Spotlight: Our Top-10 Picks from CBC's Fall Fiction Watch List

If you haven’t heard already, The Lost Sister by Andrea Gunraj, a novel edited by our founder and editor-in-chief Kate, has been included in CBC’s 2019 fall fiction watch list

We are so excited that our work has been included on this incredible list of forthcoming Canadian fiction. To celebrate we thought we would share our top 10 most anticipated reads from CBC’s list.

1. The Lost Sister by Andrea Gunraj

Of course we have to kick this off with The Lost Sister by Andrea Gunraj, published by Nimbus Publishing’s fiction imprint Vagrant Press. 

Image by Nimbus Publishing

Image by Nimbus Publishing

Alisha and Diana are young sisters living at Jane and Finch, a Toronto suburb full of immigrants trying to build new lives in North America. Diana, the eldest, is the light of the little family, the one Alisha longs to emulate more than anyone else. But when Diana doesn’t come home one night, Alisha becomes haunted. She thinks she knows who took her, but she can’t tell anyone about it. 

Join us at the launch on September 27th at Ben McNally Books as part of the Toronto Lit Up Festival! 


Available September 30th. 


2. Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin

Watermark by Christy Ann Conlin is a collection of short stories published by House of Anansi Press.

Image by House of Anansi Press

Image by House of Anansi Press

In these evocative and startling stories, we meet people navigating the elemental forces of love, life, and death. An insomniac on Halifax’s moonlit streets. A runaway bride. A young woman accused of a brutal murder. A man who must live in exile if he is to live at all. A woman coming to terms with her eccentric childhood in a cult on the Bay of Fundy shore. (From House of Anansi Press)

Check out Kate’s recent review on Instagram


Available for purchase since August 13th.


3. A Better Man by Louise Penny 

Image by Raincoast Books

Image by Raincoast Books

A Better Man by Louise Penny is a new novel in the best-selling Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series, published by Raincoast Books

Armand Gamache is reinstated as head of the homicide department in Quebec just as the province is hit with a flooding crisis. In the midst of chaos, a father begs Gamache to help find his missing daughter, a case that draws intense public scrutiny. 


Available for purchase since August 27th.



4. Even That Wildest Hope by Seyward Goodhand

Even That Wildest Hope is a collection of short stories by Journey Prize finalist Seyward Goodhand and published by Invisible Publishing.

Image by Invisible Publishing

Image by Invisible Publishing

Even That Wildest Hope bursts with vibrant, otherworldly characters—wax girls and gods-among-men, artists on opposite sides of a war, aimless plutocrats and anarchist urchins—who are sometimes wondrous, often grotesque, and always driven by passions and yearnings common to us all. Each story is an untamed territory unto itself: where characters are both victims and predators, the settings are antique and futuristic, and where our intimacies—with friends, lovers, enemies, and even our food—reveal a deeply human desire for beauty and abjection. 


Available for purchase since September 16th.


5. Crow Winter by Karen McBride

Crow Winter is the debut novel from Algonquin Anishinaabe writer, Karen McBride, published by HarperAvenue.

Image by HarperAvenue

Image by HarperAvenue

Since Hazel Ellis returned home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, an old crow has been visiting her dreams to tell her he's come to save her. As Hazel investigates what this could mean, she discovers an old magic awakening in the quarry on her late father's land. The adventure Hazel embarks on will have a lasting impact on her family and community.


Available for purchase since September 17th.

6. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline is a Metis writer, and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s literature — text. Her novel, Empire of Wild, published by Penguin Random House, is inspired by the Rogarou, a werewolf creature popular in traditional Metis stories.

Image by Penguin Random House

Image by Penguin Random House

Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her husband, Victor, for almost a year--ever since he went missing on the night they had their first serious argument. One terrible, hungover morning in a Walmart parking lot in a little town near Georgian Bay, she is drawn to a revival tent where the local Métis have been flocking to hear a charismatic preacher named Eugene Wolff. By the time she staggers into the tent, the service is over. But as she is about to leave, she hears an unmistakable voice. 

Available for purchase since September 17th.


7. Different Beasts by J.R. McConvey 

Different Beasts is the debut short story collection by J.R. McConvey, published by Goose Lane Editions.

Image by Goose Lane Editions

Image by Goose Lane Editions

The twelve stories in Different Beasts ask what it means to be both human and monster. Shape-shifting waifs, haunted stuffies, scavenging drones, insectoid demon-gods, and mutant angels all come to life in this wildly imagined debut. As do broken soldiers, disgraced politicians, tired parents, ogres and children, opportunists, and desperate survivors — human beasts each struggling with the animalian aspects of their nature. 


Available for purchase since September 17th.

8. Island by Johanna Skibsrud

Island is the latest novel by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud, published by Penguin Random House Canada.

Image by Penguin Random House

Image by Penguin Random House

This novel follows the fates of two women — a rebel and a diplomat — who live on a fictional island where socioeconomic tensions have reached a violent turning point. Lota, a fish factory worker, joins a man named Kurtz in his plot to charge the embassy. Rachel prepares to flee, but is taken captive and forced to reflect on her complicity in the government's corrupt regime. 


Available for purchase since September 24th. 


9. The Wagers by Sean Michaels

The Wagers, published by Penguin Random House,  is the second novel of Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner, Sean Michaels. 

Image by Penguin Random House

Image by Penguin Random House

Theo Potiris is a grocer and a comedian who never repeats his jokes. After 15 years of open mikes, he's still waiting for his break--bicycling to the comedy club at night, stacking plums at his family's grand and ramshackle supermarket by day. His girlfriend is halfway around the world, searching for enlightenment with a patron who happens to be the richest man on Earth, and when two other loved-ones get struck by bolts from the blue, Theo decides he can't keep chasing his old dreams any longer. He resolves to trade his wishes in, pursuing a bigger score. 


Available to purchase since September 24th.


10. Bone Black by Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Bone Black is a novel written by Cree and Dene author and poet, Carol Rose GoldenEagle. It is published by Nightwood Editions.

Image by Nightwood Editions

Image by Nightwood Editions

When her twin sister Raven goes missing, Wren StrongEagle immediately reports it to the local police. Feeling dismissed and worrying the case won't be investigated properly, Wren launches into action and decides to find justice on her own. 


Available October 5th.



We hope this has encouraged you to fill your to-read list to the brim with great Canadian reads this fall! Check out CBC’s full list here! And be sure to let us know in the comments what your most anticipated fall reads are!

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Georgia is JEC's Content Writer, a published poet, and past Poetry Editor for This Side of West, Modern and Contemporary Genre Editor for The Albatross, and Contributing Writer for The Martlet and Saltern Magazine.

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Jaime is a Research Curator at Royal Roads University and as such knows a thing or two re: communications. She is JEC's Communications Specialist.