Tuesday, January 31, 2012

5th annual Canadian Book Challenge- January Roundup (Sticky Post -- Scroll down for most recent post)




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Monday, January 30, 2012

Reader's Diary #799- Kurt Vonnegut: Harrison Bergeron

It's been years since I read any Vonnegut, so when Julie at Read Handed reviewed his "Harrison Bergeron" a few week's back, providing a link to the story online, I figured it was as good a time as any.

"Harrison Bergeron" is set in the U.S., 2081. It's a dystopian world where everyone is equal. Gone are the days when someone can excel above others due to physical or mental abilities. Such people are now forced to wear handicapping devices to keep them on par with the rest of society. Getting an enlightened thought? Suddenly a loud, thought-disrupting sound will blare through your head. Ballerinas who can jump higher than others must wear weights to keep them down.

As Julie remarked in her review, the other half of that equation is missing. If there's some Flowers For Algernon type surgeries that bring those already living with handicaps up to the average level, Vonnegut doesn't mention them. Which, I suppose, doesn't really matter since the premise falls apart with close scrutiny anyway. What about children-- are they equal to adults? Or old people with deteriorating health, supposing that happens in the future-- how can they be equal, in terms of physical ability, to a healthy 25 year old? He mentions that no one is even more attractive than another, yet we'd also have to assume that everyone is cloned to look identical, would we not? Or how does he avoid people having personal tastes?

But I think Vonnegut realized the implausibility and the questions that would arise. I suspect that's why he went the short story route instead of a novel. I also suspect that's why he stretched beyond satire into tall-tale territory. In one scene, the title character is said to be forced to wear a clown nose to "offset his good looks." Vonnegut is clearly making a point and clearly having a ball doing it. Unlike most dystopian lit that seems to use fear to warn us where we might be headed, here Vonnegut uses humor to make the message easier to digest.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Reader's Diary #798- Jessa Gamble: The Siesta and the Midnight Sun

A few years ago one of the local high schools opted for later class times in the morning. They're just one of many high schools all across North America that have chosen to go the same route, citing studies about adolescent sleep deprivation, optimal learning times and other research proven benefits. I'm guessing that Gamble would be happy to note that we're not all slaves to the clock and that the science of sleep finally seems to be getting some respect.

Sleep and its relationship to internal and external clocks and calendars is the focus of Jessa Gamble's The Siesta and the Midnight Sun.

Written in a popular science vein, The Siesta and the Midnight Sun filled with quirky facts and fascinating studies. It's somewhat erratic, but for the most part I didn't care about Gamble's riffing on the theme of time. There were some times when her point was either tenuous or loss altogether and those were a bit more problematic. As interesting as it might be that the Dorset people, the predecessors of the Canadian Arctic who most people think went extinct, may have actually been absorbed into the later Inuit genealogy, I'm not sure what it had to do with rest of the book.

Though the Dorset story was Gamble off on a tangent, it helps illustrates why I still quite enjoyed the book, despite the apparent lack of direction. Based on our shared biology, there are certain sleep needs we all have. Yet based on our latitude, there are certain environmental cues we can't ignore and that interact with our biology. As the title suggests, The Siesta and the Midnight Sun, is a globe-trotting book. In order to question the efficiency of the increasing globalization (read: capitalization) of time, Gamble shares sleep-related anecdotes from cultures all over the world. Travel and sleep-- two of my favourite pasttimes (except when bed bugs are involved).

Monday, January 23, 2012

Reader's Diary #797- William S. Burroughs: The "Priest" They Called Him

Do you listen to music when reading? I used to, but as I now most often read in bed, it's not as easy to do so anymore. But, sometimes certain songs seem to complement stories wonderfully. I also used to create my own soundtracks to accompany my reviews. It was fun to try and come up with five songs that I thought would make a nice pairing. Not sure why I got out of doing that. I can see it making an interesting eReader experience. Turn to page 8, for instance, and Nina Simone starts singing "Pirate Jenny." Wouldn't that be cool?

William S. Burroughs' "The 'Priest' They Called Him" first appeared in a collection of his short stories called Exterminator in 1973. However it is perhaps best known now as a Kurt Cobain rarity, an unlikely collaboration recorded almost 20 years later-- Burroughs reads and Cobain provides the soundtrack.

At first I wasn't sure the music worked. The music begins as a noisy, grungy version of "Silent Night" (the story is set on Christmas Eve) and becomes more unrecognizable as it moves forward. I didn't have a sweet clue what Burroughs was saying over the distracting music. But then when I found the story (or lyrics) online and could follow along, the story made more sense and actually, so did the music.

"The 'Priest' They Called Him" is about a junky, known as "The Priest," trying to get his fix. He steals a suitcase, seems unfazed by its gruesome contents, and pawns it for drug money. It's a seedy tale, and the redemption at the end is the sad sort that only a fellow junky could find uplifting. To me it's a squalid, sad affair. It's well-written nonetheless. I quite enjoyed the parallel between the suitcase contents and a later moment in the story.

In that regard, Cobain's music fits and yet doesn't fit. The unpleasant dirtiness of the sound complements the story quite well. But the tempo and rhythm does not. Where the story dips and rises, the music does not follow suit. It's also odd that the one piece of music I recognized, a snippet from "Silent Night" is found near the beginning of the story, when I rather think it suits the ending better. It's almost as if Cobain's soundtrack works in the opposite direction from the story-- which makes me wonder if the discord wasn't intentional.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Reader's Diary #796- Jason Lawson: The Date

From New Brunswick author Jason Lawson comes "The Date," a short story about a young man named Frankie who's on his first date with a girl named Amanda.

"The Date" starts off somewhat strong. There's a subplot about Amanda's father, who used to work with Frankie, being newly unemployed. The father likes Frankie and sees him as a salt-of-the-earth type guy. His daughter usually dates snobs and Frankie might be good for her. Unfortunately the father's employment woes are quickly forgotten and while the theme of snobbery continues, it's not handled well.

Just as Frankie and Amanda are about to go into a fancy Japanese restaurant-- a first for Frankie-- they bump into one of Frankie's friends and co-workers named Mort. Mort is presented at first as a humorously unrefined character. Normally well-liked, Frankie is now mortified (pardon the pun), that Mort will ruin their evening, especially when Amanda invites Mort and his girlfriend along to the restaurant. At first, as a reader, I think we're supposed to feel a couple of emotions. While we can sympathize with Frankie's embarrassment, we're also supposed to see that underneath it all Mort is still a decent guy. At least that's the way these tales usually go. However, if that was Lawson's intent, it fails miserably when he decides to make Mort such a rude jerk. Just because one is not used to drinking expensive wine is certainly no excuse to be mean to your waiter. Although that behaviour is nothing compared to the racism towards the Japanese employees. That no one calls Mort on his unacceptable behaviour and that the two girls even seem to find it to be wildly entertaining, just ends up turning the whole thing into a disgusting mess. I'm shocked by the comments following the story that people found this funny and turned Mort into some sort of folk hero.

