Saturday, July 04, 2009

Saturday Word Play- Ordering The Order of Canada

Please note: In an effort to reclaim my life, some of my regular weekly features are going to be scaled back for the summer, perhaps indefinitely. Short Story Monday, Poetry Friday and Saturday Word Play will not necessarily happen on a weekly basis and will only appear when I'm able to do so. I cannot be cramming in poetry books and short stories last minute-- it's sucking the fun out and it has become more work than pleasure. As for Saturday Word Play, when an idea for a word game strikes me, I'll prepare one, but again, I won't be forcing it. The Great Wednesday Compare will move from a weekly to biweekly basis. I hope you understand and continue to check in...

This week Jay Ingram was made a member of the Order of Canada. Since the Northwords Writers Festival, I see Jay as an author, not just "that science guy on TV." It made me question what other authors have been given the Order of Canada.

I'll tell you ten such authors, but I'll scramble the words in the titles of some of their books. Can you put them in order?

For instance, if I gave you

"Jay Ingram- Life Of Everyday Science, Cool Planet Daily Book of Ideas"

you could tell me that two of his book titles are Science of Everyday Life and Daily Planet Book of Cool Ideas.

Remember: Feel free to answer all 10 at home, but only answer one in the comment section, to allow 9 more people to play along.

1. M.G. Vassanji- Secrets of the Book, In-Between the World of Lall Vikram

2. Tomson Highway- The Sisters Rez, Kapuskasing Oughta Move Lips To Dry

3. Bernice Thurman Hunter- Booky That Scatterbrain, Her Way on Margaret

4. Harold Horwood- Beachy of the Cove Foxes, Eskimo White

5. Jack Hodgins- Grounds Broken, Bourne of the Joseph Resurrection

6. Lynn Johnston- Worse For or Better For, We're Pregnant David

7. Wayson Choy- The Peony Jade, Chinatown Shadows: A Paper Childhood

8. Leon Rooke- Dog Shakespeare's, Gravity of the Fall

9. Sinclair Ross- For As My House and Me, Memorial Sawbones

10. Ted Harrison- Yukon of the Children, Raven The Blue


raidergirl3 said...

Lynn Johnstone - For Better or For Worse, and David! We're Pregnant.

I completely understand scaling back the blogging. I have been in utter amazement at the Saturday Word Play you have been churning out. Some have been insanely, but fun-ly, difficult. Do what makes it fun for you, and we'll still be here to play along.

gypsysmom said...

John, don't worry about scaling back. Just do what's fun for you and the rest of us will enjoy it all the more.

#2 is The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway

I was reminded during my recent Canada Day challenge that it's been 20 years since Dry Lips was first performed. That hardly seems possible.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

#5 Jack Hodgins - Broken Grounds, the Resurrection of Joseph Bourne

This blog is supposed to be fun and rewarding in some way, right? If it starts to feel like an obligation, it's not fun anymore. Step back and take a breather.

Jo-Ann said...

#3 is That Scatterbrain Booky and Margaret on her way.

John Mutford said...

You're all correct.

I should clarify my whiny opener. The blog is still fun, maybe too much fun. It's all I want to do and I waste too much time on it. Not only am I doing zero creative writing, which I've always wanted to do, but I'm even starting to squeeze out the reading! It's a bit hard to maintain a lit blog, without reading, isn't it? Sometime last December I began writing on my blog daily- the first post I missed was yesterday. Over half a year without missing a single post, even while on vacation, was not healthy. My name is John Mutford, and I'm addicted to blogging.

Wanda said...

Late again but #10 is Ted Harrison - Children of the Yukon, The Blue Raven.

btw, I love Saturday Word Play but even if it were to completely disappear, I'd still check in!

Kate said...

I was away for the weekend, but glad to see that there are still a few left unanswered.

#1 M. G . Vassanji
- The Book of Secrets
- The In-Between World of Vikram Lall