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Oh, Canada! As I continue to listen, learn and reflect this month, I thought it fitting to showcase some of my favourite Canadian authors. These incredible souls have all taught me so much, and I’d love to share some of their wisdom and insights with you. 

  1. Jesse Thistle 

If you’ve been on this journey with me for a while now, you’re probably aware that Jesse Thistle is hands down one of my favourite humans, and authors, of all time. Period. His #1 Canadian best-seller From The Ashes is the true definition of what hope and resilience is. And trust me friends, this read will leave you smiling, crying and everything in between. If you haven’t read this book yet, go get your copy now – I promise you, the words on these pages will sit with you long after you’ve finished reading them. 

  1. Kaleb Dahlgren

Assistant Captain and survivor of the 2018 Humboldt bus crash, Kaleb Dahlgren writes his book Crossroads about life after the tragedy. Kaleb takes a hard look at his experience of loss, trauma, and grief but also explains the overwhelming love and support he received during this difficult time. If you’re looking for a read about perseverance, gratitude and hope – this one’s for you. 

  1. Miriam Towes

Originally growing up in the small Mennonite town of Steinbach, Manitoba, Miriam has devoted her life to writing as well as journalism. As an author of 9 books, 7 of which are best-sellers, Towes is a powerhouse to say the least. Her novels are thought provoking and unique – totally worth checking out. 

  1. Dionne Brand

A poet, novelist, documentarian and essayist, Dionne Brand is a gamechanger. With a huge focus on social justice, including issues of gender and race, her writing speaks to me in so many ways. If you’re ready to learn and embrace intense topics of reaching beyond boundaries, then buckle up and check out this amazing author. 

  1. Rupi Kaur 

Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist and performer who touches on love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity and migration. Her work speaks to so many women and serves as a gentle reminder of just how powerful they really are. If you are looking for some straightforward and accessible affirmations – look no further than her inspiring work!

There’s no better time than summer to sink into a good book – bonus points if a hammock is involved! July is also a great month to learn about our fellow Canadians, our history, and reflect and acknowledge those that have come before us. Happy reading! Xo.