Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge- Grand Finale!



It's been one glorious year, with loads of amazing Canadian books being celebrated. Can you believe this year's total? 1137 reviews. My initial goal was to just beat the first year total of 415 reviews. Once that goal was crushed early on, I thought it would be nice to double it. When that happened earlier this spring I started to think of how cool it would be to break 1000. Well, here we are and that number was shattered. I am ecstatic!

And what a huge group of people finishing just in time! Congrats for finishing the Canadian Book Challenge last month goes goes out to Geranium Cat, Mary Ellen, Ripley, Nathan, Melanie, Kaitlin, 3M, Diabhan, April, Jazz, Claire H, Chris, Gautami, Teddy Rose, Claire, Bybee and Becky. Geranium Cat was actually done reading a while ago but held off with her final reviews since she was less than impressed with her final two. Mary Ellen brings us a handful of new reviews, including a review of a poetry book by Afua Cooper. Ripley brings in a bunch of new reviews, not the least of which is one of my new friend Richard Van Camp's book of short stories. Melanie finishes with a collection of short stories from Jessica Grant (you know, the one getting all the attention for her novel, Come, Thou Tortoise). Nathan finishes off with a review of The Gargoyle, making me the last Canadian alive not to have read it. Kaitlin pulls in with a Toews book and more Lucy Maud Montgomery books. I'm forever astounded by Montgomery's legacy. 3M finishes with Skim. Have I mentioned how pleased I am with the graphic novel coverage of this challenge? Daibhan rounds out her choices with a Nick Bantock trilogy. Bantock was one of those authors I'd not heard of until the book challenge started, but more than a few people reviewed him and now I'm intrigued. April puts the finishing touches on with a story set in my home: Late Nights On Air. Jazz, most surprisingly just joined us this past month, but still managed to bring 13 books and reviews to us, pleasantly representing YA authors in the process. Claire finishes with a review of Anosh Irani's debut novel. Chris finishes off with a Newfoundland book that also shares its title with a beer. Gautami rounds things off with a Vicki Delaney book and her 2nd Carol Shields book. Teddy, after taking a suggestion from Nicola, added picture books to her Canadian reading list and reached 16 books this months. Have I mentioned yet how pleased I am that children's writers were so well represented this time around? Claire wraps things up with 3 books, including one of my personal favourites, Steve Zipp's Yellowknife. Bybee has learned how much of a Robertson Davies fan she is with most of her final choices. Becky finishes her single author approach with five more Lucy Maud Montgomery books. Great job everyone!

Some highlights this month include:
- A review of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff's new book (I wonder if it was inspired by the Red Hot Chili Peppers)
- A review of an Andrew Kaufman book (that's Andrew, not Andy)
- A new arctic book and first time novel for Cathleen With
- A review of Mark Leslie's One Hand Screaming. Mark is a Canadian Book Challenge participant and his book was a prize a few month's back.
- A thought-provoking post about what it means to be entertained while reading using Carol Shields' Unless to make a point
- A book by CBC radio's Jonathan Goldstein

Some authors new to me this month include Christian Cameron, Catherine Jenkins, Judith James, Gord Rollo, Emily St. John Mandel, David Carpentier, James Heneghan, Pamela Porter and Maggie Wheeler.

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful reviews. Keep those conversations happening!

Nunavummiut (13 Books...or more!)

GeraniumCat
- Dead Cold by Louise Penny*
- A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews*
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Anne of Windy Willows by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Unless by Carol Shields*
- Once Upon a Time: Myth, Fairy Tales and Legends in Margaret Atwood's Writings edited by Sarah A. Appleton
- Still Life by Louise Penny

Mary Ellen
- Copper Woman by Afua Cooper*
- Chester by Melanie Watt*
- Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt*
- Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt*
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje*
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood*
- Mariana by Susanna Kearsley
- Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Welcome To The Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother by Meg Federico
- The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
- Apologize, Apologize by Elizabeth Kelly
- Not Guilty by Debbie Travis
- Still Life by Louise Penny
- The Impact of a Single Event by R. L. Prendergast
- The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart
- Margarita Nights by Phyliss Smallman

Ripley
- Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland*
- The Boy Must Die by Jon Redfern*
- No Such Creature by Giles Blunt*
- The Colour of Lightning by Paulette Jiles*
- Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy*
- Advice For Italian Boys by Anne Giardini*
- No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay*
- Step Closer by Tessa McWatt*
- Megiddo's Shadow by Arthur Slade*
- Amuse Bouche by Anthony Bidulka*
- One Hand Screaming by Mark Leslie*
- Angel Wing Splash Pattern by Richard Van Camp*
- Snitch by Allison van Diepen*
- Wicked Woods: Ghost Stories From Old New Brunswick by Steve vernon*
- The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote
- Scarlet Rose by Julia Madeleine
- Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Line Painter by Claire Cameron
- Indigenous Beasts by Nathan Sellyn

Nathan
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson*
- Scaredy Squirrel in the Dark by Melanie Watt*
- The Book of Stanley by Todd Babiak*
- The As It Happens Files by Mary Lou Finlay*
- Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant*
- The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong*
- A Simple Wedding by Lynn Johnston*
- Otherwise by Farley Mowat
- Bookweird by Paul Glennon
- Belle Moral by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
- A Secret Between Us by Daniel Poliquin
-The Wars by Timothy Findley

Melanie
- Making Light of Tragedy by Jessica Grant*
- Coming Attractions '08 edited by Mark Antony Jarman*
- Come, Thou Tortoise Jessica Grant*
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson*
- Birth of a Bookworm by Michel Tremblay*
- A Thousand Shades of Blue by Robin Stevenson*
- Heave by Christy Ann Conlin
- The Hatbox Letters by Beth Powning
- Plainsong by Nancy Huston
- The Valley by Gayle Friesan
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner
- the Retreat by David Bergen
- Blasted by Kate Story
- The Brutal Heart by Gail Bowen
- Prarie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon
- Saltsea by David Helwig

