Saturday, May 24, 2008

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge, Eh?

Starting July 1st, 2008 and running to July 1st, 2009, I challenge you to read (and write about) 13 Canadian books (by Canadians and/or about Canadians).

The first Canadian Book Challenge was a huge success, and hopefully the 2nd will prove to be even more fun. If you haven't already, sign up now. Sign up any time within the year as long as you think you can finish.

Unsure what books to read? I've compiled a huge, but by no means complete, list here. These of course are simply suggestions, perhaps you've got an entirely different 13 in mind.

What do I mean by writing about the books you read? I want a 30-essay on my desk the next morning, with footnotes and... just kidding. All I request is a few lines about each book. Call it a review, call it a blurb, call it whatever you want--just post your thoughts somewhere online. I'll again be doing monthly updates charting each participants progress to the 13 goal, and linking to your thoughts. Last time around it was fascinating to see what books other people chose and to read all the differing opinions. The most common way of posting thoughts about finished books is through a blog. However, for those of you without blogs and no intention of starting one, there are loads of other options. BookCrossing allows its members to write a piece about the books on their shelves. Both Chapters and Amazon allows people to post reviews. And if all else fails, email me with your reviews and I can post them here. To help me keep track a little easier, when you finish a book, please email me with the number completed so far and a link to your latest review. jmutford (at) hotmail (dot) com

Last time the most popular method of completing the challenge was to pick a book from each province and territory (hence 13 books). That's fine, and it's the way I plan on completing it again, but it's not the only way. Here's a list of ways to theme your books:

1. From Sea To Sea To Sea- Books from each province and territory

2. The Prize Pack- Books that have won awards (Gillers, Governor General, Stephen Leacock, etc)

3. New Canadians- Many of our best authors weren't born here (Carol Shields, Michael Ondaatje, etc). Why not celebrate with 13 books they've added to the great Canadian library?

4. The Lesser Knowns- Want to introduce people to authors who haven't gotten the recognition they deserve? This approach would aim to pick 13 books published by small firms or even self-published.

5. Missed Books- Check out the list of books read for the 1st edition of this Challenge. Try to pick 13 books that no one read the first time around.

6. The Double Double- Pick 13 books that also fit the criteria for another book Challenge that you've signed up for.

7. The McClung- How about 13 Canadian books written by women?

8. The Individuals- Many of our authors have been quite prolific, having written 13 or more books. Want to devote the challenge entirely to Lucy Maud Montgomery? Margaret Atwood? Robert Munsch? It's 13 books by a single author.

9. The Provincial/Territorial- Host a sub-challenge if you like! 13 Albertan books, for example, would still fit the mandate for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

10. The Genres- 13 poetry books? 13 picture books? Non-fiction? Sci-fi? If you can find 13 books and define a genre, you can do this approach.

11. Publishers Choice- Pick 13 books all by a single publisher.

12. Titles- 13 books with Canada (or some version of) in the title (ex. Eve Wiseman's Kanada, Will Ferguson's Why I Hate Canadians, or Douglas Coupland's Souvenir of Canada)

13. The Free Spirit- Just pick 13 Canadian books and have fun!

Perhaps you can think of another approach. I hope I've made it clear that I'm not picky!

This time around, I've decided not to give away any prizes. Let the literature be its own reward.

Nuts to that! Here be the goodies...
1. Ashes on Ice by Georges Lafontaine

2. the rossiter file by Thomas Rendell Curran

3. The March Hare Anthology edited by Adrian Fowler and featuring works by Wayne Johnston, Bernice Morgan, Joan Clarke, Michael Winter and many more.

4. Ghosts, Heroes and Oddities by Jack Fitzgerald

5. Newfoundland Portfolio: A History in Portraits by J. M. Sullivan

Lobster Press Prize Pack

1. Tin Angel by Shannon Cowan

2. The Secret of Grim Hill by Linda DeMeulemeester

3. The Uncle Duncle Chronicles: Escape From Treasure Island by Darren Krill

4. The Hockey Card by Jack Siemiatycki, Avi Slodovnick and illustrated by Doris Barrette

5. When Pigs Fly by Valerie Couman and illustrated by Rogé

1. The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore

2. The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton

3. Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan

1. Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess

2. To Be Continued...Volume 1 by Gordon j. h. Leenders

3. Joyland by Emily Schultz and illustrated by Nate Powell


A touque (or tuque or toque-- I'm not sure how you spell it but it rhymes with "Luke") designed and handknit by 1st Canadian Book Challenge participant Sam Lamb.

And maple syrup!

As well, there'll be monthly prizes available at each monthly update. Stay tuned for those.

These are the folks on board so far:

Reader Rabbit
Mrs. Peachtree
Geranium Cat
Mary Ellen
Traveler One
Bride of the Book God
Sam Lamb
L. Hill
Literary Mom
Paul P
Debbie S

If you're not on the list and you want to be, leave a comment below. As well, everyone above is welcome to send me their email addresses (if you haven't already) to be put on a mailing list for updates related to the Challenge (see my email address above). It's entirely optional.

If any author or publishers out there wish to donate books for monthly updates, again contact me via email and we can work out the details.
Come July 1st it's time to celebrate, promote and explore Canadian books!!!


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Unknown said...

Cool stuff!

Thanks for doing this again. Haven't decided what method I'll use this time around - I think I was mostly a free spirit this time around.

And, I finished book 10! Three more to go!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm not sure how I'll decide on my books either. The authors will be Canadian. And that's all I've got.

Sam said...

I'm going to give it a shot this year...probably using the "free spirit" method Jen mentioned. I'm not sure how much of the new fiction will make its way to my library system but here goes...

richard said...

I'm totally into this, John, and to make it hard on myself, I'm going to at least double the challenge - but I'm leaning toward 39 books. (It's good to teach English, so you can read for work purposes!)

I'm going to be careful about the particulars, so it doesn't start to feel like work, but my kneejerk for the triple looks like this:
- 13 books from the Transmontanus imprint from Vancouver's New Star Books (environmental nonfiction);
- 13 books of poetry by BC writers;
- 13 novels, by 13 writers, 1 from each of the 13 provinces/territories.

Last calendar I blogged 52 books, so I might be able to increase and target the Canadian content a bit....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this again, John. I know I slacked last time around more so becos I couldn't get hold of Canadian books. This time I am going to beg, borrow or steal from any where I can! What do you say?

Better if any one sends me books of their own free will. The drawback is I live in India!

However, all said and done, I will take up this challenge!

John Mutford said...

Jen: Three more? You can do it!

Barbara: No method necessary beyond that.