Stranger, but less offensive, is the oddly dated language. The lead is named Frankie, shows up for his date in a suit, and refers to it as "calling on your daughter" to Amanda's father. It took a Jackie Chan and a K-Car reference to finally make it clear that the story wasn't set in the 1950s.

This story was eventually worked into a self-published eBook. Hopefully some of these issues have been resolved, but I'm not planning to find out any time soon.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Reader's Diary #795- Mad Magazine presents Harry Potter

Yesterday I blogged about a graphic novel adaptation of the Hobbit. Today I'm blogging about a MAD Magazine Harry Potter special edition. It's only January but I'm pretty sure I've sealed the deal on the 2012 Geekiest Northern Blogger Award.

I used to say I wasn't really into comics as a kid. Then, after getting into alternative graphic novels as an adult, I began to read more and more cartoonists mentioning MAD Magazine as an influence. Hey, I thought, I had stacks of MAD Magazines as a kid! So I wasn't all that into superheroes, I was still a comic geek. What a relief.

The last MAD Magazine I ever read was about 13 or 14 years ago. My girlfriend, who'd found out I was into MAD as a child, bought me one as I was recovering from wisdom teeth surgery and a nasty case of dry socket. The MAD Magazine helped and I ended up marrying said girlfriend.

Flash forward to 2011. I've just finished reading the last Harry Potter book to our first born child, and we're both going through Hogwart's withdrawal. Then, as I'm passing the magazine stand at the local Co-op, who should I see but Alfred E. Newman, all decked out as Harry Potter himself. MAD Magazine spoofs all 8 Harry Potter movies.

It was a little more raunchier than I'd remembered-- either times have changed or a lot went over my head as a child--but for the most part it was the same old MAD: a lot of put-downy puns (Alpo Dumbledork), a lot of self-aware jokes ("That's okay. In every movie, this is where the whole school turns against me for no reason"), and plenty outside pop-culture and political references thrown in for good measure (although a joke about a "shambling undead creature on the loose in the streets of London" referring to Amy Winehouse instead of the death eater behind her was more unsettling than funny-- though in their defense, that particular spoof was written before her death). Plus it had a few old MAD standbys like Fold-ins and a "MAD look at" and other features all related to the whole Potter franchise.

I was also quite enlightened about the role of a good illustrator. I was nearly finished, I was enjoying some spoofs way more than the others, when I realized that all 8 were written by the exact same author, Desmond Devlin. Not that Devlin couldn't have been off his game for some of the movies (heck, the real movies also fluctuated in quality), but when I went back to see why, the problem with those I was less than crazy about was mostly with the illustrations. My favourite illustrator of all those who participated was Mort Drucker, who was drawing for MAD even when I was a kid. That was followed by the art of Tom Richmond, whose work closely resembles Drucker's. But my least favourite by far were those drawn by Herman Mejia. To be fair, none of these artists could get Hermione right, but Mejia couldn't even capture Harry. And when the titular star of the whole series is off, it's too much of a distraction.

Still, it was a welcome walk down memory lane. My daughter, however, will have to wait a while yet before I let her read it. How old was I when I had my first MAD Magazine? I hope she's older than that-- to save her from eternal geekdom if nothing else.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Reader's Diary #794- J.R.R. Tolkien, adapted by Charles Dixon, illustrated by David Wenzel: The Hobbit (Revised edition)

Never having really been into fantasy books, I was always lukewarm towards J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. I've tried plenty of other fantasy novels and they all seem to rip off Tolkien, so I can at least appreciate the legacy. But I found the books too long and too self-indulgent. However, I quite enjoyed Peter Jackson's adaptations-- one of the rare instances when I've enjoyed the movie more than the book-- and those, plus the promise of a Hobbit film later this year, made me finally get around to reading it.

Sort of. Knowing how my son loves comics, and knowing how he's also a huge Harry Potter fan, I figured a graphic novel version of the Hobbit might be a good place to start. And while he did enjoy it, it certainly wouldn't have the appeal to a child the way that Rowling's work would-- even if she did borrow a good many of her ideas from Tolkien. The Hobbit throws one into the fantasy world with no build up and doesn't have a child protagonist, even if Bilbo is childlike in many ways. Half the attraction of Rowling's books is the way the reader (or listener if you're doing a read aloud), gets to discover the magic for the first time along with Harry.

As for this adult, I was again underwhelmed by the Hobbit. I know a lot of people say they prefer the Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings, but I'd disagree. It probably sounds hypocritical seeing as I just complained about the length of the Lord of the Rings, but at least it was an epic. The Hobbit felt somewhat pointless. And maybe it's a problem with this abridged graphic novel version, but it never seems clear why Bilbo was included in the first place. Sure he proves his worth in helping the dwarves, but why Gandalf insisted on his inclusion in the adventure is never really explained.

It was mildly entertaining, and it would probably have been more so without having read or watched the Lord of Rings first. David Wenzel's illustrations are quite well done, giving the book a dark fairy tale sort of feel rather than typical comic book fare. Still Charles Dixon's adaptation is eating at me. Based on the quantity of written description-- much more than the typical graphic novel where most text is dialogue-- I'd venture to guess that little was left out. However, I still have to wonder.

Not to worry, I plan on reading the original version to my daughter later this month. Then I'll be able to not only form an opinion on Dixon's adaptation, but on The Hobbit as Tolkien intended.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Reader's Diary #793- Teolinda Gersão, translated by Margaret Jull Costa: The Woman Who Stole the Rain

Recently I read another blogger-- a white blogger-- say that she loved to read First Nations literature because she found it challenging. I appreciated and agreed with this assessment on all levels: from my experience, and please allow me to make some generalizations, it is different than literature written by other Canadians; it is challenging for us white folks who didn't grow up in that culture; and I also love it for exactly those reasons.

I was reminded of first nations literature today while reading Teolinda Gersão's "The Woman Who Stole the Rain". Basically a man goes to Lisbon on a business trip, gets put into an extravagant presidential suite after a booking mistake, and overhears a conversation between two African cleaning ladies who entered his room without knowing he was still there. The conversation becomes a second story, perhaps a parable, that takes place in Africa. The businessman is taken aback by the story, unnerved but a little unclear as to why.

