Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Canadian Book Challenge- 6th Update

Here we are, the 6th update. No one joined Leo, Nicola, Steve or August in completing all 13 reads yet, but many are within spitting distance. As well, welcome to three new participants: Cheryl, Teena and Stephanie. Again, for those people interested in joining the 2nd edition of this challenge, beginning Canada Day and running for a whole year this time, drop me an email or comment. As well, please hound your writer/publisher friends to donate prizes!!!

For those of you interested in stats, as of today's date we have read a combined total of 270 books! Great job everyone.

Here are the standings so far:

The Grosbeaks (13 Books)

- Empress of Asia by Adam Lewis Schroeder
- Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
- High Spirits: A Collection of Ghost Stories by Robertson Davies
- The Serpent's Egg by J. Fitzgerald McCurdy
- Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel
- Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman
- The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
- The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson
- Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Gemini Summer by Iain Lawrence
- Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
- Dust by Arthur Slade

- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
- Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil
- King of Russia by Dave King
- Fatal Passage by Ken McGoogan
- Alligator by Lisa Moore
- Sailing to Saratanium by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Spook Country by William Gibson
- And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat
- Uninvited Guest by John Degen
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Badlands by Robert Kroetsch
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- What's Bred In The Bone by Robertson Davies

- Garcia's Heart by Liam Durcan
- October by Richard B. Wright
- Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles
- The Bone Sharps by Tim Bowling
- Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
- The Culprits by Robert Hough
- The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall
- The Reckoning of Boston Jim by Claire Mulligan
- Coureurs De Bois
by Bruce MacDonald
- As Good As Dead
by Stan Rogal
- Woman in Bronze
by Antanas Silieka

- Fits Like A Rubber Dress by Roxanne Ward
- Flesh and Gold by Phyllis Gotlieb
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Home Movies by Ray Robertson
- In The Place of Last Things by Michael Helm
- The Dakest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Wandering Fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Love of A Good Woman by Alice Munro
- Dead Man's Float by Nicholas Maes
- Where Is The Voice Coming From? by Rudy Wiebe
- Fat Woman by Leon Rooke
- The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

The Canada Geese (12 Books)

The Snowy Owls (11 Books)

- Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
- I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- Salamander by Thomas Warton
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler
- The White Dawn by James Houston
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book by Bill Richardson
- Latitude of Melt by Joan Clark

The Green Loons (10 Books)

- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee*
- All in Together Girls by Kate Sutherland
- Lorelei by Lori Derby Bingley
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
- Hockey Dreams by David Adams Richards
- A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews
- The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
- The Inuk Mountie Adventure by Eric Wilson
-Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

- From the Notebooks of Dr. Brainby Minister Faust*
- All My Friends Are Superheroesby Andrew Kaufman*
- Flybook Action Figure Comes With Gasmask by Jim Munroe*
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Punch Line by Joey Slinger
- At a Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Big Man Coming Down The Road by Brad Smith
- Houdini's Shadow by Leo Brent Robillard
- The Culprits by Robert Hough

- Ecoholic by Adria Vasil*
- Kalyna's Song by Lisa Grekul*
- King John of Canadaby Scott Gardiner*
- The Little Country by Charles de Lint
- The Alberta Fact Book by Mark Zuehlke
- The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak
- Timbit Nation by John Stackhouse
- Kanada by Eve Wiseman
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Curling For Dummies by Bob Weeks

The Osprey (9 Books)

- Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe*
- The National Dream by Pierre Berton
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Love: A Book of Remembrances by bpNichol
- Out of the Sea by Victor Kendall and Victor G. Kendall
- Uncommon Prayer by Susan McMaster
- One Woman's Arctic by Sheila Burnford
- Harpoon of the Hunter by Markoosie

- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart*
- Where Nests The Water Hen by Gabrielle Roy*
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton
- Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola by Paulette Jiles
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Effigy by Allisa York

- Duty: The Life of a Cop by Julian Fantino*
- Last Resort: A Memoir by Linwood Barclay*
- Bad Move by Linwood Barclay*
- Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay*
- Toronto: Then and Now by Mike Filey and Rosalind Tosh*
- Stone Rain by Linwood Barclay*
- Bad Guys by Linwood Barclay*
- The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani*
- Only In Canada You Say by Katherine Barber*

- Golden Fleece by Robert J. Sawyer*
- Tell Your Sister by Andrew Daley*
- The Architects Are Here by Michael Winter*
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Adultery by Richard B. Wright
- The Torontonians by Phyllis Brett Young
- Lost In The Barrens by Farley Mowat
- Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

