Hamilton Reads 2024

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Winner, 2023 Governor General's Literary Award 
Winner, 2023 Writers Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2+ Emerging Writers 
Shortlisted for the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction

Genre-blending stories of transformation and belonging that centre on women of colour and explore queerness, family and community.

A couple in a crumbling marriage faces divine intervention. A woman dies in her dreams again and again until she finds salvation in an unexpected source. A teenage misfit discovers a darkness lurking just beyond the borders of her suburban home. The stories in Chrysalis, Anuja Varghese’s debut collection, are poignant and chilling, blurring the lines between the monstrous and the mundane. – House of Anansi Press

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Anuja Varghese is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Hobart, the Malahat Review, the FiddleheadPlenitude Magazine and others. She lives in Hamilton. Chrysalis is her first book


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Place a hold on a physical copy or eBook of Chrysalis.
Visit a branch to borrow a physical copy of Chrysalis or borrow an eBook or eAudiobook narrated by the author.    


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Programs and Events 

Book club chats, author talks and more are planned throughout the year, so check back often for an up-to-date calendar of events.

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Win a Hamilton Reads Prize Pack

Sign up for news about Hamilton Reads, Author Talks and Literary Events to stay up to date on HPL’s literary programs and events. You’ll also be automatically entered into a monthly draw (May-October 2024) to win a Hamilton Reads prize pack.


Add more fun to your reading adventure by taking the Hamilton Reads Challenge. Download a copy or pick one up at a branch and complete each challenge.