What I loved about "The Woman Who Stole the Rain" is how well it captured my feelings after reading some first nations literature. The slight discord between this man's world and the world the cleaning ladies had drawn his attention to, must be no less discordant than the setting of the cleaning lady's tale and the businessman's suite. There's a subtle friction that underlies the whole story. You get the sense at the end that no learning had taken place, but that the potential was there. I loved it.

Thanks to Teddy for pointing out this story last week.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Reader's Diary #792- Scott Chantler: Two Generals

You'll most likely get sick of my talking about my March break in France, if you aren't already at that point, but doggone it I'm excited and a lot of my reading until will be influenced by that vacation. Two Generals, by Scott Chantler, revolves around the Allied invasion of Normandy.

Normandy is one of our planned stops, and I have mixed feelings about it. I feel like I'm going out of patriotic obligation rather than anything else. But I've never been a war buff and feel slightly disrespectful every time I say that. Is it wrong that I usually find war books and movies boring?

Two Generals isn't boring, but it's nothing new either. Seeing a drawing of a dismembered arm or a body lying dead on a beach isn't shocking. It's not that I'm desensitized by images of war, but it's just what I'd expect to see in a war. Only in real life it would affect me. I've yet to read the book or comic, or watch the movie, that doesn't pale in comparison to what I imagine can't imagine it's really like.

There are some touching moments in Two Generals. Through Scott Chantler's grandfather, Law Chantler, we are given a rich portrait of a Canadian soldier-- his friendships, his worries, his heartbreaks, and so on. The artwork is quite well done, as I expected (I was a fan of his Northwest Passage earlier). The book is even put together well, with an elastic strap attached to use as bookmark. I just wanted to feel something more.

If I'm being completely honest, I worry about that in Normandy. What if I don't feel a connection? How horrible would that be? Perhaps I lack the ability to really grasp the reality of it all. Or am I over thinking this? Counselors?

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Reader's Diary #791- The Good News Bible: Isaiah

Reading the Book of Isaiah felt like a very long game of That's Good/ That's Bad. You know the game best illustrated in the Simpsons' "Tree House of Horror III" episode:

Shopkeeper: [Homer has agreed to purchase a Krusty doll for Bart's birthday] Take this object, but beware it carries a terrible curse!
Homer: Ooh, that's bad.
Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!
Homer: That's good.
Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.
Homer: That's bad.
Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of toppings.
Homer: That's good!
Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.
[Homer looks puzzled]
Shopkeeper: ...That's bad.
Homer: Can I go now?


Except in the book of Isaiah, it's without the humor, the good things have been replaced by God's promise of a glorious future and the bad things have been replaced by God's wrath. It just seems to go back and forth. As a character, God is certainly hard to get a handle on in the Book of Isaiah.

From a historical standpoint, it's more than a bit disheartening. I hate to generalize an entire region, but there are certainly pockets of the middle East that have seemingly been fighting forever. To read the Old Testament and see that that the areas and people who were fighting back then are much the same as the ones that are still involved with so much hostility, it's enough to make one want to throw up his hands in frustration. If you've been at war for thousands of years, isn't it a cultural norm at this point? How can something this ingrained ever be stopped?

Another point of interest in the Book of Isaiah was all the talk about other gods. It's not the first Bible book in which other gods are mentioned and I always find them fascinating when they are. In this particular book, however, the idea of one god is really hammered home. Yet I'm a little surprised, especially considering that the Bible has been interpreted six ways to Sunday, that lines such as "besides me there is no god" haven't been read to mean "besides me there is no god for you," meaning that there are other gods out there but they're for other people. Then, this is more of a theology question and at this point that's a depth far deeper than I'm intending to read. Still, curious, is it not?

Monday, January 02, 2012

Reader's Diary #790- Louis Becke: The Fisher Folk of Nukufetau


A little over a year ago my wife and I first discovered, through a Sporcle trivia game, the existence of a tiny Pacific nation known as Tuvalu. Since then it's become a bit of an obsession of ours. It easily tops our bucket list of travel destinations and whenever anyone starts one of those crazy "if you won the lottery..." talks we find ourselves explaining where Tuvalu is. To go there right now we'd quite simply need a lot more time and money. You first need to get yourself to Fiji and wait for either a Tuesday or a Friday to fly in. The entire country, made up of several islands, has roughly 10,000 people. I once read that less than 100 tourists take the journey each year, though I can't find the source again so I have no idea how accurate that is.

In any case, I decided to see if I could find a short story about Tuvalu or by a Tuvaluan author. "The Fisher Folk of Nukufetuan" is by Louis Becke (also known as George Lewis Becke), an Australian who spent some time in Tuvalu (then the Ellice islands) in the late 1800s.

"The Fisher Folk of Nukufetuan" isn't a particularly exciting story. It's simply a recount of a fishing with the locals. But it at least has some interesting historical and anthropological stuff. I found a part about atuli, a type of small fish, that spawn annually upon the shores pretty fascinating, mostly because it reminded me of the capelin, a similar sized fish that spawns in great numbers on the shores of Newfoundland. When I went to Hawaii I was surprised to see that a dolphin trainer was feeding them capelin, which he told be came from Newfoundland (he also went on to describe where that was.) Since Tuvalu is so much closer, I wonder why they don't use atuli?

I was also interested, though a little less positively, in the somewhat colonialist attitude of the author. He basically peer pressures a local minister into consuming alcohol. It's such a part of the author's culture that he simply can't grasp that someone would not see the virtues of alcohol and doesn't rest until the minister finally gives in. Perhaps it's easy from a modern standpoint to see how the introduction of alcohol into a culture isn't always the blessing Becke seemed to think it was. Not that I think we've progressed that much since. A few years ago, after my wife and I had taken a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, we were excited to hear that a contestant on Jeopardy was about to share an anecdote about his time there as well. That excitement quickly waned. Apparently, this particular gentleman wanted to share with Alex how he improved the culinary palette of the locals. Could you believe, he asked, that they simply boil their mussels in ocean water? Fortunately he was able to give these poor saps a new lease on life with his introduction of a white wine cream sauce. Well la dee da. It seems the attitude of tourists who expect to teach the locals a thing or two hasn't gone away completely.

Which brings me back to our wish to go to Tuvalu. It looks like a trip to the remote island is becoming even more of an impossibility. Composed of such low lying islands, global warming and rising water levels is increasingly making the future of Tuvalu look dire. There are no natural lakes on the island and so they rely on rainwater but back in October a state of emergency was declared due to an unprecedented drought. We've given some thought to "volunteer tourism" for when our kids are older, but I get the impression that a thirsty family of tourists wouldn't exactly help matters. Who wants to get in the way? Plus, there's a fine line between genuine help and being that guy on Jeopardy.

