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I share your excitement for this challenge. Yesterday I discovered so many Canadian books on my shelves that I was really pleased. I tend to forget that some authors are Canadian and not American.
You have some on the list I own as well.
Elizabeth Hay has a new one out "Alone in the Class Room" which I would love to read right away.
I wasn't aware Anne of Gren Gables is Canadina as well. There are many more than I thought.

Liz F

One of my very favourite books by a Canadian author is The Blue Castle, one of L M Montgomery's adult books. I think it is absolutely enchanting, with a wonderfully memorable character in the put-upon Valancy Stirling who decides to make a change in her life when she is diagnosed with a terminal health problem and realises that at 29 she has never really been happy.
I can't remember where the recommendation came from but I read it on a whim (helped by the fact that our county library had a copy dating back to the 1920's when it was first written!)and loved it so much that I HAD to have my own copy.

As I have Swamp Angel, The Stone Angel and The Birth House on my shelves not to mention a couple of Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields books which I have yet to read, I might (sort of) join in with the Canadian challenge.


I have Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler on my re-read pile for this year. I read it many years ago and really enjoyed it. It's the only one of his books I've read, though I think he was quite prolific, so you might find something that appeals there.


I read Elizabeth Hay's Late Nights on Air a while ago and it was her best so far, I think. Emphatically second (and third) the Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Mordecai Richler, and Margaret Laurence. Also try Joseph Boyden, Lisa Moore's February, Kim Echlin's Disappeared, Anne Michaels, Gil Courtemanche's A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, Richard Wright's Clara Callan, Gabrielle Roy's The Tin Flute, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Gil Adamson, Linden MacIntyre's The Bishop's Man and, of course, Margaret Atwood. I want to take part in this challenge, but being an obsessive, I already read as much CanLit as possible every year!


Isn't Susanna Kearsley a Canadian author? You could sneak one of her books in there--not that you need any more!

I hope you get to read (and enjoy) Anne of Green Gables. I love Anne; she's like a family member to me. Though I liked the first book, my favorites come later in the series as Anne gets older. I periodically reread the whole series, a true comfort read for me.


Feeling in need of a little browsing myself after reading this post I discovered I don't mention it because of the sheer limitless possibilities for finding authors in itself, but more because I found reference to quite a few titles from the beginning of last century which are available on project Gutenberg. Just mentioning:).I don't think I'll join the challenge but reading more Canadian authors is tempting after seeing your list. I have Carol Shields'Stone Diaries and L.M.Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables on my shelf and am very intrigued by the titles of the Wayne Johnston and Hay so I want to find out more about those too.


Nice list. Margaret Atwood is Canadian, any by her is good. Any I like Yann Martel too. I don't remember if you have read Life of Pi?


Mary Lawson who has written two novels (Crow Lake - my mother's favorite) and The Other Side of the Bridge (my favorite). I think she is excellent and for some reason I never see her mentioned in lists of Canadian Writers. I have reviewed both on my blog:
I highly recommend her work.


I have read most of the titles on your list and they are all excellent reads; I just finished The Virgin Cure last week and loved it. Anyone who reads these authors is in for a great year! I especially love the Anne books and have read them all many times; my very favourite, other than the first, is the last in the series, Rilla of Ingleside, which is about Anne's daughter.


I don't think I always realize either where an author is from and I suspect I have even more (I didn't pull out either Margaret Atwood or Jane Urquhart for example) than I think. As I wanted to read more fiction by American and Canadian author anyway, this all came about at just the right time. I'll look up Elizabeth Hay's new book--my library might have it. I am hoping to read from my own piles, but I might easily be tempted by something I don't yet own, too. Is LM Montgomery from Prince Edward Island (need to look that up)--or am I thinking of someone else? I think there are loads or very good Canadian authors who should really get more attention from non-Canadian readers!


Neither my library nor the public library has The Blue Castle, so I think I am just going to have to order a copy! I am pretty sure you mentioned it before and I bet I have it written down somewhere. Enchanting is right up my alley! Besides the setting/time period is of endless interest to me. The three novels you mention were all good, and I've read a number of Margaret Atwood's books and you can't miss with her (I think my favorite is The Blind Assassin. Do join in--it would be fun to chat about the books. I am trying to decide now what to pick up after Hetty Dorval--one of my own from my list...or one of the suggestions I've received! I do love choosing a new book to read.


My library has a few books by Mordecai Richler--he seems a popular author so I will have to go find them on the shelves--the only bad thing at my library is we don't keep the dust jackets on the books, so unless it is a paperback I'll have to do a little research on what the books are about. Thanks for the heads up.


Oh, thanks--lots of good ideas. I've taken a quick peek at them--will have to request a few through ILL perhaps as my library doesn't have many of these (well, lots of Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Margaret Laurence--though I also have some of those books). I loved Clara Callan and wonder if he has written other books. I have Gil Adamson's Outlander and may have to think of pulling it out and reading it since the snowy setting might well help take my mind of the heat of summer! That's cool you read lots of Canadian authors already. I'm always looking for good reading suggestions--and that's one reason it is fun to join these challenges--to broaden my horizons a bit. I'm very intrigued by the title of Gil Courtemanche's book, by the way.


She is indeed Canadian and she crossed my mind but I didn't put her on my list. I actually started reading Shadowy Horses and as soon as I finish the Judith Lennox book the Kearsley is going to be bumped up to the night stand! :) I don't know why I've not read LM Montgomery--she is much loved by so many readers and I am sure I will like her, too. She as already on my list of books to read this year, so maybe I should start with her. Decisions, decisions... Oh, and I don't ever mind more reading ideas!