- Gifts and Bones by Barbara Murray*
- The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce*
- Treading Water by Anne DeGrace*
- La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet
- The Island Means Minago by Milton Acorn
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- Smuggling Donkeys by David Helwig
- Covenant of Salt by Martine Desjardins

The Kingfishers (8 Books)

- After Helen by Paul Cavanagh*
- Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby*
- Spanish Fly by Will Ferguson
- Along The Shore by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
- Rick Mercer Report: The Book by Rick Mercer
-The Hunter's Moon by Orla Melling
-Against The Odds by Lucy Maud Montgomery

- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Far North by Will Hobb*
- The Wild Wood by Charles de Lint
- Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
- Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- The Word For Home by Joan Clark

The Polar Bears (7 Books)

Sam Lamb
- A Song For Nettie Johnson by Gloria Sawai*
- Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews
- October by Richard Wright*
- The Tree Tattoo by Karen Rivers
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
- Consumption by Kevin Patterson
- The Extraordinary Garden by Francois Gravel

- Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald*
- Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland*
- Cumberlandby Michael V. Smith*
- The Butterfly Plague by Timothy Findley
- Voyages of Hope by Peter Johnson
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Teddy Rose
- Charles the Bold: The Dog Years by Yves Beauchemin*
- The End of The Alphabet by CS Richardson
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa

The Loons (6 Books)

- The Canadian Settler's Guide by Catherine Parr Traill*
- Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Widdershins by Charles de Lint
- By The Time You Read This by Giles Blunt
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
-A Touch of Panic by L.R. Wright

- The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker*
- After River by Donna Milner
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- I Married The Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
- My Name is Bosnia by Madeleine Gagnon

- Consolation by Michael Redhill
- Rene Angelil Unauthorized Biography by Jean Beaunoyer
- Starting Out by Pierre Berton
- A Nurse's Story by Tilda Shalof
- One Red Paper Clip by Kyle MacDonald
- Miss O by Betty Oliphant

The Coats of Arms (5 Books)

Brown Paper
- The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery by Katherine Govier*
- The Solitudes of Emperors by David Davidar
- The Assassin's Song by M. G. Vassanji
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
- Obasan by Joy Kogowa

- Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Larry's Party by Carol Shields
- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Long Stretch by Linden MacIntyre

- Fall On Your Knees by Anne Marie MacDonald
- Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
- All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- Scoundrels and Scallywags by Brian Brennan

- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood*
- Sitting Practice by Caroline Anderson
- Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx

- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- The Morningside World of Stuart McLean
- A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Them Times by David Weale

- Adultery by Richard Wright*
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb*
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

- Still Life by Louise Penny
- Swann by Carol Shields
- Unless by Carol Shields
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Caribou (4 Books)

- South of an Unnamed Creek by Anne Cameron*
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Atonement by Gaetan Soucy
- The Big Why by Michael Winter

- Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
- Bloodletting and Other Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
- The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Geranium Cat
- Selected Tales by Ouhanderfoule Jacques Ferron
- The Honeyman Festival by Marian Engel
- A Deathful Ridge by J. A. Wainwright
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark

- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Bird Artist by Howard Norman
- Wonderful Strange by Dale Jarvis
- The Long Run by Leo Furey

The Bluenoses (3 Books)

- Dr. Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit by Robert Lecker*
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe*
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence*

- Peace Shall Destroy Many by Rudy Wiebe*
- Generica by Will Ferguson*
- Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland

- Smart-Opedia by Maple-Tree Press
- There Will Be Wolves by Karleen Bradford
- The Library Book by Maureen Saw

- Hana's Suitcase by Karen Levine
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
- Not An Easy Choice: Re-Examining Abortion by Kathleen McDonnell

- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Kanada by Eve Wiseman

The Beavers (2 Books)

- Piano Man's Daughter by Timothy Findley (No review)
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

- Not Wanted On The Voyage by Timothy Findley
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Gautami Tripathy
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Dahlia and Balu
- Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
-Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

The Maple Leaves (1 Book)

- A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry*

-Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

(*Indicates new reviews. If this update is not accurate, please let me know in the comment section and I'll edit it.)

