SqueakyChu's Canadian province Challenge
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Anyway, I have traveled across Canada in my youth (from Ontario to British Columbia) and appreciate its uniqueness. I'll proudly join in this challenge to "read" the Canadian provinces.
I'd like to set up my challenge differently. I'd like to read at least one book by an author born in each of the provinces (with Newfoundland and Labrador done together). The books may be either fiction or non-fiction. I may or may not complete this challenge, but I'm going to give it my best shot.
Since I may have a hard time finding titles for some provinces, my personal challenge is to read one book for each of the 13 provinces or 13 books for one province, whichever comes first! I'll begin with books I've read starting in 2011.
Here we go.................
Addendum: My challenge will be for Canadian authors that are new-to-me, born in each of the provinces!
1. Losing Eddie - Deborah Joy Corey - A 9-year-old girl narrates the story of a year in the life of her dysfunctional family. The author was born 1958 in Temperance Vale, New Brunswick.
Newfoundland & Labrador:
1. Every Little Thing - Chad Pelley - As a consequence of multiple small things that went wrong in a young man's life, he ended up with a short prison term. The author is from St. John's, Newfoundland.
1. Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels - A war orphan is saved and raised by a Greek man. The author was born in 1958 in Toronto, Ontario.
2. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - A woman lives in a misogynistic dystopia where most women are used as a vessel for having babies and are treated as subservient beings. The author was born in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada.
I'm doing it this way because I feel I'd have a better chance to complete this challenge. I'm really looking forward to seeking out Canadian authors. It's easier to determine nationality by birth because that's usually not up for debate.
I never thought much about Canadian authors, but I do like to read world fiction. Why my reading often omitted Canada, I have no idea. I'm happy to give this challenge a try, though!
It was actually LibraryThing that made me aware of how little I knew of works by Canadian authors. I hope to remedy that deficit fairly soon.
Just how active is this group? Some of the threads seem to be "asleep". :)
If any of you here hit an especially noteworthy Canadian read, please stop by this thread and post your recommendation. I'm wide open, but try to avoid posting the names of too well-known Canadian authors (e.g. Munro, Atwood, etc.) . Those are authors I'd discover anyway.
If you see this book anywhere, take it. This was the author's debut novel and a good one at that. I'd be up for reading another book by this same author any time.
The Danger Tree by David Macfarlane (Newfoundland)
I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby (Manitoba)
Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell (Saskatchewan)
Mrs. Mike by Benedict Freedman and Nancy Freedman (Alberta)
I'm still following the threads and noting more Canadian books I want to read, so I'll look forward to seeing your choices!
Thanks for the link, though, because I think that's such a nice program. I do like to see which authors are on the list of those already chosen.
My recent trip to visit jessibud2 in Toronto made me feel guilty about abandoning this challenge. I forgot what a lovely country Canada is. It was a true delight to be there. Reading books by Canadian authors should remind me of the fun I had there celebrating Canada Day with LibraryThing friends (torontoc, -Zoe_, radicarian, jessibud2).
I actually made a trip to Canada this past year and spent a lovely few days with friends in Toronto and in St. Catherine’s. In Toronto, I even went to a LibraryThing meetup. Meeting people I chat with online in real life is terrific fun!
I’m not reading much Canadian literature these days, but maybe I’ll get back into it soon. After all, I’m not doing too well on this challenge! :)
What are your thoughts about Litsy? I didn’t think I’d like it, but I’m finding it entertaining.
I have this thread starred so clearly I have been here before. Glad to see it revived. Maybe I can help a bit with suggestions. Just a little FYI for >1 SqueakyChu: - Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories.
You might find some good suggestions from this thread over on bookcrossing:
Also, a book I read recently (one of the finalists for this year's Canada Reads, which airs beginning this coming Monday through Thursday) is Mark Sakamoto's Forgiveness. As you know, Madeline, (and no small thanks to you!), this resonated and generated a good discussion over on my thread in the 75ers group. Sakamoto was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, by the way.
I hope t his thread stays alive. I'd love to follow it. I have quite a *healthy* Canadiana section of books I own and one of my goals this year is to read not only more of the books already in my house but also more Canadian Lit.