Sam: Awesome! Glad to have you on board with us. As for new fiction, I'm always at least two years behind anyway. I looked at the Globe and Mail's bestsellers list yesterday and was quite surprised to see I had read one of the top 10 (Late Nights On Air). That doesn't happen too often.

Richard: Wow. Can't wait for all of those-- especially to see the Transmontanus books, as I'm unfamiliar with them right now.

Gautami: Hopefully, the book I sent you will be able to count. That leaves just 12 more to find. The difficulty of your attaining Canadian books makes in interesting from my viewpoint to see which ones are available in India.

Anonymous said...

I'll give it another go. I may even stretch it out longer than two months this time. :)

Becky said...

Sign me up, I want to read all L.M. Montgomery books!

Anonymous said...

John, Lynda (pooker) offered and has already sent me a book. That makes it two down. I might as well read all the Atwood books I can lay my hands on. One author readily available!

I must thank Lynda, via you post too!

However, I am still going to beg, borrow and steal! Any takers?!

Christine Toffolo said...

This is very neat! It will be a challenge but I'm willing to take it on. I'm not sure how I will decide how I will pick my books but I'm pretty sure I'll pick Canadian authors.

John Mutford said...

Gautami: Pooker has sent me a couple books too. Generous, ain't she?

Christine: Excellent. I've added your name above.

Bybee said...

Great selection of prizes, but how about some of those maple leaf sandwich cookies? Aaron pointed them out when they popped up here in Korea. Yum!

I need to write a review for my latest Canadian Book Challenge (part one) book...thanks for the friendly but insistent elbow.

I'm definitely in for the 2nd CBC. Making a list and checking it twice, eh?

Bybee said...

Here's my review for my PEI book, the 6th in the challenge:

katrina said...

I'll be using the Free Spirit method and hopefully learning a bit about Canada and Canadian literature on the way. I have created a possibles list but seem to be sticking to the really well known authors mainly... not sure if thats a good thing(?)

RR2 said...

I have two questions.
Firstly, could you possible change Chatteringbee?
And, secondly, could we do rereads for this challenge?

Oh, and for our theme we'll probably be doing YA books or books with a YA appeal.

John Mutford said...

Reader Rabbit: I changed "Chattering Bee" to "Reader Rabbit" as you requested. And rereads are definitely okay as long as the reviews are new (and posted within the time frame of the Challenge). I'm looking forward to seeing a YA version of the Challenge. Have fun!

Anonymous said...


John i would like to join your challenge.

I'm a supporter of Canadian writers.

I'm starting to make my list. If we have a author to add to your list what should we do?

John Mutford said...

Hi Joanna,
Glad to have you with us! I'm looking forward to seeing what books you choose. As for adding an author to my list, if you're refering to the list I link to above, that's by no means a comprehensive list and I'm sure I've missed many great authors. But feel free to read and discuss whichever Canadian authors you like for the Challenge. As well, when you finish each of your 13 reads email me to let me know what number you've just completed as well as a link to your review (if you post a review at just send me in that direction). At the beginning of each month, I provide updates here at this blog that highlight everyone's progess as well as link to their reviews. I can be reached at jmutford (at) hotmail (dot) com. To get more an idea what I mean by the updates, here's an example of one that was done for the first Canadian Book Challenge.

Joy said...

Hi John! I'd like to join in your Canadian Book Challenge, if I may. Last year I didn't know any Canadian authors or books (or so I thought), so let the challenge pass me by. NOW . . . I have oodles of lists to choose from. Thanks for hosting! :)

Here's my list of possibilities.

John Mutford said...

Joy: I've added your name above. Glad to have you with us!

Nan said...

I'm in, John! Thanks for offering this again. Last time I started too late, but this time I'll begin reading on July 1! I plan to read Canadian nonfiction: essays, biography, letters, autobiography. I have a few on my shelves already, and will search out some others.

Anonymous said...

Sign me up! I have never read a book written by a Canadian. It doesn't seem possible but its true.

Miss Kim said...

Hi John,
This will be my very first reading challenge and I can't wait to begin! As a Canadian living abroad (in Albania!) I am really looking forward to reading about home!

Anonymous said...

Count me in too please. I'm new to reading challenges, but I'm really looking forward to choosing some books :)

John Mutford said...

Nan: Welcome back! (Feel free to break out into the Kotter theme song).

Violette: Then this challenge will redeem all! Though perhaps you have and didn't realize it was Canadian?

Traveler One: Wow, in Albania? Very exciting. Promise not to get home sick?

Elizabeth: You've opened the flood gates...

Unknown said...

Hi John, Kathleen Molloy here, and I'm throwing my hat in the ring. Yup, I'm signing on for Round Two.

But I'm breaking all the rules. That’s the way we do it “icitte” in Quebec. Instead of selecting one author per province or territory I will read 13 books by west Quebec authors. I'll dive into genres that I am not at all familiar with, such as mystery, gardening, and YA.

I haven't completed my list, heck I have only started my list, but I have lots of help. Frances and Chris at Chelsea Books prepared a list of almost 20 local authors and piled the books high for me to choose from. I then nipped into Solstice Books in Wakefield and Ellen gave me a tour of the local author section, loading up my arms with three new books.

Thirteen is a scary number.

I plan to buy each of the books and then, as per tradition I will book cross them, thereby launching Canadian authors into the wild via west Quebec. And I'll keep tabs on reads via your blog, my blog, and

I'm relatively new to west Quebec (born and raised in Toronto, lived in Brampton ON and St. John's NF as well as Dortmund Germany and Ottawa) so this is a great way for me to explore west Quebec - literally!

And as you know, if there are any CanLit loving book crossers that would quiver at the thought of receiving my sloppy seconds, I would be happy to book cross them your way - trades are always welcome! Drop me a note at or via my blog or website:

Here are my first five books selected to launch Canadian authors from the “nation” of Quebec:

Kiss The Sunset Pig
by Laurie Gough category Travel
BCID: 526-6191300

Run of the Town - stories of an unfettered youth - short stories
by Terrence Rundle West category short stories
BCID: 462-6191289

Speak Ill of the Dead
by Mary Jane Maffini category Mystery & Thrillers
BCID: 285-6191269

Without vodka: Wartime adventures in Russia
by Aleksander Topolski category Biographies & Memoirs
BCID: 125-6191253

Pure Spring
by Brian Doyle category Teens
BCID: 963-6191228

I plan to mix it up French / English and will post reviews in English. And you can bet there will be a few picture books thrown into the mix cuz these days with a pre-schooler and a toddler under foot the books I usually trip over in our house are very pretty and very durable.

Kathleen Molloy

John Mutford said...

