Welcome everyone to the 10th edition of the Canadian Book Challenge! It's an exciting time for me as I hope it is for you. When I started this challenge back in 2007, I had no idea where it would lead, no idea how many others shared my passion for Canadian writing, no idea how many authors and books I'd discover from participant recommendations, no idea how much positive press it would receive, and no idea how much of a community it would become. To the faithful participants who have signed up year after year, I am honoured to have you back. To the newcomers, we are thrilled to have you with us. To everyone, I wish you a lot of great reading discoveries and fun!
Because the 10th is a bit of a milestone (one I'm unabashedly proud of), there'll be prizes a-plenty and some new features that I hope you'll find exciting. The ultimate prize pack consists of a book from each province and territory. The bulk of these were very generously donated by Brick Books, Publishing New and Established Voices in Canadian Poetry Since 1975:
Steve McOrmond - The Good News About Armageddon (Prince Edward Island)
Stephanie Bolster - A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth (Quebec)
Lynn Davies - The Bridge That Carries the Road (New Brunswick)
Elizabeth Philips - Torch River (Saskatchewan)
Ann Shin - The Family China (Ontario)
Noah Gould - I see my love more clearly from a distance (Alberta)
Lorri Neilsen Glenn - Lost Gospels (Nova Scotia)
Jane Munro - Blue Sonoma (British Columbia)
Méira Cook - Monologue Dogs (Manitoba)
Michael Crummey - Hard Light (Newfoundland)
Of course, you may have noticed two very important territories missing. On that front, author and friend Annelies Pool has donated a copy of her novel Free Love as our Northwest Territories pick:
13 amazing books which could be yours. At the end of the challenge (i.e., July 1st, 2017), I'll draw one lucky winner from all of those who managed to meet the quota of reading and reviewing 13 Canadian books or more.
But those will not be the only prizes! Each month there'll be a special prize of autographed books available to participants who take part in special challenges that will be emailed out on the first of the month. Winners will be announced at the beginning of the following month.
And coming up in January, the halfway month, will be our first ever Reading Relay. For this event, I'll send out a link to a Doodle poll in which we'll need 24 participants on board. Each person will sign up for an hour slot to commit to reviewing a Canadian book. It promises to be a lot easier than a reading marathon, but just as fun. More details will come closer to the date, but I hope you'll start considering it now!
But the most important part of this challenge is you. I really want us to make a huge effort to read other reviews, chat about them, encourage others, and celebrate Canada's awesome literary landscape.
If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Find out how: here.