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Surviving the city, by Tasha Spillett
Tasha Spillett

This graphic novel debut tells a story about womanhood, friendship, resilience, and the anguish of a missing loved one. Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan's Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape. However, when Dez's grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can't stay with her anymore and with the threat of a group home looming, Dez can't bring herself to go home and disappears. Colonialism and the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People are explored in the beautiful illustrations.

A quick & easy guide to they/them pronouns, by Archie Bongiovanni
Archie Bongiovanni

A quick, easy and important educational comic guide to using gender-neutral pronouns. Two longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world.

On a sunbeam, by Tillie Walden
Tillie Walden

In two interwoven timelines, a ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together; and two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.

Anne Frank's diary : the graphic adaptation, by Folman, Ari
Ari Folman

The only graphic biography of Anne Frank's diary that has been authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation and that uses text from the diary – it will introduce a new generation of young readers to this classic of Holocaust literature.

Golden Kamuy, by Satoru Noda
Satoru Noda

A historical fiction graphic novel series, set in the period directly after the Russo-Japanese war, spanning Hokkaido and Russia. An ex-soldier and an Ainu girl team up to hunt for a legendary cache of gold. Recommended for folks interested in military history, wild westerns, non-North-American indigenous culture, wilderness survival, and (oddly) famous movie parodies. Warnings for gore.

Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity, by Barbara Matilsky
Barbara C. Matilsky

Highlights sixty artists who celebrate biodiversity's beauty, interpret natural and human-induced extinctions, and focus on endangered species from diverse ecosystems. It includes the work of artists who spotlight human actions threatening biodiversity alongside art projects that revitalize habitats and reconnect people to the natural world. Surveys a wide range of approaches and media used by artists spanning the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. 

Shaun Tan

Cicada is overworked, under appreciated, and generally discriminated against – but after seventeen years he gets to return to the forest, and laugh at the humans.

Fix a car, by Chris Schweizer
Chris Schweizer

Before you get behind the wheel, learn what's going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics of preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colourful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car! you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!

 An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green
Hank Green

In this much-anticipated debut novel, Hank Green – co-creator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow – spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, this book grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring from the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye.

The Fifth Risk, by Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis

What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? "The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them.

Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword, by Henry Lien
Henry Lien

Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating. As the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout and her little brother Cricket have some pretty big skates to fill. They soon find themselves in a heated competition for top ranking. Tensions rise when the dazzling pearl buildings of the Academy are vandalized and outsider Peasprout is blamed for the attacks by her rivals – and even some friends. Now, she must uncover the true vandal to ensure peace between Shin and Pearl – all while becoming a champion.

that Shape Our Man-made World, by Mark Miodownik
Mark Miodownik

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paperclip bend? Why does any material look and behave the way it does? With clarity and humor, world-leading materials scientist Mark Miodownik answers all the questions you've ever had about your pens, spoons, and razor blades, while also introducing a whole world full of materials you've never even heard of. From the teacup to the jet engine, the silicon chip to the paper clip, the plastic in our appliances to the elastic in our underpants, he reveals the miracles of engineering that permeate our lives. 

The Dreamers, by Karen Thompson Walker
Karen Thompson Walker

A strange illness induces sleep and heightens dreams in an isolated college town, transforming the lives of ordinary people. A college girl tells her friends that she's feeling strangely tired and the next morning, when they find her in bed, she is still breathing – but she won't wake up. As the sleeping sickness spreads, the town is turned upside down. Those who have fallen asleep are showing unusual patterns of brain activity. They are dreaming – but of what? With gorgeous prose and heart-stopping emotion, this book startles and provokes about the possibilities contained within a human life, when we are awake and when we are dreaming.

Let's Go Exploring: Calvin and Hobbes, by Michael Hingston
Michael Hingston

A fascinating investigation of a beloved comic strip. Until its retirement in 1995 after a ten-year run, the strip won numerous awards and drew tens of millions of readers from all around the world. The story of a boy and his best friend – a stuffed tiger – was a pitch-perfect distillation of the joys and horrors of childhood, and a celebration of imagination in its purest form. This book traces the story of Calvin's reclusive creator to demonstrate how imagination helped make Calvin and Hobbes North America's last great comic strip.

Munich, by Robert Harris
Robert Harris

Guy Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office – and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Guy flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.

The Trespasser, by Tana French
Tana French

Being on the Murder Squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner is the only person who seems glad she's there as she navigates the murky politics of the Dublin murder squad. Their new case looks like yet another lovers' quarrel gone bad. The victim found dead in her living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. Antoinette is sure she's seen her somewhere before, and everything they find out about her takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be. Is this case another step in the campaign to force Antoinette off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface.

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, by Anna McPartlin
Anna McPartlin

Here is a truth that can't be escaped: for Mia "Rabbit" Hayes, life is coming to and end. Rabbit Hayes loves her life, ordinary as it is, and the extraordinary people in it. She loves her spirited daughter, Juliet; her colorful, unruly family; the only man in her big heart, Johnny Faye. But it turns out the world has other plans for Rabbit, and she's okay with that. Because she has plans for the world too, and only a handful of days left to make them happen. Here is a truth that won't be forgotten: this is a story about laughing through life's surprises and finding the joy in every moment.

Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them), by Sallie Tisdale
Sallie Tisdale

An exploration of our fears and all the ways death and talking about death makes us uncomfortable – but also its intimacies and joys. Tisdale looks at grief, what the last days and hours of life are like, and what happens to dead bodies. She includes exercises designed to make you think differently about the inevitable, and practical advice, personal experience, a little Buddhist philosophy, and stories. But this isn't a book of inspiration or spiritual advice. It is about how you can get ready and you can start by admitting that we are all future corpses.

The Further Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes, by Denis O. Smith
Denis O. Smith

From the curious clauses in a miser's will, to a plea for help on a tiny scrap of paper, these six cases, from the early years of Holmes's career in the 1880s, present a singular collection of mysteries for the world's first consulting detective to resolve. In this new collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, Sherlock Holmes must find the answers to these and many other puzzling questions if he is to bring these cases to a successful conclusion. 

100 Nature Hot Spots in British Columbia, by Lyndsay Fraser
Lyndsay Fraser

This book features 100 destinations in BC for nature lovers, from national parks to regional conservancies to beautiful trails. The authors discuss the features of each destination as well as the natural histories of the animals found there.

The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner
Rachel Kushner

A spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at a correctional facility in California. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. 

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story by David Roberts
David Roberts

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone, and he plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to pull himself back to the surface, and on February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?."

Thomas King

DreadfulWater is the unlikely Cherokee ex-cop who's trying to make a living as a photographer in the small town of Chinook, somewhere in the northwestern United States. Smart and savvy, blessed with a killer dry wit and a penchant for self-deprecating humor, DreadfulWater isn't sure that he can shed his California cop skin. Soon entangled in a mystery that involves a smart-ass teenage anti-condo protester and a cast of characters as weird and wonderful as his own enigmatic personality, DreadfulWater has his work cut out for him.

Ria Brodell

Katherina Hetzeldorfer, tried "for a crime that didn't have a name" (same sex sexual relations) and sentenced to death by drowning in 1477; Charles aka Mary Hamilton, publicly whipped for impersonating a man in eighteenth-century England; Clara, aka "Big Ben," over whom two jealous women fought in 1926 New York: these are just three of the lives that the artist Ria Brodell has reclaimed for queer history in Butch Heroes. Brodell offers a series of twenty-eight portraits of forgotten but heroic figures, each accompanied by a brief biographical note.

Diane Setterfield

A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? Once Upon a River is replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age.