Escape into a story - Celebrate and support Canadian authors with the novels of the 2024 Amazon Canada First Novel Award shortlist.Escape into a story - Celebrate and support Canadian authors with the novels of the 2024 Amazon Canada First Novel Award shortlist.

Amazon Canada and The Walrus are pleased to present the shortlist for the 2024 Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Learn more about the shortlisted novels and authors.

  • The Return Home - This year’s nominees for Amazon Canada’s First Novel Award explore what it means to lose one’s home and find it again by The Walrus Lab
  • A Strong Narrative - How stories—even the tiniest ones—allow the nominees for this year’s Amazon Canada Youth Short Story Award to brave all of life’s plot twists by The Walrus Lab
  • Unlocking Human Potential - Discover the revolutionary impact of brain-computer interfaces and uncover benefits, challenges, and ethical considerations shaping the future of human-computer interaction by The Walrus Lab



The first step in creating a more equitable and sustainable world in 2080, is to imagine it. In this episode, we explore the power of dreaming new futures into existence through art, collaboration and innovation. With a perspective rooted in reality and an understanding of the past, how might hope guide our actions as we plan for the future?

487 trails, part of the Trans Canada Trail, can tell an important story about Canada, its history and its people. Dianne Whelan is a filmmaker, photographer, author, and public speaker. This special episode of The Conversation Piece features content from her presentation at Manulife presents The Walrus Talks Nature, supported by Trans Canada Trail.

In this episode, we’re commemorating 125 years of the Yukon Territory. We discuss the work of digitizing Dene language tapes, buried Hollywood silent films found in Dawson City, and the pivotal role of Indigenous youth in shaping Yukon’s future.

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