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1UtopianPessimist
Ene 4, 2011, 12:28am

Hello - I'm so happy that this group was recommended to me! I'm new to Canada, though my mother was from Cape Breton Island. I'm a book-a-holic and have been trying to learn about/read as many Canadian authors as possible. This is great - I'll be posting my plans soon - and most likely also be asking for help with my choices.

2Yells
Ene 4, 2011, 12:34pm

Welcome! Check out the individual province threads for some ideas and let us know about any new ones you find. We are always on the hunt for new titles :)

3Bcteagirl
Ene 6, 2011, 12:13am

Wohoo welcome Utopian! :) :) I look forward to hearing about your books! :)

4UtopianPessimist
Ene 8, 2011, 7:38pm

Thanks for the welcome, bucketyell and Bcteagirl! I really appreciate it. I'm still searching all these postings and looking at the Governor General's Awards and Canada Reads choices. I also made up a Canadian map a la Auntmaggie64 (hope I got that right - I don't want to leave this post to check my spelling!).


create your own personalized map of Canada
or check out ourVancouver travel guide

My map is pretty pathetic - I've only been to NB. , NS, PE, QC, ON (where I live now - for a bit over 2 years), and AB.
Anyway, I'm going to post one nonfiction and one fiction book from each province --- assuming that I decide on each of those right now. I may be filling in later. So...
AB: fiction: The Outlander by Gil Adamson nonfiction:
BC: fiction: nonfiction:
LB: fiction: nonfiction:
MB: fiction: nonfiction:
NB: fiction: nonfiction:
NL: fiction: nonfiction:
NS: fiction: nonfiction:
NT: fiction: The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre nonfiction:
NU: fiction: nonfiction:
ON: fiction: Fruit by Brian Francis nonfiction:
PE: fiction - Anne of Green Gables (my mother's favourite book, I've never read it) by Lucy Maud Montgomery; nonfiction -
QC: fiction: The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant Michel Tremblay nonfiction:
SK: fiction: nonfiction:
YT: fiction: nonfiction:

Anyway, more later!

5UtopianPessimist
Ene 10, 2011, 1:43am

Some additions
AB: fiction: The Outlander by Gil Adamson nonfiction:
BC: fiction: nonfiction:
LB: fiction: nonfiction:
MB: fiction: nonfiction:
NB: fiction: nonfiction:
NL: fiction: nonfiction: The Outport People by Claire Mowat
NS: fiction: nonfiction:
NT: fiction: The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre nonfiction:
NU: fiction: nonfiction:
ON: fiction: Fruit by Brian Francis nonfiction:
PE: fiction - Anne of Green Gables (my mother's favourite book, I've never read it) by Lucy Maud Montgomery; nonfiction -
QC: fiction: The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant Michel Tremblay and-or
Black Bird by Michel Basiliers nonfiction:
SK: fiction: nonfiction:
YT: fiction: nonfiction:

6vancouverdeb
Ene 10, 2011, 8:03am

Welcome Utopian!I think you'll find plenty of suggestions for books to read in this section. I've yet to read a book on the Yukon - but I have Gold Diggers in my TBR pile! :) If you want suggestions, just ask! As for your map - bravo! How to put that one my thread - I'll never know. Great to meet you!

7VivienneR
Ene 10, 2011, 3:56pm

Welcome! I like the way you have listed fiction and non-fiction for each province. I started off with the goal of both genres but it went awry somewhere along the line. I found that creating a collection for the challenge was helpful though. I've included read, tbr and wishlisted titles.

8UtopianPessimist
Ene 14, 2011, 3:41am

I've made some changes - read many of the suggestions from this group and thought of some others that are in storage but unread. So...still TBD
Let me know if I've made mistakes about which book is in which Province! My OCD is making me complete my list before I begin the reads, and I hope to have that finished very soon.
Thanks for the comments and encouragement.

AB fiction: The Outlander by Gil Adamson nonfiction: TBD
BC fiction: Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson and nonfiction: TBD
LB fiction: Labrador by Kathryn Davis and nonfiction: Northern Nurse by Elliot Merrick
MB: fiction: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews and nonfiction: I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirby
NB: fiction: The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning and nonfiction: TBD
NL: fiction: Rare Birds by Edward Riche and nonfiction: A Concise History of Newfoundland by Frederick R. Page
NS: The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre and nonfiction: Barometer Rising by Hugh Maclennlan
NT: fiction: TBD and nonfiction: TBD
NU: fiction: TBD nonfiction: TBD
ON: fiction: Fruit by Brian Francis nonfiction:
PE: fiction - Anne of Green Gables (my mother's favourite book, I've never read it) by Lucy Maud Montgomery and nonfiction: TBD
QC: fiction: The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy (altered since I read so many posts about GB) and nonfiction:The People's History of Quebec by Jacques Lacoursiere
SK: fiction: nonfiction:
YT: fiction: nonfiction:

9Bcteagirl
Ene 14, 2011, 12:10pm

Looks good to me! Some suggestions for SK and YT if you are interested:
Sask: Fiction: As for me and my House, A Student of Weather
Nonfiction: Mamie's Children: Three generations of Prairie Women

Yukon: Fiction: Journey
Non-Fiction: Drifting Home I married the Klondike

Just some ideas, as I know books for some sections can be hard to find. I have tags for all the provinces if you want more ideas (Am working on labelling the Nonfiction books as such as I go).

10Nickelini
Ene 14, 2011, 1:15pm

UtopianP - you have some great ideas lined up. I especially like your combo for Manitoba. I own the Hutterite book but haven't read it yet.

As for your map - bravo! How to put that one my thread - I'll never know. Great to meet you!

Deb - it's easy. Just click on the link below the map that says "create your own personalized . . ." then follow the directions.