Kaitlin
- Emily Climbs by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Emily's Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews*
- Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Unless by Carol Shields*
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
- Baroque-A-Nova by Kevin Chong
- The Case of Lena S by David Bergen
- In The Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
- The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro
- A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay
- The Concubine's Children by Denise Chong
- The Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema

3M
- Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki*
- The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley*
- Yarrow by Charles de Lint*
- Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks*
- The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardson*
- Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis
- The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardson
- Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
- A Certain Mr. Takahashi by Ann Ireland
- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen
- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Daibhin
- Morning Star by Nick Bantock*
- Alexandria by Nick Bantock*
- The Gryphon by Nick Bantock*
- Canoe Lake by Roy MacGregor*
- Hippolyte's Island: An Illustrated Novel by Barbara Hodgson*
- Vinyl Cafe Unplugged by Stuart McLean*
- Vinyl Cafe Diaries by Stuart McLean*
- Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood*
- Inside Out Girl by Tish Cohen
- Summer Gone by David MacFarlane
- Island by Alistair MacLeod
- The Ladies' Lending Library by Janice Kulyk Keefer
- Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

April
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay*
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys*
- Summer of My Amazing Luck by Miriam Toews
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- The Time In Between by David Bergen
- Can You Hear The Nightbird Call? by Anita Rau Badami
- Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
- The Art of Salvage by Leona Theis
- Crows: Encounters With The Wise Guys of the Avian World by Candace Savage
- The Order of Good Cheer by Bill Gaston
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Jazz
- The Bully Boys by Eric Walters*
- Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby*
- Nothing To Lose by Norah McClintock*
- You Can Run by Norah McClintock*
- Voyageur by Eric Walters*
- Tweaked by Katherine Holubitsky*
- Out of the Cold by Norah McClintock*
- Dooley Takes The Fall by Norah McClintock*
- Gotcha! by Shelley Hrdlitschka*
- The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane by Polly Horvath*
- After River by Donna Milner*
- Frost by Nicole Luiken Humphrey*
- Payback by James Heneghan*

Claire H
- The Cripple and His Talisman by Anosh Irani*
- Tyrant Storm of Arrows by Christian Cameron*
- Blood Sports by Eden Robinson*
- Spook Country by William Gibson*
- Last Stop Sunnyside by Pat Capponi
- Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
- Nine Planets by Edward Riche
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
- Ten Thousand Lovers by Ravel Edeet
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Song of the Paddle by Bill Mason

Chris
- 1892 by Paul Butler*
- Ecoholic by Adria Vasil*
- Look at Me by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Boo! by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw*
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
- Getting Over Edgar by Joan Barfoot
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Negotiating With The Dead by Margaret Atwood
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Loyalists and Layabouts by Stephen Kimber

Claire
- Larry's Party by Carol Shields*
- Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel*
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp*
- De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage
- Dragonflies by Grant Buday
- It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- Away by Jane Urquhart
- Ex-Cottagers In Love by J.M. Kearns
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane
- Barnacle Love by Anthony de Sa
- Stunt by Claudia Dey

Becky
- Emily Climbs by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Emily's Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Tangled Web by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Chronicles of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery*
- Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Avonleaby Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Bybee
- Murther and Walking Spirits by Robertson Davies*
- Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland*
- The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies*
- The Manticore by Robertson Davies*
- World of Wonders by Robertson Davies*
- Larry's Party by Carol Shields
- Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- JPod by Douglas Coupland
- Anne of The Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Unless by Carol Shields
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Teddy
- Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sami Suomalainen*
- A Promise Is A Promise by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak and illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka*
- It's Raining, It's Pouring by Andrea Spalding and illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts*
- Show and Tell by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko*
- Mister Got To Go and Arnie by Lois Simmie and illustrated by Cynthia Nugent*
- Gordon Loggins and The Three Bears by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Tracy Walker*
- Pigsby Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Mary of Mile 18 by Ann Blades
- Bamboo by Paul Yee and illustrated by Shaoli Wang
- Amos's Sweater by janet Lunn and illustrated by Kim LaFave
- Finklehopper Frog Cheers by Irene Livingston and illustrated by Brian Lies
- The Party by Barbara Reid
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Look for Me by Edeet Ravel
- Horseman's Grave by Jacqueline Baker

Gautami
- In The Shadow of the Glacier by Vicki Delany*
- The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields*
- The Horseman's Graves by Jacqueline Baker
- the nine planets by Edward Riche
- Six Seconds by Rick Mofina
- The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
- The Murder Stone by Louise Penny
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- Larry's Party by Carol Shields
- The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
- Sir Cook, The Knight? by Erik Mortensen
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- The Time In Between by David Bergen

Ariel
- The Assassin's Song by M.G. Vassanji
- Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner and translated by Lazer Lederhendler
- The Tent by Margaret Atwood
- An Accidental Canadian: Reflections on My Home and (Not) Native Land by Margaret Wente
- The Meaning of Puck: How Hockey Explains Modern Canada by Bruce Dowbiggin
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- 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

Gypsysmom
- Sacrament by Peter Gzowski
- Peace Shall Destroy Many by Rudy Wiebe
- Lady Oracle by Margaret Atwood
- A Carra King by John Brady
- The Difference Engine by William Gibson
- Murder in Montparnasse by Howard Engel
- The Lyre of Orpheus> by Robertson Davies
- The New Ancestors by Dave Godfrey
- Murther and Walking Spirits by Robertson Davies
- Itsuka by Joy Kogowa
- Since Daisy Creek by W. O. Mitchell
- Prospero's Daughter by Constance Beresford-Howe

