10 Books Your Dad Wants for Father's Day - Dundurn
Jun 10, 2021

10 Books Your Dad Wants for Father's Day

Celebrate Father’s Day for all the father figures in your life with the gift of a book. From the sports fan, to the history buff, to the late-night mystery reader, we have something for every kind of dad to make them feel special and appreciated.

For the fathers you can’t tear away from the TV when a game is on, we recommend:
Come on You Reds by Joshua Kloke

Written by sports and media journalist Joshua Kloke, Come on You Reds takes Toronto FC fans behind the scenes from the inception of TFC, through the team’s lowest years, and finally, to the story of how management arguably built the best team in Major League Soccer history.

Hockey 365 by Mike Commito

Hockey historian Mike Commito brings a new piece of hockey history for every day of the year. From the National hockey League’s first games in 1917 to Auston Matthews's electrifying four-goal debut for the Maple Leafs in 2016, Hockey 365 has something for everyone and is sure to give a better appreciation for the sport we all love.

For the fathers who are sustainable consumers in need of a wardrobe refresh, we recommend:
Ten Garments Every Man Should Own by Pedro Mendes

Focused on guiding readers to identifying the best-fitting and quality clothing items, Canada’s leading classic men’s style expert Pedro Mendes provides an entertaining glow-up guide to building a sustainable, classic wardrobe and finding your personal style.

For the fathers who love history documentaries and museum outings, we recommend:
Blood Washing Blood by Phil Halton

From the author of This Shall Be a House of Peace comes a clear-eyed view of the conflict in Afghanistan, arguing that it’s not about Western intervention, but rather part of a hundred-year war over the issues of modernity, secularism, and the centralization of power.

The Captain Was a Doctor by Jonathon Reid

Exploring how unacknowledged PTSD of returning soldiers can impact the lives of their families, the son of Dr. John Reid tells the remarkable story of his father, a Canadian war hero who survived the Battle of Hong Kong only to be held prisoner of war for over two years in a Japanese prison camp.

For the fathers who are eager to do some cross-country travelling and outdoor exploring, we recommend:
The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock

Renowned travel writer and TV host Robin Esrock visited every province and territory to craft this definitive national bucket list filled with maps, reading guides, eye-popping photography, and all the practical information you’ll need to follow in his footsteps.

A Trail Called Home by Paul O’Hara

From plant expert, field botanist, and landscape designer Paul O’Hara, this expert exploration of trees in the Golden Horseshoe helps us become more rooted to the land beneath our feet as readers learn about biology, ecology, geology, and natural and human history.

For the fathers looking for an On the Road adventure with dark comedy, drug trafficking, and a cast of memorable characters, we recommend:
Business by J.P. Meyboom

When Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con artist on his last score, Paul’s world is turned upside down when an unsuccessful blackmail job sends killer gangsters, greedy surgeons, punk singers, and shady narcs after him.

For the fathers looking for a gripping police procedural with a rebellious cop, a ruthless hunter, and a “paranormal flight of fancy” (The Ottawa Review of Books), we recommend:
Without Blood by Martin Michaud

From the “master of the Quebec thriller” comes the second in the Victor Lessard series, available in English for the first time. When two men are killed under similar circumstances days apart, Montreal police detective Victor Lessard is given an opportunity to prove that his recently kicked drinking habit and tumultuous private life haven’t permanently derailed his career.

For the fathers looking for a hard-boiled crime caper featuring a street-smart ex-con and a dose of Toronto’s underworld, we recommend:
Yard Dog by A.G. Pasquella

In the first book in the Jack Palace Series, an honourable ex-con struggles to repay the son of a top mobster who saved his life in prison. Doing his best to move on from his criminal past, Jack Palace must race the clock to pay back his debt, shield his loved ones, and get out alive.