Even if we don't get a top 10 list this week, we'll at least inspire some of these authors to pick up the pen again. Which authors? Those Canadian authors who are still living but leaving their fans waiting impatiently for their next book. Now we don't want to rush quality, we just want to encourage them by saying, "we loved your last book SOOOOO much that it's feeling like FOREVER since you last published anything."
Perhaps you're like me, wishing for Joseph Boyden to finally publish another novel. It's been 5 years since Through Black Spruce and he once told me that he envisioned it, along with Three Day Road, as a trilogy. So the final installment would be nice. Not that he's been slacking— he did publish a non-fiction Louis Riel/ Gabriel Dumont joint biography in 2010.
I've also been thinking about Ann-Marie MacDonald lately. It's been a whole decade since her last novel, The Way the Crow Flies. 9 years since she's published any writing, with the play Belle Moral having been published in 2004.
A few other names that come to mind are Bernice Morgan (6 years since Cloud of Bone), Heather O'Neill (7 years since Lullabies for Little Criminals), Steve Zipp (6 years since Yellowknife), Barbara Gowdy (6 years since Helpless), Lawrence Hill (6 years since the Book of Negroes), Andrew Davidson (5 years since The Gargoyle), Steven Galloway (5 years since The Cellist of Sarajevo), and Mary Lawson (7 years since The Other Side of the Bridge).
Feel free to vote for some of these, but if you other suggestions feel free to vote for someone different.
Which (living) Canadian authors have you missed the most?