Lynda
- Downhill Chance by Donna Morrissey
- City of Ice by John Farrow
- Ice Lake by John Farrow
- A Gentlewoman of Upper Canada by Anne Langton
- Vinyl Cafe Unplugged by Stuart McLean
- Black Fly Season by Giles Blunt
- Deafening by Francis Itani
- Sugarmilk Falls by Ilona Van Mil
- From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories Collected by Michael Ondaatje
- Life by Drowning: Selected Poems by Jeni Couzyn
- Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
- New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English editted by Margaret Atwood and Robert Weaver
- The Birth House by Ami McKay

Remi
- Spent by Joe Matt*
- Heaven Is Small by Emily Schultz*
- Poor Bastard by Joe Matt
- Overqualified by Joe Comeau
- Girls Fall Down by Maggie Helwig
- Not Yet by Wayson Choy
- Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
- Important Artifacts and Personal Property From The Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewellery by Leanne Shapton
- Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- 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

Heather
- Bitten by Kelley Armstrong*
- Broken Wing by Judith James*
- Once Upon a Time by Barbara Fradkin
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Do or Die by Barbara Fradkin
- Little Voice by Ruby Slipperjack
- Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
- Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- White Jade Tiger by Julie Lawson
- Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy
- Origin of Species by Nino Ricci
- The Brat by Lynsay Sands
- The Inuit Thought Of It by Alootook Ipellie
- Two Trails Narrow by Stephen McGregor
- The Manitous: The Spiritual World of The Ojibway by Basil Johnston
- April Raintree by Beatrice Culleton
- Furious Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway by Drew Hayden Taylor
- Devil In Deerskins: My Life With Grey Owl by Anahereo
- The Curse of the Shaman by Michael Kusugak
- The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat by Jack Batten
- One Native Life by Richard Wagamese
- All My Relations: An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Native Fiction editted by Thomas King
- Medicine River by Thomas King
- Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway

Corey
- Overqualified by Joey Comeau
- Coventry by Helen Humphries
- The Town That Forgot How To Breathe by Kenneth J. Harvey
- Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey
- Blackstrap Hawco by Kenneth J. Harvey
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- Brother Dumb by Sky Gilbert
- 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

Mark
- POW! Right Between The Eyes: Profiting From The Power of Surprise by Andy Nulman*
- Crimson by Gord Rollo*
- Beneath The Surface by Simon Stanztas*
- Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff*
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Frozen Blood by Joel A. Sutherland
- Me Minus 173 by Alicia Snell
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- Cricket In A Fist by Naomi K. Lewis
- Wolf Pack by Edo van Belkom
- Lone Wolf by Edo van Belkom
- Cry Wolf by Edo van Belkom
- Wolf Man by Edo van Belkom
- In Tongues of the Dead by Brad Kelln
- Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
- Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott
- Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay

Barefootheart
- Gold Digger by Vicky Delany*
- Only In Canada, You Say by Katherine Barber*
- Early Ontario Gravestones by Carole Hanks*
- A Violent End by Maggie Wheeler*
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark*
- Red Fox by Charles G.D. Roberts
- Streets of Riches by Gabrielle Roy
- Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass by Liz Primeau
- The Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
- Apples Don't Just Grow by Maida Parlow French
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- Margarita Nights by Phyllis Smallman
- The Calling by Inger Ash Wolfe
- Your Loving Anna by Louis Tivy
- Beaver Tales by Audrey Tournay
- Beavers Eh to Bea by Lil Anderson
- The War at Home: An Intimate Portrait of Canada's Poor by Pat Caponi
- Last Stop Sunnyside by Pat Caponi
- The Corpse Will Keep by Pat Caponi
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
- The Courtship by Budge Wilson
- A Fool and Forty Acres by Geoff Heinricks
- Rooms For Rent In The Outer Planets: Selected Poems 1962-1996 by Al Purdy
- Ragged Islands by Don Hannah

Splummer
- Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
- Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel
- Detective by Arthur Hailey
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- Someone Else's Ghost by Margaret Buffie
- Spook Country by William Gibson
- Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy
- The Dark Garden by Margaret Buffie
- By The Time You Read This by Giles Blunt
- Golden Girl and Other Stories by Gillian Chan
- A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton
- The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
- The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh

HistoriaABM
- Free Rider by John Lawrence Reynolds*
- Drifting Home by Pierre Berton
- Serendipity Road by Catherine DeVrye
- Starting Out In The Afternoon by Jill Frayne
- Straight From The Heart by Jean Chretien
- Gifted to Learn by Gloria Mehlmann
- Daring to Dream by Diane Dupuy
- Thumbs Up by Elizabeth Manley
- The Storyteller by Anna Porter
- Hope & Despair by Monia Mazigh, translated by Patricia Claxton and Fred Reed
- Mila by Sally Armstrong
- Flight of the Dragonfly by Melissa Hawach
- Time and Chance by Kim Campbell
- The Fight of My Life by Maude Barlow
- Farley: The Life of Farley Mowat by James King

John
- The Little Man: Short Strips 1980-1995 by Chester Brown*
- The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat*
- Field Marks by Don McKay*
- Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy*
- The Ghost of the Yellowknife Inn by Colin Alexander
- Children of the Yukon by Ted Harrison
- Speaking of Power by Di Brandt
- The Terror by Dan Simmons
- Heroes of Isle aux Morts by Alice Walsh and illustrated by Geoff Butler
- Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
- Songs Of The Great Land edited by John Robert Colombo
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
- Mother Raven Nursery Rhymes by Peter Redvers and illustrated by Don Harney
- What Became of Sigvald, Anyway? by Mark Fremmerlid
- I thought elvis was italian by Domenico Capilongo
- Tom Three Persons by Yvonne Trainer
- Louis Riel: A Comic Biography by Chester Brown
- Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford
- Grandmother by Elaine Woodward
- It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth
- Visiting Hours by Shane Koyczan
- House of The Wooden Santas by Kevin Major and carvings by Imelda George
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa
- To The Top Canada by Chris Robertson
- Wolf Tree by Alison Calder
- Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by Randall Maggs
- Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets edited by Zachariah Wells
- Weathers by Douglas Lochhead
- Hand To Hand by Nadine McInnis
- The Retreat by David Bergen
- Big Rig 2 b Don McTavish
- The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Beatitudes by Herménégilde Chiasson
- The Anachronicles by George McWhirter
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- Beneath The Naked Sun by Connie Fife
- A Theft by Saul Bellow
- Arctic Migrants/ Arctic Villagers by David Damas
- White Eskimo by Harold Horwood

