The Canadian Books We’re Most Excited About In 2022

It’s hard to feel optimistic about anything these days, but at least there are good books to look forward to in the new year.

These are some of the Canadian titles I can’t wait to read in 2022.

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The maid
People change

Nita Prose’s The Maid (Viking Canada, January 4)

Nita Prose is the pseudonym of the Vice President and Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Canada, Nita Pronovost. Her debut novel sparked a bidding war and Universal Pictures picked up the film rights, with Florence Pugh set to star in the murder mystery.

People Change by Vivek Shraya (Penguin Canada, January 4)

A slim volume that is a meditation on change, by a master of the art of reinvention: pop star, author, publisher, stage artist.

Lost in the Valley of Death

Lost in the Valley of Death: A Story of Obsession and Danger in the Himalayas by Harley Rustad (Knopf Canada, January 11)

big lonely doug Author Harley Rustad returns with this non-fiction narrative account of the unsolved disappearance of an American backpacker in India.

Tides by Sara Freeman (Hamish Hamilton, January 18)

In this debut novel, Freeman unravels the story of Mara, a woman coping with a sudden and devastating loss, in short, evocative passages in the style of Jenny Offill.

when we lost our minds
pure color

When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill (HarperCollins Canada, February 1)

A complicated friendship between two girls in 19th-century Montreal leads to high-stakes consequences. From Giller’s finalist author of The girl who was saturday night Y angel dreams.

Pure Color by Sheila Heti (Knopf Canada, February 15)

A young woman leaves home to attend art school, where the world opens up in countless ways. From the author of Maternity Y How should a person be?

run towards danger
burning questions

Run Towards the Danger: Confrontations with a Body of Memory by Sarah Polley (Hamish Hamilton, March 1)

In her debut book, the writer-director-actress shares what she calls the biggest stories of her life. “The ones I’ve avoided, the ones I haven’t counted, the ones that have kept me up countless nights.”

Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces, 2004-2021 by Margaret Atwood (McClelland & Stewart, March 1)

This collection of over 50 essays answers burning questions like how can we live on our planet? And what do zombies have to do with authoritarianism?

stray dogs
Jameela Green ruins everything

Stray Dogs by Rawi Hage (Knopf Canada, March 1)

The Giller Prize and Governor General’s Award finalist author sets each of the 11 stories in this collection in a different city, including Baghdad, Tokyo and Montreal.

Jameela Green Ruins Everything by Zarqa Nawaz (Simon & Schuster Canada, March 8)

The first novel by the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie features a disillusioned Muslim-American memoirist who is instructed by the imam of her mosque to do a good deed.

305 Lost Buildings
my face in the light

305 Lost Buildings of Canada by Raymond Biesinger and Alex Bozikovic (Goose Lane, March 22)

Bozikovic, architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, joins Biesinger, who uses archival photos, plans and written reports to illustrate lost wonders across the country.

My Face in the Light by Martha Schabas (Knopf Canada, April 12)

In this highly anticipated second novel from the former Globe and Mail dance critic, a young woman abandons her marriage and her theater career to pursue unresolved issues from her past.

sea ​​of ​​tranquility
invisible boy

Sea of ​​Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (HarperCollins, April 5)

Characters in this time travel novel by the author of station eleven Y glass hotel include the writer of a bestselling novel about a fictional pandemic, who embarks on a galactic book tour during a real pandemic.

Invisible Boy: A Memoir of Self-Discovery by Harrison Mooney (Patrick Crean Editions, September 13)

The Vancouver journalist, a transracial adoptee, explores his journey into black consciousness in BC’s Bible Belt.

Sideways by Josh O’Kane (Random House Canada, September 13)

An investigation into the Google affiliate Sidewalk Labs project for Toronto from The Globe and Mail reporter who covered the doomed urban experiment.

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