For now, I've to make my peace with armchair traveling to Tuvalu. But even that has proven to be difficult.

Links: Tuvalu Tourism
Tuvalu Islands.com

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

The 5th Annual Canadian Book Challenge- The Halfway Roundup!

Happy New Year!!! Whew, we did a lot of reading in 2011 didn't we? Below you will find links to all those books we reviewed for the 5th Canadian Book Challenge. It's a lot of work to compile, and I'll apologize in advance for the many mistakes I'm sure I made, but it's also a labour of love. I was quite impressed by the variety in our reading choices. Towards the end I was trying to come up with Canadian authors who did not yet reviewed for the challenge, and it was easier said than done. Ooops, look like we missed Mowat... nope, someone squeezed him in. And so on. But that gave me an idea for January's mini-challenge. Here is a-- by no means exhaustive-- list of Canadian authors that somehow escaped us in the first half of the 5th Canadian Book Challenge:

Lisa Moore, Cathleen With, Anita Daher, Bernice Morgan, Jean Paré, Donna Morrissey, Roch Carrier, Michel Tremblay, Timothy Taylor, Susan Musgraves, Hubert Aquin, Steve Zipp, Barbara Reid, Sherri Fitch, Jean Little, Christian Bok, bpNichol, Paul Glennon, Andrew Pyper, Zachariah Wells, P.K. Page, Kevin Major, Jessica Grant, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Michael Kusugak, Eric Wilson, Joy Kogawa, Robert Service, Patrick Lane, Lorna Crozier, Randall Maggs, Stephen Leacock, Stacey May Fowles, Frank McCourt, Monique Proulx, Susan Juby, Jocelyne Allen, Leonard Cohen, Thomas King, Gregory Scofield, Naomi Klein, Kit Pearson
Yann Martel, Rohinton Mistry

Read and review any of the authors above in January and you can have your name entered into a random draw for a wonderful prize pack kindly donated by Random House. Read more than one and you'll have your name entered each time. (For every qualifying review, I ask that you let me know in the comments of this post!) Here are the prizes for the "Missing in Action" mini-challenge:

Yann Martel- Beatrice & Virgil
John Vaillant- The Tiger
Michael Crummey- Galore
Jamie Zeppa- every time we say goodbye
Andrew Pyper- The Guardians
Anne Michaels- The Winter Vault


Isn't that a stellar prize? More on last month's prize winners later. In the meantime, check these out...

The 5th annual Canadian Book Challenge - Halfway Point reviews:

Abdou, Angie
- The Bone Cage (John)
- The Canterbury Trail (Corey, Raidergirl)

Adamson, Gil
- The Outlander (Melissa)

Almond, Paul
- The Deserter (Shonna)

Amaral, Joe
- Understanding Jesus (Sharon)

Anderson, T.
- Monad 12. 21. 12 (Sarah)

Archbold, Rick
- Canada, Our History (Nicola)

Arden, Jann
- Falling Backwards (Shan)

Armstrong, Kelley
- No Humans Involved (Jules)
- Personal Demon (Jules)
- Waking the Witch (Sarah)

Assiniwi, Bernard
- The Beothuk Saga (John)

Atwood, Margaret
- Bluebeard's Egg (Jules)
- The Handmaid's Tale (Buried in Print)
- In Other Worlds (Shonna)
- Moral Disorder (Bybee)
- Oryx and Crake (Neal, Bybee)
- The Penelopiad (Jules)
- Wilderness Tips (Bybee)

Auxier, Jonathan
- Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (Nicola, Heather)

Awumey, Edem
- Dirty Feet (Amy)

Bachman, Randy
- Vinyl Tap Stories (Teena)

Badoe, Adwoa
- Pot of Wisdom illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité (Buried in Print)

Bainbridge, Susan
- Hoarfrost and Cherry Blossoms (Shonna)

Barclay, Linwood
- The Accident (Luanne, Teena, Paulina, Shonna)
- Clouded Vision (Jennifer)
- Never Look Away (Kristin)

Bastedo, Jamie
- Tracking Triple Seven (John)

Bates, Judy Fong
- Midnight at the Dragon Cafe (Teena)

Beaton, Kate
- Hark! A Vagrant (Chris)

Behrens, Peter
- The O'Briens (Shonna)

Beiser, Kim
- The Very Fine Frog illustrated by Rachel Berman (Irene)

Benison, C.C.
- Twelve Drummers Drumming(Luanne, Raidergirl)

Benns, Roderick
- The Legends of Lake on the Mountain (Wanda)
- The Mystery of the Moonlight Murder (Mysteries and More)

Beresford-Kroeger, Diana
- The Global Forest (Shonna)

Bergen, David
- The Time In Between (Wanda)

Berry, Michelle
- This Book Will Not Save Your Life (Shonna)

Berton, Pierre
- Vimy (Medea)

Bezmozgis, David
- The Free World (Shonna, Shan, Buried in Print, Jules)

Blaise, Claire
- The Meagre Tarmac (Buried in Print)

Bogart, Jo Ellen
- Big and Small, Room for All illustrated by Gillian Newland(Medea)
- Capturing Joy: The Story of Maud Lewis (Nicola)

Bowen, Gail
- Deadly Appearances (Bill)

Bowering, Ian
- The Art and Mystery of Brewing in Ontario (Swordsman)

Boyden, Joseph
- Three Day Road (Jules, Kathy)
- Through Black Spruce (Kathy)

Bradley, Alan
- I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Luanne, Nicola, HRO, Chris, John)
- A Red Herring Without Mustard (Kristin)
- The Sweetness at the Bottom the Pie (Pussreboots)
- The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Kerrie)

Braid, Kate
- To This Cedar Fountain (Melwyk)

Brand, Dionne
- Ossuaries (John)

Brett, Brian
- Trauma Farm (Melissa)

Brewster, Hugh
- Deadly Voyage (Nicola)
- Prisoner of Dieppe (Nicola)

Brooks, Martha
- Queen of Hearts (Paulina)

Brown, Chester
- Louis Riel (Jocelyne)

Bruce, Charles
- The Township of Time (Steve)

Buckler, Ernest
- Ox Bells and Fireflies (Steve)

Burgess, Tony
- Idaho Winter (Corey)
- Ravenna Gets (Buried in Print)

Burnard, Bonnie
- Suddenly (Pooker)

Cameron, Elspeth
- And Beauty Answers (Buried in Print)

Cannon, Kevin
- Far Arden (John)