Kathleen: So glad you've made it official. Welcome aboard. Though I suspect you might relish breaking a few rules, 13 Quebec books doesn't break the rules at all. If you refer to #9 in the post, it says, " The Provincial/Territorial- Host a sub-challenge if you like! 13 Albertan books, for example, would still fit the mandate for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge." Which means that 13 books from a single province (or territory) is a totally acceptable approah to the challenge. Picking a book from each province/territory is but one of 13 possibilities (there's that number again!). Your choices sound like they might be quite ecclectic and I'm looking forward to them very much. Just out of curiousity when did you live in St. John's? I lived there from 94-2001 and I miss it a lot. Really a fantastic city.

Anonymous said...

I know Pooker and Katherine through BookCrossing and have seen references to your challenge. I could only hold out for so long. I have decided that my challenge will be to read 13 of the 14 Canadian books that have been on my TBR list for over 2 years. Do you need to know the actual titles?

Susan said...

Hi John, I just posted about the challenge and chose what I'm going to do - the Individual, and I'm doing Charles de Lint! What great fun! Here's my link to the post:

and, I'm still at 9 books. 25 days to go....!! I foresee a late night or two!

John Mutford said...

Gypsysmom: Excellent. Welcome to the challenge. No, I don't need to see any titles beforehand (mine will probably fluctuate), but I am curious as to what they are, if you do know. I take it you're also a Bookcrosser. Is there a page that I can link to you?

John Mutford said...

Susan: You can do it! Can't wait to see all your de Lint reviews.

Unknown said...

Well, John you let me off the hook regarding my plan to read 13 west Quebec authors instead of 1 work from each province. And in your welcome message below you dared me to try to slip Stephen King into the mix to see if I can get away with it.

I have a few copies of Stephen King, in French, and I can tell you that they are scarier in French for me because I'm always completely disoriented as I struggle to thumb through in French.

But you got me thinking, what if the translator was Canadian but the original work wasn't?
Would translations count in the Canadian Book Challenge if the translator was a Canadian?

John Mutford Said:

Welcome to the challenge. Hate to break it to you though, but if it’s the custom in Quebec to break the rules, you’ll have to find a new way, for your way doesn’t break them at all! The “one from each province/territory” approach is but one of several suggestions. My only steadfast rule is that the books have to be written by Canadians (or ex-Canadians) or about Canada (or Canadians). 13 books from a single province or territory was one of the 13 ways I suggested for people to take on the challenge. But you can perhaps find solace in the fact that you’re the first to actually take this route. Or of course, if you still want to break the rules you can try to read 13 Stephen King or Jane Austen books and attempt to pass them off as Canadian.

Unknown said...

John, I forgot to mention that I fell in love in and with St.John's. I met my Starter Husband at Mun in 91 dragged him off to Ontario, we recycled each other years later, and when I found my Mr. Forever from Quebec he suggested a Newfie honeymoon so back I went. Blame it on the salt or the love but there is definately something in the air...

Anonymous said...

Hey John, I just couldn't stay away, I'm back for another round. As for reading suggestions, what could be more Canadian than 13 hockey books? Here's a quick list:

1. King Leary (Paul Quarrington)
2. The Uninvited Guest (John Degen)
3. The Good Body (Bill Gaston)
4. The Last Season (Roy MacGregor)

5. The Game (Ken Dryden)
6. Hockey Dreams (David Adams Richards)
7. Cold-Cocked (Lorna Jackson)
8. Tretiak: The Legend (Tretiak)
9. Thunder and Lightning (Phil Esposito)
10. 50 Things to Make with a Broken Hockey Stick (Manchester)

11. The Hockey Sweater by (Roch Carrier)

12. Tropic of Hockey (Dave Bidini)

13. Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (Randall Maggs)

Cheryl Tardif said...

Please add my name, John.

I started late last time, and I may not get to 13, but I'll give it a shot.

I'll also be advertising the contest.

It's just too darned bad my next novel Children of the Fog won't be out in time! But maybe for the 3rd or 4th challenge. :)

~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
Canadian author of Whale Song, The River and Divine Intervention

John Mutford said...

Kathleen: "Starter husband" cracked me up. As for your translator question, I'd say it counts. Translation is an underappreciated art. Plus, I'm not the CRTC, so my rules are pretty loose.

Steve: An all-hockey theme is brilliant. Wish I'd thought of it. I'd add Stompin' Tom's The Hockey Song to your list, too.

Cheryl: You did start late but did remarkably well considering. Thanks for offering to help advertise it again. I'm really curious, where's "Children of the Fog" set?

Anonymous said...

I'm totally in! I haven't chosen my books yet, but I'll probably take the Free Spirit approach.

Anonymous said...

Hi John, BAD NEWS! I don't think I can complete the first challenge. I've just been swamped with school reading this year and since I ended up taking summer courses I didn't get the time off I thought I'd have during the summer. I will, however, be participating in the second challenge and at an average of just one measly book per month I think I'll be able to squeeze it in with all the school reading. I'm going to do the children's lit. again since I have so many titles just calling to me from the shelf to be read and shared with others!

Unknown said...

I’ve finally decided on the next 4 books by west Quebec authors, translators, illustrators, and publishers to launch into the wild for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

Yes John, I’ve blown the protocol all to hell.

Instead of picking 1 author from each province I am zoning into west Quebecer bibliophiles of every stripe, those folks producing the local works we have all come to enjoy in this region.

The first 5 west Quebec books I selected for the 2nd challenge included a travel log, a collection of short stories, a mystery, a narrative biography, and a bit of YA from the male perspective.

I now move to gardening with Ed Lawrence. Ed is a famed Ontarian horticulturalist known by CBC listeners and plant lovers alike. His latest guide was developed by TATLOCK WOODS PUBLISHING INC. based in the village of Masham Quebec. Developed in cooperation with Liane Benoit, this book may very well keep me from killing what’s left of my poppy patch.

ISBN: 978-0-9681210-1-6

Also in the mix is a lovely children’s book called
"The Fixing of the Stars" by Suzanne Cornforth's, Illustrated by Sarah Charlesbois. Suzanne is the author of Chickabiddy: The Bird who Saved the World. I believe it is her first work for kids.

ISBN: 978-0-9784792-0-6

I’ve selected A YA book from the female perspective called Pyche’s Children. It is Catherine Joyce’s newest release and her first YA. Readers may recognize her from her Artists of the Gatineau Hills and her Waneva Trilogy.

ISBN 978-0-9698211-7-5

And because all this reading will make me hungry I’ve added a cookbook! A Year at Les Fougères chronicals a month-by-month almanac of recipes, emphasizing seasonal patterns for planting, harvesting, preserving, and enjoying these gold medal winning plates that the Chelsea restaurant serves year round. Readers get a chance to fart around the kitchen with Charles Part and Jennifer Warren-Part as they describe how meals are planned and paired, all the while salivating over the photos by Andrew van Beek.

