Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge- 3rd Update

Three months in and we're already up to 297 books!

Congrats to Historia, Kathleen, and August for already reaching 13. That's even before we started the first edition of the challenge (the 1st started October 4th)! And to all those new folks that joined, or to those that have yet to start, last year's success shows that's it's far from too late...

Here are the standings so far (* indicates a new review).

Nunavummiut (13 Books)

- Cockroach by Rawi Hage*
- Rust and Bone by Craig Davidson*
- Once by Rebecca Rosenblum*
- Adult Entertainment by John Metcalf*
- Flight Paths and the Emperor by Steven Heighton*
- Dancing Nightly in the Tavern by Mark Antony Jarman*
- Red Plaid Shirt by Diane Schoemperlen
- The Girls Who Saw Everything by Sean Dixon
- Degrees of Nakedness by Lisa Moore
- The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved
- Exotic Dancers by Gerald Lynch
- Stunt by Claudia Dey
- A Week of This by Nathan Whitlock

- Paddle To The Arctic by Don Starkell*
- When We Were Young editted by Stuart McLean*
- The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong*
- I Married The Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
- After by Francis Chalifour
- Going Inside by Alan Kesselheim
- Laughing on the Outside: The Life of John Candy by Martin Knelman
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Unknown Shore by Robert Ruby

- Slow Lightning by Mark Frutkin*
- 13 by Mary-Lou Zeitoun*
- Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen*
- Run of the Town by Terrence Rundle West
- Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin
- Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis
- An Acre In Time by Phil Jenkins
- Kiss The Sunset Pig by Laurie Gough
- Psyche's Children by Catherine Joyce
- The Lidek Revolution by James Stark
- Pure Springs by Brian Doyle
- Speak Ill of the Dead by Mary Jane Maffini
- Without Vodka by Aleksander Topolski

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
(12 Books)

Albertans (11 Books)

Saskatchewanies (10 Books)

- The Sandcastle Contest by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Class Clown by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Just One Goal by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- More Pies! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- No Clean Clothes! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Boo! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Get Out of Bed! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel
- We Share Everything by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Look At Me! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko

- Too Close To The Falls by Catherine Gildiner*
- The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart*
- The Rules of Engagement by Catherine Bush*
- Happenstanceby Carol Shields*
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- lullabies for little criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- A History of Forgetting by Caroline Adderson
- JPod by Douglas Coupland
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee

Yukoners (9 Books)

- Night Runner by Max Turner*
- Getting the Girl by Susan Juby*
- Jolted by Arthur Slade*
- Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- The Horseman's Grave by Jacqueline Baker
- Newton and the Time Machine by Michael McGowan
- The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service and illustrated by Ted Harrison
- The Seance by Iain Lawrence

- Rockbound by Frank Parker Day*
- Roger Sudden by Thomas Raddall*
- The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler*
- The Film Club by David Gilmour
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
- What Happened later by Ray Robertson
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- The Game by Ken Dryden
- Midnight Hockey by Bill Gaston

- Sisters of Grass by Theresa Kishkan*
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson*
- A Certain Mr. Takahashi by Ann Ireland*
- Innercity Girl Like Me by Sabrina Bernardo
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- Beautiful Girl Thumb by Melissa Steele
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
- Where The Pavement Ends by Marie Wadden
- Naomi's Road by Joy Kogowa and illustrated by Matt Gould

Paul P
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley
- As For Me And My House by Sinclair Ross
- Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
- Pilgrim by Timothy Findley
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
- Effigy by Alissa York
- Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

Prince Edward Islanders (8 Books)

- Ramasseur by Richard deMuelles*
- Passion Fruit Tea by Elenore Schonmaier
- Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
- a week of this: a novel in seven days by Nathan Whitlock
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- Baltimores Mansion by Wayne Johnston
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Skating Pond by Deborah Joy Corey

British Columbians (7 Books)

- The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny*
- Runaway by Alice Munro*
- Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood*
- Gallows View by Peter Robinson*
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Charley's Web by Joy Fielding
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery

