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Canadian Books & Authors 2017-10-27T09:42:27+00:00

An Enduring Passion

Ignited in childhood, still stoked today

In the eleventh grade, I decided that I liked ancient history best: it seemed like maybe I could read everything about it because so much of it had already been lost. Perhaps that longing was behind my initial compulsion to “read Canadian”, the idea that maybe I could read it all. Then, I discovered more favourites: the reading landscape expanded.

One such favourite
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Canadian Works Discussed

A Wanna-be Read-it-all

Who only wants to ReadAllTheBooks

Eudora Welty says it perfectly: “I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them – with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.”

Maharaj to Munro and McNulty to Miller. Browse the Books Discussed Page to look for more. More M’s. More of the other 25.

An A-Z Listing

Indigenous Stories. From Sherman Alexie to Alexis Wright. Louis Riel to Louise Erdrich. Jordan Abel to Eden Robinson. Find new favourites.

Some of my faves

Fiercely reading indie. How to preserve your reading spirit when you feel you can’t make a difference.

Feeling Fierce?

Recent Bookchat

About the pages that I’ve been turning

Reading for the Shadow Giller in 2018

Although I’m tracking my Giller Prize reading on my Autumn 2018 Prizelists and Events page, I have more to say about reading this year’s Giller list because this is my first year

Autumn 2018: In My Reading Log

These are some summer reads which left an impression; now my stack and library card are humming and wriggling, with all the CanLit prizelist reading – including my new Shadow Jury reading

Mazo de la Roche’s Master of Jalna (1933)

Although following Finch’s Fortune directly, the fortune only recently received and dispensed, Master of Jalna was actually published more than twenty years before Finch’s Fortune. It’s easy to imagine why the author

Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (2018)

If The Cat’s Table (2011) was a slow and steady unravelling of a young boy’s memories, yarn taut and tidy, Warlight is a mass of moth-eaten fragments, remnants of a finely-crafted woollen

A Canadian Girl

From Lyn Cook and Jean Little, Onwards

My small-town library had all the Lyn Cook stories on their shelves (my favourite was Samantha’s Secret Room) and usually one or two Jean Little novels (I looked for Stand in the Wind and Look Through My Window first). A trip to the county library meant the chance of a Mouse Woman collection or that thrilling story of how Madeleine de Vercheres single-handedly saved the whole fort in New France (I was immersed in the colonial narrative). When I was a teenager, we moved to the city and the library was huge. Timothy Findley was an early favourite.

Read More

“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.”

Anonymous • Quote of the Day, Carol Shields' The Republic of Love

“I’m starting to realize all readers are writing at least half the book they are reading. Maybe when I write I am responding to that childhood experience of reading, that unequivocal, sensuous absorption. I guess I found writing through reading.”

Lisa Moore