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.

xo
Jenn

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