- The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Sherry Torkos*
- Down The Coal Town Road by Sheldon Currie*
- The Story So Far... by Sheldon Currie*
- Lauchie, Liza & Rory by Sheldon Currie*
- I've Got A Home In Glory Land by Karolyn Smardz Frost*
- The War On Women by Brian Vallee
- Truth and Rumors: The Truth Behind TV's Most Famous Myths by Bill Brious

- Spook Country by William Gibson*
- Pear Tree Pomes by Roy Kiyooka*
- The Witness Ghost by Tim Bowling
- Forage by Rita Wong
- Slash by Jeannette Armstrong
- Ontological Necessities by Priscilla Uppal
- Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer

Northwest Territorians (6 Books)

- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews*
- Entitlement by Jonathan Bennett*
- Cockroach by Rawi Hage*
- Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere by John McFetridge
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Order of Good Cheer by Bill Gaston

- At A Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlen*
- Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy*
- Twice Born by Pauline Gedge*
- Quintet by Douglas Arthur Brown*
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys*
- Remembrance of Summers by J. M. Kearns*

- Exit Lines by Joan Barfoot*
- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Birth House by Ami McKay

- Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston
- Lisa by Carol Matas
- Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge
- Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Thumb In The Box by Ken Roberts
- Dippers by Barbara Nichol and illustrated by Barry Moser

Manitobans (5 Books)

- Extraordinary Canadians: Lord Beaverbrook by David Adams Richards*
-The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews*
-Don't Lets Go The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
-Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
-Traveling Music by Neil Peart

Traveler One
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill*
- Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
- Kiss The Joy As It Flies by Sheree Fitch
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- The Mountain and The Valley by Ernest Buckler

- Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil*
- Barrington Street Blues by Anne Emery*
- Black Ice by Linda Hall
- Blood Lies by Daniel Kalla
- Bone To Ashes by Kathy Reichs

- Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner*
- The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Consolation by Michael Redhill

- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
- Consumption by Kevin Patterson
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

- A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
- Conceit by Mary Novik
- Forage by Rita Wong
- Porcupine by Meg Tilly
- The Alchemist's Dream by John Wilson

- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- Great Canadian Short Stories edited by Alec Lucas
- The Fire Dwellers by Margaret Laurence
- The Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

New Brunswickers (4 Books)

- Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx*
- The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
- At A Loss For Words by Diane Schoemperlin
- The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee

- Blasted by Kate Story*
- The Brutal Heart by Gail Bowen*
- Prarie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon
- Saltsea by David Helwig

- Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen*
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Line Painter by Claire Cameron
- Indigenous Beasts by Nathan Sellyn

- Beneath The Naked Sun by Connie Fife*
- A Theft by Saul Bellow*
- Arctic Migrants/ Arctic Villagers by David Damas
- White Eskimo by Harold Horwood

Nathan Smith
- Belle Moral by Ann-Marie MacDonald*
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong*
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
-The Wars by Timothy Findley

- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
- As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
- A Bird In The House by Margaret Laurence

- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- Fast Forward and Other Stories by Delia de Santis
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Selected Poems (1972) by Al Purdy

- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
- Horseman's Grave by Jacqueline Baker

- Clauda by Britt Holmstrom
- The Only Snow in Havanna by Elizabeth Hay
- The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
- Wolf Tree by Alison Calder

- Kit's Law by Donna Morrissey
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe

Nova Scotians (3 Books)

Tara (find reviews in her sidebar)
- Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill*
- Living Room by Allan Weiss*
- Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen*

- Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler*
- Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
- Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

- Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland*
- The Best of Robert Service by Robert Service
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Mary Ellen
- The Impact of a Single Event by R. L. Prendergast*
- The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart
- Margarita Nights by Phyliss Smallman

- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- Loyalists and Layabouts by Stephen Kimber

- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews*
- Rollbackby Robert J. Sawyer*
- The Birth House by Ami McKay

