When I was a kid, my grandparents had a cottage, and because my mom was a teacher, we’d leave the city in late June, and return with just enough time to set up her classroom before Labour Day. I read a lot as a kid, and my favourite pre-cottage tradition was going to my local library, and getting out the biggest stack of books possible (Did my dad return them to the library when he’d come back to the city during the week? He must’ve…there’s no way my mom was going to be complicit with late returns!)
Curating a huge stack of books for a summer vacation is still one of my favourite June activities and I’m particularly excited about this year’s list (that yes, I started dreaming about while there was still snow on the ground).
I often just read fiction, the longer the book the better, but I’ve decided this year is my year of branching out genre-wise, and I’ve added some non-fiction, poetry, graphic novels, and YA titles to my summer list. I cannot wait to be sitting next to a lake, book in hand…
Big Shadow by Marta Balcewicz
And the Walls Came Down by Denise Da Costa
In a Land without Dogs the Cats Learn to Bark by Jonathan Garfinkel
Lump by Nathan Whitlock
The Private Apartments by Idman Nur Omar
Junie by Chelene Knight
Your CanLit News
Subscribe to Open Book’s newsletter to get local book events, literary content, writing tips, and more in your inbox
Crying Wolf by Eden Boudreau
BLEED: Destroying Myths and Misogyny in Endometriosis Care, by Tracey Lindeman
Lent by Kate Cayley
Passengers by Michael Crummey
Continuity Errors by Catriona Wright
Middle grade graphic novels and YA
Living with Viola written and illustrated by Rosena Fung
Stealing Home written by J. Torres and illustrated by David Namisato
River Mermaid written by Christy Goerzen
Now, the only problem is going to be not reading these gems until my vacation starts…
The views expressed by Open Book columnists are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book.
Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based writer, arts educator and the creator of the internationally acclaimed Love Lettering Project. After studying contemporary dance, she received her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Her writing has been widely published in Canada and the U.K. Since 2001, she has been teaching creative writing workshops in schools and communities. Her hand-bound books are housed in the permanent collection at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto. As the creator of the Love Lettering Project, Lindsay has asked people all over the world to write love letters to their communities and hide them for strangers to find, spreading place-based love. Lindsay also writes children’s books. Because of The Love Lettering Project, CBC Radio has deemed Lindsay a “national treasure.” Letters to Amelia is her first book.