Litsy... I'm not real excited about it, at least not yet. It looks like it belongs on a phone: giant photos, very little text. I'm not crazy about that "look" even though Litsy is made for phones. I don't have a smartphone, even, just a tablet. Many emails are made to look that way now, as well. The people seem super-enthusiastic, but I'm also not a big fan of the Twitter-like conversation style - that is, hashtags and @ to tag someone. I don't know. We'll see. I'm not stopping yet. I've posted three review (also hate the tiny number of characters!), but no pictures, just text.
I have so many backed-up books to read that I don't know when I'll add any to this challenge again. However, have you noticed that this is an ongoing challenge for me? Never mind that I started it six years ago, I have the rest of my life to finish it...and I hope to live to a ripe old age! :)
Forgiveness sounds like a magnificent read.
I think I would hate to use Litsy on a tablet. It's fine for a smart phone, though. It's very easy to scroll through the entries, and, since what people write are small blurbs and reviews, it's fun for short bursts.
Some of my best-loved Canadian authors
Alice Munro (short stories)
Miriam Toews (rural stories growing up 'Mennonite')
Stephen Leacock (humour, e.g. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town)
Mordecai Richler (satire on Canadian life; poignant characterizations)
Margaret Laurence (don't miss: The Stone Angel)
Carolyn Arnold (Crime mysteries) Keeps her Cdn birthplace private
Guy Gavriel Kay
Genre: children & YA
L. M. Montgomery (PEI)
Kathleen Margaret ("Kit") Pearson (born = AB)
Susan Juby (AB)
Susin Nielsen (AB) (my current most fave is No Fixed Address)
*Robert Munsch (one of my faves is the Paper Bag Princess) but born in Pittsburgh! Check out his titles and be sure to read his about page!
Overview list, Canada.
Manitoba. (Do read Intrepid by William Stephenson; it is outstanding non-fiction even if you don't read this type of history)
PEI. The most famous is the Anne of Green Gables series.
SK. Some of my personal fave authors: W. O. Mitchell, Lynne Bowen, Sharon Butala, Guy Gavriel Kay, Max Braithwaite.
Yukon. Famous writers include Pierre Berton and Ken Coates; Robert Service was a popular poet of the day but his work is perhaps too dated now.
Nunavut, many Northern writers born in this territory before it was officially separated from the NWT, so not specifically separated from NWT.
Hope this helps you find some new-to-you literature!
Now, that's a name I haven't heard in a long time! My parents had one of his books at home when I was growing up. Not sure if I ever read it though.
Trying to remember the title... Had to look it up Why Shoot the Teacher - catchy title, for sure!
In fact the only Atwood I've read and kept is The Edible Woman. I have only a hazy memory of the story now (and mine is a 1973 reprinted paperback). Haven't added it to my LT library yet.
My private 'challenge' is that I have to re-read books if I don't a clear memory of the plot. I have an excel file on my computer with a couple thousand books in it and I'm only adding them to LT if I liked them enough that I'll want to revisit the story. So the greater bulk of my library at home isn't on LT.
I have a hard cover Dance of the Happy Shades I want to read first. Alice Munro is a dear memory to me from the 1970's, when she used to hold these fabulous 'theatre games' at her house. I bet she got lots of writing material from those hilarious evenings. Won't bore you with that story, but I wish I'd asked her to sign my copy of that book, just for sentiment, you know?
I usually start forgetting plots as soon as I finish a book. Maybe that’s a result of my age. However, I started taking notes on most books I read (plot, characters, my thoughts) on my phone and simply transfer this information to private notes in LT when I finish each book. This has been easy enough to do and wonderful for when I want to refer back to each book.
I’ve yet to read something by Alice Monroe other than a a short story.
My second reading ~ with your reaction in mind ~ was enlightening, however: perhaps Bob's humour is his way of coping with disastrous situations (?). I think he surely does have a great connection to children. He knows to a nicety how to play a situation so it is kid-friendly amusement.
This past summer, I read Pigs about a hundred times to my 3 y.o. grandson. We laughed and laughed, every time. The illustrations are terrific, too.
I'll have to look for Pigs!
>46 jessibud2: Thanks for the recommendations, Shelley! I treasure the Canadian kids' book you gave us. :) They are in the bookshelf at the head of the bed in which Eli used to nap. Now neither of my grandkids takes an afternoon nap! :D