Books published by Emblem Editions

Lost in the Barrens

Emblem Editions | May 2, 2017 | 224 pages
As thrilling to read now as when it was first published, Farley Mowat's bestselling tale of danger, survival, and companionship in the far North is now available as a Penguin Modern Classic. Awasin, a Cree Indian boy, and Jamie, a Canadian orphan living with his uncle, the trapper Angus Macnair,... More Info

All Is Beauty Now

Emblem Editions | July 10, 2018 | 256 pages
In the aftermath of the mysterious disappearance of their eldest daughter, a once-golden family prepares to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil for the safer, more pragmatic shores of Canada. But as the family counts down the days to their departure, secrets and betrayals surface,... More Info

Beautiful Losers

Emblem Editions | July 24, 2019 | 264 pages
One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint.... More Info

His Whole Life

Emblem Editions | March 29, 2016 | 384 pages
From the #1 nationally bestselling, Giller Prize-winning author of Late Nights on Air and Alone in the Classroom, comes an irresistible new novel that has everything we would hope for from this celebrated author -- and more. Starting with something as simple as a boy who wants a dog, His Whole Life... More Info

The Night Stages

Emblem Editions | April 5, 2016 | 416 pages
Set mainly in a remote area of County Kerry in the '40s and '50s, Jane Urquhart's stunning new novel is at once intimate and epic in scope. Tam, an English woman in her thirties, has been living in this harshly beautiful region since shortly after the war, in which she served as an auxiliary pilot.... More Info

Daddy Lenin and Other Stories

Emblem Editions | February 23, 2016 | 272 pages
Bestselling author Guy Vanderhaeghe's new book of fiction is both timely and timeless and showcases his supreme talent as a storyteller and poignant observer of the human condition. Among these nine addictive and resonant stories: A teenage boy breaks out of the strict confines of his family, his... More Info

Nora Webster

Emblem Editions | October 6, 2015 | 400 pages
From one of contemporary literature's most acclaimed and beloved authors comes this magnificent new novel set in a small town in Ireland in the 1960s, where a fiercely compelling, too-young widow and mother of four moves from grief, fear, and longing to unexpected discovery. Toibin's portrayal of... More Info

Medicine Walk

Emblem Editions | March 3, 2015 | 256 pages
"One of the finest novels of the year." (Vancouver Sun) By the celebrated author of Canada Reads finalist Indian Horse, this is an unforgettable journey of a father and son, set in dramatic landscape of the BC Interior. For male and female readers equally, for readers of Joseph Boyden, Cormac... 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

The Paper Garden

Emblem Editions | October 25, 2011 | 416 pages
Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash of inspiration, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. It was the summer of 1772, in England. During the next ten years she completed nearly a... More Info

The High Road

Emblem Editions | September 1, 2010 | 352 pages
A brilliant follow-up to the Stephen Leacock Award-winner The Best Laid Plans, this deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth. Just when Daniel Addison thinks he can escape his job as a political aide,... More Info


Emblem Editions | January 7, 2014 | 256 pages
This second work from critically acclaimed Quebec novelist Dominique Fortier, whose debut was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award in both French and English, is an enthralling shell-game of a novel. Composed of three stories linked by theme and image, it brings alive a captivating cast of... More Info

The Purchase

Emblem Editions | August 6, 2013 | 368 pages
In 1798, a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania with his 15-year-old orphan wife and his five children to a establish a new life. When he soon finds himself the owner of a young slave boy, a chain of events is set in motion that will lead to two murders and the family's... More Info

No New Land

Emblem Editions | October 11, 1997 | 224 pages
Nurdin Lalani and his family, Asian immigrants from Africa, have come to the Toronto suburb of Don Mills only to find that the old world and its values pursue them. A genial orderly at a downtown hospital, he has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl. Although he is innocent, traditional... More Info

Sweet Jesus

Emblem Editions | August 27, 2013 | 320 pages
Connie Foster, a mother of three young children, learns that her husband's attempt to maintain their lifestyle has led them to financial ruin. Her sister, Hannah Crowe, a writer, desperately wants to have a child but the man she loves is determined not to. Zeus Ortega, their much younger adopted... More Info


