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An author knows his landscape best; he can stand around, smell the wind, get a feel for his place.

- Tony Hillerman

Explore Somewhere Familiar

Books set in a familiar place can make you see everyday locations differently, or show you something nearby that is new to you. Plus it’s fun to see your favourite spots appear in print!

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Alberta Authors

Books written by authors who hail from our fair province!

Alberta On The Page

Books by Albertan writers or set in Alberta.

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Comments from Local Titles

Rhonda J. Roy said:

A story about a Canadian family (second and third generation Canadian from Japan) sent from the coast to work camps in the interior of BC and in Alberta…

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tulipa said:

Really enjoyed this Calgary-based mystery by first time author Susan Calder - having lived in Calgary for a while, it was fun to recognize most of the…

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MeReneG said:

Wasn't sure what to expect when I started, but very much enjoyed it. Interesting depiction of what life was like for some at the turn of the 20th century…

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Explore Somewhere Far Away

Stories that take place far away let you go on a trip without a plane ticket, suitcase, or vaccinations! They can also give you a feel for an upcoming destination in a fun, organic way.

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Japanese Lit Picks

Here are twelve recommended reads by some of Japan's finest authors, in honour of the Japanese Festival.

Travel Memoirs

Travel the globe with these staff favorites.

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Comments from Local Titles

mythoughts said:

I really enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. The descriptions of the smells and heat of Nigeria are so vivid that you feel like you're right…

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nicojami said:

Must read if you are planning to visit Moscow. And if you do visit, you also have to try the Writer's Union restaurant... old world charm... wonderful…

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Creads said:

I really enjoyed In the Time of the Butterflies. I had no idea about this dark period in the history of the Dominican Republic and this story really brought…

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Explore New Worlds

New worlds are often wonderfully inventive and inspiring. They can take you into an imagined future or fictionalized past, or even show you hidden possibilities in the contemporary world!

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If you liked Dune...

Did Arrakis, the Padishah Empire and sandworms set the bar for your literary exploration? We think these are worthy of the crown of Herbert.

Immersive and Otherworldly

Do you like books that draw you completely into their imagined world? Do you like that with a side of fear or unease? Look no further!

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Comments from Local Titles

KristineLeger said:

I loved this book, and its sequels, for beautiful world-building and vibrant characters. Fantasy is not my regular genre but I felt completely immersed…

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tilley200 said:

Brilliant book! It takes a lot of energy to read (you really are dropped into this world with characters unlike anything you've ever read before), but…

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Maroon_Weasel_2 said:

My absolute favorite book of all time. Grossman manages to create a fantastical world that is all the more believable because of how firmly rooted in reality…

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