Thursday, December 21, 2006

Canadian Reads

Earlier this month, I posted a Canadian Books list. I want to read more Canadian authors, and I was hoping to start with books that I all ready owned. Yeah, that did not last long, but in my defense, it is not last year yet. I went to the book store in Halifax today (Capital of Nova Scotia, where I live), and my mother handed me fifty dollars. Apparently one of the things she intended to buy me was not available, and this is the money she had to spend to make me even with my sister. I requested three of the Canadian Reads book from Random House. So, I just had to pick up two more today. The nominees are a managable list, and they are books that I have wanted to read for a while now, so I am looking forward to seeing what I think and then eventually finding out which book wins. This will mean that I read five books by Canadian authors, so it is a very good challenge, and thanks to the wonders of Christmas money, it did not cost me anything. The list is as follows:

Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
(defended by Jim Cuddy )

Children of My Heart by Gabrielle Roy
(defended by Denise Bombardier )

The Song of Kahunsha by Anosh Irani
(defended by Donna Morrissey) [Just a note, Donna Morrissey is one of my favourite Canadian authors.]

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
(defended by John K. Samson)

Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis
(defended by Steven Page) [After reading Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures earlier today, I decided to move right into another short story collection while I am still in the right mood.]

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, here's a book suggestion for you: A Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil. It set in Halifax during the Halifax Explosion and the days after. I loved reading it and recognizing the various street names and places, and it was a very enjoyable story to boot.

    Also, have you ever read 'Bluenose Ghosts' by Helen Creighton? I'm not sure if it's still in print but it contains some great stories about the spookier side of Nova Scotia.


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