- Itsuka by Joy Kogowa*
- Since Daisy Creek by W. O. Mitchell
- Prospero's Daughter by Constance Beresford-Howe

- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Unless by Carol Shields
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Sam Lamb
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- The Given by Daphne Marlatt
- A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart

- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton

- Nova Scotia by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
- Tottering in My Garden by Midge Ellis Keeble
- The Pioneers of Inverness Township by Gwen Rawlings

Quebecois (2 Books)

- Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart*
- Caedman's Song by Peter Robinson*

- Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson*
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand*

- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald*
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood*

- The Actual by Saul Bellow*
- The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani*

- Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan*
- Niagara, A History of The Falls by Pierre Berton

- The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
- Open Secrets by Alice Munro*

- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

- My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
- All-Season Edie by Annabel Lyon

- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- The Droughtlanders by Carrie Mac

- Claudia by Britt Holmstrom
- The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Song of the Paddle by Bill Mason

- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Cure For Death by Lightning

- Memories Are Murder by Lou Allin
- Pandemic by Daniel Kalla

- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- The Time In Between by David Bergen

- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Game by Teresa Toten

- Runaway by Alice Munro
- Away by Jane Urquhart

Ontarians (1 Book)

- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*

- Honour Among Men by Barbara Fradkin*

- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

- How To Be a Canadian by Will Ferguson and Ian Ferguson

- Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinsky

Literary Mom
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

- Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler

- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Mrs. Peachtree
- Stella Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay

(If these standings are not correct, please let me know. I suspect I've made many blunders with this one. I've been extremely busy lately and haven't had as much time to dedicate. My apologies!)

The first of this month's prizes is inspired by a piece of sad news I first heard via Historia. According to Robert Munsch's website, dated August 28th, 2008, he has suffered a stroke that "affects [his] ability to construct sentences." Apparently he is recovering, but it will take a long time. So, since one of this month's donated prizes is a children's picture book, I'm asking that you make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in honour of Robert Munsch. You don't need to tell me how much but if you do donate just let me know in the comment section and I'll enter your name in for a draw for 13 Ghosts of Halloween by Robin Muller and illustrated by Patricia Storms. Thanks to Patricia for donating and autographing this book. I will be drawing a winner on October 7th to get the book out before Halloween.

The next two prizes come from a relatively new publisher on the scene, Clark-Nova Books. According to their website, their raison d'etre is to "showcase the best young literary talent that Canada has to offer." Most interesting, under their submission guidelines, their authors must be "under thirty years old upon publication." (Looks like I need to find a new publisher for my memoirs!) Two of their young authors are James Cummins and James Sandham, the authors behind the next two prizes:

In Ambrosia: About A Culture, Cummins investigates electronica and how it "brought an entire generation together in peace and revolutionized the entertainment business, all without ever waking up before noon."

Sandham's The Entropy of Aaron Rosclatt is a novel about "the confrontation of youth's crisp idealism with reality".

To win these two books, look at the new reviews posted above (marked by *). Tell me one non-fiction book and one that you'd consider a coming-of-age story. Email your answers to jmutford (AT) hotmail (DOT) com. I'll be drawing a random winner on October 14.

There's also some prizes being offered up over at Kathleen's place.

Last month's winners of Cheryl Kaye Tardif's Whale Song, Divine Intervention and The River were Wanda, Lara and Gypsysmom respectively. Congratulations!

Until next month, have fun celebrating, promoting and exploring Canadian Books.


Linda/CT said...

Hi John....didn't read a Canadian author this month (for shame!) as I've had a lot going on, healthwise and have been very distracted. I did pick up Mistry's Family Matters and will start that soon for Oct. Keep up the good work.

Melwyk said...

John - this is great; lots to look through. Thanks for keeping us up to date on developments in Can Lit, as well.
BTW, I have a copy of the latest book I've read for the Challenge, Blasted, ready to give away thanks to the author who I've just interviewed. If anyone's interested you can enter until the end of Monday Oct. 6.

