December is shopping season, and chances are good that you (or someone you're shopping for) is into books. There's still time! But which books should you buy? Here are a few suggestions:
Alice Munro has had a year of iconic achievements, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature and announcing her retirement from writing. Pick up an old favourite or her latest collection, Dear Life for someone you love.
Continuing on the theme of prize-winning Canadians (who write short stories), why not try 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady's Hellgoing? She's an Albertan, and her writing gets to the nitty-gritty of real life with all its dark and surprising moments.
Another one for your literary friends and family: Eleanor Catton (also Canadian-born, by the way) won the Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries. She also happens to be the youngest-ever winner of that prize!
And for everyone else on your list, I'll share a few great lists I've come across:
Still can't decide? Good news! You can grab one of these titles, FREE from your local library, pick up a gift card to ______ (insert your favourite book store) and just relax with a good book. Personalize your gift-card-giving with some sure-fire suggestions, once you've finished reading them, of course!