Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Canadian Book Challenge 3- 9th Roundup

Welcome to the 9th Roundup of the Canadian Book Challenge 3! Before we get into your March reads and reviews, let's look at the news from the Canadian Lit scene this past month:

1. Margaret Atwood and Avril Lavigne were co-winners of the Dan David prize, valued at $1,000,000 US. According to judges, Atwood's work "enabled, for the first time, the emergence of a defined Canadian identity, while exploring both national and transnational issues, such as colonization, feminism, structures of political power and oppression, and the violation and exploitation of nature" and Lavigne's "use of a number in her song title 'Sk8ter Boi' was nothing short of brilliant."

2. The winner of the 2010 Canada Reads competition was none other than Nikolski by Nicolas Dickner, defended by Michel Vezina. The winner of the Canada Also Reads was Jessica Grant's Come, Thou Tortoise, defended by Neil Smith. The winner of Canada Reads Independently was Ray Smith's Century, defended by Dan Wells. And finally, the winner of Canada, For The Love of God, Read Already was Tommy Hunter's My Story, defended by Tommy Hunter.

3. The latest in the whole reality show meets magazine trend? Vote for your favourite magazine cover! From Newfoundland, subscribers were asked to vote for their favourite cover of Downhome Magazine. Over at The Walrus, readers are being asked to vote between two Seth created covers. And at Chatelaine Magazine, they're asking readers to choose between photos of Margaret Wente doing her legendary Marilyn Monroe impersonation or of Tom Green's naked buttocks.

4. Did you catch the latest releases in Penguin's Extraordinary Canadians series? Douglas Coupland presents the biography of Marshall McLuhan, Joseph Boyden profiles the connection between Louis Riel and Gabrielle Dumont, and Alice Munro exposes the awful truth about Mr. Dressup's Finnegan (it involves Michael Vick).

And that's a wrap folks. Remember to leave links to the Canadian books that you read and reviewed for the challenge in March. Also, don't forget to tell me your totals so far.

Congrats to everyone that reached 13 books last month!!!


John Mutford said...

My March Canadian Book Challenge reads were:
22. You and the Pirates by Jocelyne Allen

24. When Earth Leaps Up by Anne Szumigalski

25. Skim by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

John Mutford said...

Ooops, that should be 22, 23, and 24

Jacki said...

Still sticking with the dog theme here. In March, I got through Chris Czajkowski's Lonesome: Memoirs of a Wilderness Dog and, finally, Erika Ritter's The Dog Beside the Cradle, the Serpent Beneath (yessss! done that one!). I was surprised to see that Cradle was nominated for several awards, but I stand by my review.

This brings my total to 11, so I can bypass the igloos and zip right along into the zambonis.

pussreboots said...

Three more for me:

9: Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder

10: Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint

11: The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint

August said...

In March I posted reviews for:

10. The Jade Peony, by Wayson Choy

11. Hair Hat, by Carrie Snyder

12. Wild Geese, by Martha Ostenso

13. Fear of Fighting, by Stacey May Fowles

That brings me to a total of 13.

August said...

Oops, forgot one:

14. Good to a Fault, by Marina Endicott

Total should actually be 14.

Chrisbookarama said...

Just one for me, no foolin'.

That brings me to 11 books. I'm just 2 away from conquering the challenge.

Kate said...

Two for me this month, taking me to 17 (I think):

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens

Melwyk said...

Just one for me this month, however, I've reviewed my reads and realized I missed one along the way somewhere, so this one brings me up to 10 books read.

The Children of Mary by Marusya Bociurkiw

And do I ever want to get my hands on Alice Munro's exposé of Finnegan! I wonder if she discusses the hollow-eyed Casey as well? Hmmm...

Kerri said...

I snuck in two great books this month bringing my total to 11 books.

10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

11. It Would Be Funny ... If It Wasn't My Life by Lisa Dow

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm up to 12 books ... here's what I read in March:

Fighting Ali - Stephen Brunt

Luanne said...

I read 4 this month, bringing my total to 18, keeping me in the grain elevator!

Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor


The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley


The Last River Child by Lori Ann Bloomfield


Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay

Steve said...

Alas, so depressed was I at losing to a tortoise that I drowned my sorrows with nautical non-fiction: one book each on pirates, submarines, wreck diving, lobster fishing, and two on lighthouses.

Of these, the only Canadian book I blogged about is a true classic, We Keep a Light by Evelyn Richardson.

Thus I am now a Zamboni.

B.Kienapple said...

In March I read/reviewed for ACBA:
1) Good To a Fault
2) Nikolski
3) The Carnivore
I've hit 19 in total!
No offence CanLit but I'm so ready not to read you for the month of April.

Remi said...

Two more to add:

9. Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler

10. The Diviners by Margaret Laurence

Remi said...

I think I forgot to send this one along -

8. February by Lisa Moore

Nikki in Niagara said...

