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An Abundance of Books – Winnipeg Free Press


After a summer of breezy beach readings, there’s no season book lovers look forward to more than fall.

Publishers are eager to make waves with new writing by established and emerging writers – books that challenge, comfort, inspire, infuriate, and/or incite laughter, tears, swearing, or some combination of the above.

This upcoming fall book season features a tantalizing array of short stories, novels, memoirs, biographies, graphic novels and more. Here are 20 titles to watch in the coming months that are sure to cause a stir…

Make love with the earth

By Joshua Whitehead (August 23, Knopf Canada)

In Calgary-based Whitehead’s debut collection of non-fiction, First Nation writer Peguis explores life as a queer Indigenous person in Canada through a range of genres, including notes, essays, confessions and more.

The Myth of Normalcy: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

By Gabor Mate and Daniel Mate (September 13, Knopf Canada)

Well-known psychologist and author Gabor Maté teams up with his son Daniel, a composer/lyricist, to examine Western healthcare systems and why chronic disease and ill health are on the rise in Western societies.

The crow theory

By David A. Robertson (September 13, HarperCollins)

It’s not a fall book preview without a new title from prolific Winnipeg author David A. Robertson. His adult novel features an estranged father and 16-year-old daughter searching for a cabin on the family trapline. When things go wrong, they have to rely on each other.

Ducks: two years in the oil sands

By Kate Beaton (September 13, randomly drawn and quarterly)

In her weighty graphic novel, Beaton, raised in Cape Breton, recounts her journey to Alberta to work in the tar sands, in an attempt to pay off her student loans, while criticizing the tar sands culture and the perception of Canada in as guardian of the environment.

The greatest evil is war

By Chris Hedges (September 20, Seven Stories Press)

Triggered by the conflict in Ukraine, Hedges (who in 2002 wrote War is a force that gives us meaning) offers arguments against war based on his direct encounters with victims and their families, veterans and more.

The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021

By Peter Baker and Susan Glasser (September 20, Doubleday)

The authors of The man who ran Washington offer an examination of how the 45th president thrived in chaos and how those around him struggled with moral choices. The book features interviews with many key players, including Donald Trump and his family.

Laughing with the Trickster: On Sex, Death, and Accordions

Via the Tomson Highway (September 27, House of Anansi)

The Manitoba-born author and playwright follows his memoir Permanent astonishment with the latest installment of the CBC Massey Lectures series, in which he ruminates on five key themes of the human condition: language, humour, sex/gender, creation and death.

Fen, Bog & Swamp: A brief history of peatland destruction and its role in the climate crisis

By Annie Proulx (September 27, Scribner)

Pulitzer-winning Proulx returns with a non-fiction book about how the world’s wetlands are among the most crucial and misunderstood resources, and the crucial role they play in the future of our planet and our survival.

Confidence Man: The Creation of Donald Trump and America’s Collapse

By Maggie Haberman (October 4, Penguin)

The long-awaited book New York Times The reporter who has closely followed the Trump presidency is expected to make major waves and bring in heaps of new details via interviews with hundreds of people in the know.


By Ann-Marie MacDonald (October 11, Knopf)

MacDonald’s sprawling new novel, set in the 19th century on the titular estate on the border of England and Scotland, follows Charlotte, who grows up in Fayne with her father, sequestered from the rest of the world. When she discovers an unexpected artifact, her world is turned upside down.

The Tragedy of Eva Mott

By David Adams Richards (October 11, Doubleday Canada)

The new novel by the author and New Brunswick senator follows brothers who own an asbestos factory who come under scrutiny for health issues — and their extended family, who are a different kind toxic to the community.

Dying of politeness: a memoir

By Geena Davis (October 11, HarperCollins)

From her well-raised childhood (when, at three, she proclaimed she would be in movies) to her two Oscars to her time in show business, Davis details the path she took and the roles that made her the star she is today. .

The day of liberation

By George Saunders (October 18, Random House)

The Booker Prize-winning author Lincoln at Bardo returns with its first collection of short stories in nearly a decade. Saunders’ nine stories ruminate on themes of ethics, power, community and justice.

Running Down from a Dream: A Memoir

By Candy Palmater (October 18, HarperCollins)

These posthumous memoirs of Palmater, who died in late 2021, chronicle the ups and downs of her life and career – from her upbringing by bikers in New Brunswick to her career as an actress and comedian to her family love.

The last chairlift

By John Irving (October 18, Knopf Canada)

Irving’s first new novel in seven years begins in the 1940s, when a slalom skier becomes pregnant and follows her adult son’s journey to Aspen (where he was conceived) to seek answers about his origins.

The passenger

By Cormac McCarthy (October 25, Knopf)

The first of two long-awaited volumes from the iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning McCarthy, The passenger follows a rescue diver who discovers the site of a plane crash, travels across the southern United States and struggles with his struggling family. The second volume, Stella Marisarrives on December 6.

The Philosophy of Modern Song

By Bob Dylan (November 1, Simon & Schuster)

Dylan’s first book since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 (and since his last book, the 2004 one Chronicles: Volume 1) contains 60 essays on songs by other artists across a wide range of genres, offering reflections on the human condition as only Bob Dylan can.

Surrender: 40 songs, one story

By Bono (November 1, Doubleday Canada)

The U2 frontman’s memoir, divided into 40 chapters named after the Irish rock band’s songs, chronicles his early years in Dublin, the death of his mother aged 14, the band’s beginnings and rise to stardom, and his activism.

True reconciliation: how to be a force for change

By Jody Wilson-Raybould (November 8, McClelland & Stewart)

Wilson-Raybould lays out his vision of what true reconciliation means and what we can do to advance the cause. Built around three key elements – learn, understand, act – Wilson-Raybould examines past and present rights and wrongs, and what needs to change in the future.

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times

By Michelle Obama (15 November, Corona)

The former first lady pursues her runaway bestseller Become with thoughts and insights on how, in our turbulent present, we can examine our lives, find our positivity and sources of happiness, and make meaningful connections.

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Ben Sigurdson

Ben Sigurdson
Literary editor, beverage author

Ben Sigurdson edits the books section of Free Press and also writes about wine, beer and spirits.