Raidergirl
- Remembering The Bones by Frances Itani
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay
- High Spirits by Robertson Davies
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- 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

Jo
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- Rotten Apple by Rebecca Eckler
- The Retreat by David Bergen
- Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Yellowknife by Steve Zipp
- Watching July by Christine Hart
- The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Game by Teresa Toten

Framed
- Waiting For Gertrude by Bill Richardson
- The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
- Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
- Dragonflies and Dinosaurs by Kate Austin
- Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
- Still Life by Louise Penny
- The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
- Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
- The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
- Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson
- Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
- Niagara, A History of The Falls by Pierre Berton

Monica
- X in Flight by Karen Rivers
- Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
- Y in the Shadows by Karen Rivers
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa
- For Now by Gayle Friesan
- First Time by Meg Tilly
- Getting The Girl by Susan Juby
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- 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

Tara
- The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong
- Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
- The Birth House by Ami McKay
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregant by Michel Tremblay
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
- Not Wanted On The Voyage by Timothy Findley
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
- Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Living Room by Allan Weiss
- Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen

Joanna
- Niceman Cometh by David Carpentier*
- Breaking Lorca by Giles Blunt*
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen*
- The Good Body by Bill Gaston*
- The Lost Highway by David Adams Richards
- The Ravine by Paul Quarrington
- The Retreat by David Bergen
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton
- No Such Creature by Giles Blunt
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
- No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
- Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott
- The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton
- Claudia by Britt Holmstrom
- The Only Snow in Havanna by Elizabeth Hay
- The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
- Wolf Tree by Alison Calder

Teena
- Too Close Too Home by Linwood Barclay
- Toronto: The Way We Were by Mike Filey
- Food Pets Die For by Ann N. Martin
- New Rules For Retirement by Warren MacKenzie and Ken Hawkins
- War Brides by Melynda Jarratt
- The New Retirement by Sherry Cooper
- Nova Scotia Drink-O-Pedia by Graham Pilsworth
- Write About Dogs by Keith Ryan
- Notes on a Beermat: Drinking and Why It's Necessary by Nicholas Pashley
- Here For A Good Time by Ra McGuire
- Cheech & Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography by Tommy Chong
- Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema
- 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

PookerX
- Compalints Department by Susan Haley*
- Magic Eight Ball by Marion Douglas*
- Wild Dogs by Helen Humphreys*
- A Magical Story of the Gimli Trolls by Bonita Hunter-Eastwood and illustrated by Jerry Johnson*
- I Once Knew An Indian Woman by May Ebbitt Cutler*
- Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson-Dargatz*
- Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
- Fierce by Hannah Holborn
- The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson
- Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
- Having Faith in the Polar Girls' Prison by Cathleen With
- Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott
- The Tracey Fragments by Maureen Medved
- Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford
- The Cure For Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
- Children of the Day by Sandra Birdsell
- The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life by Camilla Gibb
- Frogs and Other Stories by Diane Schoemperlen
- 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

PookerY
- DreadfulWater Shows Up by Hartley GoodWeather*
- Red Dog, Red Dog by Patrick Lane
- Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey
- Grass, Sky, Song by Trevor Herriot
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Christmas Tree by David Adams Richards
- Sparrow Nights by David Gilmour
- Precious by Douglas Glover
- Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
- Phantom Lake: North of 54 by Birk Sproxton
- This Business With Elijah by Sheldon Oberman
- More by Austin Clarke
- 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

Sandra
- Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen*
- Changing Heaven by Jane Urquhart*
- The Fat Lady Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay*
- The Disappeared by Kim Echlin*
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark*
- Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel*
- No Such Creature by Giles Blunt
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richard
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
- The Museum Guard by Howard Norman
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
- Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel
- Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane
- The Retreat by David Bergen
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- The Boys In The Trees by Mary Swan
- The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear
- The Lizard Cage by Karen O'Connell
- Alligator by Lisa Moore
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
- 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
- Ex-Cottagers in Love by J. M. Kearns

Wanda
- Turvey by Earle Birney*
- The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter*
- Mary of Mile 18 by Ann Blades
- Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys
- Belle Moral by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Bookweird by Paul Glennon
- The Friends of Meager Fortune by David Adams Richards
- Down The Coaltown Road by Sheldon Currie
- You Went Away by Timothy Findley
- Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin
- The House of Wooden Santas by Kevin Major
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- The Divine Ryans by Wayne Johnston
- Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- 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

Richard
- The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek by Sid Marty
- Winging Home: A Palette of Birds by Harold Rhenisch
- An Ecology of Enchantment by Des Kennedy
- Nature By Design: People, Natural Process, and Ecological Restoration by Eric Higgs
- Malahat Review #165 by various contributors
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- Vancouver Matters editted by Jamse Eidse, Mari Fujita, Joey Giaimo, Lori Kiessling, and Christine Min
- Saudade by Anik See
- Pathways Into Mountains by Ken Belford
- Interwoven Wild by Don Gayton
- Little Hunger by Philip Kevin Paul
- Almost Green by James Glave
- The Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
- The Perfection of the Morning by Sharon Butala
- lan(d)guage by Ken Belford
- Medicine River by Thomas King
- ecologue by Ken Belford
- A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
- The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
- 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

