The largest Canadian film festival in the world goes virtual in 2021! Check out the lineup for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival - screenings begin February 26.
Enhance your festival experience with these recommended film and book pairings. KFPL staff have hand-picked titles that expand on the themes explored in the festival lineup. Watch for our tie-in film recommendations when the festival wraps!
Pair with Anne at 13,000 Feet. Dangerous, delightful, and laugh-out-loud funny. A master class in the varieties of self-deception and the human condition.
Pair with Anne at 13,000 Feet. A heart-wrenching, unflinching story of love shared, life lived, and two teens who find each other while standing on the edge. New York Times bestseller.
Pair with Anne at 13,000 Feet. Exploring wildness, the art world, mental illness, and community, this is a profoundly beautiful and powerful meditation on life.
Pair with Anne at 13,000 Feet. Mitchell loves Madeleine. But Madeleine loves Leonard. An age-old plot unravels itself yet again.
Pair with Bloodthirsty. Kitty is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station -- and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged - and it becomes a raging success. First in a series.
Pair with Beans. A retelling of the history of the Grand River Six Nations from their Creation Story, through European contact to contemporary land claims negotiations.
Pair with Beans. Haunted by recurring dreams, an adopted young woman travels to Quebec to gain a sense of identity with her Mohawk birth heritage.
Pair with Beans. Predicts a forthcoming uprising in Canada from the First Nations communities unless government action is taken to redress their grievances.
Pair with Beans. Examines the Mohawks of Kahnawáa:ke struggles to articulate and maintain political sovereignty through centuries of settler colonialism.
Pair with Beans. Swain was deputy minister of Indian Affairs throughout the 78-day standoff. He argues that true reconciliation will not be possible until government commits to meaningful reform.
Pair with Call Me Human / Je m'appelle humain. Pootoogook's life speaks to both possibility and heartbreak, issues of truth and reconciliation, the richness of community, and the depths of tragedy.
Pair with Call Me Human / Je m'appelle humain. A fierce, tender, heartbreaking story. Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, and conjures a world and a heroine readers will never forget.
Pair with Call Me Human / Je m'appelle humain. In this picture book for children, a grandmother demonstrates how to use an ulu to her grandchild, discussing its history and traditional uses.
Pair with Call Me Human / Je m'appelle humain. Vivid portrait of the changing nature of life in the Arctic during this century, presenting the cycles of life against contrasting experiences.
Pair with Drifting Snow. Moving from the city to a picturesque countryside town, Priya is running from her past. Seductive and tension-filled, Polar Vortex is a story of secrets, deceptions, and revenge. A Giller Prize finalist.
Pair with Drifting Snow. Set against the idyllic backdrop of Prince Edward County, The County Murders is one part mystery and one part small town saga.
Pair with Drifting Snow. Five strangers gather in a cafe week after week, they find friendship, face their grief and learn that new beginnings are always possible.
Pair with Death of a Ladies Man. A stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life.
Pair with Death of a Ladies Man. Maddening, thrilling, and truly singular, Cohen's sixth book contains some of the most challenging and startling work of his oeuvre.
Pair with Death of a Ladies Man. Roth performs a breathtaking set of variations on the themes of eros and mortality, license and repression, selfishness and sacrifice. A burning coal of a book, filled with intellectual heat and not a little danger.
Pair with First We Eat. Fruit trees dot city streets and yards. Moncrieff investigates the surge of non-profit urban harvest organizations that try to prevent that food from rotting on concrete and meets the people putting rescued fruit to good use.
Pair with First We Eat. New styles of agriculture and food production are driving both climate change and global health crises. Bittman explains how we can rescue ourselves from the modern wrong turn.
Pair with FIrst We Eat. Explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture--and ultimately the world--in the face of past, present, and future environmental degradation.
Wildcrafted Fermentation: Exploring, Transforming, And Preserving The Wild Flavors Of Your Local Terroir
Pair with First We Eat. Wild-gathering greens, stems, roots, berries, fruits, and seeds, each in their season, is a great way to work with your local environment and reconnect with nature in a deeply rewarding and positive way.
Pair with How to Fix Radios. Set in rural Oregon in 1989, this heartfelt YA novel follows Triinu Hoffman, a shy and intellectual teen who comes out as a lesbian whilst her state debates legislation that would allow discrimination against gay people.
Pair with How to Fix Radios. This collection of short stories about the author’s experiences growing up in the Yukon is for anyone who has ever felt different or alone in their struggle to be true to themselves.
