Sunday, May 01, 2011
The Canadian Book Challenge 4- 10th Roundup!
It's the homestretch, three more roundups (including this one) to go. I'm resisting the urge to start tallying up the final stats already, but I know I'm very impressed-- and not just with the numbers, but also with the well-written, thought provoking reviews, the different books that have been brought to the table, and the general camaraderie amongst the participants.
Over the past couple of months, I've been thinking about Japan a lot and what they must be going through. The physical and emotional toll of what they've had to endure must just be overwhelming. So I had an idea. Next month, instead of offering a book prize, I offer a different kind of mini-challenge. If we can read and review 10 or more Canadian books with a Japan connection, I'll donate $200 to the Red Cross. If we read and review less than ten, I'll donate $10 per book. What's a Japanese connection? If it's written by a 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd generation Japanese Canadian. If it's written by a Canadian but has a Japanese character, or is set in Japan. Perhaps you can find a book by a Japanese author that has a Canadian character, or is set in Canada. How about a book of Canadian manga or Canadian haiku? The connection may be obvious or maybe you'll want to explain it, but in any case it's mostly up to your discretion. I'll be reading the nonfiction book Looking For Momo in Tomo Domo by Nils Andrew Thompson, the true story of a Canadian's experience teaching English in Japan:
But here are a few more suggestions:
2. Joy Kogawa- Many novels, children's books and poetry books to her credit, but her most popular are definitely Obasan and its sequel Itsuka (now renamed Emily Kato):
3. Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
4. Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki and Stephane Jorisch
5. You and the Pirates by Jocelyne Allen
6. Lake and Other Stories by Gerry Shikatani
7. Mannequin Rising by Roy Miki
8. Sidekicks: The Transfer Student by J. Torres and Takeshi Miyazawa
9. The Electric Field by Kerri Sakamoto
10. The Enemy That Never Was: a History of Japanese Canadians by Ken Adachi
These are, of course, but suggestions. Even if you don't plan on participating in this month's mini-challenge, but you know of another book or author we can add to this list, by all means do so in the comments below.
For more ideas on Japanese literature, Canadian connected or otherwise, for ways to help, and for more Japanese reading challenges please check out Tanabata's blog, In Spring It Is The Dawn. She's an ex-pat Canadian who's lived in Japan for 10 years and her blog, started in 2006, is very fun and informative.
And for last month's challenge, a big congratulations goes out to Heather Pearson for winning the Gooselane Poetry Pack!
Soraya Peerbaye Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names
Brian Bartlett- The Watchmaker's Table
Katia Grubisic- What if red ran out
I would like to once again remind you that the 5th edition of the Canadian Book Challenge is around the corner. I want to make this one, as it's a milestone of sorts, the biggest and best yet. So please let me know if you're interested in signing up again (email me with the subject "Canadian Book Challenge 5- Sign Me Up!) and if you have any ideas on how to improve, special tweaks or challenges, let me know. Once again, I'm looking for prizes to giveaway so if you're an author, publisher, or bookstore owner, please consider making a donation or two. (Though non-book prizes are also welcome!) Email me at jmutford (at) hotmail [dot] com.
Also, any of you creative types who care to submit a logo idea, I'd be ever so grateful.
One of the new ideas for the 5th Edition? A 24 Hour Canadian Read-a-Thon!!! From noon July 2nd to noon July 3rd, I plan on hosting an online Canadian Read-a-Thon. Are you in? (More details will follow, but feel free to ask questions...)
And finally, while we're all gathered here today: the roundup. What Canadian books did you read and review in April? Let everyone know in the comments below.
- Make sure you tell me how many you've completed so far so that I can record it in the sidebar progress report
- It doesn't count as complete until the review is done!
- When people leave links, try to visit one another's blogs and read what they had to say. Comment. Encourage. The discussion of Canadian books is what this challenge is all about.