Kailana
- The Golden Phoenix and Other Fairy Tales From Quebec edited by Marius Barbeau and Michael Hornyansky*
- Scott Pilgrim: Precious Little Life, Volume 1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley*
- Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley*
- The Lights Go On Again by Kit Pearson*
- The Unwritten Girl by James Bow*
- Dust by Arthur Slade*
- JPod by Douglas Coupland*
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston*
- Turtle Valley by Gail Anderson-Dargatz*
- Only In Canada, You Say by Katherine Barber
- Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
- Cats I Have Known and Loved by Pierre Berton
- Santa Claus: A Biography by Gerry Bowler
- I Was A Child of Holocaust Survivors by Bernice Eisenstein
- The Gargoyleby Andrew Davidson
- Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
- Barnacle Love by Anthony De Sa
- What They Wanted by Donna Morrissey
- Conceit by Mary Novik
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- Jolted by Arthur Slade
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys
- 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

Nicola
- Awakening by Kelley Armstrong*
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong*
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- The Third Eye by Mahtab Narsimhan
- The Talking Cat and Other Stories of French Canada by Natalive Savage Carlson
- The Golden Phoenix: Eight French-Canadian Fairy Tales by Marius Barbeau and retold by Michael Hornyansky, illustrated by Arthur Price
- Otherwise by Farley Mowat
- Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography by Chester Brown
- The Meanest Doll In The World by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, Illustrated by Brian Selznick
- The Doll People by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, Illustrated by Brian Selznick
- The Line Painter by Claire Cameron
- Too Close To Home by Linwood Barclay
- The Great Karoo by Fred Stenson
- Coventry by Helen Humphreys
- The Ruby Kingdom by Patricia Bow
- The Prism Blade by Patricia Bow
- Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane
- All The Colours of Darkness by Peter Robinson
- Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help by Douglas Anthony Cooper
- My Name Is Number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye
- The Shadow of Malabron by Thomas Wharton
- Bookweird by Paul Glennon
- 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

Joy
- Big City Bad Blood by Sean Chercover
- Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock
- Sabine's Notebook by Nick Bantock
- The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
- Forty Words For Sorrow by Giles Blunt
- Hate You by Graham McNamee
- 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

HistoriaSA
- Up, Up, Down by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Playhouse by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko
- 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

Steve
- The Museum Guard by Howard Norman*
- Pelagie by Antonine Maillet*
- We Were Not The Savages by Daniel Paul*
- Down Home by Harry Bruce*
- Nova Scotia Shaped By The Sea by Leslie Choyce*
- Bluenose Magic by Helen Creighton*
- The Channel Shore by Charles Bruce
- Barometer Risingby Hugh MacLennan
- The Clockmaker by Thomas Haliburton
- My Famous Evening by Howard Norman
- 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

JK
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
- The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland
- February by Lisa Moore
- Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
- The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
- Ecoholic by Adria Vasil
- Changing Heaven by Jane Urquhart
- Beyond The Horizon by Colin Angus
- The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
- The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy
- Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters of Jack McCelland editted by Sam Soleki
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinski
- Look For Me by Edeet Ravel
- Cereus Blooms At Night by Shani Mootoo
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clark
- The Wives of Bath by Susan Swan
- Silver Salts by Mark Blagrave
- Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
- A History Of Reading by Alberto Manguel
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- 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

August
- 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

HistoriaFS
- Wake by Robert J. Sawyer*
- 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

Kathleen
- The Tattooed Woman by Marian Engel
- Our Lady of the Lost and Found by Diane Schoemperlen
- Moonbeams From the Larger Lunacy by Stephen Leacock
- First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women by Eric McCormack
- Firewing by Kenneth Oppel
- Mud City by Deborah Ellis
- Jeux D'adresseseditted by Julie Huard, Michel-Remi Lafond, and Francois-Xavier Simard
- 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)


Scribacchina
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson*
- The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway*
- The Friday Night Knitting Club (O Clube de Tricô de Sexta à Noite) by Kate Jacobs and translated into Portuguese by Isabel Alves
- A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King and illustrated by William Kent Monkman
- What's The Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by George Littlechild
- Medicine River by Thomas King
- Canadian Stars by Maxine Trottier
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept by Elizabeth Smart
- The Actual by Saul Bellow
- The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani

Ragdoll
- Help Me, Jacques Cousteau by Gil Adamson
- The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini
- Once by Rebecca Rosenblum
- The Almost Archer Sisters by Lisa Gabriele
- A Hard Witching by Jacqueline Baker
- The Boys In The Trees by Mary Swan
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- Whetstone by Lorna Crozier
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- Quick by Anne Simpson
- Runaway by Alice Munro
- Away by Jane Urquhart

PeachyTO
- The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
- Generation X by Douglas Coupland
- The Landing by John Ibbitson
- Rhymes With Useless by Terence Young
- An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark
- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
- Acceleration by Graham McNamee

Albertans (11 Books)

Sam Lamb
- Swimming in the Ocean by Catherine Jenkins*
- The Line Painter by Claire Cameron
- Sweetness In The Belly by Camilla Gibb
- What It Takes To Be Human by Marilyn Bowering
- The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
- The Body's Place by Elise Turcotte
- Streak of Luck by Richelle Kosar
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
- The Given by Daphne Marlatt
- A Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart

Jo-Ann
- The Quilt of Belonging by Janice Weaver*
- Travels With My Familyby Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel*
- On The Road Again by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel*
- Sindbad in the Land of Giants retold and illustrated by Ludmila Zeman
- Some of the Kinder Planets by Tim Wynne-Jones
- 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

MelanieO
- Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
- The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay
- Fruit by Brian Francis
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
- Literary Lapses by Stephen Leacock
- Over Prairie Trails by Frederick Philip Grove
- Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan

Saskatchewanies (10 Books)

Tanabata
- Still Life by Louise Penny*
- The Museum Guard by Howard Norman*
- No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod*
- Last Night In Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel*
- Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
- Mother Superior by Saleema Nawaz
- Lighting The Dark Side by William R. Potter
- Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantock
- Dingo by Charles de Lint
- How To Be a Canadian by Will Ferguson and Ian Ferguson

