Category: Literature - international


The Fall of Language in the Age of English

January 6, 2015 | 240 pages
Winner of the Kobayashi Hideo Award, this best-selling book by one of Japan's most ambitious contemporary fiction writers lays bare the struggle to retain the brilliance of one's own language in an age of English dominance. Born in Tokyo but also raised and educated in the United States, Minae... More Info


HarperPerennialCanada | January 27, 2015 | 247 pages
The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novelA "New York Times "Top-Ten Book of 2004Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Nearly 25 years after "Housekeeping," Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about... More Info

The Brueghel Moon

January 17, 2015 | 96 pages
The novel of the famous Georgian writer, poet and playwright Tamaz Chiladze focuses on moral problems/issues, arisen as a result of too great a self-assuredness of psychologists. Its main character is an up-to-now successful psychotherapist, whose wife has left him. One day she suddenly realised... More Info

Call Me Burroughs

Twelve | January 27, 2015 | 736 pages
Fifty years ago, Norman Mailer asserted, "William Burroughs is the only American novelist living today who may conceivably be possessed by genius." Few since have taken such literary risks, developed such individual political or spiritual ideas, or spanned such a wide range of media. Burroughs... More Info


January 31, 2015 | 224 pages
The writer Alain Farah is living in two time periods, and he feels out of place in both. At the opening of his story, we find ourselves at McGill in 1962 and 2012. But the real problem lies elsewhere: on campus, a psychiatrist is conducting dangerous and unethical experiments on his patients. The... More Info

Far from the Madding Crowd

HarperPerennial | January 27, 2015 | 480 pages
Thomas Hardy's literary masterpiece Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of free-spirited Bathsheba Everdene, whose bold independence attracts the attention of three suitors: the frugal shepherd Gabriel Oak, the lonely farmer William Boldwood, and the dashing young soldier Sergeant Francis Troy.... More Info


January 20, 2015 | 288 pages
Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife in the Middle East. Now her past is catching up with her as she races to unravel a mystery that spans centuries-and threatens to change the course of history. As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to make a joint announcement at the Tower of London, an... More Info

Wolf Winter

January 27, 2015 | 384 pages
Swedish Lapland, 1717. Maija, her husband and their two daughters arrive from their native Finland, hoping to forget the traumas of the past and put down roots in this harsh but beautiful land. Above them looms Blackasen, a mountain whose dark history haunts the lives of those in its shadow. While... More Info


By Mo Yan
Viking Press | January 22, 2015 | 480 pages
Chronicling the history of modern China through a controversial lens, a novel from a winner of the Noble Prize in Literature tells the story of Gugu, a revered midwife, who, to prove her allegiance to the Communist party, strictly enforces the one-child policy, performing abortions on women as many... More Info

Queen Sugar

Penguin Books | January 27, 2015 | 384 pages
“Smart and heartfelt and highly recommended.” —Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club Readers, booksellers, and critics alike are embracing Queen Sugar and cheering for its heroine, Charley Bordelon, an African American woman and single mother struggling to build a new life... More Info

The Sacrifice

Ecco | January 27, 2015 | 320 pages
New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates returns with an incendiary novel that illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable... More Info

West of Sunset

Viking Press | January 13, 2015 | 304 pages
A tale inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood finds him reflecting on past events at the height of the Jazz Age while falling in love, struggling to hold his family together and penning The Last Tycoon. By the best-selling author of Last Night at the Lobster.  More Info

When the Saints

January 20, 2015 | 288 pages
Is it possible to redeem a family name that has been spoken as a curse word for generations? A decade after being cast off to live with strangers, Tabby Saint returns to Solace River, Nova Scotia, to find her childhood home deserted. She quickly latches on to the lonely tavern-keeper, West, who... More Info

The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

February 12, 2014 | 528 pages
A collection of the finalists and winners of the 2014 National Magazine Awards includes Jonathan Frazen's National Geographic piece on the environment and William T. Vollman's comic reflections in Harper's on being the target of an FBI terror investigation, as well as articles by Ariel Levy, Zadie... More Info

A Replacement Life

Harper Perennial | January 20, 2015 | 352 pages
A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman,... More Info

Hall of Small Mammals

Riverhead Books | January 8, 2015 | 304 pages
A short story collection features an unforgettable cast of characters who are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family and to exist in the world.  More Info

