The 2023 Evergreen Award nominees

Amy Kay
Hooked on Books

The Evergreen Award™ is part of The Forest of Reading®, Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This awards program helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Explore the list of nominees by checking out a copy from our collection, available in print, eBook or audiobook formats.

The list includes a number of debut titles – including work from up-and-coming fresh new voices, as well as work from some recognizable names. This list will take some Evergreen readers outside of their comfort zone, but also help them to find those little gems they may not have found on their own. This list will also appeal to young readers who may not have read Evergreen previously. Discuss the different titles with your book group or with friends, and become a champion of one of the nominees! The winner will be announced in October during Ontario Public Library Week.

Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower by Charlie Angus tells how the modern search for cobalt has brought investors back to a small town in Northern Canada, to a place called Cobalt. Like the demon metal, this town has a dark and turbulent history.

A Convergence of Solitudes by Anita Anand is a story of identity, connection, and forgiveness presented through the lives of two families across the Partition of India, Vietnam’s Operation Babylift, and two Quebec referendums.

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands written & illustrated by Kate Beaton is a graphic novel that tells of Katie’s encounters with the harsh reality of life in the oil sands, where trauma is an everyday occurrence yet is never discussed.

Her First Palestinian: and Other Stories by Saeed Teebi is a collection of intense, engrossing stories that plunge into the lives of characters grappling with their experiences as Palestinian immigrants to Canada.

Mad Honey by Katie Welch immerses the reader in a search for truth bounded by the everyday magic of beekeeping, of family and of finding peace, all while asking how much we really understand the natural world.

Sea of Tranquility: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel is a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.

Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces by Elamin Abdelmahmoud explores what we know about ourselves, and most importantly, what we’re still learning, told with the perfect balance of relatable humour and intellectual ferocity.

This is Assisted Dying: A Doctor’s Story of Empowering Patients at the End of Life  by Dr. Stefanie Green is a progressive and compassionate book that offers comfort and potential relief by looking at issues of wellness, integrity, agency and community, and how to live a connected, meaningful life.

Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement by Toufah Jallow, with Kim Pittaway is an enlightening memoir from a courageous young woman who, after she was forced to flee to Canada from her home in The Gambia, became the first woman to publicly call the country’s dictator to account for sexual assault—launching an unprecedented protest movement in West Africa.

Valley of the Birdtail: An Indian Reserve, a White Town, and the Road to Reconciliation by Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Douglas Sanderson follows multiple generations of two families, one white and one Indigenous, and weaves their lives into the larger story of Canada. It is a story of villains and heroes, irony and idealism, racism and reconciliation.

All of these titles can be reserved in a variety of formats at your local L&A Library branch or online at

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