Reader Rabbit
- One Lonely Degree by CK Kelly Martin*
- The Ashbury-Brookfield Series by Jaclyn Moriarity
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
- Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
- I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin
- Shine Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
- Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby
- Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
- Jenny Green's Killer Junior Year by Amy Bleason and Jacob Osborn

Traveler One
- Swing Low: A Life by Miriam Toews
- Easton by Paul Butler
- Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
- Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
- Lesser Blessed by Richard Van Camp
- 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

Yukoners (9 Books)

Sam
- Border Songs by Jim Lynch*
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
- 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

Violette
- Sundowner Ubunto by Anthony Bidulka
- House Report by Deborah Nicholson
- The Chinese Alchemist by Lyn Hamilton
- Small Ceremonies by Carol Shields
- 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

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)

Laurie
- Children of my Heart by Gabrielle Roy*
- Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood
- The Tricking of Freya by Christina Sunley
- Generation X by Douglas Coupland
- Unless by Carol Shields
- All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland
- Sailor Girl by Sheree-Lee Olson
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

British Columbians (7 Books)

Lizzy
- All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman*
- The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Brian Moore
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
- The Outlander by Gil Adamson
- Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
- Catholics by Brian Moore
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

Scott
- Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
- The End of the Alphabet by C.S. Richardon
- King Leary by Paul Quarrington
- The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Icefields by Thomas Wharton

Callista
- The Bite of The Mango by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland
- In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You by Shari Graydon
- Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
- Dear Toni by Cyndi Sand-Eveland
- Leslie's Journal by Allan Stratton
- The Reading Solution by Paul Kropp
- Pact of the Wolves by Nina Blazon and translated by Sue Innes

Lesley
- The Museum Guard by Howard Norman
- Latitudes of Melt by Joan Clark
- Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson
- The Girls by Lori Lansens
- The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
- The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson
- Open Secrets by Alice Munro

Northwest Territorians (6 Books)


Lara
- Broken by Kelley Armstrong
- That Scatterbrain Booky by Bernice Thurman-Hunter
- Ontario Murders by Susan McNicoll
- Jacob Two-Two Meets The Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler
- Stolen by Kelley Armstrong
- Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Manitobans (5 Books)

Barbara
- Ladies and Gentlemen: The Bible by Jonathan Goldstein*
- Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk
- The As It Happens Files by Mary Lou Finlay
- The Retreat by David Bergen
- Tales From Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry

Jules
- The Wars by Timothy Findley
- The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart
- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood
- The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro

Charlotte
- A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
- Mercy Among The Children by David Adams Richards
- Robertson Davies: A Portrait in Mosaic by Val Ross
- Widdershins by Charles de Lint
- Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie

L.Hill
- Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
- 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

Shereadsbooks
- 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)

DebbieM
- Having faith in the Polar Girls' Prison by Cathleen With*
- The Girl From Away by Claire Mowat
- The Sky Is Falling by Kit Pearson
- Dressing Up For The Carnival by Carol Shields

Mrs. Peachtree
- A Perfect Gentle Knight by Kit Pearson*
- The Singing Stone by O.R. Melling
- An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton
- Stella Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay

Aaron
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- The Fat Woman Next Door Is Pregnant by Michel Tremblay
- Fruit by Brian Francis

Orchidus
- Obasan by Joy Kogawa
- The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Elizabeth
- 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)


Miriam
- By The Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Giles Blunt
- Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
- DeNiro's Game by Rawi Hage

Cheryl
- A Victim of Convenience by John Ballem
- Six Seconds by Rick Mofina
- Honour Among Men by Barbara Fradkin

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

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

Nan
- 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)


Stephanie
- The Dreaming Place by Charles de Lint*
- Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Jen
- Broken by Kelley Armstrong
- Burning Chrome by William Gibson

Paul R
- The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
- Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Kimiko
- Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Linda/CT
- Map of Glass by Jane Urquhart
- Caedman's Song by Peter Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

Ontarians (1 Book)


Susan
- Wolf Moon by Charles de Lint

Carla
-Coventry by Helen Humphreys

Wayne
-Beaverbrook: A Failed Legacy by Jacques Poitras

Lisa
- Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Kayleigh
- Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

DebbieS
- An Imperfect Offering by James Orbinsky

Literary Mom
- Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

Jake
- Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler

Before we leave, a few facts about the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge:
1. The most popular book was Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle, followed by Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes and a three way tie for third between Brian Francis' Fruit, David Adams Richards' Mercy Among The Children and Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo

2. But don't worry, the women authors were left out in the cold. The most popular author was Lucy Maud Montgomery, followed by Robert Munsch and Margaret Atwood who tied for 2nd, and again Andrew Davidson in 3rd.

3. Of the 100 participants, 45 completed the challenge (13 or more), while many of the rest put in valiant efforts

A few survey questions for the participants, if you wouldn't mind...
1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?
- My least would be Thomas Chandler Haliburton's The Clockmaker, while my favourite would be either Randall Maggs' Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems or Chester Brown's Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography

2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?
- Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle and not just because so many people read it, but almost all the reviews were glowing.

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?

Now, how could I forget the prizes*?

1. The winner of the Breakwater Books Prize pack is Joanna!

Joanna wins copies of Georges Lafontaine's Ashes on Ice, Thomas Rendell Curran's the rossiter file, The March Hare Anthology edited by Adrian Fowler, Jack Fitzgerald's Ghosts, Heroes, and Oddities, and J.M. Sullivan's Newfoundland Portfolia: A History in Portraits

2. The winner of the Lobster Press Prize Pack is Gautami!

Gautami wins copies of Shannon Cowan's Tin Angel, Linda DeMeulemeester's The Secret of Grim Hill, Daren Krill's The Uncle Duncle Chronicles: Escape From Treasure Island, The Hockey Card by Jack Siemiatycki, Avi Slodovnick and illustrated by Doris Barrette, and When Pigs Fly by Valerie Couman and illustrated by Rogé.

3. The winner of the New Canadian Library Prize Pack is Mark Leslie!
Mark wins copies of The Luck of Ginger Coffey by Brian Moore, The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, and Such Is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan.

