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Editado: Mar 28, 2011, 12:19pm

Hello, just joined this group and I'm already breaking the rules :-)
I actually already started this challenge over on my Reading Globally thread, so I'm not restarting and I'll just transfer those books over here (It's not like I got all that far last year, anyway).

British Columbia:A Recipe for Bees, Gail Anderson-Dargatz; Stanley Park, Timothy Taylor

Alberta: Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King; Kappa Child, Hiromi Goto

Saskatchewan: Peace Shall Destroy Many, Rudy Wiebe;

Manitoba: Under the Ribs of Death, John Marlyn; The Diviners, Margaret Laurence; Kiss of the Fur Queen, Tomson Highway

Ontario: The Robber Bride, Margaret Atwood

Quebec: Lullabies for Little Criminals, Heather O'Neill

New Brunswick:

Nova Scotia: The Bishop's Man, Linden MacIntyre

PEI: Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Newfoundland & Labrador: Annabel, by Kathleen Winter, February, Lisa Moore


Northwest Territories: Late Nights on Air, Elizabeth Hay


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Ago 19, 2009, 11:41am

Late Nights on Air will probably be my NWT book too. Excellent map--I still feel a little odd seeing the Northwest Territories split in two like that, though.

Ago 19, 2009, 12:16pm

Yeah, me too. It looks especially wonky on this map because the perspective is so different from what we're used to.

Ago 19, 2009, 5:53pm

Yeah, like the Northwest Territories are leaning back to get away from Nunavit's bad breath.

Ago 19, 2009, 9:56pm

>4 RidgewayGirl: Wah ha ha ha ha ha ... that is so funny, but I don't know why!

I have a copy of Late Nights on Air in one of my many TBR stacks. Seems like a good candidate to dig out.

Ago 25, 2009, 3:24pm

OK, Joyce, I need to get your map. And figure out where all the regions are... (**blushing** - but hey, could you find Canterbury on a map of New Zealand?)

Sep 6, 2009, 8:14pm

Hmmm. . . is it an even comparison? New Zealand doesn't have provinces or states, right? On blank maps I can locate all 50 US states, all the Australian states and all the UK counties and districts. What is Canterbury? I know that the cities on the South Island include Christchurch and Dunedin and Auckland is on the North . . . do I get at least a point for that? Please? I'm really disappointed when I don't do well in geography ;-)

Editado: Sep 27, 2009, 6:29pm

Oh My Goodness I loved Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay, and so glad to see that I now have my Northwest Territories book done.

Oct 15, 2009, 8:36pm

Updating my list to include my Manitoba book, which is Under the Ribs of Death by John Marlyn. Not really recommended. Instead I suggest Larry's Party by Carol Shields, or maybe the book I'm reading now, The Diviners by Margaret Laurence.

Oct 16, 2009, 1:33am

Joyce you're doing very well in geography if you know where Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland are!! Canterbury's a region (Christchurch is its main city.)
Amazing that you can do all the UK counties and districts. I'm hopeless on the UK.

I have both Larry's Party and the Diviners but haven't read any Canadian books since I signed up for the challenge! oops. I'm on a Switzerland kick instead (we're moving to Basel for a couple of years).

Ene 31, 2010, 1:26pm

I absolutely loved The Diviners. So sad but so good at the same time. Larry's Party was good too but I preferred The Stone Diaries.

Nov 3, 2010, 2:53pm

It's been a while since I read a new province, but today I get to colour in Newfoundland & Labrador with Annabel, by Kathleen Winter. Great book and it's set in both parts of the province. I have two more Newfie books that I want to read soon: Galore and February.

Editado: Ene 15, 2011, 11:38am

Hi Joyce!

I decided to join your Canadian province challenge. I've hardly read any Canadian authors at all!

Tell me about Nunavut. I've never even heard of that province until just now. It doesn't really make the news. :)

Ene 15, 2011, 12:15pm

Nunavut is a territory. It is actually fairly new, made up of part of what used to be the Northwest Territories!

Ene 15, 2011, 1:09pm

I just looked it up on the Canada map. I had no idea that it separated from Northwest Territories. You guys are so near...yet so far away. :)

I found out from wikipedia that, in Nunavut, there are people (five of them, actually) that are residents of a city/place/town (?) called Alert which is a bit more than 500 miles from the North Pole!! Facinating!!!

