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Storyteller5
06-03-2007, 11:45 PM
One of my goals is to read more Canadian books.

Some of the books recommended to me (or that I've read pieces of) waiting on my Amazon wishlist are...

* Requiem for a Giant: A.V.Roe Canada & the Avro Arrow (Palmiro Campagna)
* Between the Walls (Paul Vermeerch)
* Wild Daisies in the Sand (Paul Sando)

Canadian books & Authors I love...

* The Diviners (Margaret Lawrence)
* Gail Bowen's Joanne Kilbourne novels
* Dave Duncan's King's Blades & King's Daggers novels

What Canadian writers and/or books do you love? :)

J. Weiland
06-04-2007, 12:26 AM
Love is a big word, but here are some Canadian works that I like. :D

Monkey Beach, Eden Robinson

Life of Pi, Yann Martell.

Oryx & Crake, Margaret Atwood.

Voices in Time, Hugh MacLennan

No Great Mischief, Alistair MacLeod

In my opinion, all brilliant novels.

historian
06-04-2007, 12:49 AM
My favourites:

Anything by:
Thomas H. Raddall
Will R. Bird
Ralph Connor (okay my age is showing)
Harold Horwood
Thomas King
W.P. Kinsella
Mazo de la Roche's earlier books.

historian

Silver King
06-04-2007, 12:57 AM
For nonfiction, you could try, What Fish Don't Want You to Know, by Frank Baron, available here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0071417141/qid=1094316307/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-1420896-8694253?v=glance&s=books).

It's a masterpiece. :)

Storyteller5
06-04-2007, 01:25 AM
For nonfiction, you could try, What Fish Don't Want You to Know, by Frank Baron, available here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0071417141/qid=1094316307/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-1420896-8694253?v=glance&s=books).

It's a masterpiece. :)

For the purposes of this thread, a link to Amazon.ca would have made more sense. :tongue

aka eraser
06-04-2007, 04:04 AM
For nonfiction, you could try, What Fish Don't Want You to Know, by Frank Baron, available here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0071417141/qid=1094316307/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-1420896-8694253?v=glance&s=books).

It's a masterpiece. :)


What he said.


;)

lkp
06-04-2007, 07:02 AM
I love Carol Shields. Begin with Republic of Love. No, Larry's Party. Wait, no, Swann.

Among younger authors, I liked Russell Smith, Noise. Also try Alison Pick, The Sweet Edge.

Inkdaub
06-05-2007, 01:27 PM
Michelle Sagara West is a Canadian fantasy writer whose work written under the name 'Michelle West' I love. She also writes under 'Michelle Sagara' and her full name. She lives in Toronto and works at Bakka Books, or did last I heard.

I don't know if he's Canadian, but William Gibson lives in Vancouver.

KTC
06-05-2007, 04:04 PM
I just found a new favourite in TODD BABIAK's THE GARNEAU BLOCK. I laughed all the way through it. A spectacular read!

CaroGirl
06-05-2007, 04:38 PM
Anything by Barbara Gowdy, Miriam Toews (A Complicated Kindness or Summer of My Amazing Luck) or Lori Lansens (Rush Home Road is particularly brilliant. wait, so is The Girls). Gail Anderson Dargatz is very good as well (A Rhinestone Button and The Cure for Death by Lightning). And anything by Rohinton Mistry. Anything, really, he's brilliant.

Chumplet
06-05-2007, 04:51 PM
I read a lot of Canadian Literature in high school, and forgot most of it, I'm ashamed to say. My favourite is anything by Stephen Leacock -- he's so subtly funny -- and I also enjoyed Life of Pi very much.

An author I must check out for research purposes is Joy Fielding, a romantic suspense author from Toronto. She's had some bestsellers.

KTC
06-05-2007, 07:04 PM
I will second Caro with a thumbs up to Toews and add that I love everything she's written, especially Complicated Kindness and the biography of her father.

ChunkyC
06-05-2007, 08:02 PM
Jack Hodgins is one of my favourite authors, period. I met him once at a reading and he's as witty and charming in person as he is in print. His A Passion for Narrative (http://www.amazon.ca/Passion-Narrative-Writing-Fiction-Revised/dp/0771041985/ref=pd_bowtega_1/701-6902731-0037924?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181058827&sr=1-1) is the first book on writing I ever read and it was such a thrill to have him autograph it, dog-eared pages, post-its and all. I also have two of his novels and loved them both:

Innocent Cities (http://www.amazon.ca/Innocent-Cities-Jack-Hodgins/dp/0771041977/ref=sr_1_16/701-6902731-0037924?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181058827&sr=1-16)
The Macken Charm (http://www.amazon.ca/Macken-Charm-Jack-Hodgins/dp/0771041969/ref=sr_1_22/701-6902731-0037924?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181058827&sr=1-22)

In the Science Fiction/Fantasy realm, I'm a big fan of Robert J. Sawyer (http://www.sfwriter.com/) and Charles de Lint (http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/).

