June: We've Picked the Books, So You Don't Have To
BREAK.UP by Joanna Walsh
New from Semiotext(e), a narrator flees and pursues her partner across Europe in an affair conducted through texts, emails and PMs. This novel in essays is a mediation on communication and connection.
THE ENSEMBLE by Aja Gabel
What a sumptuous cover! This debut novel gives a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive, mysterious world of high level musicians by following the intertwined lives of four talented friends.
THERE THERE by Tommy Orange
If you love historical fiction with a contemporary urban edge, this multi-generational story of a California indigenous community and how the past affects the present is a must read. Called "an astounding literary debut," by Margaret Atwood.
CALYPSO by David Sedaris
A new year, a new Sedaris! Why would you feed your tumour to your pet turtle? Read this great new collection and find out. The perfect breezy read for sitting on a dock and reading out the best bits to your friends and family.
TRAVELS THROUGH THE FRENCH RIVIERA by Virginia Johnson
Save yourself the trip to France this summer. Instead, devour this irresistible marriage of watercolorist’s sketchbook and traveler’s guide. Virginia Johnson lovingly captures the magic of one of the world’s most storied regions, the French Riviera. Beautiful. Would make a great hostess gift.
SPRING by Karl Ove Knausgaard
In this latest in his series inspired by the seasons, Knausgaard tells his daughter the story of what happened during the time her mother was pregnant, and explains why he has to attend appointments with child services. Unfolding with acute psychological suspense over the course of a single day, this is a great place to start if you've resisted Knausgaard fever up until now! Perfect for Father's Day!
DEAR ANGEL OF DEATH by Simone White
A gorgeous book by Ugly Duckling Press that combines prose and poetry to reflect on the themes of togetherness, blackness and displacement. For fans of Claudia Rankine.
THE NEXT WAVE edited by Jim Johnstone
A fantastic anthology of the best in emerging contemporary Canadian poetry, collected by Jim Johnstone of Anstruther Books. Contributors include: Billy-Ray Belcourt, Dani Couture, Jeff Latosik and many many more.
A selection from the plotless-fiction shelf, this novel captures the brief intersections of a loose group of artists and lawyers, restaurateurs, philosophers, wine-makers, and boxers—told in Graff's sharply-observed laconic style.