Life Sentences

December 20, 2014 | 368 pages
A dazzling new collection of essays -- on reading, writing, form, and thought -- from one of America's master writers. Beginning with personal, both past and present, it emphasizes William H. Gass's lifelong attachment to books and then moves on to ponder the work of some of his favorite writers... More Info

Mobile Library

Scribner | January 20, 2015 | 272 pages
From the award-winning novelist David Whitehouse, hailed by The New York Times as “a writer to watch,” a tragicomic adventure about a troubled adolescent boy who escapes his small town in a stolen library-on-wheels. “An archivist of his mother,” Bobby Nusku spends his nights meticulously... More Info

A Hologram For the King

Vintage Canada | June 4, 2013 | 352 pages
Professor:  Prof. Robert Mousseau
Course Codes:  ENGL 2701A
Semester:  Winter-2015
A National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most highly-acclaimed books of the year, A Hologram for the King is a sprawling novel about the decline of American industry from one of the most important, socially-aware novelists of our time. In a rising Saudi Arabian... More Info

The Devil You Know

Patrick Crean Books | January 13, 2015 | 304 pages
In the vein of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, The Devil You Know is a thrilling debut novel about a rookie reporter whose memories of the murder of her childhood best friend bring danger-and a stalker-right to her doorstep. The year is 1993. First-year reporter... More Info

The First Bad Man

Scribner | January 13, 2015 | 288 pages
From the acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and bestselling author of No One Belongs Here More Than You, a spectacular debut novel that is so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny—so Miranda July—that readers will be blown away. Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives... More Info

The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

Emblem Editions | August 4, 2009 | 288 pages
Farely Mowat's best-loved book tells the splendidly entertaining story of his boyhood on the Canadian prairies. Mutt's pedigree was uncertain, but his madness was indisputable. He climbed tress and ladders, rode passenger in an open car wearing goggles and displaying hunting skills that bordered on... More Info

All Our Names

January 6, 2015 | 272 pages
"A fierce and tender examination of identity, love, disillusionment, friendship and sacrifice. . . . Extraordinary." National Post All Our Names is the story of a young man who comes of age during an African revolution, drawn from the hushed halls of his university into the intensifying clamour of... More Info

Rose Under Fire

September 16, 2014 | 368 pages
The "New York Times"-bestselling author Elizabeth's Wein's companion book to "Code Name Verity," now in paperback. Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by... More Info

Code Name Verity

May 7, 2013 | 352 pages
The bookThe New York Timescalled "a fiendishly plotted mind game of a novel" is now available in paperback! Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during the Second World War. One is a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat; one is a... More Info

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Anchor Canada | December 30, 2014 | 320 pages
"One of the most remarkable creations in recent literature" (USA Today), Flavia de Luce, is back in Alan Bradley's New York Times-bestselling mystery series. Bishop's Lacey is never short of two things: Mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them.  More Info

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Anchor Canada | November 10, 2009 | 400 pages
Winner of the 2007 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger A delightfully dark English mystery, featuring precocious young sleuth Flavia de Luce and her eccentric family. The summer of 1950 hasn’t offered up anything out of the ordinary for eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce: bicycle explorations... More Info

God Loves Haiti

Amistad | January 6, 2015 | 272 pages
A native of Haiti, Dimitry Elias Léger makes his remarkable debut with this story of romance, politics, and religion that traces the fates of three lovers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the challenges they face readjusting to life after an earthquake devastates their city. Reflecting the chaos of... More Info

Driving the King

Harper | January 6, 2015 | 336 pages
A daring and brilliant novel that explores race and class in 1950s America, witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary. The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, for a rare performance. His... More Info


McSweeneys Books | September 1, 2014 | 300 pages
A latest issue of the two-time National Magazine Award-winning quarterly features its signature surprise unique design.  More Info


Counterpoint | January 13, 2015 | 256 pages
We think about it every day, sometimes every hour: Money. Who has it. Who doesn’t. How you get it. How you don’t. In Refund, Bender creates an award-winning collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the estimation of value affect the lives of her characters. The... More Info

Nervous Conditions

Ayebia Clarke Pub Ltd | January 27, 2015 | 211 pages
Professor:  Prof. Pius Adesanmi
Course Codes:  ENGL 4976
Semester:  Winter-2015
Prof. Pius Adesanmi Nervous Conditions ENGL 4976  More Info

