1. For the Surprise Lover
Unwrap a new short story from some of North America’s best writers every day in this beautiful advent calendar curated by writer Michael Hingston and designed by Natalie Olsen. Order a copy off the website.
2. For the Epicure
Tour the best tastes in the Okanagan with connoisseur Jennifer Cockrall-King, who profiles the chefs, bakers, orchardists, coffee roasters, cheesemakers, and more behind the edible delights in her essential guidebook.
3. For the Activist
Editor Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has gathered together 15 essays from Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists, academics, visual artists, and lawyers who lead readers into a healing conversation about reconciliation.
4. For the Amateur Sleuth
Journalist Pamela Roth explores some of the more disturbing homicide cases — both solved and cold — of Edmonton, which earned the nickname “Canada’s murder capital” in 2011.
5. For Kids
Young Anya learns to accept her unique differences when she wakes up with a striped tail on the first day of school in this quirky picture book from beloved author-illustrator Mike Boldt.
6. For Those Who Like to Laugh
Chuckle over comic Chad Huculak’s classic in-jokes about the colourful characters and moments from Alberta’s capital city.
7. For Young Adults
Teenager Isabelle is ready to break under the stress of caring for her siblings and alcoholic mother while also working at the mini-mart, but after a violent incident at school, she begins to find relief in a group writing project.
Find a copy of these local books at Audreys Books. —Matthew Stepanic