4. The winner of the ECW Prize Pack is Ariel!

Ariel wins copies of Pontypool Changes Everything by Tony Burgess, To Be Continued...Volume 1 by Gordon j. h. Leenders, and Joyland by Emily Schultz and illustrated by Nate Powell.

5. The winner of the tuque, designed and created by Canadian Book Challenge participant Sam Lamb, is Claire H!


6. The winner of the the maple syrup is Richard!


Winners, to claim your prizes, please email me jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com with your mailing addresses.

Thanks to the following people and businesses for donating prizes throughout the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge: Breakwater Books, ECW Press, Lobster Press, McClelland and Stewart, Mary Novik, Susan McMaster, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Clark-Nova Books, Patricia Storms, Random House, Daron Letts, Mark Leslie, Johnna, and Chumley & Pepys Used Books.

Please help Cheryl Kaye Tardif by giving the thumbs up to "Lancelot's Lady" here. She's been a long time supporter of the Canadian Book Challenge and could use some support in return. The prize is a publishing contract! Sweet, n'est pas?

And of course, thanks to all the participants who made this such a fun challenge! Looking forward to seeing most of you in the Canadian Book Challenge (3rd edition)...

24 comments:

Wanda said...

Happy Canada Day and congratulations to all the winners!

1118 books, very cool!

Survey:
1. My least favourite was Ramasseur by Richard deMeulles. Top of the list goes to Shelf Monkey ~ Corey Redekop!
2. After reading Whale Song, I'd like to try another Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Reviews for Kenneth J. Harvey has put him on my tbr list.
3. No complaints, love the monthly updates! Just wondering if there will be a new promo button for the 3rd challenge?

Historia said...

Happy Canada Day to everyone.

I will not be doing the next Canadian Challenge that starts today. I am tired of Canadian books. I do still have some Canadian books to read, but I will take my time and read them when I feel like reading them.

Now fo my answers.
1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?
Probably Story Teller (by Anna Porter) because it was not totally Canadian related. The only connection it had to Canada was that the author immigrated to Canada and lives here.

2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?
Sally Armstrong. I really want to read more of her books.

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?
No I think it's doing great.

Nicola said...

Fabulous results John! I'll be there for number three!

1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?

I didn't hate anything I read but I'd say my least favourite was Chester Brown's Louis Riel, too biased, imho. My favourite is easy, that would be The Horsemans Graves by Jaqueline Baker.

2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?

Sure, I'm anxious for Jaqueline Baker to write a new book and I'll be going back and reading more of Kelley Armstrong, Peter Robinson and Paul Glennon.

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?

I love it the way it is. Perfection can not be messed with with.

Nicola said...

PS - I'm holding a Giveway on my blog for Canadians starting today as a Canada Day treat!

http://back-to-books.blogspot.com/2009/07/karin-slaughter-giveaway.html

Susan said...

I read three books by Charles de Lint, I haven't reviewed the third one yet. It's been a long spring! I will be joining the 3rd challenge, of course! Now that I know picture books are allowed! lol

Congratulations to all the winners, and to those who completed the challenge!

Thank you John for hosting this challenge! Will the new promo button be ready soon? I have a list of books I do want to read for this challenge already. One of the best things about this challenge (other than meeting other people!) is that I have found some Canadian books I want to read!

Happy Canada Day!!

Susan said...

PS. out of the three I read, Blue Girl was my least favourite, and Dreaming Place was my favourite.

I really want to read Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, and Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, and read some of the Charles de Lint books I didn't get to! Plus Kelley Armstrong and Tanya Huff....

Daibhin said...

Happy Canada Day to everyone!

1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?
- I love Margaret Atwood but Bodily Harm was my least favourite book. I appreciated it but I did not love it.
- My favourite book was A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?
- Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?
I have no complaints. I’m just ready for the 3rd Challenge to start!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well winners and readers of all sorts!

My least favourite book was David Bergen's The Retreat although I have heard good things about his earlier book, so I need to do a comparison read.

My favourite, much as I loved reading all those CBC types, had to be Tar Sands by Andrew Nikiforuk, although perhaps favourite is the wrong word for such a disturbing book, but it certainly woke me up.

I'll be back for more Canadian Book Challenge!

April said...

Very impressive! Congratulations to the winners.

Least favourite - summer of my amazing luck by Miriam Toews
Most favourite - Simple Recipes by Madeleine Thien
I'm going to be reading more of Elizabeth Hay, beginning with A Student of Weather.
Complaints - None whatsoever. Just a big "Thank You" for all your hard work and dedication.
I'm participating in the 3rd edition as well.
Happy Canada Day!

Anonymous said...

What a fine way to celebrate Canada's birthday! I'd be happy to donate a copy of a book for a future prize package, either my essays, Phantom Limb, or else my forthcoming novel, The Age of Water Lilies, due out in September. Just let me know. With good wishes and happy reading, Theresa Kishkan

gautami tripathy said...

I am serious about only two challenges. One is the Canadian Challenge and other Southern Reading Challenge.

This year I completed both.

And It feels good to be part of this challenge where more than 1000 books were read.

And I can't believe I won a prize! Not one but 5 books! You made me day!

Now the survey:


1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?

Least Favourite: the nine planets by Edward Riche. Most favourite: The Cellist of Sarajevo. .


2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?

Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?

I like it the way it is.

And thanks. I am in for the third one too.

Happy Canada Day!

ripley said...

Congratulations to all of the readers and winners! And thanks again, John, for doing this.

1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?
I'm not going to pick a least favourite but my most favourite would probably be The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote. After reading that and Bow Grip, I bought all of her other books.

2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?
There are countless books that I'm interested in because of the challenge but from my own reading, it would have to be Richard Van Camp's The Lesser Blessed.

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?
Nope!

Scribacchina said...

