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Children's literature

We love high quality children's books that are well-illustrated, meaningful and engaging for young and old 

first nations, Métis & inuit

We believe reconciliation is central to Canada's identity and future. The Good Goat hopes to play a role in raising awareness of First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues and authors through fiction &

Science Fiction & Fantasy

We're geeks at heart, and always on the look-out for a great sci-fi book or short story that can take us to challenging visions of the future or alternate worlds. The creativity in this genre is limitless, and the emergence of new global voices is exciting.

Middle East

Having served as a Canadian diplomat in the Middle East, Richard has a passion for good history and analysis of the complexities of the region and the ongoing efforts towards peace. 

about us

Our book selections come from deep personal interest and experience. We see our book selection as a chance to explore new worlds and ideas, gain new perspective, and engage life more meaningfully.


Co-Owner, Chief Books Officer

Richard is a Métis Canadian who grew up most of his years in Camrose. He has worked extensively overseas throughout Latin America and the Middle East in international development and as a Canadian diplomat. Most recently he served as Counsellor and Head of Political Section at the Canadian Representative Office in Ramallah, West Bank, and would love to chat about Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan, the UN, and all his other experiences. He has a young daughter Evangeline who you may meet when you visit!


Assistant Professor of History, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta

Daniel Sims teaches Canadian history with a focus on British Columbia, the West, the North, and Indigenous peoples. He is particularly interested in native-newcomer relations, economic development, the environment, and identity. Daniel is a member of the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation in northern British Columbia and has worked not only with his own nation, but also with the two other Tse Keh Nay nations of Kwadacha and McLeod Lake.

Daniel provides the monthly pick for our First Nations, Metis and Inuit selection. 

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Staff Monthly Book Picks


Richard's Sci-Fi Pick: The Three Body Problem

An award-winning bestseller in China, now translated into English for the first time, Liu Cixin’s masterpiece "The Three-Body Problem" offers a superb and unique perspective on "first contact" science fiction. 

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, Liu explores the impacts of first contact with alien civilizations on human society, while integrating virtual worlds and mathematical challenges of the alien three star solar system’s orbital dynamics (the basis for the book’s title). Its historical, sociological and scientific scope is vast, and translator Ken Liu succeeded in preserving the novel’s non-Western vision that is both intriguing and challenging.

Liu is a winner of the Hugo Award, an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo), and a winner of the Chinese Nebula Award. Dubbed “China’s Star Wars”, this is a must-have for science fiction fans wishing to expand their horizons beyond the English-speaking world. One of my current favourites

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