Emblem Editions | July 24, 2019 | 448 pages
The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of Alistair MacLeod's Island . We hope they will aid your understanding of this powerful short story collection, representing thirty years of MacLeod's... More Info

Up and Down

Emblem Editions | June 25, 2013 | 432 pages
On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, known as "the dark side") is a far cry from his previous job with the Canadian government. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are... More Info


Emblem Editions | May 14, 2013 | 528 pages
Now in paperback, this internationally acclaimed novel is at once scathing and subversive, sharply witty and brilliantly observed as it follows the fortunes of a group of people in London who become connected in unforeseen ways. Pepys Road: an ordinary street in the capital. Today, through each... More Info

Winter Journal

Emblem Editions | May 14, 2013 | 240 pages
Now in paperback, the highly acclaimed and haunting work from the bestselling, internationally acclaimed author of The Invention of Solitude and The New York Trilogy. Facing his sixty-forth winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster decides to write a journal as he sees himself aging in... More Info

Baking Cakes in Kigali

Emblem Editions | July 6, 2010 | 320 pages
Baking Cakes in Kigaliis a tale in fourteen confections, and behind each cake lies a story. As baker Angel Tungaraza busies herself with her customers’ orders, we learn about their lives: Ken Akimoto — with his penchant for partying, her best client — and Bosco, his lovesick driver; Dr.... More Info

A Good Man

Emblem Editions | May 29, 2012 | 480 pages
Multi-award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe's eagerly awaited new novel is a dazzling follow up to his bestselling The Englishman's Boy and The Last Crossing (a Canada Reads winner!). A Good Man culminates what could be thought of as a trilogy of books set in the late nineteenth-century Canadian... More Info

The Empty Family

Emblem Editions | August 2, 2011 | 224 pages
From the internationally celebrated author of Brooklyn and The Master, and winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, comes a stunning new book of fiction. In the captivating stories that make up The Empty Family, Colm Tóibín delineates with a tender and unique sensibility, lives of... More Info

The Riverbones

Emblem Editions | October 27, 2009 | 376 pages
A young man uncovers myth, history, and murder while searching for the soul of an unknown and magical place. Andrew Westoll spent a year living the dream of every aspiring primatologist: following wild troops of capuchin monkeys through the remote Central Suriname Nature Reserve, the largest tract... More Info

Everybody Has Everything

Emblem Editions | April 2, 2013 | 336 pages
A Globe and Mail Best Book of theYear, and longlisted for the Giller Prize, Katrina Onstad's second novel is an emotionally riveting exploration of what happens in the marriage of an urban professional couple when they suddenly and unexpectedly become the parents of a toddler. "Tenderly observed... More Info

Never Cry Wolf

Emblem Editions | August 4, 2009 | 288 pages
EYE TO EYE WITH DEATH: THE WOLF PROJECT Hordes of bloodthirsty wolves are slaughtering the arctic caribou, and the government's Wildlife Service assigns naturalist Farley Mowat to investigate. Mowat is dropped alone onto the frozen tundra, where he begins his mission to live among the howling wolf... More Info

The Best Laid Plans

Emblem Editions | September 5, 2008 | 336 pages
This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good — a terrific Canadian political satire. Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election — but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a... More Info

God Is Not Great

Emblem Editions | September 2, 2008 | 320 pages
Christopher Hitchens, described in the London Observer as "one of the most prolific, as well as brilliant, journalists of our time" takes on his biggest subject yetthe increasingly dangerous role of religion in the world. In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam... More Info

Alone in the Classroom

Emblem Editions | April 10, 2012 | 352 pages
Elizabeth Hay's highly acclaimed, national bestseller now in a deluxe paperback edition. Hay's runaway bestseller novel crosses generations and cuts to the bone of universal truth about love and our relationship with the past. In 1930, a school principal in Saskatchewan is suspected of abusing a... More Info

On the Outside Looking Indian

Emblem Editions | March 20, 2012 | 240 pages
"There's a phenomenon in Amish culture called Rumspringa, where Amish adolescents are permitted to break free from their modest and traditional lifestyles to indulge in normally taboo activities. They dress how they want, go out if and when they please, smoke, drink and generally party like it's... More Info