Pair with How to Fix Radios. Aristotle and Dante are two very different teens, but when they spend time together they discover they share a very special friendship.
Pair with The Kid Detective. Described as part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy Spellman is a talented sleuth with a checkered past working for her dysfunctional family of private investigators. First in a series.
Pair with The Kid Detective. Harriet plans on solving the decade-old case of her brother's murder, like her favourite fictional detectives, but she’s a terrible sleuth, causing a death along the way.
Pair with The Kid Detective. For those looking for something to keep them busy through the rest of the winter, a long-running historical mystery series. The middle books in the series (v 9 Seeing a large cat (1997) through v 16 Lord of the silent (2001) and onward feature the evolution of one character from precocious kid detective to WWI intelligence agent.
Our History Is The Future: Standing Rock Versus The Dakota Access Pipeline, And The Long Tradition Of Indigenous Resistance
Pair with The Magnitude of All Things. Traces traditions of Indigenous resistance leading to the #NoDAPL movement from the days of the Missouri River trading forts through the campaign for Indigenous rights at the United Nations. At once a work of history, a personal story, and a manifesto
Pair with The Magnitude of All Things. Explores the erasure of marginalized voices when environmental racism intersects with white supremacy, power, racial violence, and capitalism, and documents resistance and mobilization in Indigenous and Black communities.
Pair with The Magnitude of All Things. A profound meditation on climate change and the Anthropocene and an urgent search for the fossils--industrial, chemical, geological--that humans are leaving behind.
Pair with Mouth Congress. Fans of Mouth Congress are sure to enjoy this oral history of the band’s side-project, the Gemini-winning sketch comedy troupe, Kids in the Hall.
Pair with Mouth Congress. Veteran music writer and co-founder of the Wavelength Music convert series chronicles Toronto’s outsized influence on popular music in the latter half of the 20th century.
Pair with Mouth Congress. This oral history of American punk rock is a masterful exercise in oral history in which interviews play off each other to create a vivid portrait of the times.
Pair with My Salinger Year. Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: the memoir that inspired the film.
Pair with My Salinger Year. Ayesha's dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. This modern take on Pride and Prejudice is humorous, lighthearted chicklit with a literary twist.
Pair with My Salinger Year. One cozy, funny, year with a Scottish used bookseller as he stays afloat while managing staff, customers, and life in the village of Wigtown. This endearing world is the next best thing to visiting your favorite bookstore.
Pair with My Salinger Year. A struggling novelist travels the world to avoid the awkward wedding of his ex-boyfriend in this hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Light, quirky, literary and funny.
Pair with My Salinger Year. December 1926: England unleashes the largest manhunt in its history. The object of the search is not an escaped convict or a war criminal, but the missing wife of a WWI hero, up-and-coming mystery author Agatha Christie. A fun, fictional mystery about a classic author
Pair with Nadia, Butterfly. Captures the euphoric highs, and darker cruel side of amateur sport. With realism and humour, Abdou captures athletes on the brink of that transition--the lead-up to that looming redefinition of self.
Pair with Nadia, Butterfly. At fifteen, Casey is one of the fastest swimmers in the world. She is also an addict. In searing, evocative, visceral prose, Casey gives language to loneliness in this An evocative, visceral story of survival, defiance, and of the embers that still burn when everything else in us goes dark.
Pair with Nadia, Butterfly. The inspiring story of how one woman saved fellow refugees from drowning--and how she went on to become an Olympic swimmer.
Pair with Nadia, Butterfly. More than a sports or women's rights novel. A meditation on sacrifice, loyalty, commitment, perseverance, and the courage to live a true underdog tale.
Pair with No Ordinary Man. This ground-breaking and acclaimed novel looks at the world through the eyes of a masculine girl growing up in the McCarthy era and coming out as a young butch lesbian in the pre-Stonewall gay drag bars of a blue-collar town.
Pair with No Ordinary Man. Coyote, celebrated Canadian storyteller and the author of multiple books, writes about their years as a young butch and life as a gender-box-defying adult.
Pair with No Ordinary Man. In this layered story about identity, Felix fears that he’s one marginalization too many - Black, queer, and transgender - to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
Pair with No Ordinary Man. In this tribute to his son, Prashaw chronicles his son Adam’s drive to define himself, his joyful spirit, and his love of life despite many obstacles.
Pair with No Visible Trauma. Policing Black Lives is a timely exposure of historical and contemporary practices of state-sanctioned violence against Black lives in Canada.