ISBN: 978-0-978-160265

Okay, 9 west Quebec authors currently sit on my book self. Four more to pick. And how in the world am I going to pick who to take on vacation?


Stacy Dillon said...

woot! I am so excited. If only there was a Crispy Crunch in the prize pack...I could get the 13 done in a month! I kid. Thanks for taking this on again. I do miss home, and books are a good way to get there for a moment in time!

Framed said...

Finally, I've posted my list here:
I'm definitely a Free Spirit this time. I think all the authors I've chosed are Canadian but I'm too lazy to research it.

Nan said...

Just to let you know that all 13 are now listed on my sidebar. Each of these nonfiction books sounds great to me!
Nan: http://lettersfromahillfarm.

Linda/CT said...

Hi John...some of my favorite authors (Shields, Atwood) are Canadian. I love challenges & am going to try this one. Thanks for doing it! Linda/CT

John Mutford said...

Shereadsbooks: Welcome aboard!

MrsPeachtree: The last one was late to start, so don't feel bad. I'm just happy you're giving it another shot.

Kathleen: Quite an ecclectic bunch. I'm looking forward to reading about them.

Stacy: I had no idea Crispy Crunch was solely Canadian. It certainly beats Butterfinger.

Framed: You've got a couple there that I haven't heard of, but I'm pretty sure the rest are Canadian.

Nan: Looks like a fine list. I'd like to read the Newfoundland Dog book myself.

Linda: I hope you get a chance to celebrate those, as well as explore a few new ones. I wasn't sure how to link to you in the post, so I linked to your blogger profile. Do you have a blog or somewhere specific that you'll be posting reviews?

And to all the participants, check out Lynn's Myspace page. She's completing the challenge using Canadian authors who've become her Myspace friends. As well, she has a post about this Challenge. Thanks, Lynn!

John Mutford said...

Ooops, Lynn's page is here.

Corey said...

Alright, count me in. I got a whack of books at BookExpo, and I'm rarin' to go.

Bybee said...

I've finally got my picks picked for this challenge:

Anonymous said...

Hi John,

Please add me to the challenge list! I'm very excited to join in the fun and discover some great Canadian talent. I am not a blogger but I have a profile on where I can review any books I've read.

Lee Aiken

Anonymous said...

I see that some people discovered Robertson Davies in the first challenge, which is a very good thing -- I've read at least 11 Canadian novels so far, but they're all his. If you haven't, start on The Deptford Trilogy ASAP. I first came across it in a bookshop in England, and it's now become a favorite. Along with The Name of the Rose, it's the book I offer when people come looking for recommendations.

John Mutford said...

Corey: Excellent! So glad you've joined us again.

Lee: I just joined Goodreads so that I can read your reviews for this challenge (welcome, by the way!) Some people, though they'd love to read your reviews may not be interested in joining up anywhere. Do you know if GoodReads allows reviews to be read by the general public, and if not, do you mind if I'd copied and pasted your 2nd Canadian Book Challenge reviews to this blog (giving acknowledgement to you, of course). Let me know what you think.

Jake: Davies is great but there are many other fine Canadian authors as well. Any interest in joining the challenge?

Anonymous said...

John -- I'm definitely interested in participating but fear my ambition might outpace my time. If I reread Canadian authors who I've already posted on, does that count? The initial directions -- "read 13 Canadian books (books by Canadians and/or about Canadians) before next Canada Day (That's July 1st for you non-Canadians in the audience)" -- are, as you say, simple, but I can't help reading lawyerly complexity into them.

If not, I fear might start without finishing, as I'm about to start grad school in English, and that will sap much of the time and energy I might otherwise devote to Canadians. Still, at the very least this is a good excuse to start reading Mordechai Richler, who's been on my book radar for at least a year or two.

John Mutford said...

Jake: Rereads are acceptable, though updated posts might be nice (i.e., how you felt after the second readings, things you may have missed the first time, and so forth). As for not finishing, no big deal. Lots of people probably won't be finishing the 1st edition of the challenge which wraps up in less than 2 weeks. Still they all seemed to have fun and their thoughts on each book were appreciated. Still in?

Anonymous said...

Count me in, please! :)

I'm going to be doing this challenge at the same time as I'm doing the "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die" list, so most of my books will probably come from there.

John Mutford said...

KJ: You're in! I guess that approach counts as a double double since they'll fit the criteria for another challenge as well. It'll be really fascinating to see which books on the 1001 are Canadian, and to see if they live up to the reputation.

Teddy Rose said...

I finally did my post for the 2nd challenge on my blog. Here's the link:

Kailana said...

I think I am going to join this time around. I completed the challenge last time around, but I never actually joined. This time, I will. I read a lot of Canadian books anyways, so it will be fun. I have to go to work, but I will post about it in the next few days.

John Mutford said...

Teddy: Great list!

Kailana: Glad you made it official this time around. I'm looking forward to your post.

Kailana said...

Okay, my list is up tonight afterall:

Unknown said...

John, I forgot to you want us to post the reviews on our blogs and send you a note to say they have been posted or would you like us to post reviews in these comment blocks? Somewhere else?

Kathleen Molloy

John Mutford said...

Kathleen: I'd prefer if people posted their reviews on their own blogs and, as you said, let me know when they've done so. However, for those people without blogs, posting in the comment section is fine (as are reviews posted at Chapters, Amazon, BookCrossing, etc as long as I'm told when they're up).

Unknown said...

Thanks, John. I also forgot to mention that some bi-cultural, bi-national, bi-political west Quebec families celebrate Canada Day for an entire week starting with St. Jean (today June 24) in Quebec and dancing all through the week until July 1 in Ontario. So seeing as my Canada Day Week has already started I posted on my blog my first review for my first book of the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

Without Vodka

Kathleen Molloy

Jo-Ann said...

I have decided to chose from a list of the 100 best Canadian books for children. My list is here -

Anonymous said...

John - I'd like to join the challenge! Haven't decided on the 13 books yet, but will let you have post details when I've put my list up.

Anonymous said...

I'm in. I'll pick out most of my titles while vacationing in Canada this summer.

John Mutford said...

Kathleen: That's for the learnin'!

Jo-ann: Great idea. I've only read 17 of those. Good one to keep handy for sure.

Bride of the Book God: You're in. Don't worry if you can't decide just yet. You can even decide as you go, if you wish.

Birdseyemaple: Books as souvenirs. Nice.

Nan said...

I don't know if it matters, but just wanted to let you know I changed a couple of my choices due to not being available - including that Newfoundland dog book. But I've added a couple that look terrific - The Film Club, and Ma's Cow. I'm really looking forward to this challenge.