J. Weiland
06-13-2007, 07:27 PM
[quote=ChunkyC;1383488]Jack Hodgins is one of my favourite authors, period. I met him once at a reading and he's as witty and charming in person as he is in print. His A Passion for Narrative (http://www.amazon.ca/Passion-Narrative-Writing-Fiction-Revised/dp/0771041985/ref=pd_bowtega_1/701-6902731-0037924?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181058827&sr=1-1) is the first book on writing I ever read and it was such a thrill to have him autograph it, dog-eared pages, post-its and all. I also have two of his novels and loved them both:[quote]



I have Broken Ground standing on my shelf. Hopefully, it will not be staying there for too long.

Flay
06-14-2007, 07:35 AM
Anything by Alice Munro.

Make that everything by Alice Munro.

akiwiguy
06-15-2007, 03:05 AM
Michael Ondaatje for me. The English Patient is way better than the movie.

licity-lieu
06-15-2007, 12:28 PM
E. Annie Proulx is the one for me. The Shipping News was great but my fav all time book in the whole wide world is Postcards.

Also Margaret Atwood. The Blind Assassin and Alias Grace for starters, then, of course, The Handmaiden's Tale.

lkp
06-15-2007, 04:13 PM
E. Annie Proulx is American. Born in Conneticut, lives in Vermont.

KTC
06-15-2007, 04:45 PM
Yes, her parents were Canadian, I believe? But not her. She lives part time in Newfoundland.

lkp
06-15-2007, 05:55 PM
I think she is descended from French Canadians. But then again, so is half of New England.
Maybe not half.

zenwriter
06-16-2007, 12:26 AM
Iíve been enjoying Michael Crummey and Wayne Johnston (The Divine Ryans and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams).

Jon Clinch
06-16-2007, 12:43 AM
Alistair MacLeod's Island

If I could be any other writer, I'd be MacLeod.

licity-lieu
06-16-2007, 02:12 AM
E. Annie Proulx is American. Born in Conneticut, lives in Vermont.

:eek: *runs to book shelf--scratches head* That explains why nobody had mentioned her. For the life of me I swear I always thought she was Canadian. Maybe the setting of Shipping News gave me the idea. Anyway, that explains why Postcards is set in Vermont :e2smack: * mutters "idiot" under breath*

ChunkyC
06-16-2007, 02:43 AM
Alistair MacLeod's Island

If I could be any other writer, I'd be MacLeod.
I read No Great Mischief a while ago. Great writer.

Woof
06-16-2007, 03:50 AM
My fav. Canadian books:

Barometer Rising ~ Hugh MacLennan

Two Solitudes ~ Hugh MacLennan

The Handmaid's Tale ~ Margaret Atwood

Alias Grace ~ Margaret Atwood

The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz ~ Mordecai Richler

Barney's Version ~ Mordecai Richler

Hamish X And The Cheese Pirates ~ Sean Cullen

Anysia
06-16-2007, 11:55 PM
I like The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell :e2paperba

TrainofThought
06-17-2007, 03:15 AM
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Canadian/American)

Susan Flemming
06-17-2007, 08:58 AM
Canadian books & Authors I love...


* Gail Bowen's Joanne Kilbourne novels

I discovered Gail Bowen years ago but haven't been able to get her books since moving to the States. But I got to rediscover her when my oldest daughter gave me a signed copy of Gail Bowen's, The Endless Knot for Mother's Day. I highly recommend it, if you don't already have it.



What Canadian writers and/or books do you love? :)

Anything by Welwyn Wilton Katz but especially Whalesinger and Come Like Shadows. Her books always go on my "keeper" bookshelf.

Monica Hughes is another favourite. We have several of her books on our keeper bookshelf, as well.