Chantler, Scott
- The Sign of the Black Rock (Franklin)
- Tower of Treasure (Franklin)
- Two Generals (Franklin)

Choy, Wayson
- The Jade Peony (Jules, KS, Melissa, Anita)

Choyce, Lesley
- Raising Orion (Melwyk, Shonna)

Christie, Michael
- The Beggar's Garden (Buried in Print)

Clarke, George Elliott
- Whylah Falls (Buried in Print)

Clarkson, Adrienne
- Room for All of Us (Shonna)

Coady, Lynn
- The Antagonist (Shonna, Shan, Buried in Print, Jules)
- Play the Monster Blind (John)

Coakley, Lena
- Witchlanders (Christa)

Cole, Trevor
- Practical Jean (Suzanne)

Collins, Gerard
- Moonlight Sketches (Raidergirl)

Comeau, Joey
- One Bloody Thing After Another (Shonna, Buried in Print)
- Overqualified (Buried in Print)

Compton, Valerie
- Tide Road (Raidergirl)

Conlin, Christy Ann
- Heave (Ordinary Reader)

Connelly, Karen
- Burmese Lessons (John)

Cooke, Darwyn
- Catwoman: Selina's Big Score (Franklin)

Coupland, Douglas
- Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People illustrated by Gordon Roumieu (Shan)
- Microserfs (Franklin)

Cox, Daniel Allen
- Krakow Melt (Buried in Print)

Coyote, Ivan
- Missed Her (John, Buried in Print)

Croza, Laurel
- I Know Here illustrated by Matt James (Medea)

Crummey, Michael
- Galore (Gavin)

Daar, Abdallah and Peter Singer
- The Grandest Challenge (John)

Davidson, Andrew
- The Gargoyle (Christa, Melissa)

Davies, Robertson
- The Cunning Man (Steve)
- The Rebel Angels (Kate)

Davis, Tanya
- At First, Lonely (Amy)

Degrace, Anne
- Flying With Amelia (Melwyk)

Den Hartog, Kristen
- And Me Among Them (Shonna)

Desrochers, Suzanne
- Bride of New France (Shonna)

Deverell, William
- Snow Job (Mysteries and More)

DeWitt, Patrick
- The Sisters Brothers (Christa, Michelle, Giraffe Days, Corey, Shan, Bybee, Buried in Print, Swordsman, Jennifer)

Di Vito, Tina
- 52 Ways to Wreck Your Retirement (Teena)

Dixon, Sean
- The Many Revenges of Kip Flynn (Shonna)

Doctor, Farzana
- Stealing Nasreen (Buried in Print)

Doctorow, Cory
- Little Brother (Sarah, Heather)

Dolan, Sandra
- Wooden Boats and Iron People (John)

Donoghue, Emma
- Room (Jules, Barbara, Irene)

Duncan, Elizabeth J.
- A Killer's Christmas in Wales (Shonna)

Dunklee, Annika
- My Name is Elizabeth illustrated by Matthew Forsythe (Medea)

Echlin, Kim
- The Disappeared (Gavin)

Ede, Amatoritsero
- Globetrotter & Hitler's Children (Amy)

Edson, Jerrod
- The Making of Harry Cossaboom (Wanda)

Edugyan, Esi
- Half-Blood Blues (Buried in Print, Shonna, Shan, Christa, Jules)

Einarson, John
- Four Strong Wings with Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson (Shonna)

Ellis, Deborah
- The Heaven Shop (Heather)
- No Ordinary Day (Amy)

Ellis, Sarah
- That Fatal Night (Nicola)

Elton, Sarah
- Locavore (Melissa)

Emery, Anne
- Death at Christy Burke's (Shonna)

Endicott, Marina
- Good to a Fault (Jules)
- The Little Shadows (Buried in Print)

Epperly, Elizabeth Rollins
- The Fragrance of Sweet Grass (Claire)

Fairfield, Leslie
- Tyranny (Pussreboots)

Fallis, Terry
- The High Road (Jennifer)

Farrow, John
- River City (Jennifer, Shonna)

Featherstone, Charlotte
- Seduction & Scandal (Giraffe Days)

Ferguson, Will
- Coal Dust Kisses (Irene)
- Why I Hate Canadians (Irene)

Ferguson, Will and Ian Ferguson
- How To Be a Canadian (Irene)

Ferguson, Ted
- Strange Days (Teena, Swordsman)

Files, Gemma
- A Rope of Thorns (Corey)

Findlay, Jamieson
- The Summer of Permanent Wants (Heather)

Findley, Timothy
- Spadework (Buried in Print)
- You Went Away (April)

Fitzgerald, James
- What Disturbs Our Blood (Buried in Print)

Fleming, Ann Marie
- The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (John)

Forler, Nan
- Winterberries and Apple Blossoms illustrated by Peter Etril Snyder(Two Canadian Readers)

Francis, Brian
- Natural Order (Kathy, Shonna, Teena, Jennifer)

Fung, Mellissa
- Under an Afghan Sky (Shonna, Melissa)

Gallant, John
- Bannock, Beans and Black Tea illustrated by Seth (Wanda, John)

Galloway, Steven
- The Cellist of Sarajevo (KS, Melissa)

Gammel, Irene
- Making Avonlea (Claire)

Garner, Hugh
- Cabbagetown (Steve)

Gartner, Zsuzsi
- Better Living Through Plastic Explosives (Buried in Print, Shan, Shonna, Jules)

Gaston, Bill
- The Cameraman (Pooker)
- The Good Body (Steve)

Gay, Marie-Louise
- Stella, Princess of the Sky (Pussreboots)

Gerson, Carole and Gwendolyn Davies
- Canadian Poetry (Buried in Print)

Gibb, Camilla
- The Beauty of Humanity Movement (Teddy)

Gibson, William
- Zero History (Gavin)

Gibson, William and Bruce Sterling
- The Difference Engine (Canuckoid)

Gilmour, David
- The Perfect Order of Things (Shonna)

Glass, Eleri
- The Red Shoes illustrated by Ashley Spires (Erin)

Goodfellow, Margaret and Phil Goodfellow
- A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto (Buried in Print)

Gopnik, Adam
- Winter (Buried in Print)

Goyette, Sue
- Lures (Wanda)

Graham, Georgia
- The Lime Green Secret (Heather)

Graham, Gwethalyn
- Earth and High Heaven (Claire)

Gray, Charlotte
- Gold Diggers (John)
- Mrs. King (Melissa)

Green, Lyndsay
- Teens Gone Wired (Irene)

Greenslade, Frances
- Shelter (Shonna)

Gregory, Leland
- Canaduh (Teena)

