Thursday, March 01, 2012

5th Annual Canadian Book Challenge- 8th Update

February's gone, and with an extra day of reading, 4 people were able to squeeze in additional reviews, bringing last month's total up just shy of 80. I'm enjoying watching things progress; 19 people have gotten into the red (13+) with no sign of slowing down, and everyone else is chugging along just fine. Lots of people sang the Half-Blood Blues last month. Alan Bradley continues to be popular. Margaret Laurence's classic Stone Angel made an appearance, as did Laura Secord. The Franklin book that started the whole franchise was remembered. And there were many, many other great reviews and books worth checking out.

One of those reviews won Teddy her 2nd prize pack in a row. Participants were asked to review a book by an author who identifies as either L, G, B, or T and they would have their names entered in for a prize pack kindly donated by Arsenal Pulp Press. Teddy has won the following books:
1. Missed Her by Ivan Coyote

2. Anticipated Results by Dennis E. Bolen

Thank you once again to Arsenal Pulp Press and congratulations to Teddy!

For March's prize, we turn to poetry and a fantastic collection of books generously donated by Brick Books:

1. Noble Gas, Penny Black by David O'Meara

2. Mortal Arguments by Sue Sinclair

3. Alien, Correspondent by Antony Di Nardo

4. Spirit Engine by John Donlan

If you're a Canadian Book Challenge participant and you wish to have your name entered into a random draw for these 4 books, all you have to do is either:

i. Review a book of Canadian poetry this month (but you MUST indicate in the comments that you wish your review to count as an entry for this contest)


ii. In the comments below, make a Canadian poetry recommendation: either a favourite poem, poet, or collection.

Do both and your name will be entered twice. Good luck!


Shonna said...

My favourite Canadian poem is The Lonely Land by A.J.M. Smith. To me it evokes the Canadian landscape and the paintings of the Group of Seven.

Shonna said...

Sorry, here's a link to it.

Teddy Rose said...

OMG, I can't believe I won again! I'm a bit embarrassed but I so wanted another Ivan Coyte book of short stories!! The other one sounds good too.

I am not going to enter the draw for this month. Good luck to all who enter!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Congratulations to Teddy!

I have just picked up a Canadian book at the library, needing a break from the sciency things I have been reading, so I will be working on my abysmal book count.

My favourite Canadian poet is Alden Nowlan. His poems are small novels, accessible but still profound.

Heather said...

Best title for a book of poetry: What if red ran out by Katia Grubisic
and favourite poet:Chris Banks, his latest book is titled Winter Cranes

Heather said...

Hmm, thought I'd left my recommendation so I'll try again. Waterloo resident Chris Banks has three collections: Bonfires, The Cold Panes of Surfaces and Winter Cranes.

Eric P said...

While I like Atwood's poetry quite a bit (Stealing Fire is a great starting point), my single favourite collection is Field Notes: The Collected Poetry of Robert Kroetsch.