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 5 2012

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Challenge Runs: July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

I’ll be reading all sorts of Canlit but I am especially keen to fill the rest of these gaps in my reading; I read half of them for the Canadian Book Challenge 4.

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)
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) *

And other Canlit reading I’ve enjoyed this year so far includes:

1. Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie’s Slow Death by Rubber Duck (2010)
2-3. Louise Penny’s Dead Cold (2006) and The Cruellest Month (2007)
4. Timothy Findley’s Spadework (2001)
5.  Jane Urquhart’s Sanctuary Line (2010)
6.  Amy Lavender Harris’ Imagining Toronto (2010)
7-8.  Terry Griggs’ The Silver Door (2004) and Invisible Ink (2006)
9.  George Elliott Clarke’s Whylah Falls (1990)
10.  Jane Urquhart’s Sanctuary Line (2010)
11.  Robert Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics (2009)
12. Brian Moore’s The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1960)
13. Elspeth Cameron’s And Beauty Answers  (2007)
14. Toronto: An Illustrated History of Its First 12,000 Years (Ronald F. Williamson, Ed.) (2008)
15. Wayne Johnston’s A World Elsewhere (2011)
16. Pauline Holdstock’s Into the Heart of the Country (2011)
17. Zsuzsi Gartner’s Better Living through Plastic Explosives (2011)
18. Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues (2011)
19. Farzana Doctor’s Stealing Nasreen (2007)
20. Shawn Micallef’s Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (2010)
21. Ian Williams’ You Know Who You Are (2010)
22. John McQuarrie’s Toronto: Then and Now (2000)
23. Suzette Mayr’s Monoceros (2011)
24. Ken Wiwa’s In the Shadow of a Saint (2000)
25. Thomas Wharton’s Icefields (1995) *
26. Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy (2010)
27. Daniel Allen Cox’s Krakow Melt (2010)
28. Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers (2011)
29. James King’s Etienne’s Alphabet (2010)
30. Joey Comeau’s One Bloody Thing After Another (2010)
31. Tony Burgess’ Ravenna Gets (2010)
32. Adam Seelig’s Every Day in the Morning (Slow) (2010)
33. Nicholas Ruddock’s The Parabolist (2010)
34. James Fitzgerald’s What Disturbs Our Blood (2010)
35. Alissa York’s Fauna (2010)
36. Alexi Zentner’s Touch (2011)
37. Michael Christie’s The Beggar’s Garden (2011)
38. Clark Blaise’s The Meagre Tarmac (2011)
39. Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist (2011)
40. Dany Laferriere’s The Return (Trans. David Homel, 2011)
41. Genni Gunn’s Solitaria (2011)
42. Dan Vyleta’s The Quiet Twin (2011)
43. David Bezmozgis’ The Free World (2011)
44. Marina Endicott’s The Little Shadows (2011)
45. Guy Vanderhaeghe’s A Good Man (2011)
46. Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table (2011)
47.Tanya Davis’ At First, Lonely (2011)
48. F.S. Michaels’ Monoculture (2011)
49. Adwoa Badoe’s Pot of Wisdom (2001)
50. Carole Off’s Bitter Chocolate (2006)
51. Joey Comeau’s Overqualified (2009)
52. Ivan Coyote’s Missed Her (2010)
53. Adam Gopnik’s Winter (2011)
54. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1986)
55. Jaspreet Singh’s Chef (2008)
56. Canadian Poetry: From the Beginnings through the First World War (Carole Gerson and Gwendolyn Davies, Eds.) (1994)
57. Afua Cooper’s The Hanging of Angélique (2006)
58. Ian Hamilton’s The Water Rat of Wanchai (2011)
59. Ian Hamilton’s The Disciple of Las Vegas (2011)
60. Ian Hamilton’s The Wild Beasts of Wuhan (2012)
61. Jim Nason’s The Girl on the Escalator (2011)
62. Jim Nason’s Narcissus Unfolding (2011)
63. Pamela Porter’s I’ll Be Watching (2011)
64. Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth Series (2010 – )
65. Robert Hough’s Dr. Brinkley’s Tower (2012)

[Edited to add that the challenge is complete and I did, indeed, read 13 books!]

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