1morechapter said...

I'm in again. I'll choose my list from the books listed here.

John Mutford said...

Nan: No, changing your picks is fine. Lots of people will probably just pick them as they come up. What was the name of that Newfoundland Dog book again?

3M: Great list. I guess you've taken the McClung route.

Francesca Thomas said...

Ok You win, I'll do the second challenge, since I have 3 unread books already. Please add me to the list.

Now when are you going to update the first challenge now that its ended (well ending tomorrow)


John Mutford said...

Historia: The update will be up first thing tomorrow!

Francesca Thomas said...

Hi John, I recived this comment on my last post - about your 2nd challenge. I though you might want to see it and add this book to your lists.

Hi. I'd be thrilled if you added my new book to your Canadian Challenge. It would qualify under several categories: new Canadians, new writers, small press. The name of the book is Silent Girl and it's a collection of short stories inspired by Shakespeare's female characters. It was published in May by Inanna, the feminist press out of York University. You can learn more about it at

Miss Kim said...

Happy Canada Day everyone!!!

Ready-Set-GO! Let's get the party started!

I am presently in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia and have Ernest Buckler's "The Mountain and the Valley", written in 1952 about this area! As soon as I finish what I'm now reading I will start this one. Can't wait!

What book are you going to read first???


John Mutford said...

Historia: Thanks for the link. I'll see if I can prize donation or something.

Traveler One: I'm going to start with a Newfoundland book: Harold Horwood's The White Eskimo. A good question to throw out to everyone! Thanks.

Tanya Gulliver, PWAC President said...

I'll jump in. I usually read about 10-20 books a month but they're rarely Canadian so this will make a nice switch.

I'm the new President of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) so I am going to aim to make at least some of my books ones written by PWAC members. I see some folks read our ED's newest book: The Uninvited Guest by John Degen.

sam lamb said...

I'm in! And to help get through books I've already got, I'm going to do the "McClung" idea. First up - Daphne Marlatt's The Given.

Anonymous said...

Please put my name on the list for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.
I'll probably be a "free spirit", and the first book for me is one I just started reading before hearing about this: "The Stone Carvers" by Jane Urquhart. Good Luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

April here again. Correction of my url - new blog

Teddy Rose said...


My first book will be 'The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker.



Remi said...

Ok, I'm in again.

No method to my book selections other than I think I will wade through the pile of Canuck books I have but have not read yet. This could include anything from some Coupland to a book of stories by my friend's mother. Plus, I'll probably revisit two old favourites - Laurence's The Diviners and Richler's Barney's Version.

At least, I intend to do that. Odds are, things will have changed by the time I submit this comment.

Bring on the CanLit.

Anonymous said...

Hey John,

Happy Canada Day everyone!

The first book I picked to read was The Birth House.

Tracy Sebastian

Anonymous said...

I've seen this challenge around last year and it seemed nice, so this year I'm in. My post is here.

tanabata said...

I didn't join in last time but couldn't resist trying this time. I could use some incentive to read the Canadian books on my shelves. I just posted a list of possibles here.

Deanna McFadden said...

I'm finally back online from the long weekend and up for the challenge again this year. Will be picking my books this week.

Also, I work for HarperCollins in my day job and would be happy to contribute some prizes (if you're still looking, no worries if you're not).

Unknown said...

Hi CanLit lovers, I've posted review #3 on my blog, this time for the first YA book I've read in years. YEARS!

Pure Springs, by Brian Doyle

Kathleen Molloy

John Mutford said...

Francesca: I've added you. Welcome aboard. Though I can't seem to get your link to work.

Tanabata: Great choices. Glad you've joined.

Ragdoll: I would definitely appreciate getting more prizes to use for monthly challenges. Email me and I'll provide a mailing address, work out the details, etc.

Kathleen: Are you going to complete the challenge by August? You do realize that you have a whole year, right?

Anonymous said...

Amazing idea!! I'm working at The Word on the Street Vancouver this summer and also in the office is the BC Book Prizes... I'll do the challenge with 13 West Coast Prize winners/nominees!

I blog at

Anonymous said...

thank you for pointing out that problem with the link. It should work now, but still you won't find any list of books there. I'll take some more time to look around and make my choices "as I go".

John Mutford said...

Monica: Welcome aboard! Richard also plans to read a lot of BC books for the challenge as well. It'll be interesting to see the final compilation.

Francesca: Lots of people do pick their choices "on the go" as you say. Thanks for fixing the link. Good luck with the challenge!

Bookfool said...

Sign me up, please, John!

I'm going to be a free spirit and will choose the books as I go. I noticed several on your long list that I know are already on my shelves and I'm beginning with Anne of Green Gables. Your challenge is just the kick I need to finally pick up Anne and start reading.

I've posted about the challenge, here:

monodon1 said...

I'm going to give it a try.

I know I have a bunch of unread Canadian books on my shelves, so my challenge is start with reading all the Canadian books I already own.

Unknown said...

JOhn and CanLit lovers, No I won't complete the challenge by August because I'm busy collecting Canadian authors for my village as we set up our first book crossing zone. Wakefield Quebec has a new BC zone at RiverEcho language school and as I've been snatching up books for the village book crossing zone I've also been collecting Canadian authors for my own bookshelf. As a happy coincidence I've added 17 new books to my book crossing list. As ever, I am happy to trade Canadians. I'm only sorry that when I listed them I didn't think to note the origins of the author to make it easy on the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge challengers. Maybe next time I post my book crossing list I'll better label the Canadians for you.


Anonymous said...

John, I have my first review up at Indigo for The Birth House by Ami MacKay. I'm reading A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews for book #2.

Tracy S.

Teddy Rose said...

I finished my first book for the challenge.

I just emailed the link to you John, but wasn't sure if I should post it here as well.

Heres the link:

Anonymous said...

Hey John, I am going to get in on this, too. I will be using "The Free Spirit" method. This is due to having many books that fit the overall goal (Canadian authors), but together don't fit into any category or group (other then book I want to read).

srf (at) soundchaser (dot) org

Chantale said...

This is awesome!
I'm creating a blog just for this!
I think I may also try and do another challenge or two and combine them.

I'm going to go with the cross-province/territory method I think! I can't wait to read Late Nights on Air!

Please sign me up! My email is cpard(at)rim(dot)com.

John Mutford said...

Bookfool: Anne's a good place to start.

Monodon1: A little Canadian bookshelf cleanse sounds like a good idea.

Kathleen: Though I've been a BookCrosser for over a year, I've only recently gotten into it. I can see why people find it so addictive.

Tracy: A Complicated Kindness is a good read, for sure.

Teddy: Off to a good start!