Griggs, Terry
- Invisible Ink (Buried in Print)
- The Silver Door (Buried in Print)

Gruen, Sara
- Water for Elephants (Medea)

Gunn, Genni
- Solitaria (Buried in Print)

Hamilton, Ian
- The Water Rat of Wanchai (Kristin, Heather)

Hamilton, Lyn
- The Xibalba Murders (HRO)

Hanrahan, Maura
- Sheilagh's Brush (Shonna)

Harris, Amy Lavender
- Imagining Toronto (Buried in Print)

Harris, Doug
- YOU comma Idiot (Corey)

Harvey, Kenneth J.
- Blackstrap Hawco (Pooker)

Hawley, Linda
- Dreams Unleashed (Sarah)
- Guardian of Time (Sarah)

Hay, Elizabeth
- Alone in the Classroom (Kathy, Shonna, Judi)
- Late Nights On Air (Barbara)

Heard, Christopher
- The Suite Life (Teena)

Heidbreder, Robert
- Drumheller Dinosaur Dance illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo (Medea)

Helm, Michael
- Cities of Refuge (Franklin)

Helwig, David
- Saltsea (Ordinary Reader)

Highway, Tomson
- The Rez Sisters (John)

Hill, Lawrence
- The Book of Negroes (Judi)

Holdstock, Pauline
- Into the Heart of the Country (Buried In Print)

Hopkinson, Nalo
- Brown Girl in the Ring (Canuckoid)

Horvath, Polly
- The Pepins and Their Problems illustrated by Marylin Hafner(Pussreboots)

Hossack, Darcie Friesen
- Mennonites Don't Dance (Shonna)

Houston, James
- Running West (Gypsysmom)

Humphreys, Helen
- Afterimage (HRO)
- Coventry (Raidergirl)
- Coventry (Melissa)
- The Reinvention of Love (HRO, Raidergirl)

Hutchins, Hazel and Gail Herbert
- Mattland illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Medea)

Hay, Elizabeth
- Alone in the Classroom (Jennifer B)

Hayes, Derek
- The Maladjusted (Shonna)

Holborn, Hannah
- Fierce (April)

Hooton, Matthew
- Deloume Road (Gavin)

Howard, Blanche
- Dreaming in a Digital World (Melwyk)

Hutchison, Margaret
- Tamarac (John)

Itani, Frances
- Deafening (Kathy)
- Requiem (Shonna)

Jacob, Suzanne
- Fugitives (KS)

Jacques, Edna
- My Kitchen Window (Gypsysmom)

Jiles, Paulette
- The Color of Lightning (Nicola)

Johnston, A. J. B.
- Endgame 1758 (Swordsman)

Johnston, Wayne
- A World Elsewhere (Shonna, Buried in Print)

Kalla, Daniel
- The Far Side of the Sky (Shonna)

Kamara, Mariatu
- The Bite of the Mango with Susan McClelland (John)

Kats, Jewel
- Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair illustrated by Richna Kinra (Irene)
- What Do You Do to Help Your Body? illustrated by Richna Kinra (Irene)

Kay, Guy Gavriel
- The Fionavar Tapestry (Claire)
- The Lions of Al-Rassan (Claire)
- A Song For Arbonne (Claire)

Keefer, Janice Kulyk
- The Green Library (Wanda)

Keith, Esme Claire
- Not Being on a Boat (Shonna)

Keller, Betty
- A Thoroughly Wicked Woman (Shonna)

Khan, Rukhsana
- Big Red Lollipop illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Pussreboots)

Kim, Susan and Laurence Klavan
- City of Spies illustrated by Pascal Dizin (Pussreboots)

King, James
- Etienne's Alphabet (Buried in Print)

Kinsella, W.P.
- Miss Hobbema Pageant (Medea)
- The Moccasin Telegraph (Medea)

Kok-Shurgers, G. Pauline
- The Remains of War (Nicola)

Kostash, Myrna
- Prodigal Daughter (Melwyk)

Kostick, Ken
- The $10 Gourmet (Irene)

Kulling, Monica
- In the Bag! illustrated by David Parkins (Nicola)

Kupesic, Rajka
- The White Ballets (Nicola)

Laferrière, Dany
- The Return translated by David Homel (Buried in Print, Shonna)

Lafleche, Isabelle
- J'adore New York (Sharon)

Lansens, Lori
- The Girls (Kathy)
- The Wife's Tale (Raidergirl)

Lapena, Shari
- Happiness Economics (Melwyk)

Laurence, Margaret
- Dance on the Earth (Bybee)
- The Fire-Dwellers (Jules, Gypsysmom)
- Long Drums and Cannons (Amy)
- The Prophet Camel's Bell (Anita)
- This Side Jordan (Anita)
- The Stone Angel (Kate, Debbie)
- The Tomorrow-Tamer (Anita)

Lawson, Mary
- The Other Side of the Bridge (Melissa)

Laycock, Marcia Lee
- Cassie (Sarah)

Leavey, Peggy Dymond
- Mary Pickford (Swordsman)

Leavitt, Sarah
- Tangles (Shonna)

Leckie, Keith Ross
- Coppermine (Shonna)

Lee, Jen Sookfong
- The Better Mother (Shonna)

Lemire, Jeff
- Essex County (Claire)
- Sweet Tooth: Animal Armies (Teddy)

Lindquist, N.J. and Nelles, Wendy Elaine (editors)
- Hot Apple Cider (Sharon)

Lockhett, Jerry
- Captain James Cook in Atlantic Canada (Swordsman)

Ludwig, Sidura
- Holding My Breath (Pooker)

Lunn, Janet
- Shadow in Hawthorne Bay (Medea)

Lyall, Ernie
- An Arctic Man (John)

Lynes, Jeanette
- The Factory Voice (Ordinary Reader, Pooker)

MacDonald, Ann-Marie
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) (Claire)

Macdonald, Jake
- With the Boys (Pooker)

MacFarlane, David
- Summer Gone (AvidAnita)

MacGregor, Roy
- The Last Season (Steve)

MacIntyre, Linden
- The Bishop's Man (Kristin)

Maclear, Kyo
- Spork illustrated by Isabelle Arseneault (Medea)

MacLennan, Hugh
- The Watch That Ends The Night (Melissa)

MacLeod, Alexander
- Light Lifting (Pooker)

MacLeod, Alistair
- As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (Raidergirl)

MacLeod, Hilary
- Mind Over Mussels (Shonna, Chris)
- Revenge of the Lobster Lover (Chris)

Maharaj, Rabindranath
- The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Buried in Print)

Manguel, Alberto
- A Reader on Reading (Claire)

