Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Read The North

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday this week, I've rounded up a list of my favourite Canadian authors and books for a little focus on Canadian literature.

Jennifer Robson - I've gushed about Jennifer Robson here and here already. She's the author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over, Moonlight Over Paris, and, most recently, Goodnight From London.
Perfect #canlit read for: anyone who enjoys a love story woven into their historical fiction.

Alan Doyle - Former frontman of the band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle has also penned two memoirs. Where I Belong is his first, and A Newfoundlander in Canada is due out this October.
Perfect #canlit read for: fans of Great Big Sea or anyone who's ever visited the east coast.

Lawrence Hill - The Book of Negroes is one of my all time favourite historical fiction novels. The Illegal is also sitting on my TBR pile.
Perfect #canlit read for: lovers of historical fiction (The Illegal focuses on a refugee story, so that may be a little less "historical" and a little more "current" fiction.)

Emily St. John Mandel - Station Eleven is a phenomenal novel. The opening scene is set in Toronto and just makes the rest of the story feel just that much more eery. What would happen if a virus wiped out 99% of the Earth's population? What would that look like in Canada and the U.S.?
Perfect #canlit read forfans of dystopian literature like Cormac McCarthy's The Road, but slightly less dark. 

Nathalie Prézeau - Prézeau has 3 different books of planned urban strolls you can take throughout the city of Toronto. Her most recent one focuses on public art in the city.
Perfect #canlit read for: travellers or anyone in the greater Toronto area.

Bunmi Laditan - Author of bestselling The Honest Toddler, Laditan has a new book out this year called Confession of a Domestic Failure. It's her first novel. I read it this spring and laughed out loud so much throughout!
Perfect #canlit read for: any mama who's ever felt even just a little bit overwhelmed by it all.

Lori Lansens - Whenever I pick up a Lori Lansens book, I always know I'm going to read a storyline I've never read before. Her recent publication, The Mountain Story, is my favourite of hers, but I also really enjoyed The Girls.
Perfect #canlit read for: someone who loves novels with fascinating characters.

Roméo Dellaire - My favourite form of non-fiction is memoir, and Roméo Dellaire's Shake Hands With The Devil offers a terrifying account of the Rawandan Genocide. It's not a hopeful read by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly learned a lot reading this one, and it is very well-written.
Perfect #canlit read for: anyone interested in history/current events around the world.

Margaret Atwood - I only have a few Margaret Atwood books under my belt, but they are always fascinating. I'm currently rereading The Handmaid's Tale. I read it 20 years ago in high school, and it is so interesting to read again so many years later.
Perfect #canlit read for: those who love dystopian fiction with a focus on the role of women, or fans of Neil Gaiman.

Lucy Maude Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables was the book that made me fall in love with books. I also like to think of this series as some of the original YA out there.
Perfect #canlit read for: YA fans. This one has it all - a misfit protagonist, an enemies to lovers romance, and BFFs.

Kenneth Oppel - Kenneth Oppel is another author I haven't yet read a ton of, but I did read The Nest last year, and it scared the crap out of me. And it's a middle grade novel. Your kids may enjoy this one! I know my students loved it.
Perfect #canlit read for: if you loved Coraline by Neil Gaiman, you'll probably enjoy The Nest.

There are a few Canadian authors that are still on my to be read pile. In particular, I'm interested in reading The Secret Path by Gord Downie and Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.