly upends the family, allowing them all to dream a little bigger. The Kaplans navigate the notoriety that the lottery brings and try to adjust to their new lives in the upper class. Along with the truth come long-buried memories from Gwen's troubled youth, forcing her to confront her painful past - causing her meticulously constructed identity as the good wife and mother begins to crack. And when their changed circumstances place her family under threat, Gwen must wake up from her domestic slumber. Residence: Toronto, ON. Print run 10,000.
MacDonald, Andrew (Andrew David), author
21-year-old Viking enthusiast Zelda finds out that her brother Gert has resorted to some questionable -- and dangerous -- methods to make enough money to keep them afloat. So Zelda decides to launch her own quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn't long before Zelda finds herself in a battle that tests the reach of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking strength.