Future Babble

Emblem Editions | September 27, 2011 | 320 pages
In 2008, as the price of oil surged above $140 a barrel, experts said it would soon hit $200; a few months later it plunged to $30. In 1967, they said the USSR would have one of the fastest-growing economies in the year 2000; in 2000, the USSR did not exist. In 1911, it was pronounced that there... More Info

The Measure of a Man

Emblem Editions | May 15, 2012 | 304 pages
Taking as its starting point a son's decision to alter his father's last remaining suit for himself, this is a deeply brilliantly crafted and universal story of fathers and sons, of fitting in and standing out. For years, journalist and amateur tailor JJ Lee tried to ignore the suit hanging at the... More Info


Emblem Editions | June 9, 2009 | 328 pages
On a late summer day along the shores of Nova Scotia, a young woman makes a mistake that will claim her life, while at the other end of the beach her brother, Damian, is unaware that she is drowning. Beginning with this shattering event, Anne Simpson’s mesmerizing novel unfolds in unexpected... More Info

The Holding

Emblem Editions | March 1, 2005 | 328 pages
New York Times Editor's Choice Alyson Thomson has left the city for an abandoned farm in the Madawaska hills of Ontario, with Walker, a potter. There, they live a life of artistic and emotional independence, until eventually the isolation brings to the fore tensions and conflicts within the... More Info


Emblem Editions | October 13, 2009 | 328 pages
Compulsively readable, this first social history of the opening up of the Canadian West is a triumph of historical detective work and gives us Siggins at the top of her game. While researching the biography of Louis Riel, Maggie Siggins became aware of a figure lurking in the background who had had... More Info


Emblem Editions | May 1, 1997 | 368 pages
A stunning, evocative novel set in Ireland and Canada, Away traces a family’s complex and layered past. The narrative unfolds with shimmering clarity, and takes us from the harsh northern Irish coast in the 1840s to the quarantine stations at Grosse Isle and the barely hospitable land of the... More Info

Everybody Has Everything

Emblem Editions | May 29, 2012 | 288 pages
Combining a pitch-perfect, whip-smart dissection of contemporary urban life with a fresh and perceptive examination of our individual and collective ambivalence towards parenthood, Katrina Onstad's Everbody Has Everything""balances tragedy and comedy with verve and flair, and is destined to be one... More Info

Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs

Emblem Editions | October 28, 2008 | 328 pages
The strengths of Bidini’s two best-loved books, On a Cold Road and Tropic of Hockey, music and travel to unlikely places, come together in this account of his search for rock ‘n’ roll. When it looks as if the Rheostatics are breaking up after more than twenty years together, Dave Bidini is... More Info

Consumer Republic

Emblem Editions | February 7, 2012 | 274 pages
In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, and for the same people who read Seth Godin and bought The Black Swan and How We Decide, this book breaks down the myth of brands and puts the power back in consumers' hands. The foundation of Consumer Republic's message is this single, inarguable truth: Brands... More Info


Emblem Editions | June 7, 2011 | 448 pages
#1 New York Timesbestselling author and finalist for the National Book Award - one of the most admired and controversial public intellectuals of our time - shares his personal life story. Most who have observed Christopher Hitchens over the years would agree that he possesses a ferocious intellect... More Info

Red Heat

Emblem Editions | April 17, 2012 | 464 pages
The Cuban Missile Crisis may have lasted only thirteen days, but as revealed in this scintillating popular history, it was just one battle in a decades-long secret war that was fought in the island nations of the Caribbean. The US and the USSR thought they could use Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican... More Info

Lives in the Balance

Emblem Editions | August 4, 2009 | 240 pages
A collection that provides a compelling and insightful look into the world of ICU nurses. This is a compelling collection of stories by twenty-five nurses working in the ICU, a fast-paced, highly technological environment where patients' lives are at stake. From cardiac, medical, surgical, and... More Info

More Money Than Brains

Emblem Editions | April 5, 2011 | 278 pages
One of Canada's funniest and most incisive social critics reveals why in North America, where governments spend so much on schools and colleges, training is valued far more than education and loud-mouth ignoramuses are widely and publicly celebrated. Public education in the United States is in such... More Info

Your Call Is Important to Us

Emblem Editions | April 6, 2010 | 304 pages
Taking no prisoners, the author disembowels the culture of globalized, super-sized, consumerized b.s. She skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills, sparing no one and nothing.  More Info