Almost Famous Women

Scribner | January 6, 2015 | 256 pages
From “a top-notch emerging writer with a crisp and often poetic voice and wily, intelligent humor” (The Boston Globe): a collection of stories that explores the lives of talented, gutsy women throughout history. The fascinating lives of the characters in Almost Famous Women have mostly been... More Info

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

Grand Central Publishing | January 6, 2015 | 480 pages
After witnessing the death of his younger brother in a terrible home accident, 14-year-old Kevin and his grieving mother are sent for the summer to live with Kevin's grandfather. In this peeled-paint coal town deep in Appalachia, Kevin quickly falls in with a half-wild hollow kid named Buzzy Fink... More Info

Les Miserables

Penguin Classics | October 22, 2014 | 1456 pages
A new translation, by Christine Donougher, of the classic French novel, which has inspired a musical and film.  More Info

Love Enough

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The Cellist of Sarajevo

Vintage Books Canada | February 6, 2009 | 272 pages
In war-torn Sarajevo, a cellist sets out to play Albinoni's Adagio once a day for 22 days as a memorial for 22 people killed in a sniper attack. All the while, he is oblivious to the fact that a female sniper is protecting him.  More Info

A Place of Greater Safety

HarperCollins UK | January 27, 2015 | 872 pages
From the double Man Booker prize-winner comes an extraordinary work of historical imagination - this is Hilary Mantel's epic novel of the French Revolution. A spellbinding novel which recounts the events between the fall of the Ancient Regime and the peak of the Terror, as seen through the eyes of... More Info


Vintage | January 27, 2015 | 191 pages
Depicts the struggles of Timofey Pnin, a professor of Russian, who attempts to adapt himself to life at an institution.  More Info

The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81

Pan Macmillan | June 5, 2014 | 300 pages
Frank Derrick is eighty-one. And he's just been run over by a milk float. It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active. But now he's broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. Frank lives with his cat Bill (which made more sense... More Info


December 9, 2014 | 304 pages
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Days after Holmes and his arch-enemy Moriarty fall to their doom at the Reichenbach Falls, Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York. The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum that has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal... More Info

A Man in Love

Random House | January 27, 2015 | 672 pages
An electrifying honest and autobiographical love story from the international sensation and bestseller, Karl Ove Knausgaard. Karl Ove Knausgaard leaves his wife and everything he knows in Oslo for a fresh start in Stockholm. There he strikes up a deep and competitive friendship with Geir and... More Info


October 28, 2014 | 56 pages
From one of the most beloved storytellers of our time, Remembrance is the last published story by Alistair MacLeod, and a moving story of three generations of men from a single family whose lives are forever altered by the long shadow of war. Now available in book form for the first time in a... More Info

Good Children

Headline Review | October 23, 2014 | 496 pages
'Few novels are life-changing; this one just might be' Daily Mail Leaving home is one thing. Surviving is another. In 1940s Lahore, the Punjab, two brothers and two sisters are beaten and browbeaten into 'good children'. Each has a destiny to fulfil. Sully and Jakie will be doctors, Mae and Lana... More Info

All Saints

March 25, 2014 | 222 pages
In All Saints, linked short stories animate the solitary lives of rectors, church ladies, and aging urban faithfuls.  More Info

Still Alice

Pocket Books | December 16, 2014 | 400 pages
In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember. Now a major motion picture from Sony Pictures Classics starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin,... More Info

Give Me a Ticket to Childhood

September 16, 2014 | 160 pages
Looking back on his life, the narrator shares his childhood adventures and misdeeds with his friends.  More Info

A Siege of Bitterns

Dundurn Group (CA) | April 5, 2014 | 352 pages
Domenic Jejeune is a reluctant police hero but an enthusiastic birdwatcher. After he's promoted to a post in the heart of Britain's birding country, his first case involves the murder of an environmentalist. Torn between loyalties to his job and his hobby, Jejeune faces mistrust from his colleagues... More Info

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

October 16, 2014 | 100 pages
Finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize From the author of the international bestselling, award-winning Lullabies for Little Criminals, a coming-of-age novel set on the seedy side of Montreal's St. Laurent Boulevard Gorgeous twins Noushcka and Nicolas Tremblay live with their grandfather... More Info

Will Starling

September 23, 2014 | 484 pages
After years as a battlefield surgeon during the Napoleonic War, Will Starling returns to London in 1816 to build a civilian surgical practice. But when one of the grover-robbers who supplies him with cadavers for dissection is complicit in a murder, Will resolves to find out the truth.  More Info