Friday, January 05, 2007

O'Canada Challenge

Kailana set herself a Canada Challenge stating "I seem to collect more Canadian authors than I read." Those exact words could've come from me! Each year or so when I make it back to the homeland, I make a point of picking up some Canadian books, especially ones that may be a bit more difficult to get outside of Canada. There's always Amazon.ca but the shipping costs are so ridiculous! So I eagerly choose as many books as I think I can lug back in my suitcase and then they just sit on my shelves, rarely getting read. So I've decided to join Kailana and read one book by a Canadian author a month or thereabouts, for a total of 12 for the year from the following, all of which I already own:

Surfacing - Margaret Atwood
Tamarind Mem - Anita Rau Badami
What the Body Remembers - Shauna Singh Baldwin
Forty Words for Sorrow - Giles Blunt
The Ash Garden - Dennis Bock
The Polished Hoe - Austin Clarke
A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali - Gil Courtemanche
The Jade Peony - Wayson Choy
HappinessTM - Will Ferguson
Hitching Rides with Buddha - Will Ferguson
Not Wanted on the Voyage - Timothy Findley
Pilgrim - Timothy Findley
The Piano Man's Daughter - Timothy Findley
Mouthing the Words - Camilla Gibb
The Petty Details of so-and-so's Life - Camilla Gibb
The Chorus of Mushrooms - Hiromi Goto
Three Views of Crystal Water - Katherine Govier
The Romantic - Barbara Gowdy
Am I Disturbing You? - Anne Hébert
The Lions of Al-Rassan - Guy Gavriel Kay
Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet - Ann-Marie MacDonald
No Great Mischief - Alistair MacLeod
The Birth House - Ami McKay
Red-Rose Chain - Jeffrey Moore
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - Alice Munro
the love of a good woman - Alice Munro
The City of Yes - Peter Oliva
Mercy Among the Children - David Adams Richards
The Bay of Love and Sorrows - David Adams Richards
Larry's Party - Carol Shields
The Republic of Love - Carol Shields
Unless - Carol Shields
Stanley Park - Timothy Taylor
Swing Low - Miriam Toews
The Last Crossing - Guy Vanderhaeghe

11 comments:

  1. Yay! So glad you are joining in. I look forward to reading your reviews!

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  2. Stop me before I join another challenge! ;) I could try, though. I have some by Carol Shields, Ann-Marie MacDonald (actually reading her right now!), and Barbara Gowdy. AND, I really, really want to read The Birth House. So, while I won't join officially, I will make an effort to read more by Canadian authors.

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  3. I have quite a bit of Findley and Atwood on my pile. While I didn't care for Unless, I need to give Shields another go sometime.

    Good luck with the challenge!

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  4. Kailana - and I look forward to yours. It'll be great to finally read some of these Canadian books!

    Les - well, you don't have to challenge to read 12! You could set your own goal!! ;P

    Andi - Thanks Andi! I didn't really care for Shield's The Stone Diaries but really want to give her another go.

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  5. *cringes* If you are going to give Carol Shields another go... maybe try something other than Unless. It was an okay book, but she has better.... Just my two cents. I think the one I liked was The Republic of Love, but I also liked The Stone Diaries enough that I have read all of Carol Shields novels... just, Unless is good, but not great. And that is just my opinion, of course

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  6. oh dear, two votes against Unless at this point. Well, I do have The Republic of Love as well. I guess I'll wait and see how it goes. Thanks for the input Kailana.

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  7. Wow, that's a great collection! I think I have a Findley, somewhere. I'll have to dig for it. :)

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  8. Hey, I'm totally joining you on this challenge. I've got a bunch on my tbr that I've been neglecting. You've got some good ones on your list, too.

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  9. bookfool - Let me know if you find it, and you're in the mood to read it together.

    Cath - Yay! I'm glad you're joining the challenge. BTW, is there anyway to comment at your blog without joining vox?

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  10. Hey there! My ultimate favorite is LIVES OF GIRLS AND WOMEN by Alice Munroe. I would read that book 12 times for this challenge alone - it's that good.

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  11. Nessie - lol! Well if I get through the 2 of hers that I've got already, and am wanting more, I know which one to get!!

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