If we had to choose just one Canadian book…

If you had to choose just one Canadian book, what would it be?

This was the question Barbara Howson, our VP Sales, put to the Anansi and Groundwood staff last week. She was compiling a list for a newcomer to Canada who wanted to get acquainted with the literature in her new home. Most of us couldn’t stop at just one. Have a look!

What books do you think we missed? Tell us in the comments.

11 thoughts on “If we had to choose just one Canadian book…

  1. I would have to add in “Come, Though Tortoise”. I’ve read it twice already and I think I’m going back for a visit again soon. It’s depictions of my hometown, its inhabitants and their culture are spot on. It’s laugh out loud funny (literally), amazingly touching, and with just the right amount of melancholy. Makes me proud to be a Newfoundlander, as it’s a really CanLit treasure.

  2. I usually recommend based on the person’s tastes, but this is an all-round list. So don’t forget dark humour, like Patrick deWitt’s two and Trevor Cole’s Practical Jean. Also Kolia and Sandra Beck, and Fugitive Pieces and This Ramshackle Tabernacle, and Half-Blood Blues and The Jade Peony…er…I could go on and on!

  3. I think that you are missing Joseph Boyden (Through Black Spruce), Margaret Lawrence (The Diviners) and Gabrielle Roy (The Tin Flute/Bonheurs D’occasion). All represent a different and amazing aspect of Canadiana.

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