ChunkyC
06-17-2007, 05:40 PM
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Canadian/American)
I'd love for him to be Canadian, but he was born in New Hampshire and all his books have been published by American houses. He married a Canadian, but he is an American writer, and one of my favourites. :)

Random House bio (http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/authors/results.pperl?authorid=14109)

TrainofThought
06-18-2007, 05:00 AM
I'd love for him to be Canadian, but he was born in New Hampshire and all his books have been published by American houses. He married a Canadian, but he is an American writer, and one of my favourites. :)

Random House bio (http://www.randomhouse.com/rhpg/authors/results.pperl?authorid=14109)Another thing I've learned. I was always under the assumption that he was born in Canada. I know he lives in both places now. Thanks for the clarification. :D

aka eraser
06-19-2007, 04:18 AM
Richler's Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Robertson Davies' Deptford Trilogy.

ChunkyC
06-19-2007, 04:45 AM
Another thing I've learned. I was always under the assumption that he was born in Canada. I know he lives in both places now. Thanks for the clarification. :D
We can adopt him, tho. ;)

Sai
06-19-2007, 04:02 PM
If you don't mind reading YA books, William Bell's "Forbidden City" is fantastic. Sadly, his other books (at least, the ones I've read) don't live up to it.

I also reccomend "The Blind Assassin" and "Rockbound."

gingerwoman
10-07-2007, 04:03 AM
No one has mentioned "Cat's Eye" by Atwood or "The Robber Bride" by Atwood?
My God I LOVE "Cat's Eye" I've probably read that more times than any other book except Wuthering Heights"

BardSkye
10-07-2007, 05:40 AM
Can I interest anyone in an about-to-be-released fantasy anthology by Canadian writers between the ages of 10 and 16? (Very talented kids.)

gingerwoman
10-07-2007, 05:47 AM
That's exciting!

Judg
10-17-2007, 08:29 AM
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson for some very, very well-written science fiction

Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay for fantasy. He's one author that has improved with age, with his later works getting better and better.

Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell for a classic that never dies and deserves its exalted position.

ishtar'sgate
10-17-2007, 09:42 AM
Read mine! Read mine! :flag: It was published by Thistledown Press in Saskatchewan.
Linnea

Judg
10-17-2007, 12:40 PM
Well, let's make it a threefer then. Mitchell and Kay both hail from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. And to make it the third post in a row highlighting Saskatchewan writers, there's also Edward Willett, who mostly writes non-fiction, but has done some YA and is now working on his second science fiction novel for adults. I quite enjoyed Lost in Translation by him.

illiterwrite
10-17-2007, 02:34 PM
No one has mentioned "Cat's Eye" by Atwood or "The Robber Bride" by Atwood?
My God I LOVE "Cat's Eye" I've probably read that more times than any other book except Wuthering Heights"

I love Cat's Eye too.

How about Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald? That's one of my favourites. Also The Romantic, by Barbara Gowdy (I didn't like Helpless as much).

Toothpaste
10-17-2007, 06:57 PM
If you like your fantasy, then Guy Gavriel Kay is your man.


Or if you are into pirate adventures. . . see my signature (sorry I had too!)

DragonHeart
12-17-2007, 09:50 AM
Casting my vote for Steven Erikson in epic fantasy, for A Tale of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. Long name, long books. Great reads. Took me less than half of the first book to know I was completely hooked. Just getting into Deadhouse Gates now and it's becoming very interesting indeed.

~DragonHeart~

poetinahat
12-17-2007, 09:58 AM
Read mine! Read mine! :flag: It was published by Thistledown Press in Saskatchewan.
Linnea
Okay - one for me, please! Shipping to Australia?

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Another nominee:

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float, by Farley Mowat

I chuckled all the way through. Wonderful man-versus-boat tale.

ORION
12-17-2007, 10:38 AM
Holly Kennedy
The Tin Box (oct 05)
The Penny tree (April 07)
The Silver Compass (April 08)

Storyteller5
12-17-2007, 01:30 PM
Well, let's make it a threefer then. Mitchell and Kay both hail from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. And to make it the third post in a row highlighting Saskatchewan writers, there's also Edward Willett, who mostly writes non-fiction, but has done some YA and is now working on his second science fiction novel for adults. I quite enjoyed Lost in Translation by him.

I'm in Saskatchewan. Bring it on! :)

Cassidy
12-18-2007, 09:44 AM
Wow, some great books and writers mentioned here... I also enjoy Carol Shields, Alice Munro, and Margaret Atwood (Gingerwoman, I have read and re-read Cat's Eye countless times too...). And I love Robertson Davies' Deptford Triology. And anything by Ann Marie McDonald. Nice to have some new names to follow up on too.

For children's and YA fiction, I would recommend Arthur Slade, Ken Oppel, Carrie Mac, Susan Juby, Kit Pearson... I could go and on but I'll stop. Love to hear other's suggestions though!