Thanks for the link--I'll check it out. It sounds like a good resource. And I always like finding good authors whose books are freebies via Project Gutenberg. It's nice just being exposed to new authors even if you know you can't join in a reading challenge. I like the idea of The Stone Diaries for the diary angle--I don't mind reading fictional diaries at all--actually like the format very much.


I was thinking about Margaret Atwood--I love her work and have read quite a few of her books. I was sort of hoping to read some authors who are a little less known, but I can easily be swayed. I wouldn't mind rereading one of her books or picking up one that I have that is as yet unread. I didn't realize Yann Martel was Canadian--I've heard The Life of Pi is good, too. Don't you just love lists of books?!


I think I have a copy of Crow Lake, now that you mention it (not sure where my copy is, but...). Since I am looking for authors who are not quite as widely read (or talked about in any case)--I'll look for the books. Thanks for the links--I'll check out your reviews!


Then it sounds like I am in for a treat whichever books I end up reading--which is good to hear! How many books did LM Montgomery write? There are quite a few Anne books, aren't there? I've got the first ready to go and am looking forward to it. Maybe I should start it and one of the others... (being greedy as I am).


I'm so glad now that I signed up and the suggestions in your comments mention many of those who have been suggested on my blog as well so that means with The Bishop's Man and many others we will be in for treats.

Liz F

I can thoroughly recommend The Outlander - very tense and very wintery!


She wrote a lot of books! There are 9 in the Anne series, 3 in the Emily series, and at least 13 stand-alones; within the 13, there are a couple of 2-book sets. I have been trying to collect all of them so have a list handy. Also, the diaries of LMM have been published and they make interesting reading. She wrote steadily from 1908 to 1936, and was the main financial support for her family.


She was quite prolific, wasn't she?! I think someone else (or maybe you had mentioned them before to me) was talking about her diaries, which would fit in nicely with my (very slow moving) diary project. It's interesting how many successful women writers took up the pen in order to support their families. I have requested The Blue Castle from ILL. While I have decided to read The Holding by Merilyn Simonds next (loved Hetty Dorbal), I am very tempted to pick up the first Anne book, too... I'll look for her diaries as well.


I think there is really a lot of good Canadian literature to read and I am excited, too, about discovering new authors. I've finished by second Ethel Wilson book, which I was very impressed by and have decided to give Meriyn Simonds' The Holding a try next. It was hard choosing, but as I have a whole year to ponder and read, I guess I can take my time!


Once again we are going to have really high temperatures, so maybe The Outlander would make a good summer reading choice--I'll have to dig out my copy. I know other bloggers also read it and enjoyed it when it first came out--it's one of those books I mean to read, but just haven't gotten around to--you know how that goes...

Buried In Print

Some that I think you would particularly enjoy:
Gabrielle Roy's Windflower
Martha Ostenso's Wild Geese
Marian Engel's Bear
Timothy Findley's The Wars

More contemporary stuff:
Janice Kulyk Keefer's The Green Library
Barbara Gowdy's The White Bone
Joan Barfoot's Luck (or Exit Lines)
Elisabeth Harvor's All Times Have Been Modern
Miriam Toews A Complicated Kindness
Donna Morrissey's Downhill Chance
Alissa York's Effigy
Cynthia Flood's The English Stories
Keith Oatley's Therefore Choose
Austin Clarke's More

and my most recent favourite:
Carrie Snyder's The Juliet Stories

These are well-enough-known that I think you could find them (at least via ILL), while trying to keep to your not-SO-well-known criterion; some of them are decidedly odd choices, but there is something about them that I think you'd like, so if anyone else is following along with this challenge in mind, I'm not claiming these are the best Canlit reads for every reader, though I am fond of them all...


I read Still Life a few years ago and enjoyed it; I keep meaning to track down the rest of the series. It's half cozy and half procedural.


This is a great list. I've already requested a couple through ILL and ordered one used...must pace myself, however! I have a newer novel by Janice Keefer on my reading pile--The Ladies Lending Library, which I contemplated reading but will keep it in mind since I've already started another book. I've also got the Morrissey, but the rest are new to me. I always get so excited with a new book list, don't you?! :)


I've heard good things about it, and must dig around for my copy. I keep most of my mysteries in these handy plastic bins but can't remember which one it is in. Whenever I start shifting books about I end up taking more out than I had planned... very dangerous browsing.

Buried In Print

I've liked the other books of hers that I've read, one of them very much indeed (Rest Haven I believe it was called) but I think the theme of The Green Library would please you no end. But it is more of a winter-read and TLLL is definitely a summer-read; thanks for reminding me of that one, as I've been compiling a list of books that seem summer-soaked to me. (And yes there's that booklist thing!)


I found one called Rest Harrow by Keefer, but alas, no description. I hate it when Amazon doesn't give a book description. Still am adding it to my wishlist, as well as The Green Library (for the title alone that needs to be checked out!). I'm curious about your lists--I read books according to season sometimes--though mine tend to be turned around--it's disgustingly hot so I need something set in a snowy clime. And vice versa when it's cold here. And for some reason Victorian sensational stories need to be read in fall and winter under a cozy blanket! Then again I do like my 'beach' books in summer....Yes, a good book list is always appreciated! :)


Good luck with the challenge. I hope you enjoy all of your reading choices and look forward to hearing more when you update and/or review the books.


I've read two so far and am well into my third with several more titles just waiting to be picked up! I'll definitely be writing about them as I go!

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