List: Books By Canadian Authors to Check Out (+ Giveaway!)

Posted 1 July, 2016 by Lianne in Lists / 10 Comments

Happy Canada Day! It’s a long weekend up here, which is nice, and to celebrate everything Canadian, I’ve decided to put together a wee list of some of my favourite books by Canadian authors that I’ve read in the past year (2015 – 2016).

Edit (09 July 2016): A little late as I’ve been away at the end of June/start of July, but you can consider this post as part of this month’s edition of So You Want to Read… (see previous posts)

  • Still Mine by Amy Stuart (review) — I read this book earlier this year and it’s absolutely marvelous! Very atmospheric, foreboding, and mysterious; you’re not quite sure who to trust in this wee mining town in the middle of nowhere, and the protagonist is fighting her own past demons whilst searching for clues to the whereabouts of a missing woman. I’ve mentioned it recently how it’s a perfect vacation read, but it’s a great read any time, really.
  • Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis (review) — This was last year’s winner of the Giller Prize, which prompted me to check it out (plus I got some verbal recommendations when I was at the bookstore shortly afterwards). It was absolutely stunning, from the premise of bringing human consciousness to this group of fifteen dogs to capturing the essense of human experience. Not to mention from the Canadian standpoint it gives a curious/change of perspective of the city I live in.
  • Family Furnishings by Alice Munro (review) — No list of Canadian literature is ever complete without mentioning Alice Munro 😛 I selected this title, the latest compliation of her works, because it’s all around a solid collection. I found I prefer her later stories to her earlier ones–much easier to get into, the themes and scenarios interesting–and think this is a great starting point if you’ve never read anything by her before.
  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (review) — Joseph Boyden is a quite a big author up here, writing about Aboriginal experience in Canadian history and about Aboriginals and their lives as a whole. I hadn’t gotten around to reading any of his books until this year and suffice to say it was quite a read! I learned a lot about the Aboriginal contribution to the Canadian forces during World War One as well as a myriad of other topics such as the residential schools and the serious issue of morphine addiction. Can’t wait to read more books by him!
  • The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (review) — Any book by her, really (see author tag), but to date this title has to be my favourite from her. It’s absolutely atmospheric, feels like you’re almost in northern Scotland, at Slains, facing the sea. Both storylines–the 17th century one and the present day one–were absolutely enthralling, I couldn’t quite put it down once I started reading it. I’ve enjoyed almost all of her books save for one of two but if you’re new to her works or want a sample of her storytelling, this is definitely the book to check out.

And that’s my list of recommendations of books to check out by Canadian authors! Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think of them? If you haven’t read any of these, well, now’s your chance! I’m hosting a flash book giveaway where you can win your choice of book from the above five titles* 🙂 This giveaway is open internationally so long as The Book Depository ships to your country. This giveaway will run until 08 July 2016 at 11:59PM. A winner will be selected the following day and will have 48 hours to respond to the email so please make sure you enter a valid email address! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email me at webmaster [at] eclectictales [dot] com. Bonne chance! 😀

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* – If you’ve read the above titles by Alice Munro, Joseph Boyden, or Susanna Kearsley, I’d be happy to send you a book of theirs that you haven’t read.

Edit: Congrats to the winner of this giveaway, Denise! I hope you enjoy the book of you choice. Thanks again to everyone who entered!

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10 Responses to “List: Books By Canadian Authors to Check Out (+ Giveaway!)”

  1. Denise Duvall

    Happy Canada Day! Next year it will be our 150th birthday. It seems like yesterday, that we were celebrating our Centennial at Expo 67 in Montreal, my favourite city along with Vancouver. A Canadian book, that I have just read, is Farley Mowat’s “A Whale for the Killing”, a very tough read about man’s cruelty towards one of the most beautiful creatures in the sea. My favourite Canadian TV show is Murdoch Mysteries, originally a book series by mystery writer Maureen Jennings. I was fortunate to meet her and speak with her and her husband at a lecture she gave a few years ago.

    • I can’t believe we’re hitting 150th next year; I remember when we hit 125 years, I got this button commemorating it, lol.

      You know, I think I’ve only watched one episode of Murdoch Mysteries. I should check that show out one of these days (or just read the books, lol; that’s awesome that you met the author a few years ago!).

      Congrats again on winning the giveaway! 🙂

  2. I haven’t read anything by any of these authors. Clearly my Canada-fu is weak ;D I’m going to have to go old school with my favourite Canadian author and say Lucy Maud Montgomery because I still turn to her books all the time. I read We Stand On Guard, a graphic novel about the USA invading Canada, yesterday and was devastated when the Americans turned Prince Edward Island into a prison camp. Unaccaptable! Oh and I hope you’re enjoying Canada Day 😀

    • Canada-fun, I love that xD

      Ahh, Lucy Maud Montgomery. I can’t believe it was only last year that I finally properly read Anne of Green Gables :3 (I watched the movie/tv show adaptation, but for some reason thought I read the books when I was younger). Omg about that graphic novel–rude that they turned PEI into a prison camp! Don’t they know the best potatoes in the country come from there?! 😛

    • I think Alice Munro definitely appeared to the forefront after her Nobel win–definitely prompted me to finally pick up her books xD Hope you enjoy reading the other authors when you get to them!

  3. I realized this year that I haven’t really read much CanLit. I have to read a book set in a different country for my Reading Challenge, and I thought I might actually read one set in Canada/written by a Canadian since it’s ridiculous I haven’t read one in so long!

    • That’s a pretty interesting reading challenge you’re participating in! Hope you managed to find a book set in Canada/written by a Canadian since this comment 😉

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