Ene 15, 2011, 1:37pm

I just read my Nunavut book, Darkness at the Stroke of Noon. It was very interesting. I told people that it made me want to see it -- but not in person. I think a DVD would work just fine. I did try to find a DVD, but there don't seem to be many that are dedicated to Nunavut alone except for a few that were done in Canada, mainly for schools.

Ene 15, 2011, 1:55pm

The whole Canadian Arctic is fascinating. It's so unimaginably vast. And I've always wanted to go to Tuktoyaktuk just so I can say I've been there.

Ene 15, 2011, 2:11pm

I'm lucky that I did have a chance to travel across Canada once (Ontario to British Columbia). I'm just sad that not more Americans take the opportunity to visit Canada. It's not that it's too far away either. I'd be willing to bet that more people of the U.S. travel overseas than visit Canada. Of our five family members, all of us have been overseas, but only three of us have visited Canada.

The Canadian Arctic looks fascinating...but just too cold!! I'd rather visit the Equatorial tropics, thank you very much!

Ene 15, 2011, 2:19pm

I just love saying Tuktoyaktuk :)

Ene 15, 2011, 3:15pm

You can pronounce it?!

Ene 15, 2011, 4:02pm

It actually sounds pretty much how it's phonetically spelled. Tuk-toy-yak-tuk (except I say the yak as if its yuk)

Ene 15, 2011, 4:04pm

> 17

And I've always wanted to go to Tuktoyaktuk just so I can say I've been there.

Why? What's there?

Ene 15, 2011, 4:50pm

Not much. But isn't that a cool name? I saw a guy with a University of Tuktoyyaktuk T-shirt once--I'd like one of those (and no, there is no university there).

Ene 15, 2011, 5:34pm

I could go for one of those tee shirts! I'd have to locate the place on a map first - just in case anyone would ask me about it, though. :)

Ene 24, 2011, 1:26pm

Okay, I can finally fill in Quebec, and that's one huge swatch of red! I've actually read a few books set in Quebec over the past few years but I didn't use them because they did not have a strong sense of place. The one I'm finally going to use is Lullabies for Little Criminals, which is just brimming with Montrealness.

Only a few more to go--Nunavut, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Yukon. I think I have books in my TBR pile for all of them except the Yukon. I'm only including works of fiction by an author who has spent considerable time in the location, so my pickings are slim.

Feb 25, 2011, 2:56pm

I already have Newfoundland book, but I have to add a second: February, by Lisa Moore. Highly recommended for those who love achingly beautiful books.

Mar 28, 2011, 12:20pm

Colouring in Nova Scotia with The Bishop's Man, by Linden MacIntyre. The novel is set mostly in Cape Breton Island, where the author is from . . . so I good representation I should think (although I have no idea since I've never been there).

Abr 8, 2011, 1:03am

Cape Breton is very beautiful :) Congratulations on colouring in another province! :)

Oct 11, 2012, 12:34pm

I haven't visited my own thread since spring of 2011 because I haven't read a novel from Nunavut, Yukon, or New Bruinswick. I have, however, read some worthwhile Canadian fiction:

Helpless, Barbara Gowdy. Set during a hot Toronto summer. A single mother's daughter goes missing. Good but not too disturbing. The kidnapper is particularly well written.
Zero Gravity, Sharon English. Short stories set in and around Vancouver by a writer from Ontario. Nominated for the Giller prize.
Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood. Her first novel. Somewhat dated, but worth reading for the chapter about the dinner party. Another Toronto book.
On the Outside Looking Indian, Rupinder Gill. Comical memoir about a daughter of Indian immigrants trying to catch up on all the "typical" Canadian experiences she missed out on as a child.
Hey Nostradamus, Douglas Coupland. A sometimes depressing, sometimes hilarious look at how a school shooting affects the survivors. No one captures Vancouver as well as Coupland.
Sugar Bush and Other Stories, Jenn Farrell. Short stories set in Vancouver and the Island. Sharp, insightful, and sometimes disturbing.
Stone Diaries, Carol Shields. On its way to becoming a Canadian classic, this book is set mostly in the US.
The Sometimes Lake, Sandy Bonny. A collection of short stories set mainly on the Prairies. The author often mixes science in with her tales.