Scott and Chantyp: Welcome aboard!

Corey said...

1st one's up!

Bill Gaston's The Order of Good Cheer:

Unknown said...

Hi John,

Cheryl Kaye Tardif gave me an idea with her post to my blog...seeing as we've got a handful of writers participating in this challenge I intend to post links on my blog to all of the blogs of participating authors. Good idea but I'm not sure how to do that. I can't even figure out how to link my blog and my books' site BUT my webwhiz Salandra will teach me.

One thing that is certain is that writers read and I'm learning through this challenge that some readers write.

Dear Readers who write: if you are interested in being lumped in with our lot send me your name, blog, list of works via or feel free to post those details on my blog under any of the 2nd Challenge headings

Once the list is compiled I'll send it to John to workup here.

Kathleen Molloy

Francesca Thomas said...

Dear John,

I have posted 2 reviews already, and should have another one soon.

I hope your move to Yellowknife went smoothly.


Unknown said...

The fourth west Quebec author I read for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge was James Stark with his 1993 The Lidek Revolution.

Victor is a Canuk schmuck that gets twisted up with lying politicians all because of his lie detector device. How does he get by?

Nan said...

Is this where I let you know when I've finished a book? If so, then I've just put up my first review here:

Francesca Thomas said...

Ok John

I have done 3 reviews now. I hope you are ok. Its not like you to be silent for 2 days. Although you are probably busy setting up the new house in Yellowknife.


Wanda said...


Caught your link on Chapters and thought, now here's a challenge I can really get into!

I just finished The Skating Pond by Deborah Joy Corey a few days ago and am now fully immersed in David Adams Richard's Mercy Among the Children.

Others I've been wanting to read include: The Island Walkers, The Paperboy's Winter, Stones, Late Nights on Air and The Birth House. I'll decide upon the rest as they tickle my fancy. :)

Framed said...

I just finished my first book for the challenge: Deja Dead by Kathy Reich. Review here:
It wasn't on my original list, but I didn't realize the story takes place in Montreal. I think I'll save Charles de Lint's books for next year's challenge.

Kathleen said...

I'm in!

Nikki in Niagara said...

Read my first book! A new children's lit book by last year's GG Award winner for children's lit. Iain Lawrence's The seance.

Link to my review:

Hope we're supposed to be posting the links in this thread. If not let me know where.

Francesca Thomas said...

An update - I have now read 3 books from the Anne of green Gables series, and reviewed them. So thats 7 books total. With one more Anne book still to finish. I'm doing this fast now so I can take my time later. I start my new school course tomorrow.


Francesca Thomas said...

That should be 6 books total with one more to come (maybe tomorrow).


John Mutford said...

Corey: Off to a good start.

Kathleen: Great idea.

Historia: very hectic move to say the least-- but not to worry, we're absolutely loving Yellowknife. I even found that I can get "Red Stripe" here... and without a permit. Bonus!

Nan: Yes, by all means leave links here. It's easiest for me to keep track off that way. Though email works too. Thanks!

Wanda: Welcome!

Framed: Not to worry. I'll probably stray from my original list, too-- if I ever get started!

Callista: Welcome back!

Nicola: The first I heard of him was through the GGs.

Historia: Wow, you're on a mission! Good luck with the course.

Anonymous said...

Is it too late to join? :] I couldn't resist joining this wonderful challenge. As a fellow Canadian, I regret not reading Canadian literature as often as I liked. Here's my list.

Corey said...

second one's up!

Anonymous said...

Hey john, so yeah so far I've read 7..and I'll write the reviews on the book pages if thats alright...

Unknown said...

I’ve picked another YA novel for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge. West Quebecer Catherine Joyce’s gives us Psyche’s Children.

What is it like to be a teenage girl today?

Moons ago when I was a teenage girl I didn’t have a friend who cut herself to ooze the pain out.

Unknown said...

West Quebec author Lauire Gough and Canadian songstress Joni Mitchell Kiss the Sunset Pig,

This is my sixth west Quebec author for the challenge and my first book of travel memoires.

Review is posted on and my blog

Kiss the Sunset Pig is not so much about hitchhiking through Sumatra, canoeing in the Yukon, sleeping in a redwood tree…as it is about yearning to find yourself somewhere else.

Let's see where Laurie's next adventure takes her.

And who wants to Kiss the Sunset Pig of the title? Singer Joni Mitchell does.

Steve said...

Hey John, hope you're doing OK in YK.

Me, I finished two more hockey books, King Leary and Midnight Hockey by Bill Gaston (excellent!).

The reviews are posted on my blog.


Anonymous said...

I'm adopting the 'If at first you don't succeed' motto and trying this challenge again! I chose some of the ones I picked but never got to the first time round and added in a few new ones. I'm going the Free Spirit route, which should be fun - thanks for hosting the challenge again!

The link to my blog post about this challenge is here

Wanda said...

Two down, eleven to go...

My review/blurb for "Mercy Among the Children" can be found here:

Unknown said...

Hi everyone, author Laurie Gough sent me a nice e-mail explaining that she has had even more world-wide adventrues than I thought. Her condensed message is pasted here:

"A friend of mine just emailed me your blog. I'm glad you liked my book! I just wanted to say it's actually my second book about my travels. My first book is called Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman's Travel Odyssey and in Canada it's called Island of the Human Heart. (Only in Canada does it have that title. In the rest of the world it's called Kite Strings of the Southern Cross.)

Anonymous said...

I have finished two books.

Here is the link for one.

The Time in Between

Yet to write a review for Shelf Monkey.

Elizabeth said...

I'm off to a good start with four books read so far... this is so much fun! LOL Links are:

Hope everyone else is enjoying it too

Teddy Rose said...

I just finished my second book for the challenge. 'Look for Me' by Edeet Ravel

Heres the link to my review:

annette said...

Was so tempted last year but let it pass - this year I'm in! Not sure of the list yet but do know that its theme will be "13 Canadian Books Currently Residing on my Bookshelves"!! I'll post them shortly.

Anonymous said...

Here's my first one:

Anonymous said...

Here's my 2nd review. It is Dan Kalla's Blood Lies and it was fabulous.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little late, but with a new book blog, I'd love to get on board! I'll be taking the "free spirit" approach - aka chipping away at the shameful number of unread books on my shelf. I'll also be making sure to get in some Robertson Davies (an egregious omission in my Canadian reading). Thanks for putting on such a great challenge!


Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say thanks again for hosting this challenge!

And I'd like to encourage people to publish their reviews on the website so that they can help influence others to read Canadian fiction. People just browsing the site at home or instore may come across your review and decide to pick up some homegrown talent- and may even find their new favourite book because of it!

Steve said...

