Canada Reads – Fiction 2017-01-18T11:22:59+00:00

I’ve followed Canada Reads since the beginning, with varying degrees of emotional involvement (okay, maybe I shed a tear or two when Justin Trudeau voted against his own book, Wayne Johnston’s novel, to triumph Next Episode in 2003). Yah, I should probably get out more but, in the meantime, I still intend to catch up on the CR titles that I haven’t read yet.

Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage (SL11)
✔Gil Adamson’s The Outlander (SL09)
Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Intolerable (15)
Hubert Aquin’s Next Episode (W03)
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (SL02)
Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (LL11; SL05)
Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood (LL11; SL14)

✔David Bergen’s The Age of Hope (SL12)
✔David Bezmozgis’ Natasha and Other Stories (SL07)
✔Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda (W14)
Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road (SL06)

Age of Hope BergenWayson Choy’s The Jade Peony (SL10)
George Elliott Clarke’s Whylah Falls (SL02)
✔Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers (SL05)
Douglas Coupland’s Generation X (SL10)

✔Frank Parker Day’s Rockbound (SL05)
Nicolas Dickner’s Nikolski (SL10)

✔Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues (SL14)
Marina Endicott’s Good to a Fault (10)

Terry Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans (SL11)
✔Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage (SL08)
✔Brian Francis’ Fruit (SL09)

Mavis Gallant’s From the Fifteenth District (SL08)

✔Rawi Hage’s Cockroach (SL14)
Paul Hiebert’s Sarah Binks (SL03)
Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes (W09)
✔Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring (SL08)
✔Helen Humphreys’ The Lost Garden (SL03)

Anosh Irani’s The Song of Kahunsha (SL07)
✔Frances Itani’s Deafening (SL06)

✔Wayne Johnston’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (SL03)

✔Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water (SL04)
✔Thomas King’s The Inconvenient Indian (15)

Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel (SL02)
Essex County Jeff LemireJeff Lemire’s Essex County (SL11)

Ann-Marie Macdonald’s Fall on Your Knees (SL10)
✔Hugh MacLennan’s Two Solitudes (SL13)
✔Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (LL11; SL03)
Ami McKay’s The Birth House (SL11)
✔Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance (02)
✔Lisa Moore’s February (LL12; W13)
Alice Munro’s The Love of a Good Woman (04)

✔Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals (W07, LL11)
Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion (W02)

✔Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues (05)
✔Monique Proulx’s The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle (04)

✔Paul Quarrington’s King Leary (W08)

✔Al Purdy’s Rooms for Rent in the Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996 (06)

✔Raziel Reid’s When Everything Feels Like the Movies (15)
David Adams Richards’ Mercy Among the Children (09)
✔Mordecai Richler’s Barney’s Version (04)
✔Mordecai Richler’s Cocksure (06)
✔Gabrielle Roy’s Children of My Heart (07)

✔Jocelyne Saucier’s Il pleuvait des oiseaux / And the Birds Rained Down Trans. Rhonda Mullins (15)
✔Mairuth Sarsfield’s No Crystal Stair (05)
Carol Shields’ Unless (SL11)

✔Timothy Taylor’s Stanley Park (07)
Kim Thúy’s Ru (15)
✔Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness (W06)
Michel Tremblay’s The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant (09)

✔Jane Urquhart’s Away (SL13)

✔Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Last Crossing (LL11; W04)

Icefields Wharton✔Richard Wagamese Indian Horse (SL13)
Thomas Wharton’s Icefields (08)
✔Kathleen Winter’s Annabel (Atlantic, LL13; SL14)

Note: In 2012, Canada Reads focussed on non-fiction reads: Carmen Aguirre’s Something Fierce, Dave Bidini’s On a Cold Road, Ken Dryden’s The Game, Marina Nemat’s Prisoner of Tehran, and John Vaillant’s The Tiger.

Longlisted Titles: (Thanks to Angela for the 2011-14 lists below!)
Angie Abdou’s The Canterbury Trail (BC/Yukon LL13)
✔Caroline Adderson’s Sitting Practice (LL16)
Wayne Arthurson’s Fall from Grace (Prairie/NWT LL13)
✔Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (Ontario, LL13)

Todd Babiak’s The Garneau Block (Prairie/NWT LL13)
✔Anita Rau Badami’s The Hero’s Walk (LL16)
✔Shauna Singh Baldwin’s What the Body Remembers (LL14)
Gurjinder Basran’s Everything was Goodbye (BC/Yukon LL13)
Chris Benjamin’s Drive-by Saviours (LL11)
✔Joseph Boyden’s Through Black Spruce (LL11; LL14)
✔Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For (LL15)
Cathy Buchanan’s The Day the Falls Stood Still (LL11; Ontario, LL13)
✔Catherine Bush’s Accusation (LL14)

Bart Campbell’s The Door is Open (LL15)
Lauren Carter’s Swarm (LL14)
Marjore Celona’s Y (LL14)
Lesley Choyce’s The Republic of Nothing (LL14)
Karen Connelly’s The Lizard Cage (LL14)
Christy Ann Conlin’s Heave (LL11)
Gil Courtemanche’s A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali (LL14)
Ivan E. Coyote’s Bow Grip (BC/Yukon LL13)
✔Michael Crummey’s Galore (LL12; Atlantic, LL13; LL14)
✔Michael Crummey’s Sweetland (LL16)