Manicom, David
- Anna's Shadow (Melwyk)

Martinez, Jessica
- Virtuosity (Christa)

Mason, Mike
- The Blue Umbrella (Nicola)

Mayor, Chandra
- All the Pretty Girls (Pooker)

Mayr, Suzette
- Monocerous (Buried in Print)

McCarthy, Julia
- Return from Erebus (Melwyk)

McCaslin, Susan
- Demeter Goes Skydiving (Melwyk)

McClintock, Norah
- Victim Rights (Shonna)

McCole, Caitlin
- All About Eve (Sarah)
- Ex Cineribus Resurge (Sarah)

McIntosh, D. J.
- The Witch of Babylon (Kristin)

McKay, Ami
- The Birth House (Medea)
- The Virgin Cure (Luanne, Amy, Shonna)

McKenzie, Catherine
- Spin (Heather)

McLean, Stuart
- Stories From the Vinyl Cafe (Melissa)

Meister, Soizick and Kallie George
- Mr. M (Shonna)

Michaels, F.S.
- Monoculture (Buried in Print)

Mitchell, Shandi
- Under This Unbroken Sky (Gavin)

Mitchell, W.O.
- Who Has Seen the Wind? (Ordinary Reader)

Mofina, Rick
- In Desperation (Kerrie)

Molloy, Kathleen
- Dining With Death (John)

Moloney, Susie
- The Thirteen (Corey, Luanne)

Montgomery, Lucy Maud
- Akin to Anne (Medea)
- Anne of Avonlea (Sharon)
- Anne of Green Gables (Pussreboots)
- Christmas With Anne (Raidergirl)
- Kilmeny of the Orchard (Sharon)

Moore, Brian
- The Luck of Ginger Coffey (Buried in Print)

Mootoo, Shani
- Valmiki's Daughter (Jules)

Moroney, Shannon
- Through the Glass (Anita)

Mowat, Farley
- Bay of Spirits (Ordinary Reader)

Munro, Alice
- Lives of Girls and Women (Anita)
- Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You (Buried in Print)

Munsch, Robert
- Andrew's Loose Tooth illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)
- Boo! illustrated by Michael Martchenko (John)
- The Fire Station illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Medea)
- Get Out of Bed! illustrated by Alan and Lea Daniel (Bybee)
- I Have to Go! illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)
- Show and Tell illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)
- Thomas' Snowsuit illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Bybee)

Murphy, Derryl
- Napier's Bones (Sarah)

Narsimhan, Mahtab
- The Tiffin (Nicola)

Nason, Jim
- The Girl on the Escalator (Shonna)

Nason, Riel
- The Town that Drowned (Melwyk, Chris)

Nickel, Barbara
- Hannah Waters and the Daughters of Johann Sebastian Bach (Ann)

Oatley, Keith
- Therefore Choose (Ordinary Reader)

O'Bannon, Mark
- The Dream Crystal (Sarah)

Off, Carol
- Bitter Chocolate (Buried in Print)

Ohi, Ruth
- Chicken, Pig, Cow (Medea)

Oliver, Craig
- Oliver's Twist (Shonna)

O'Malley, Bryan Lee
- Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (John)

Ondaatje, Michael
- The Cat's Table (Jules, Shan, Buried in Print, Gavin, Shonna)
- Divisadero (KS)
- The English Patient (Kate)

O'Neill, Heather
- lullabies for little criminals (Raidergirl, Jocelyne)

Oppel, Frank (compiled by)
- Tales of the Canadian North (John)

O'Reilly, Sean and Kevin Hanna
- The Clockwork Girl (Nicola)

Owens, Ann-Maureen and Jane Yealland
- Canada's Maple Leaf illustrated by Bill Slavin and Esperanca Melo (Nicola)

Page, Kathy
- The Find (Shonna)

Palmisano, Richard
- Journeys into the Unknown (Teena)
- Overshadows (Teena)

Peacock, Shane
- Bone Beds of the Badlands (Nicola)
- Eye of the Crow (Pussreboots)
- Monster in the Mountains (Nicola)
- The Dragon Turn (Nicola, Christa, Two Canadian Readers)

Pelley, Rhonda
- Island Maid photography by Sheilagh O'Leary (Medea)

Penny, Louise
- Bury Your Dead (Raidergirl)
- The Cruelest Month (Buried in Print)
- Dead Cold (Buried in Print)
- A Trick of the Light (Mysteries and More, Shonna)

Perkyns, Dorothy
- Last Days in Africville (Wanda)

Phillips, Edward O.
- Queen's Court (Melwyk)

Pick, Allison
- Far to Go (Suzanne)

Pilkey, Brent
- Lethal Rage (Shonna)

Pool, Annelies
- Iceberg Tea (John, Melwyk)

Poulin, Jacques
- Autumn Rounds (Irene)
- My Sister's Blue Eyes (Irene)
- Volkswagen Blues (Irene)

Preston, Allison
- Sunny Dreams (Pooker)

Price, Ray
- Yellowknife (John)

Price, Steven
- Into That Darkness (Shonna)

Proulx, E. Annie
- The Shipping News (Pussreboots)

Rachman, Tom
- The Imperfectionists (Judi)

Redfern, Christine and Caro Caron
- Who is Ana Mendieta? (Amy)

Rehner, Jan
- Missing Matisse (Shonna)

Reynolds, James*
- An American Prisoner at Fort Malden and Quebec in the War of 1812 *author's name speculated (Swordsman)

Ricci, Nino
- The Origin of the Species (Ann)

Rice, Waubgeshig
- Midnight Sweatlodge (Pooker)

Richards, David Adams
- Facing the Hunter (Shonna)
- For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down (John)
- River of the Brokenhearted (Ann)

Richardson, Bill
- Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast (Ordinary Reader)

Richardson, C.S.
- The End of the Alphabet (Pussreboots)

Richler, Mordecai
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Neal)
- Joshua Then and Now (Bybee)

Ritchie, Charles
- An Appetite for Life (Claire)

Robinson, Peter
- Bad Boy (Kerrie)
- Before the Poison (Luanne, Shonna)
- Gallows View (Heather)

Robinson, Spider
- Callahan's Con (Canuckoid)

Rosenblum, Rebecca
- The Big Dream (Pooker)
- Once (Pooker)

Ruby-Sachs, Emma
- The Water Man's Daughter (Shonna)

Ruddock, Nicholas
- The Parabolist (Giraffe Days)

Russell, S. Thomas
- A Battle Won (Swordsman)
- Under Enemy Colors (Swordsman)

Sale, Medora
- The Spider Bites (Teena)