Flay
12-21-2007, 01:36 PM
I'm in Saskatchewan. Bring it on! :)
Okay; I'm from Saskatchewan. Try My Present Age, by Guy Vanderhaeghe.

dragonmedley
12-28-2007, 01:54 AM
I'll add my vote to Guy Gavriel Kay. My brother got me hooked with The Lions of Al-Rassan. I think I read everything he wrote, but the Lions remains my favorite by him.

In science-fiction, you have Julie Czerneda. I only read the Species Imperative trilogy so far; I'm working on reading the rest of her stuff.

Can't think of anyone else. To be honest, I don't really research if an author is Canadian, American or Martian. If I like, I read.

Kathleen42
02-21-2009, 03:35 AM
Someplace to be Flying by Charles De Lint and Microserfs by Douglas Coupland.

KTC
02-21-2009, 04:00 AM
Larry's Party and The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields.

I absolutely LOVE Wayson Choy. His best book is THE JADE PEONY.

firedrake
02-21-2009, 04:08 AM
'The Eagle and the Raven' by Pauline Gedge, brilliant historical fiction about the last stand of the British Celtic tribes against the Roman Empire.

Anne of Green Gables, sorry, I just love those books.

KTC
02-21-2009, 04:13 AM
'The Eagle and the Raven' by Pauline Gedge, brilliant historical fiction about the last stand of the British Celtic tribes against the Roman Empire.

Anne of Green Gables, sorry, I just love those books.


I love the story about Gedge. She won Albertaís Search for a First Novelist Contest in 1977. The rest, as they say, is history.

firedrake
02-21-2009, 04:17 AM
I love the story about Gedge. She won Albertaís Search for a First Novelist Contest in 1977. The rest, as they say, is history.

Wow! I didn't know that. 'The Eagle and the Raven' is a book that I never tire of reading. I'll dig it out every couple of years and read it again. I love the last line...

"In the swirling, Autumn mists of Albion the light of freedom flickered and went out." Just brilliant.

KTC
02-21-2009, 04:20 AM
That is a good line. Yep, she was an unknown writer entering a contest and made it big.

brainstorm77
02-21-2009, 04:24 AM
Bernice Morgan's Random Passage and Waiting for Time books.

TheRightEyedDeer
02-21-2009, 04:58 AM
I'm a bit of a fanatacist when it comes to Canadian authors. There's so many good ones!

Some of my favourites (that I haven't seen listed anywhere here yet):
Kimmy Beach (http://tinyurl.com/awh5fd)
Kenneth J. Harvey (http://tinyurl.com/c6l44d)
Timothy Findley (http://tinyurl.com/bxf5hc)
Michael Ondaatje (http://tinyurl.com/bppcvk)
Morley Callaghan (http://tinyurl.com/cq7juu)
Robert Munsch (http://tinyurl.com/bvstru) (fabulous kids' books!)
Linwood Barclay (http://tinyurl.com/d9w5fz)
Jane Urquhart (http://tinyurl.com/bmft87)
Eric Wright (http://tinyurl.com/co7gdk)

And don't even get me started on great Canadian playwrights!

nevada
02-21-2009, 05:50 AM
The Fighter by Craig Davidson. Yeah i know, i'm shilling that book everywhere. lol

illiterwrite
02-21-2009, 05:56 AM
The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence
Clara Callan, by Richard Wright
That Summer in Paris, by Morley Callaghan

KTC
02-21-2009, 06:00 AM
Oh...and...a few AWers have great Canadian books...

Belle Falls by Sherri Vanderveen
Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress
Before I Wake by Robert Wiersema

And Sherri and Adrienne both have new books which I am looking forward to reading. And Robert needs to be prodded.

Lyra Jean
02-21-2009, 06:03 AM
I have to second Anne of Green Gables. That series made me want to become Canadian.

Does anyone know is Emily of New Moon a series or a stand alone?

I remember reading another YA historical set in Canada. It was about a mail order bride named Jeanne who got married to French-Canadian named Jean. In order to survive an Indian attack she cut off her own hair and hung it in the yard to make it look like the Indians were already there and had scalped her. Sorry I don't remember the title or the author :(

nevada
02-21-2009, 06:07 AM
oh i forgot a great book

DeNiro's Game by Rawi Hage. Loved it. He's got a new book out, cockroach. i must get that.

illiterwrite
02-21-2009, 06:13 AM
And Robert needs to be prodded.