Crummey Galore✔G.A. Dargatz’s The Cure for Death by Lightening (BC/Yukon LL13)
✔Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business (Ontario, LL13; LL14)
Amber Dawn’s Sub Rosa (LL14)
Claudia Dey’s Stunt (LL14)
Sean Dixon’s The Girls Who Saw Everything (LL11)
✔Farzana Doctor’s Six Metres of Pavement (LL14)
Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (LL14)
✔Emma Donoghue’s Room (LL11)

Kim Echlin’s The Disappeared (LL14)

✔Timothy Findley’s Headhunter (LL14)
Stephen Finucan’s The Fallen (LL11)
Brian Francis’ Natural Order (LL14)
✔Kim Fu’s For Today I Am a Boy (LL15)

Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo (LL14)
Bill Gaston’s The Good Body (LL14)
✔Camilla Gibb’s Sweetness in the Belly ((LL11; Ontario, LL13; LL14)
William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition (LL11)
Douglas Glover’s Elle (LL11)
✔Barbara Gowdy’s Helpless (Ontario, LL13)
Jessica Grant’s Come Thou Tortoise (LL2012; Atlantic, LL13)

✔Rawi Hage’s De Niro’s Game (Quebec, LL13)
Louis Hamelin’s 1970 (LL14)
Don Hannah’s Ragged Islands (Atlantic, LL13)
Kenneth J. Harvey’s Inside (LL11)
✔Elizabeth Hay’s Late Nights on Air (LL11; Prairie/NWT LL13)
Steven Heighton’s Afterlands (LL14)
Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal (LL6)

Truth Bright Water KingFran Kimmel’s The Shore Girl (LL14)
✔Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water (LL14)
Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything (LL15)
✔Joy Kogawa’s Obasan (BC/Yukon LL13)
✔Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer’s All the Broken Things (LL16)

Patti LaBoucane-Benson’s The Outside Circle (LL16)
✔Dany Laferriére’s How to Make Love to a Negro (Quebec, LL13)
Vincent Lam’s The Headmaster’s Wager (LL14)
✔Shari Lapeña’s Happiness Economics (LL14)
Annette Lapointe’s Stolen (Prairie/NWT LL13)
✔Margaret Laurence’s The Diviners (Prairie/NWT LL13)
✔Mary Lawson’s Crow Lake (LL11)
✔Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie (LL6)
Billie Livingston’s Going Down Swinging (LL14)
✔Billie Livingston’s One Good Hustle (BC/Yukon LL13)
Nicole Lundrigan’s Glass Boys (Atlantic, LL13)
Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean (BC/Yukon LL13)

✔Ann-Marie Macdonald’s The Way the Crow Flies (LL11)
Linden MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man (LL11)
Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief (Atlantic, LL13)
✔Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Ontario, LL13; LL16)
✔Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (LL16)
Lee Maracle’s Celia’s Song (LL15)
Leo McKay Jr’s Twenty-Six (LL11)
✔Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces (LL14)
Felicia Mihali’s The Darling of Kandahar (Quebec, LL13)
✔W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen the Wind (Prairie/NWT LL13)
✔L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (Atlantic, LL13)

✔Riel Nason’s The Town that Drowned (Atlantic, LL13)
✔Saleema Nawaz’s Bone and Bread (LL15, LL16)
Dimitri Nasrallah’s Niko (LL16)
Mary Novik’s Conceit (LL11)

✔Alix Ohlin’s Inside (Quebec, LL13)
Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost (LL14)
✔Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (Ontario, LL13)

Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery (Quebec, LL13)
Alison Pick’s Far to Go (LL, 2012; Ontario, LL13)
Kate Pullinger’s Landing Gear (LL16)

Redekop Shelf Monkey✔Corey Redekop’s Shelf Monkey (LL11)
D.A. Richards’ The Bay of Love and Sorrows (Atlantic, LL13)
Mordecai Richler’s Solomon Gursky was Here (Quebec, LL13)
✔Ray Robertson’s Moody Food (LL11)
✔Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach (BC/Yukon LL13; LL15)
✔Gabrielle Roy’s The Tin Flute (Quebec, LL13)
✔Elizabeth Ruth’s Matadora (LL14)

Doug Saunders’ Arrival City (LL15)
Antanas Sileika’s Buying on Time (LL16)
Fred Stenson’s The Trade (Prairie/NWT LL13)
Miguel Syjuco’s Illustrado (Quebec, LL13)

✔Mariko Tamaki’s (You) Set Me on Fire (LL15)
✔Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s Skim (LL11)
Timothy Taylor’s The Blue Light Project (LL14)
Madeleine Thien’s Dogs at the Perimeter (LL14)
✔Kim Thúy’s Ru (Quebec, LL13)
✔Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness (LL11)
✔Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows (LL15)

Jane Urquhart’s The Stone Carvers (LL11; LL14)

✔Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Englishman’s Boy (Prairie/NWT LL13)

Richard Wagamese’s Ragged Company (LL14)
Dianne Warren’s Cool Water (Prairie/NWT LL13)
Zoe Whittall’s Bottle Rocket Hearts (LL11)
✔Ethel Wilson’s Swamp Angel (BC/Yukon LL13, LL16)
✔Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio (LL16)
✔Richard B. Wright’s Clara Callan (LL2011; Ontario, LL13)