5 more for me bringing me up to 32. I'm just going with the flow now, but I'm anxious to see if Pooker is way ahead of me :-) (LOL)

28. Stolen Child by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
29. Helen Keller: A Determined Life by Elizabeth MacLeod
30. Exiles from the War by Jean Little
31. Never Look Away by Linwood Barclay
32. Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs

raidergirl3 said...

I've got a couple more -

21. Deloume Road, Matthew Hooton 02/27
22. The Book of Negroes, Lawrence Hill 03/08
23. Through Black Spruce, Joseph Boyden

The Avril part is an April Fool's joke, right?

Unknown said...

I read two more Canadian books this month but haven't had a chance to review them yet.

17. The Healer - Greg Hollingsworth

18. The Waterproof Bible - Andrew Kaufman

Although they are very different, they were both great!

Anonymous said...

Only two I have to report are Generation X by Douglas Coupland and How Happy to Be by Katrina Onstad.

I've been slacking on the reviewing end! I blame school...

Pooker said...

Well now crumbs! I've done oodles of reading this month so thought I'd have lots to report, but alas, the ones I've actually reviewed are not my Canadian books. So I've got zip, nada, a big fat goose egg for this month and am hanging my head in shame.

But don't rest on your laurels just yet Nicola. When I do get around to it I'll be hot on your heels. :)

BTW John, those Olympic prize books arrived in record time and I'm well into them. They're fab! I'll offer them up at your trading post when I'm done. And speaking of which, if no one wants the three of mine that are currently up for grabs there, I'll be releasing them into the wild for gypsysmom's BookCrossing Canada Day release challenge starting in June.

Lesley said...

My March challenge books were:

#5 Pyongyang by Guy Delisle

#6 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

So my total is 6 so far. Mmmmm ... lobster .....

gypsysmom said...

I read my seventh book for this challenge:
City of Ice by John Farrow (a pseudonym for Trevor Ferguson)
I think this is my favourite read for this challenge so far.
So now I'm a snowmobile but since there is no snow around (Yay!) I've already started on #8 and should have it reviewed soon.

Jules said...

I had two books for March, bring my total up to 4.

3) The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

4) Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Lahni said...

My 8th book is Generation A by Douglas Coupland.

gypsysmom said...

And as I warned you, I have now read the eighth book for the challenge:
The Bird Artist by Howard Norman, set in Newfoundland.

Heather said...

I missed submitting my list last month, so will do both now.
I have reviewed 18 in total and have 2 yet to review (next month).
14, People of the Buffalo by Maria Campbell

15. Wapos Bay by Jordan Wheeler and Dennis Jackson

16 Bloodsport by Eden Robinson

17. Wicked Night Games by Kathleen Lawless

18. My Life and other lies by Steve Pitt

Leya said...

I'm slowly catching up. I managed to read two in March.

7.The Outlander by Gil Adamson

8.The Murder Stone by Louise Penny

matilda said...

Coming in late, but these are my "Have Reads" so far since July:

Elle by Douglas Glover

Liar by Lynn Crosbie

What Happened Later by Ray Robertson

Help Me, Jacques Cousteau by Gil Adamson

Beatitudes by Hermenegilde Chiasson

At a Loss for Words by Diane Schoemperlen

Unknown said...

My car broke down, so I was unable to get to my cabin on this record breaking weekend. Rather than sulk the entire weekend (although I must confess there was some of that) I wrote up my reviews for the Waterproof Bible and The Healer.
John: I see that you are getting ready to read Steve Zipp's nemisis, Come, Thou Tortoise. I will be looking forward to reading your thoughts.

Susan said...

Let's see: in total, 6 Canadian books read in March and reviewed:
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, and Drink Down the Moon by Charles de Lint, both reviewed here:

Jack the Giant Killer by Charles de Lint, reviewed here:

and three more Canadian books read:
Prized Possessions - L.R. Wright
The Red Fox - Anthony Hyde
Bones to Ashes - Kathy Reichs
and reviewed here:

That brings my total to 11 Canadian books read so far!!! Two left to complete the challenge for the very first time! I am so excited.

By the way, I counted Kathy Reichs as Canadian since she works up here (in Montreal) and sets her forensic investiagator novels up here. Please let me know if you have any qualms about including her, I wasn't entirely sure who qualifies as a Canadian writer!!!

Gavin said...

I'm late! I read Reading By Lightning by Joan Thomas.

Corey said...

14! Past the point of no return!

The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj

Wanda said...

Really late for Roundup but I do have one book to add: # 12 for me was The Country Nurse by Jeff Lemire.

Buried In Print said...

I have two for my Ethel Wilson reading project to report:

4. Ethel Wilson's Swamp Angel (1954); and
5. Ethel Wilson's Mrs. Golightly and Other Stories (1961).

I'm starting to get a little nervous, with only one more of her fiction titles left to read (and some non-fiction): there are advantages and disadvantages to reading through an author's works.

Corey said...

15! How Canadian am I? A lot!

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible by Jonathan Goldstein

Teddy Rose said...

Sorry it took so long for me to give you my up-date. I read 1 in March:

People of the Buffalo

Teddy Rose said...

Forgot to say that puts at a total of 8 books so far so am in The Red River Carts.