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Perfect Books to Gift This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again: holiday displays are twinkling, malls are bustling, and shoppers are searching for gift inspiration. We’ve no doubt that books make crowd-pleasing gifts—why else would bookstores, on average, achieve their highest sales of the year pre-Christmas? And what could be more hygge than curling up with a favourite tome whilst the snow falls gently outside? In the spirit of the season—and finding the perfect book for that special someone—we’ve scoured the ZG bookshelves to source titles that are perfect for your loved ones: whether that book profiles remarkable Canadian female leaders; shares stunning work from our most celebrated artists; or offers a witty guide to language in the digital age (perfect for the emoji-savvy best friend). Read on for further inspiration!

A strand of Christmas lights All's Well book coverAll’s Well: Where Thou Art Earth and Why
by John Lefebvre

John Lefebvre Press
ISBN: 978-0995904231
Price: $24.95

This stunningly produced hardbound book makes for the perfect bedside reading, brimming with surprising insight into our universe—and some of those who dwell within it—from John Lefebvre: an acclaimed philanthropist, entrepreneur, environmentalist and musician.  Interweaving small, autobiographical glimpses of Lefebvre’s remarkable life and career, All’s Well is nevertheless a story of us all, providing a rare and lyrical perspective on humankind—and what both parts of that word truly mean.


Greece: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar LoversGreece: Recipes for Olive Oil and Vinegar Lovers
by Emily Lycopolus

TouchWood Editions
ISBN: 978-1771512343
Price: $22.00

Emily Lycopolus’ first book sold more than 10,000 copies and received high praise from The Washington Post and Dr. Oz.This Christmas, she returns with another beautifully designed collection celebrating two kitchen staple ingredients: oil and vinegar. Ideal for the dinner party host, Greece highlights two specialty oils (lemon infused and garlic infused) and vinegars (white apricot and dark black cherry) in dishes that reinvent classic Greek flavours. From mouthwatering moussaka to honeyed bread, these recipes are best when gifted alongside the oils and vinegars featured within. (Bonus: a dinner party recipe planner provides further inspiration for the holiday entertainer.)


War of the Blink book cover

War of the Blink
by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Locarno Press
ISBN: 978-0995994621
Price: $24.95

From internationally acclaimed artist, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, War of the Blink marries traditional Japanese manga art with Haida iconography and classic pop styles in an immersive graphic novel. Retelling an ancient legend from Haida culture, War of the Blink tells the story of a fisherman who must protect his island home from invaders, culminating in a staring contest between two warriors who demonstrate the power of choosing peace over conflict. A perfect item for the artist, teen, child, or parent.


Locarno Press's Orwell Tapes book coverThe Orwell Tapes
by Stephen Wadhams

Locarno Press
ISBN: 978-0995994614
Price: $18.50

At a time when interest in George Orwell’s works is reignited by recent politics, fans of the author (who isn’t?) will enjoy the original perspective offered in this unusual biography. CBC radio producer Wadhams crisscrosses Britain and Spain interviewing more than 70 people who knew Orwell, many of whom have never shared their recollections before: teachers, lovers, readers, editors, friends and more. Their recollections are interwoven with biographical detail in this fascinating memoir, offering a unique portrait of one of the 20th centuries greatest writers.


Canada 150 Women Book CoverCanada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions, and Luminaries
by Paulina Cameron

EVOKE Press
ISBN: 978-0995959125
Price: $39.95

Whether she’s building community at school, launching a business, pioneering in science or leading her sports team to greatness, we all have a woman in our lives who inspires us to change the world alongside her. Canada 150 Womencelebrates 150 such women across the country—from a world-famous teen inventor, to the Governor General of Canada, to Olympians, Indigenous activists, former premiers and entrepreneurs. Candid interviews with each woman reveal courage, vulnerability and bold visions for Canada’s future. An ideal gift for the coworker, teenager, daughter or friend.


A World Without Whom by Emma J. FavillaA World Without “Whom”: The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
by Emmy J. Favilla

Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 978-1632867575
Price: $35.00

Every voracious reader, grammar nerd, writer, student, and teacher should own this essential guide to language in the digital age. In A World Without Whom, former Buzzfeed Copy Chief and celebrated creator of the ‘Unofficial Style Guide to the Internet’, Emmy J. Favilla, answers our most pressing questions about the evolving state of grammar, style, and language itself. With equal parts wit and precision, she explores everything from emojis, memes, internetspeak, the Oxford comma, and the proper use of “whom”. Accompanied by creative quizzes and exercises that test our knowledge (all while making us laugh) Favila’s analysis is a crucial companion to communicating in 2018 in beyond.


The Good Lands book coverThe Good Lands
by Victoria Dickenson et al.

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ISBN: ISBN: 978-1773270241
Price: $60.00

This artfully packaged, highly curated collection of artworks, poems and essays makes for absorbing reading on a winter afternoon, and is an ideal gift for the collector of all things beautiful. In essence, The Good Lands explores Canada’s shared lands through the eyes of our greatest artists—from Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Edward Burtynsky, to the late Emily Carr, E. Pauline Johnson, and Lawren Harris, amongst dozens more visionaries. At once stunning and thought-provoking, classic and contemporary, The Good Lands, like any great work of art, makes a valuable contribution to pressing public discourse: namely, ongoing discussions around what it means to be a Canadian in 2017.

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