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Open Book's Holiday Book Guide #3: City Living

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The holiday season is here, and there's no better time to cozy up with a good book (or ten!). Open Book's Holiday Book Guide will direct you to some of the most engaging books on store shelves this season. Our Guide will be regularly updated throughout December, featuring a fresh theme with each listing. Today's theme: CITY LIVING.

Gladdy's Wake

by B.K. Anderson

I Know Here
By Laurel Croza
& illustrated by Matt James

Beautiful Lie the Dead
by Barbara Fradkin

Bridge in the Rain
by Bianca Lakoseljac


by Shawn Micallef
& illustrated by
Marlena Zuber

The Boy Sherlock Holmes Series
by Shane Peacock

Exploding into Night
by Sandy Pool

TOK Anthology: Writing the New Toronto

City Living:

In B.K. Anderson's Gladdy's Wake (Second Story Press), a Northern Ontario runaway who lands in New York City in the 1920s has an effect on the life of a Muslim woman whose son is accused of being involved in a terrorism plot decades later in post-9/11 New York.

"I don't know Toronto. I know here." A young Saskatchewan girl contemplates the place she lives and her family's move to Toronto. Laurel Croza's I Know Here (Groundwood Books) was a finalist for the Governor General's Awards for its illustrations by Matt James.

Inspector Green investigates a murder in snow-bound Ottawa in Barbara Fradkin's Beautiful Lie the Dead (RendezVous Crime).

Set in present-day Toronto, Bianca Lakoseljac's Bridge in the Rain (Guernica Editions) is a collection of short stories that are linked by an inscription on a bench in High Park.

Shawn Micallef's Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (Coach House Books) features 32 walks and includes illustrations by Marlena Zuber, tips for each walk (e.g. "Pack a lunch") and a nifty fold-out orientation map of Toronto.

Step back in time to Victorian London with the four books in Shane Peacock's meticulously researched and award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes Series (Tundra Books).

Shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Poetry, Sandy Pool's Exploding into Night (Guernica Editions) is based on a murder that took place in Toronto's Parkdale. In an interview with Open Book, Pool said, "The poem speaks in many voices; including that of killer, victim and the conscience of the city itself."

TOK Anthology: Writing the New Toronto, Book 5 (Zephyr Press) features Anthony De Sa, Emma Donoghue, Nalo Hopkinson, Shyam Selvadurai, M.G. Vassanji plus 13 emerging writers.

Buy these books at your local independent bookstore or online at Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.

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