We’ve got a sizzling list of #YEGSummerReads to take you on journeys of all sorts, from the personal to the political, from trans-continental to transformational.  The list features authors slated to appear at LitFest in 2019, and is beaming with unique perspectives to spark conversation.

This summer’s must-reads are:

TEARDOWN: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up | Dave Meslin

Called a “playbook for democracy in turbulent times,” TEARDOWN explores how those who vote for positive change can make democracy work for them. It’s hard to change the world if you can’t change a municipal by-law. TEARDOWN shows readers how to do both, and how these two challenges are not fundamentally different.

Chop Suey Nation | Ann Hui

Part family memoir, part social history, and part culinary narrative, Chop Suey Nation explores the Chinese restaurants of small-town Canada. In 2016, Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drove across Canadafrom Victoria to Fogo Islandto write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them, and made a surprising personal discovery about her own family along the way.

This One Looks Like a Boy: My Gender Journey to Life as a Man | Lorimer Shenher

In this candid and thoughtful memoir, Shenher shares the story of his gender journey and his acceptance of being trans, culminating in gender reassignment surgery in his fifties. He details his childhood in booming Calgary, his struggles with alcohol, and his eventual move to Vancouver, where he became the first detective assigned to the case of serial killer Robert Pickton (the subject of his critically acclaimed book,That Lonely Section of Hell). This One Looks Like A Boy takes us through one of the most important decisions Shenher will ever make, as he comes into his own and finally discovers acceptance and relief.

From the Ashes (released August 6) | Jessie Thistle

From the Ashes is a remarkable debut memoir about hope and resilience from the life of a Métis-Cree man who refused to give up. Spending more than a decade on and off the streets, Thistle realized he would die unless he turned his life around. In this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir, he writes honestly and fearlessly about his painful experiences with abuse, uncovering the truth about his parents, and how he found his way back into the circle of his Indigenous culture and family through education.

 The Art of Leaving: A Memoir | Ayelet Tsabari

An intimate memoir, The Art of Leaving explores love, belonging, and an escape from grief. The collection opens with the death of Tsabari’s father when she was nine years old, leaving her feeling rootless, devastated, and driven to question her complex identity as an Israeli of Yemeni descent in a country that suppressed and devalued her ancestors’ traditions. Sharing her travels with fierce, emotional prose, Tsabari explores the lengths we travel to try to escape our grief and the universal search to find a place where we belong.

Early-bird Festival Passes are on sale now for $99 (regular $139), and are available here. Festival Passes include entry to the Malcolm Gladwell event. A detailed schedule of festival events will be available at the end of August.

Books from our Summer Reads list are available at Audreys Books at 10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton.

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