Congratulations on the 1118 grand total! And thanks for holding this challenge, you were a great host. I wasn't a good participant, and I'm afraid I cannot really answer any of your questions, but I have a kind of wrap-up, thinking-about-the-challenge post here.

Melanie said...

1118 books! Yay for Canadiana! You've done such an excellent job hosting this challenge and this wrap-up is amazing. So many books to choose from for the 3rd Challenge.

Survey:
1. Least favourite book? Probably David Bergen's The Retreat.
Favourite? David Helwig's Saltsea or Jessica Grant's Come, Thou Tortoise (although I really enjoyed most of the books I read)

2. I discovered Teresa Kishkan through one of the reviews this time around and really want to read her -- was delighted to see her comment.

3. I don't think there are many improvements that can be made; this Challenge runs so smoothly already! The changes that you've announced sound great.

I'm ready for Round 3!

Historia said...

So John, it looks like just you and me read the most books for the second challenge. We both read 42 books. Noone else go to 40. The next nearest that I can see was 37 books.

John Mutford said...

Wanda: I so need to read Corey and Cheryl's books.

Historia: All Canadianed out are ya? Too bad. I really enjoyed your contributions.

Nicola: I thought Brown's Riel book was actually pretty balanced, especially compared to the other bio that I read of him.

Susan: The new promo button is ready. If anyone's wondering, it's the Pearson Pennant (and was pretty close to being our flag!)

Diabhan: I hadn't heard of Bodily Harm until you brought it to my attention.

Barbara: I'm okay with Bergen's books, but just okay. I won't be in a rush to read anything else by him.

April: I haven't read that Toews book, but it is unusual to see anything negative!

Theresa: Great, I'd love to! Email me.

Gautami: Don't forget to email me with your address!

Ripley: I'm really looking forward to reading Coyote's books, too.

Scribachina: You were a great participant! And the 1118 is actually going to be revised-- I've had a few more reviews come in after the fact.

Melanie: I want to read Saltsea, too. I'll look for it at the library this time around. Good PEI choice!

Historia: Actually Pooker takes the lead with 47 books, but you didn't do too shabby!

Cheryl Tardif, author and book marketing coach said...

How exciting to see so many succeed in reading 13 books or more by Canadian authors or about Canada! Congrats to everyone who participated!

I look forward to offering prizes in the 3rd annual Canadian Book Challenge. :-)

And thank you so much, John, for mentioning the competition that I've entered over at Textnovel.com. So far my novel Lancelot's Lady is #1 Most Popular in the contest; and today ranked #3 Most Popular story out of all Textnovel stories. But that could change in the blink of an eye.

I hope you'll all consider giving me a thumbs up vote. I'd truly appreciate it.

Happy reading!! :-)

Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
Canadian author
www.cherylktardif.com

Heather said...

least fav: A complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, in fact, I didn't finish it so it's not on my list,

most fav: One Native Life by Richard Wagamese

Will read more by First Nations Authors
will read more by:
Kelley Armstrong
Barbara Fradkin
Richard Wagamese
Thomas King

The only improvement I can imagine is somehow getting the participants to read from genres that they don't usually read.

Thanks for such a cool contest. I would not have gone and read all those books by First Nations Authors without this contest.

John Mutford said...

Cheryl: You're welcome!

Heather: I've thoroughly enjoyed your selections. I have a weakness for Canadian aboriginal authors myself. I agree it would be nice for participants to explore genres, authors, etc that they'd not typically read.

tanabata said...

Wonderful results! I'm looking forward to reading more great Canadian Books for round 3.

For your survey, I answered #1 and #2 in my Canadian Book Challenge wrap-up post.

I wasn't a very active participant but appreciate all the work you did, and do, to keep it all organized. Thanks John!

GeraniumCat said...

Congratulations on the end of an amzingly sucessful challenge, John. I did actually finish reviewing my 13 books by the end of June, but you obviously didn't get my email!

Never mind, I've been looking through the books reviewed to choose my books for the next one.

claire said...

Happy belated Canada Day, everyone! And congratulations to all who participated and to the winners! More importantly, thank you, John!!

My least favourite was Red Dog Red Dog by Patrick Lane, too depressing. My favourite was DeNiro's Game by Rawi Hage, for how deeply it made me feel.

After this challenge, I discovered that I love love love Carol Shields and so I'll be reading all her books for sure in the near future. Also, I discovered that I really like Jane Urquhart, too.

No complaints, I loved everything about the challenge. Sadly, I won't be joining the 3rd, although I'm super tempted. My reason is that I'm vowing not to join any challenges for 2010 because I'd love to read on a whim again, without any pressure, the way I used to.

I'll still be reading many Canadian books for sure, so I'll peek in on you participants every once in a while.

Thanks again, John!

Teddy Rose said...

Congrats to everyone who finished! Wow, what a record. For round 3 lets make it to 1300. That would be 100 book for each Provence / Territory.

Survey:
1. My least favourite was Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje.

2.Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?

I really want to read more Elizabeth Hay and I am looking forward to reading the Canadian books that I won. I hope that I cna get to them all this year.

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?

How can you improve on perfection? My only thought is maybe Mr. Linky for people to post their reviews every month. Then we can just click and easily get to each other's reviews. I am look at doing that for a challenge that I host, because like you, I am finding it time consuming to post everyone's reviews. I just have to figure out how to add it. LOL!

Joanne said...

Wow congrats to everyone on such a successful challenge! I've added quite a few books to my pile from all the ones listed, and I can't wait to get started on the 3rd challenge :)

And here are my survey answers:

1. What was your least favourite book and most favourite read for the challenge?

Most favorite is too hard to choose, it's a tie between The Gargoyle and Oryx & Crake. Least favorite would be Watching July.

2. Any authors or books you want to read more because of the challenge?

I'd like to explore more women authors like Ami McKay, Margaret Laurence, Barbara Gowdy, Donna Morrisey, Alice Munroe.

3. Any comments or complaints about how to make the challenge better?

Nope, I thought it was perfect!