Sands, Lynsay
- Hungry For You (Giraffe Days)

Sapergia, Barbara
- Dry (Pooker)

Sawyer, Robert J.
- Flashforward (Canuckoid)
- Wake (Jules, Canuckoid)
- Watch (Canuckoid)

Scowcroft, Ann
- The Truth of Houses (Melwyk)

Seelig, Adam
- Every Day in the Morning (Slow) (Buried in Print)

Seesequasis, Paul
- Tobacco Wars (Suzanne)

Segura, Mauricio
- Black Alley (Shonna)

Shatner, William
- Shatner Rules with Chris Regan (Shonna)

Sherrard, Valerie
- Watcher (Teena)

Shields, Carol
- The Box Garden (Raidergirl, Michelle)
- Jane Austen (Melissa)
- Small Ceremonies (Raidergirl)
- Unless (KS, Melissa)

Simonds, Merilyn
- The Convict Lover (Melissa)

Singh, Jaspreet
- Chef (Buried in Print)

Skibsrud, Johanna
- The Sentimentalist (Gavin)

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk
- Enough illustrated by Michael Martchenko (Irene)

Slater, Sean
- The Survivor (Kristin)

Smallman, Phyllis
- A Brewski for the Old Man (Kerrie)

Smart, Elizabeth
- By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (Gypsysmom)

Smith, Alisa and J. B. McKinnon
- The 100-Mile Diet (Melissa)

Smith, Joshua
- Battle for the Bay (Swordsman)

Smith, Rick and Bruce Lourie
- Slow Death by Rubber Duck (Buried in Print)

Soan, Hazel
- 10 Minute Watercolours (Melissa)

Socken, Paul G. (editor)
- Intimate Strangers (Anita)

Sooley, Jill
- Widows of Paradise Bay (Melwyk, Raidergirl)

Speers, Megan
- Wanderlust (Melwyk)

Staunton, Ted
- Morgan's Secret (R)

Stevens, Chevy
- Never Knowing (Shonna, Luanne)

Stinson, Kathy
- Red is Best illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis (Medea)

Strange, Marc
- Follow Me Down (Shonna)

Sutherland, Kate
- All in Together Girls (Irene)

Sylvester, Kevin
- Splinters (Heather)

Tamaki, Mariko
- Emiko Superstar illustrated by Steve Rolston (Medea)

Tardif, Cheryl Kaye
- Skeletons in the Closet (Kerrie)

Taylor, Drew Hayden
- Bootlegger Blues (Heather)

Taylor, Patrick
- An Irish Country Doctor (Jules)

Theriault, Denis
- The Postman's Round (Irene)

Thomas, Audrey
- Isobel Gunn (Melissa)

Thornley, Scott
- Erasing Memory (Kristin)

Thurston, Tom
- Strongman (Swordsman)

Tidball, Lee
- Princess Reborn (Irene)

Toews, Miriam
- The Flying Troutmans (Geranium Cat, Ann)
- Irma Voth (Shonna, Sharon)

Townsin, Troy
- Canadian Jingle Bells illustrated by Jennifer Harrington (John)
- A Moose in a Maple Tree illustrated by Jennifer Harrington (John)
- The Night Before a Canadian Christmas by Jennifer Harrington (John)

Trafford, Matthew J.
- The Divinity Gene (Pooker)

Treggiari, Jo
- Ashes, Ashes (Sarah)

Trenholm, Hayden
- Defining Diana (Darlene)

Tsiang, Sarah
- Dogs Don't Eat Jam illustrated by Qin Leng (Medea)

Turner, Wesley B.
- The Astonishing General (Shonna, Swordsman)

Twain, Shania
- From This Moment On (Irene)

Urquhart, Jane
- A Map of Glass (Jules)
- Sanctuary Line (Buried in Print)
- The Stone Carvers (Kathy)

Vaillant, John
- The Tiger (John)

Van Camp, Richard
- Angel Wing Splash Pattern (April, John)
- The Lesser Blessed (Shannon)

Vanderhaeghe, Guy
- A Good Man (Buried in Print)

Van Rooy, Michael
- An Ordinary Decent Criminal (Bill)
- Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal (Gypysmom)

Vassallo, Jonathan Ryan
- The Kingstonians (Christa)

Vernon, Steve
- The Lunenberg Werewolf and Other Stories (Chris)
- Sinking Deeper (Nicola)

Vyleta, Dan
- The Quiet Twin (Buried in Print)

Wagler, Ira
- Growing Up Amish (Sharon)

Walker, George A.
- A Book of Hours (Melwyk)

Warren, Dianne
- Cool Water (Pooker, Ordinary Reader, Gavin)

Weston, Robert Paul
- Dust City (Heather)

Wharton, Thomas
- Icefields (Buried in Print)

Whitall, Zoe
- Holding Still For as Long as Possible (Amy, Teena)

Whiteford, Jennifer
- Grrrl (Jocelyne)

Wiersema, Robert J.
- Bedtime Story (Pooker)

Williams, Ian
- You Know Who You Are (Buried in Print)

Winter, Kathleen
- Annabel (Raidergirl, Corey)

Winter, Michael
- The Death of Donna Whalen (Kathy)
- This All Happened (Pooker)

Wiseman, Adele
- The Sacrifice (Anita)

Wishinsky, Frieda
- Arctic Storm (R)
- Crazy for Gold (R)
- Danger, Dinosaurs! (R)

Withers, Pam
- First Descent (Nicola)

Wiwa, Ken
- In the Shadow of a Saint (Buried in Print)

Woods, Bruce A.
- Between Two Worlds (Irene)

Wright, Laurali R.
- Acts of Murder (Kerrie)
- The Suspect (Kerrie)

Wright, Richard B.
- Adultery (Kathy)
- Clara Callan (Erin, John)
- The Age of Longing (Irene)

Ye, Ting-xing and William Bell
- Throwaway Daughter (Pooker)

Yee, Paul
- Blood and Iron (Nicola)

York, Allison
- Fauna (Buried in Print)

Zentner, Alexi
- Touch (Shan, Buried in Print)

And the prizes for last month's prize, in which readers were challenged to read and review a book by a foreign-born Canadian goes to Melissa, who read Coventry by Helen Humphreys. Humphreys, if you didn't know (and I didn't), was born in London, England. For her efforts, Melissa wins this wonderful prize back from Cormorant Books:

Pablo Urbanyi's Silver:

Pan Bouyoucan's The Tattoo:


Finally, did you do any roundup posts of your 2011 reading? Want to share? Mine are her: fiction, comics/graphic novels, short stories, nonfiction. Share your links in the comments below!!!