And King Leary makes it 3!

Steve said...

Oops! Let me rephrase that.

King Keary does indeed make three, but it's number two that I forgot to mention, The Game by Ken Dryden.

I also finished Tretiak's book, but then realized, hey, it's not Canadian, so it doesn't count for that challenge.

Must be all those pucks flying past my head...

Remi said...

Wow. It seems like half a mile of comments and it hasn't been one month. Cool.

First review done. Al Purdy's selected poems.

Miss Kim said...

Hello everyone!
I am having great fun with the challenge so far and have 4 reviews on my blog already. I;ve read Late Nights on Air, The Mountain and the valley, kiss the joy as it flies, and yesterday i finished Random Passage. All the authors were firsts for me and I liked each of the books. Hope you are all having fun too!

Kim (traveler one)

Francesca Thomas said...

Ok John,
I have officially read and reviewed 11 books - all in the first month. Count'em all. See the first list in my sidebar under Challenges. But they are for 2 separate categories within the challenge.

I plan on reading 26 Canadian books altogether. 13 books for free spirit (8 down and 5 to go) and 13 books for the single author (3 down and 10 to go).

I'm suggesting that on the sidebar you write me down twice. Put 8 next to one name and 3 next to the other. That way my name will be in the 3 and the 8 category this first month. Does that sound reasonable to you?

The excellent start I have made means less stress for me further along the time line.

Tommorrow is July 31st. You will need to find some time to update some 80 bloggers. Although quite a few have not started reading yet.

Sorry, I dont mean to tell you how to do your job, but I'm kind of throwing a spanner into all your hard work, so I'm suggesting ways to get around the spanner. LOL


Francesca Thomas said...

Dear John,

You're probably working on the update right now, but I do need to advise you of corrections. Your posted this (and I do thank for agreeing to my suggestions)
HistoriaSA 7
HistoriaFS 3

It really should be
HistoriaSA 3
HistoriaFS 8

Thank you.


Francesca Thomas said...

Just a little note - You have Ragdoll listed twice in the participants. Once near the top and again further down just below my names. Unless she is doing two challenges, you might want to remove one of them. Thanks also for updating my info on your list.
I'll get out of your hair now.

Anonymous said...

I want to join!!! I started w "An Imperfect Offering" -- great book by James Orbinski, former head of MSF (drs without borders) and awesome memoir of his experience with the NGO. I had to put it down a few times to cry. Once you read this you can't go back.... MUST READ!!!

John Mutford said...

Hi everyone. Great progress so far. The 1st Update is here.

Wanda said...

Just finished reading it today so my first review for August and 3rd on the list so far, is for, "Baltimore's Mansion".

tanabata said...

I finished my first book, How to Be a Canadian by Will Ferguson. I actually finished in on July 31st but didn't get a review up until today.

Anonymous said...

Here's my first two reads and reviews:

Douglas Coupland's Jpod

Jen Sookfong Lee's The End of East

That's two for me!

Anonymous said...

One down, twelve to go.

Anonymous said...

One more (long weekends are great for reading time!)

Caroline Adderson's "A History of Forgetting"

Anonymous said...

Hey John, have my emails with my updates not been getting through? I know that hotmail has a tendency to toss emails from my domain ( into the junk folder.

John Mutford said...

Hi August (and others). Yes, emails have been getting through, but unfortunately my Internet service was down for a while and I wasn't getting them. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to refresh the statistics on the sidebar and respond.

Jules said...

I'd Like to join, Julie D.
Link to my blog
I post my list and reviews on the blog.

Unknown said...

John, we're back from the 3-week adventure on Quebec's north coast. I finished 3 Canadian authors I had tucked into my sleeping bag.

ficiton: Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin

non-fiction: An Acre in Time by Phil Jenkins

short stories: Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis

All delicious.

Jenkins is my 7th west Quebec author for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

A triple review is on my blog:

Nikki in Niagara said...

Another review up today.

The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker

Anonymous said...

Two down!

Anonymous said...

One More:
Late Nights on Air, by Elizabeth Hay

Nan said...

Just finished my second book in the challenge.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Finished my 3rd!

Newton and the Time Machine by Michael McGowan

Nikki in Niagara said...

Book Number four:

The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service

Nan said...

Book three finished: short but most enjoyable:

Unknown said...

Run of the Town – Stories of an unfettered youth is the 8th book by a west Quebec author that I’ve enjoyed for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

Terrence Rundle West reminds us what it is like to grow up a “typical” Canadian boy, regardless of the decade of your unfettered youth. Reading the Run of the Town stories I smiled remembering my street hockey battles in the 70s when I was a tomboy who kissed boys. Any one of my buddies could have been West’s 1950s protagonist R.J. Martin, some 20 some years later. Like West’s boys, we too had the run of the town.

See the full review on my blog or on book crossing.

Kathleen Molloy

Unknown said...

I’ve added 14 CanLit favourites to my Book Crossing shelf to launch these Canadian authors into the wild:

Alice Munro, M.G. Vassanji, Margaret Laurence, Michael Ondaatje, Stephen Leacock, Tomothy Findley

I’m always happy to trade with Book Crossers.

Kathleen Molloy

Anonymous said...

Number three is done.

Lynda said...

Count me in please - even though I'm joining late!
My book blog is here:

Remi said...

It took a while, but here are numbers 2 and 3.

Anonymous said...

Here's #5
Heather O'Neill's "lullabies for little criminals"

Nikki in Niagara said...

Just finished another Canadian book.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

Teddy Rose said...

I finished book number 2: The Gargoyle:

BTW John, did you get my email with my mailing address?

Anonymous said...

Chalk another one up for me:
Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes

Steve said...

I ditched hockey this month and went for three recent books, bringing my total to 6.

The Film Club (David Gilmour)

What Happened Later (Ray Robertson)

Nikolski (Nicolas Dickner)

All fine books, Nikolsi in particular. I recommend it to anyone looking for a Quebec entry, or something that is both unusual and incredibly well written.

I'd also like to mention that Challenge participant Corey Redekop recently earned Ippy gold for his novel Shelf Monkey in the Popular Fiction category, beating out a book by no less than by James T. Farrell, he of the Studs Lonigan trilogy. Last year the winner was Dave Egger's What is the What. Lofty company, no?

For September I'll be digging into some Nova Scotia classics.

Happy blogging, Steve

Stacy Dillon said...

Finished another one. I'm hoping Polly Horvath counts as she has been residing in Canada for quite some time! I highly recommend My One Hundred Adventures, and the post can be found over at Tweendom!

Teddy Rose said...

I just finished my fouth book for the challenge. Here's the link to my review:

Remi said...

