To kick off the 3rd Annual Break Cassay Out of Tax Jail I have fellow Edmonton Book Blogger and our ring leader Kristilyn from Reading in Winter to talk about Canadian Authors. She also set up her blog post in a way that all I had to do was copy and paste it :) How awesome is that??? Yep, she's awesome.
Although I have lived in Canada all my life -- I was born here! -- I really haven't completely gotten into a lot of the wonderful Canadian literature that's out there. As I went through my bookshelf just recently, I noticed that I had a lot of unread Canadian books on them, but very few that I had actually read. After this, I went online and searched for some Canadian authors -- there is a great deal of authors on the lists I found that grace my shelves, as well as some authors who I had no idea were Canadian. From my point of view, here are the top Canadian authors I think you should be reading. For some of these authors, I've read plenty of their works, and others I know I need to read more of.
“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.”Michael Ondaatje is still such a new author to me, but he's one of those authors who I know I should be reading. Case in point, I've had The English Patient and Coming Through Slaughter on my shelf for a long, long time. Maybe I feel intimidated to crack them open, but they're there for the day when I finally feel like I should sit down and devour them. I did read The Cat's Table last year and while it wasn't my favourite novel, it was still pretty good. Ondaatje has received tons of praise and I can definitely see why. Author of: The English Patient, Coming Through Slaughter, The Cat's Table
“What do you want? Love. Well, love gets what she wants one way or another.”
Ami McKay is another new author to me. While I have The Birth House on my shelf, I'll admit that I haven't ever cracked it open. It wasn't until I won a copy of The Virgin Cure that I finally decided to read some Ami McKay -- and I was quite impressed! The Virgin Cure was such a unique book and quite the intriguing read. It made me very excited to try out The Birth House one of these days.
Author of: The Birth House, The Virgin Cure
“You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.”
Courtney Summers is one of my new favourite authors. I had gotten an eBook of Cracked Up to Be and read it right away -- it was such a good read and very accessible. I was impossibly excited for This is Not a Test because the trailer for it scared the crap out of me. It's nice to know that Canada has some great YA talent -- I know that Courtney Summers is one that I will be keeping a close eye on!
Author of: Cracked Up to Be, Some Girls Are, This is Not a Test
“in the caves of my heart, where pain taps out its rhythms and sorrow sets its loss, i am without direction.”
Nick Bantock is one of those authors that I had to include on this list because of how unique his books are. I remember my sister-in-law talking about one of his books, long, long ago. She pulled out a copy of Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence and I immediately knew I had to have a copy of it. This series is one of those series that I love to pull out and flip through because it's just so beautiful. If you're into artsy-type books, this is a series you need to have. It's gorgeous.
Author of: Griffin & Sabine, The Golden Mean, Sabine's Notebook
“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
Yann Martel is one of those authors that I have been reading for YEARS. There are very few authors that I can say that about, but I remember reading Life of Pi -- devouring it, actually -- and being completely in love with Martel's style of writing. Shortly after that, I picked up a copy of Self and fell in love, and just recently read Beatrice & Virgil. I think there's only one of his books I haven't read and it's only because it's a non-fiction ABOUT books and I don't want to ruin some of the reads mentioned in it for myself. Yann Martel is one of those authors you MUST have on your shelf. He's pretty awesome.
Author of: Self, Life of Pi, Beatrice & Virgil, What is Stephen Harper Reading?
M. R. Merrick
“Whoever said death couldn't be measured was wrong. Death was a football field. Death was a sprint. Death was measurable distance I wasn't fast enough to reach.”
I am just a brand-new M. R. Merrick fan these past few months. I had no idea that such great Canadian talent rested right here in Alberta! His Protectorate series has received lots of great praise and it's one that I've enjoyed so far. I definitely look forward to reading more by Matt!
Author of: Exiled, Shift, Release
I was lucky enough to find out about Janet Gurtler after receiving an ARC of her book Who I Kissed from Raincoast Books. It wasn't until after I finished it that I realized she was from Calgary, Alberta. Janet has quite the catalogue of books -- one that I'm looking forward to working my way through.
Author of: Who I Kissed, I'm Not Her, If I Tell, How I Lost You
And that's it! I know there are so many other authors that I should be reading, from Kelley Armstrong, to Todd Babiak, to Joseph Boyden, and there are also others who I've read and loved, from Margaret Atwood, to Lawrence Hill, to Kenneth Oppel. Canada has a great wealth of literary talent and I look forward to finding more of it!
Who are some of your favourite Canadian authors?
Thanks Kristilyn for stopping by!