*snicker*

KTC
02-21-2009, 06:14 AM
you know it's true

Miguelito
02-21-2009, 06:52 AM
I'm not a huge fan of Margaret Atwood, but Oryx and Crake is a fantastic book. So good I read it front to back, then read it again.

Aschenbach
02-21-2009, 07:18 AM
I'm from the UK but studied in Canada for a year. Lit wasn't my major but I made sure I got on a Can Lit course.
I had a great teacher and discovered many fine authors. Ostenso, Laurence, Atwood, Ondaatje etc. I also loved the earlier stuff, the explorer and settler accounts, pre and post confederation, right up to the (post) moderns.

Unfortunately I couldn't take all these great books home with me, because I couldn't fit them in my suitcase, and was too broke to pay the extra baggage allowance.

And to make things worse, I lost my reading list from the Can Lit course. Most of the books I have since tracked down, but some of the more obscure ones I cannot, despite my best efforts on Amazon/google/wikipedia.

Can you name this book? Sorry for the terribly vague description, but here goes...it was set late 19th/early 20th century, and described a family dynasty in an industrial town that started small but grew larger as the years passed. It was definitely British Canadian rather than French Canadian. I remember very vividly descriptions of the town and the social customs. Almost like Jane Austen, but far up north.

Sorry I can't be more specific. But if anyone can put me out of my misery I will be very grateful.

dianeP
02-21-2009, 07:33 AM
[quote=illiterwrite;1731408]
How about Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald? That's one of my favourites.quote]

Yes! I also loved As the Crow Flies.

Judg
02-21-2009, 08:16 AM
Aschenbach, the Whiteoaks of Jalna perhaps?

childeroland
02-21-2009, 09:17 AM
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables books. (The Emily books are a series)

Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red

Daryl Hine

Lyra Jean
02-21-2009, 11:35 AM
L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables books. (The Emily books are a series)

Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red

Daryl Hine

Thanks that is good to know. I had asked a librarian once and she didn't know either but it was a while back.

StephanieFox
02-21-2009, 09:40 PM
Canadian Farley Mowat is one of my favorite authors.

My favorites of his are
Never Cry Wolf
The Siberians
The Dog Who Wouldn't Be

He's written dozens of books, however, including some children's novels.

zenwriter
02-22-2009, 07:56 AM
I just read Vincent Lam's Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures. Great stuff.

M.R.J. Le Blanc
02-23-2009, 02:35 AM
Guy Gavriel Kay's The Fionavar Tapestry is a great trilogy. Had me crying at the end.

Judg
02-23-2009, 03:30 AM
MRJ, seriously, his writing improved after that. There were still a lot of rough spots in the Tapestry, although the genius did shine through.

M.R.J. Le Blanc
02-23-2009, 04:08 AM
Different strokes for different folks I guess :) I didn't see anything wrong with it, but I do plan to get more of his books.

darrtwish
02-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Margaret Atwood is a must. But I absolutely adore Gordon Korman books. I've pretty much grown up reading Gordon Korman.

willietheshakes
02-25-2009, 12:53 AM
And Robert needs to be prodded.

Ah. That explains the sharp pains in my prodding places this morning...

willietheshakes
02-27-2009, 12:03 AM
FINE!

The prodding has to stop...

Does this (http://www.robertjwiersema.com/blog/?p=119) help?

:)

(Thanks, y'all.)

CaroGirl
02-27-2009, 12:07 AM
Yay! Here comes the novella.

What about the short story collection? :poke:

KTC
02-27-2009, 01:27 AM
FINE!

The prodding has to stop...

Does this (http://www.robertjwiersema.com/blog/?p=119) help?

:)

(Thanks, y'all.)


How in the name of sweet Jesus Smith did you get a novella deal!

I can't wait to get my hands on it. You have to tell us when it's actually in the brick and mortars, Rob.

Carmilla73
03-11-2009, 06:46 PM
I LOVE Michael Slade. He is a crimal defense lawyer, having worked many famous murder trials. He gives a big dose of Canadian history/politics/culture in amongst his amazing stories. Very well written-dark, creepy, smart, intriguing. My favourite is Ghoul.

aka eraser
03-11-2009, 06:49 PM
:D

Manderley
03-12-2009, 03:43 PM
Two of my all time favourite writers are Canadian: Carol Shields and Alice Munro. I recommend every single book those two have written!

I also saw someone mentioned Michael Ondaatje, and although I think of him as much a Sri Lankan writer as a Canadian, I would also recommend Anil's Ghost which I finished a few weeks ago. Good book.