Pair with No Visible Trauma. Authors Crosby and Monaghan explore how the expansion of police security and surveillance has functioned to cast Indigenous movements as national security threats.
Pair with No Visible Trauma. Vitale argues that the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice--even public safety.
Pair with Out of the Blue. This collection of essays is the first major work to take in Hopper as a creative artist in all his fields of endeavour, from acting and directing to photography, sculpture, and expressionist painting.
Pair with Out of the Blue. An essential document of this galvanizing historical moment. It includes letters from prison, courtroom statements, defense attorney closing arguments, poems, the infamous punk prayer and tributes.
Pair with Out of the Blue. Through personal essays, interviews, and poetic verse, punk musician and cultural icon Lydia Lunch claws and rakes at the reader's conscience in this powerful, uninhibited feminist collection.
Pair with Paper Man. The fascinating story of Mary Granville Pendarves Delany (1700-1788) who created the mixed-media collage art form. Her astonishing 985 botanically correct, breathtaking cut-paper flowers are now housed in the British Museum and referred to as the Botanica Delanica.
Pair with Paper Man. Fantasy novel about a magician who uses paper to work magic. An extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages; first in a four-part series.
Pair with Paper Man. Profiles Won Park’s sculptures made from paper money.
Pair with Restless River. Gabrielle Roy's final novel on which the film is based.
Pair with Restless River. An intimate story of an Inuit family negotiating the changes brought into their community by the coming of the qallunaat, the white people, in the mid-nineteenth century.
Pair with Restless River. Memoir of an Inuit woman's experiences growing up in the communities of James Bay, and her journey to the strange land and stranger customs south of the Arctic in the 1950s.
Pair with Restless River. Audlaluk's family was relocated from Nunavik to the High Arctic in the early 1950s. They were promised a land of plenty, what they found was an inhospitable polar desert.
Pair with Shiva Baby. Long-held secrets square off against faith, secularity and sexuality in this tale of a dysfunctional Montreal family.
Pair with Shiva Baby. This compelling family saga begins when the greatest female mathematician in history dies. Her son just wants to mourn in peace but rumor has it the she has spitefully taken one of the most difficult mathematics solutions to her grave.
Pair with the short film Spirit Bear and Children Make History. In this picture book for children, Spirit Bear travels to an important human rights case in Ottawa to stand up for First Nations kids.
Pair with Shiva Baby. Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl.
Pair with Spirit Bear and Children Make History. This picture book for children shares the story of Plyllis Webstad's first day at residential school. She was forced to take off her shiny orange shirt. The shirt was taken away and never returned.
Pair with Spirit Bear and Children Make History. Shares Phyllis Webstad's residential school story with older children.
Pair with Spirit Bear and Children Make History. Explores systemic racism in Canadian health care in cases involving Indigenous people, children in particular, and the medical establishment's role in colonial genocide.
Pair with Spirit Bear and Children Make History. Brian Sinclair, non-status Anishinaabe, arrived in the hospital emergency room where he was left unattended for 36 hours. His death shed light on systemic racism and the dehumanization of Indigenous people.
Pair with Vagrant. Details the life of a street nurse in Toronto and a social justice activist.
Pair with Vagrant. With stark photo essays and unforgettable true stories, Chris Arnade allows those who have been left behind to define themselves on their own terms.
Pair with Vagrant. A beautifully written account of one man's experience of homelessness, a story of physical survival, and the triumph of the artistic spirit in the face of enormous adversity.
Pair with Workhorse. In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. A practical manual for modernizing horse-based agriculture.
Pair with Workhorse. For millennia horses provided the strength and speed that humans lacked. Explore the ancient, profound and complex relationship between horses and humankind.
Appairer avec You Will Remember Me. La pièce explore ce qui passe et ce qui reste, les traces qu’on laisse, la fugacité des choses. Au-delà de l’amnésie d’un homme, il y est question de celle d’une civilisation, la nôtre, obsédée par le présent.
Pair with You Will Remember Me. A suspenseful and poignant story of a family coping with the sudden mental decline of their beloved husband and father.
Pair with You Will Remember Me. A lyrical, raw, and humane investigation of dementia that explores both the journey of the person who lives with the condition and that of their loved ones.
Pair with You Will Remember Me. A non-binary photographer returns home to help with their mother's dementia. Tenderly written debut exploration of what haunts us most, bearing witness to grief over not only what is lost, but also what remains.