Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Canadian Book Challenge 4

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I’m addicted to reading, but most of all to Canlit. So for this Challenge, I want to read as much of it as I can, between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, but I am especially keen to fill these gaps in my reading. These titles were gathered from the books suggested by Aritha van Herk in the Good Fiction Guide (edited by Jane Rogers) in the small section devoted to Canada. (It’s a fantastic resource for all sorts of other thematic reading as well!)

Anita Baudami’s Tamarind Mem (1997)
George Bowering’s Burning Water (1980)
Tomson Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998)
Robert Kroetsch’s Alibi (1983)
Robert Kroetsch’s What the Crow Said (1978)
Sky Lee’s Disappearing Moon Cafe (1990)
Suzette Mayr’s The Widows (1998)
Hugh McLennan’s Barometer Rising (1941)  OR  Hugh McLennan’s Two Solitudes (1945)
John Steffler’s The Afterlife of George Cartwright (1992)
Audrey Thomas’ The Wild Blue Yonder (1990)
Jane Urquhart’s Away (1994)
Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool (1986)
Thomas Wharton’s Icefields (1995)

So far, I’ve read these:
1. Keith Oatley’s Therefore Choose (2010)
2. Maureen Jennings’ Except the Dying (1997)
3. Nicole Brossard’s Fences in Breathing (2007) Trans. Susanne de Lotbiniere-Harwood (2009)
4. Noelle Broughton’s Margaret Laurence: A Gift of Grace (2006)
5. Shyam Selvadurai’s Swimming in the Monsoon Sea (2005)

6. Michael Crummey’s Galore (2009)
7. Giles Blunt’s Blackfly Season (2005)
8. Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s Ghosted (2010)
9. Doug Harris’ You comma Idiot (2010)
10. Alison Pick’s The Sweet Edge (2005)

11. Michael Winter’s This All Happened (2000)
12. Richard B. Wright’s Mr Shakespeare’s Bastard (2010)
13. David Bergen’s The Matter with Morris (2010)
14. Louise Penny’s Still Life (2005)
15. Giles Blunt’s By the Time You Read This (2006)

16. Giles Blunt’s Crime Machine (2010)
17. Cynthia Flood’s The English Stories (2009)
18. Donna Xiques’ Margaret Laurence: Making of a Writer (2005)
19. Margaret Laurence’s A Jest of God (1966)
20. Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel (1964)

21. Suzette Mayr’s Venous Hum (2004)
22. Elizabeth Vonarburg’s Reluctant Voyagers (1995)
Trans. from the French Jane Brierley
23. Norman Doidge’s The Brain that Changes Itself (2007)
24. Sarah Selecky’s This Cake is for the Party (2010)
25. Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans (2007)

26. Billeh Nickerson’s McPoems (2010)
27. Lynn Coady’s Play the Monster Blind (2000)
28. Stacey May Fowles’ Be Good (2007)
29. Mavis Gallant’s Home Truths (1981)
30. Sarah Leavitt’s Tangles (2010)

31. Robert Kroetsch’s What the Crow Said (1978)
32. Jeff Lemire’s Essex County, Collected (2009) Chatter. More chatter.
33. Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage (2007)
34. Darren Greer’s Still Life with June (2003)
35. Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water (1999)

36. Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion (1987)
37. Adwoa Badoe’s Between Sisters (2010)
38. Catherine M.A. Wiebe’s Second Rising (2009)
39. Caroline Stellings’ The Contest (2010)
40. Sharon Jennings’ Home Free (2009)

41. Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades (1968)
42. Anthony Bidulka’s Amuse Bouche (2003)
43. Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women (1971)
44. Massimo Marcone’s Acquired Tastes (2010)
45. Kathleen Winter’s Annabel(2010)46. Tomson Highway’s The Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998)
47. Gordon j.h. Leenders’ To Be Continued (2005)
48. Anita Rau Badami’s Tamarind Mem (1996)
49. John Steffler’s The Afterlife of George Cartwright (1992)
50. Jane Urquhart’s Away (1994)

51. Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool (1986)
52. Doris McCarthy’s Ninety Years Wise (2004)


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