Unknown said...

I at least tried to start the challenge this month, but the book I chose is too boring for me; I fall asleep whenever I try to read it. So, I'm still searching for Canadian fiction that'll keep me awake!

Kailana said...

Hi John! I am up to five books. My newest review is here:

Unknown said...

Thanks John, I've launched into my 11th west Quebec author ( a collectin of sort stories by Francophone writers. I really would love to see my standing separate out the west Quebec authors with the Rest-of-Canada authors, just to share the limelignt a bit. And I can't beleive I am almst done my 13. I'm not sure what theme I'll wrap the others up in but I plan to keep reading. I'm also reading CBC's The Quirks and Quarks Question Book – yup I'm a bonafide nerd. And I'll count it under Rest-of-Canada too. One thing that I've loved about this chllenge is leaping across genres.

Kathleen Molloy

gautami tripathy said...

I have started two books. This month I intend to finish both. I haven't been able to read novels for a while now.

I am gonna check out those new books!


Deanna McFadden said...

Hey! I'm up to 4 -- which is better than 2 but certainly not as good as those who have already finished. Congrats to you guys!

Kailana said...

Hey! I finished another book:

Framed said...

Here's the link to my review of The Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast:

Framed said...

Here's my review of Daja Dead by Kathy Reichs:

I'm behind but there's hope in the future.

Corey said...

7th one up, but you have to look for it (i have four quick reviews) -

Brother Dumb by Sky Gilbert

Wanda said...

Hi John,

"Whale Song" arrived last week and I wanted to thank you and Cheryl Kay Tardif! I'm anxious to start it, just have to finish "A Complicated Kindness" first...

Anonymous said...

Hi John,

First of all thanks for choosing me to receive one of Cheryl Kaye Tardif's books. It arrived last week but I caught the early flu/cold that was going around and then there was Thanksgiving so I'm just now catching up on things. The River looks great!

I have read another book from my list so I am now a New Brunswicker. Murther & Walking Spirits by Robertson Davies was a very interesting book and once again I am impressed by what a great writer Davies was. Didn't he win one of your Wednesday compares? This book is an example of why he deserves that honour.

Kathleen said...

I never remember to check back here or tell you what books I've read. Do you have any kid of email list like Carl does for the R.I.P. challenge? I need reminders that there will be updates. Anyways I have finished two books for the challenge, reviews here.

Steve said...

John, I've finished the Challenge, my final 4 books being:

The Channel Shore by Charles Bruce

Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan

The Clockmaker by Thomas Haliburton

My Famous Evening by Howard Norman

I didn't get to a number of other books that I very much wanted to read for the challenge. Are you going to do it again next year?

John Mutford said...

Steve: Congrats. And yes, I'll definitely be hosting a third. Thanks for reading The Clockmaker especially as it is one of the prizes to be given away at the end of the challenge.

Steve said...

The Clockmaker holds up well for something that was written 170 years ago. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more than some of the more recent Nova Scotia classics.

As for the Challenge continuing next year, that's great news. Everyone appreciates your hard work behind the scenes.

Cheryl Tardif said...

Cheryl's update:

I have so many books on my to-be-read pile. Unfortunately only a few are Canadian, but I'll do my best.

I recently had the pleasure of reading an ARC from MIRA by a Canadian author I know. We belong to the same writers' organizations.

I invite you to check out my review of SIX SECONDS by Rick Mofina. This is a MUST READ!

If you're looking for more Canadian books to read, there's a special time-limited deal on for all three of my novels. Go here and scroll down to 'Special Offers...' and 'Frequently Bought Together'.

Happy reading all!

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

Framed said...

I've read three more than what you've listed. Here's the links:
Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast
The Tenderness of Wolves
Deja Dead

Francesca Thomas said...

Just an update - I have finished my second challenge and am starting a third one. This one I will TRY and go somewhat slower on. I have to read 13 books in 9 months.

Anonymous said...

I finally finished The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney.

You can see my review here:

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney