Your mom is more than just “mom.” This holiday season, we encourage you to go beyond the gift guide. If you’re looking for personal gift recommendations for the people in your life, with all their unique quirks and interests and dreams, you should shop at indie bookstores.
This week, we asked three Canadian indie booksellers what gifts they would recommend for the person who wants to learn from the past.
Each recommendation is as unique as the store that made it. Are you shopping for this person in your life? Use the “Shop Local” button to find this book near you or visit your local indie bookstore for their gift recommendations today!
From Another Story Bookshop in Toronto, ON:
Beneath many major North American cities rests a deep foundation of Indigenous history that has been colonized, paved over, and, too often, silenced. Few of its current inhabitants know that Toronto has seen twelve thousand years of uninterrupted Indigenous presence and nationhood in this region, along with a vibrant culture and history that thrives to this day. With contributions by Indigenous Elders, scholars, journalists, artists, and historians, this unique anthology explores the poles of cultural continuity and settler colonialism that have come to define Toronto as a significant cultural hub and intersection that was also known as a Meeting Place long before European settlers arrived.
Denise Bolduc is an accomplished creative director, producer, programmer, speaker and arts consultant recognized for her involvement across disciplines with local, national, and international activities.
Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere is Grouse clan and a member of M'Chigeeng First Nation. She is Ojibwe and Cree. Born in Toronto and raised in M'Chigeeng, she obtained her BA in History and English from the University of Toronto and now works in the heritage sector with a focus on Indigenous history.
Rebeka Tabobondung is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MUSKRATMagazine.com. Rebeka is also a filmmaker, writer, poet, Indigenous knowledge researcher and co-founder of the Gchi Dewin Indigenous Storytellers Festival in Wasauksing First Nation.
Brian Wright-McLeod (Dakota/Anishnabe) is a music journalist and educator. His journey in radio that began in 1983, resulted in the publication of his first book The Encyclopedia of Native Music. Currently, he teaches Indigenous Music in Culture at Centennial College, and Indigenous Studies at George Brown College in Toronto.
From McNally Robinson in Winnipeg, MB and Saskatoon, SK:
The Greeks: A Global History
Written by Roderick Beaton
Published by Hachette Book Group
More than two thousand years ago, the Greek city-states, led by Athens and Sparta, laid the foundation for much of modern science, the arts, politics, and law. But the influence of the Greeks did not end with the rise and fall of this classical civilization. As historian Roderick Beaton illustrates, over three millennia Greek speakers produced a series of civilizations that were rooted in southeastern Europe but again and again ranged widely across the globe. In The Greeks, Beaton traces this history from the Bronze Age Mycenaeans who built powerful fortresses at home and strong trade routes abroad, to the dramatic Eurasian conquests of Alexander the Great, to the pious Byzantines who sought to export Christianity worldwide, to today’s Greek diaspora, which flourishes on five continents. The product of decades of research, this is the story of the Greeks and their global impact told as never before.
Roderick Beaton is an Emeritus Professor at King’s College London and Commander of the Order of Honor of the Hellenic Republic. His previous book, Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation, was shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize. He is the four-time winner of the prestigious Runciman Award and lives in Kent, England.
From Shelf Life Books in Calgary, AB:
Out of the Sun: On Race and Storytelling
Written by Esi Edugyan
Published by House of Anansi Press
What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge us. In this groundbreaking, reflective, and erudite book, two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan illuminates myriad varieties of Black experience in global culture and history. Edugyan combines storytelling with analyses of contemporary events and her own personal story in this dazzling first major work of non-fiction.
Esi Edugyan was raised in Calgary, AB. She is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of Washington Black, Half-Blood Blues, both of which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Second Life of Samuel Tyne. She is also the author of Dreaming of Elsewhere, which is part of the Kreisel Memorial Lecture Series. She has held fellowships in the U.S., Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain, and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Thank you to the booksellers who provided recommendations this time around. We'll be back next week with another edition of Ask the Booksellers!