I'm up to four. Four fabulous fictions. Well, three and a book of poems, at least.

sam lamb said...

My first three reviews are up here: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, The Given by Daphne Marlatt and A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Book number 6 is read and reviewed.

Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel

Kimiko said...

I didn't get very far in last year's challenge so I want to give it another go! Please add my name to the list and I'll do my best to keep up to everyone else.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Book number 7:

Jolted by Arthur Slade

Anonymous said...

Book #7:
Carol Shields' "Happenstance"

JK said...

ooops, Happenstance is mine. I'm sure you'd have figured that out!


Unknown said...

I didn't plan to reread Book of Longing but Cohen sort of fell into my lap this weekend.

After the second read it still left me sad and now even more so, appreciating his lament for a life spent.

All the same, he and I don't long for the same thing... and knowing what Cohen longs for... leaves a bad taste.

That said, the poetry is perfect Leonard Cohen. After Book of Mercy and Book of Longing I am anxious for the next "Book of".

Kathleen Molloy

Nikki in Niagara said...

Book 8:

Getting the Girl by Susan Juby

brideofthebookgod said...

John, finally got round to pulling my list together, which can be found here:

Linda/CT said...

I highly recommend Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart; my second Canadian challenge read. It is a thoughtful, insightful, well written novel, quite different than anything I have ever read. I loved it!!! Thanks for this challenge John! Linda/CT

Framed said...

I've finished two more!!
Niagra by Pierre Berton
and Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
I really liked both these books.

Anonymous said...

#8 - Catherine Bush's "The Rules of Engagement"

Laurie said...

Hey, I'd love to join in. I blogged about the challenge here:

Since I have no particular plan, I think I'm definitely going the free spirit route.


Laurie said...

And I forgot to add, I was conveniently already reading and reviewing a book by a Canadian author in August, Dionne Brand's What We All Long For. My review is here, so that's #1 of 13 for me.

Unknown said...

You will recall that I read Mary Jane Maffini’s Speak Ill of the Dead as one of my 13 west Quebec authors.

Well, today I stumbled upon a signed copy and decided to give it away in a contest.

All you have to do to qualify is post a comment on my blog to tell readers who your all-time favourite Canadian mystery writer is and which title you’d buy twice.
Of course, the winner can add it to their list of 13!


Unknown said...

Author Mary-Lou Zeitoun hides out in the Gatineau Hills. In my mind, that makes her West Quebec author and as such she finds her YA novel 13 on my hit list for the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge.

She’s the 9th west Quebec author I’ve enjoyed for this challenge and the fourth YA author.

Zeitoun’s book 13 reminds me of conversations I had with my gal pals in the early 80s; giddy, filled with teen longing, and loaded with mistrust of adults.

Kathleen Molloy

Anonymous said...

I was a little torn about whether to include this one, but as the author has lived in Canada for a long time now and would have written the book while living here, I think I'll evoke the Carol Shields clause to include her.
Too Close to the Falls, by Catherine Gildiner

Anonymous said...

Hey!! This seems like an awesome challenge. I can't wait to get started. I'll probably use the Sea to Sea to Sea method though.

I'm getting really excited about this. :)


Anonymous said...

A big symbolic victory for me on reading this one:
The Underpainter, by Jane Urquhart.


Anonymous said...

whoops: that was the catalogue entry, not the review!

Sandra said...

I would really like to join this challenge please. Thank you.

Heather said...

HI John, I just found out about your cool challenge via Kathleen Molloy's blog. I have been reading lots of Canadian authors of late, so I figure I can find a few more. Will look forward to posting my progress. Thanks for organizing this.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Just posted my latest Canadian authored book. Night Runner by Max Turner

Steve said...

Three more books in September, bringing my total to 9:

Rockbound by Frank Parker Day

Roger Sudden by Thomas Raddall

The Mountain and the Vally by Ernest Buckler

Next month: more Nova Scotia.

Wanda said...

Wasn't so happy with this one but my thoughts on "Ramasseur" can be found at:

Unknown said...

You know Mark Frutkin from Fabrizio’s Return. You may have already snatched up his new quasi-autobiographical journal Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister's Life in the Canadian Bush.

Frutkin is my 10th west Quebec author and the whole time I read Slow Lighting I wanted to eat Spanish oranges.

Slow Lightening is the perfect title. The story is about a university student caught up in political unrest, something he didn’t create, can’t control, and can’t escape – like lightening. It’s like watching distant lightening slowly creeping toward you … and when you’re under it … KABOOM!

Frutkin mixes humour with politics; a cocktail I adore.

Find Frutkin’s books here:

Here is Frutkin’s interview with the Ottawa Citizen on Draft Resister:

Kathleen Molloy

Laurie said...

Just finished #2 of 13. My review of Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson can be found here:

Anonymous said...

A new review for a new month:
Timothy Findley's "The Wars"


Unknown said...

I dove into a collection of short stories for my 11th book of the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge celebrating west Quebec authors.

Jeux d’adresses separates out the different “jeux” (games) in our lives from children’s games to forbidden games.

And here’s something fun… my copy is signed by author Louise Bouley. The dedication is to “Suzanne” with “Gros bisous” (big kisses) and an invitation to explore the imagination of Outaouais.

With that in mind, I am offering up this copy as a prize to a reader who shares their favourite image from Leonard
Cohen’s “Suzanne Takes You Down”.

Post your favourite image from Cohen's Suzanne on my blog and I’ll pick a random winner in November.

Mine is: Only drowning men could see him.

Kathleen Molloy

JK said...

Getting up there (though of course I'll never really be done):

A History of Reading, by Alberto Manguel


Nikki in Niagara said...

Book number ten finished! Only 3 more to go!

Bookweird by Paul Glennon

Mark Leslie said...

I was already likely to have read 13 books by Canadian authors in the stated time frame, but why not officially sign up and also do what I can to help promote them. :)

Unknown said...

Hi John. I would love to join and include my first review. It's no-fiction and that will be my probable reading journey through this fair land:

my email for updates is:

blogbusinessworld [at] yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

Hi John,
I’m launching 18 more Canadian authors into the wild via Book Crossing. As always, I am happy to trade.

Note that I have two new copies of The English Patient – that’s the mak’in of a book club ! Seeing as we are still celebrating Canadian Library Month I’ll offer up these copies to any Canadian library bookclub with an Ondaatje fetish.

Bookclubs, go ahead and send me a note on my blog.

Kathleen Molloy

Anonymous said...

Sad to say this is #13, but of course I'll still be reading canadian and blogging about it!

Barney's Version, by Mordecai Richler:

Thanks for being a great host, John!

sam lamb said...

Three more! Mini-reviews for The Body's Place, Streak of Luck and Latitudes of Melt are here.

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