Now, it's prize time! This time it's Jack Booth and Patricia Storms' Fifty Little Penguins. Patricia, an illustrator out of Ontario, wrote a post about me and a little known radio show a while back. Now she's doing me another favour by donating this AUTOGRAPHED book. Want to win it for your kids? Nieces or nephews? Mechanic's kids perhaps? All you have to do is fill in the blanks, and I'll pick a winner from everyone who participates. These are all taken from new reviews, linked to above:

1. "Likewise, the descriptions of each woman's journey made it clear how difficult travel was in the late ________, particularly for poor people."

2. "The horrors of the _______ in India is definitely not a story for everyone."

3. "It was written in _______, distilling her 20 years experience of living in the backwoods - deep in the dark forests that made up most of Ontario at the time."

Email your answers to jmutford [at] hotmail [dot] com. I will pick a winner on Saturday, April 5th, 2008.


Unknown said...

Aw - you did an update just as I finally finished another book last night! I know about time!
Just finished "Late Nights on Air" by Elizabeth Hay (review will be up later today) which brings me up to just 5 books - I'm still chugging away though! Gosh darn it, I want to finish this challenge!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a prolific bunch of readers. How did grosbeaks get to be designated the leaders?

John Mutford said...

Jennifer: You can do it! The Elizabeth Hay is my next book for the challenge, too. Looking forward to that review.

Barbara: Grosbeaks and the rest came from the days when all our paper money had birds and they (the grosbeaks) were on the now non-existent thousand dollar bill. I explained it a while back...

Dewey said...

Wow, you are a GREAT challenge host! Amazing follow-up. I'm more likely to announce a challenge, create a challenge blog, then get so busy I completely neglect the entire thing. I'm so impressed by how you run your challenge; you're my new role model!

raidergirl3 said...

I'm a loon! cool.
Awesome recap, as usual.

Any Yukon suggestions? I'm trying to avoid huge books (I'm looking at you Pierre Berton)
Have you read that Jack London book? Was he Canadian?
I should go look this up, I'm just lazy tonight.

John Mutford said...

Dewey: Thanks! Coming from you, whom I consider one of the masters of challenges and the like, I consider it a compliment!

Raidergirl: While London was American, I believe White Fang and Call of the Wild were both set in the Yukon. So, while I'd still say they fit the criteria, that's up to you.

Anonymous said...

I am determined to finish although I still don't know what I'm going to read for two territories and one province. Maybe I'll investigate some young adult books.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I'd like to participate in the next challenge (whether or not I make it through this one). I already have two books lined up for it!

Unknown said...

And I finished another. The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow.

So I made no progress for your 6th update, but I'll have made up for it when it comes around to the 7th update!

Unknown said...

I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate the work that John Mutford is doing with his Canadian Book Challenge that encourages Canadian authors and welcomes readers to CanLit. I was delighted when John offered up Dining with Death as his February quiz prize.
John Mutford’s Canadian Book Challenge has a straightforward goal for readers: read 13 Canadian books (books by Canadians and/or about Canadians) before next Canada Day. The onus is on readers to keep tally as they body checks up the ranks toward the ultimate category of Grosbeaks (readers who have enjoyed 13 CDN books by Canada Day).
For readers at a lost as to where to find 13 Canadian works and who have for one reason or another lost their library card or moved to a village with no independent bookstore or refuse to frequent the national book monopolies or don’t have an aunt with an extensive CanLit library to pilfer… John has supplied a list of titles broken down by the province or territory in which the author writes or was born. John has done all the homework!
Armed with this list readers should have no problem hunting down Canadian classics and other quaint Canadian stories at local garage sales. Download his list from the Bookmineset blog.
But what are the odds of finding a favourite CanLit novel in the wild? Odds are good. I’ve stripped my shelves and I’m going to launch many of my favorites into the wild through Book Crossing.
I’ve registered 3 books already: Any Given Power – Alissa York, Prochain épisode – Hubert Aquin, Book of Longing – Leonard Cohen. I know, I know, I know, one is a collection of short stories, one is a novel, and one is a book of poetry – so maybe they don’t all qualify under the Canadian Book Challenge. John will forgive me.
And I’m going to cheat again. I’m also going to launch copies of: the New Quarterly, Canadian Writers & Writing, Brick, and Room. All collections of Canadian works. All lovingly collected celebrations of CanLit. All wild.
And I will continue to launch CanLit into the wild as soon as I turn the last page of each of the books on my nightstand. Keep your eyes peeled.

Unknown said...

and, another! Finished Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel, brining me up to 8 read before your next update! that's a big jump.

RR2 said...

I found your blog through the Weekly Geeks!
As a Canadian, I'd definitely be interested in joining the second challenge.