Bookmas: sacrificing trees for literature since Gutenberg.
Today’s not-so-secret BookSanta: Stacey Madden!
Stacey Madden is a writer currently residing in The Beach. His stories, poems, reviews, and essays have been published in places such as The Globe and Mail, Open Book: Toronto, Encore Literary Magazine, Quill & Quire, and Broken Pencil. His first novel, Poison Shy, was published by ECW Press in Fall 2012. He owns a cat and is a bit of a hypochondriac. He enjoys beer, British comedy, and quiet reading time.
For the alcoholic on your list, I recommend Gin Glorious Gin by Olivia Williams, for obvious reasons. Even if you don’t have a drunk uncle who ruins every holiday party by throwing up on the pile of coats in the bedroom, everyone has that special booze-hound in their life who might be interested in the glorious history of the British Empire’s favourite fermented beverage.
For the hipster on your list, I recommend Poets Ranked by Beard Weight by Upton Uxbridge Underwood. If there’s one thing hipsters like more than beards, it’s pretending to be into poetry. Think of the countless hours he’ll spend comparing his own beard to the various images in the book. It makes a great show-piece on a shelf next to a row of mason jars full of homemade soup.
For the Non-Christian on your list, I recommend Finding Jesus by Winston Rowntree. The holidays are the perfect time to find Jesus, so what better way than with this Where’s Waldo-style picture book for adults!
For the animal lover on your list, I recommend Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats. by Jim Benton. This is also my pick for Best Title of the Year.
For the smug, skeptical asshole on your list, I recommend Does Santa Exist? by Eric Kaplan. Because honestly, assuming there’s no Santa is akin to writing off the existence of aliens, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness monster. And really, how awesome would it be if a big fat bearded guy broke into your home one night a year, ate your cookies, and left you gifts you totally don’t deserve?
Finally, for the foodie on your list, I recommend 50 Ways to Eat Cock by Adrienne N. Hew. Because there’s always a new way you hadn’t thought of before. Happy holidays!