Thursday, November 29, 2007

Canada Reads 2008

  • Zaib Shaikh, who plays the imam on Little Mosque on the Prairie, defending Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley.
  • Hip-hop poet and broadcaster Jemeni defending Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.
  • Astronaut Steve MacLean defending Icefields by Thomas Wharton.
  • Newfoundland author Lisa Moore defending From the Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant.
  • Musician and writer Dave Bidini, a founding member of the Rheostatics, defending King Leary by Paul Quarrington.
Well, I still have not read the Canadian Reads from this year, and here they are setting up for next year. I own Not Wanted on the Voyage, and I even started it once but I lost it. It was like a year later before I found it again, so I really should finish that one up. Brown Girl in the Ring I had never heard of before, I see it came out in November, so maybe I will have to see if the bookstore has it. I have read Icefields, though. I really liked that book. I am glad to see someone appreciating Thomas Wharton. As to the other two, they are both authors I have always wanted to read, but they are both not in print, so I hope they get republished for the contest.


  1. I have not yet read "Brown Girl in the Ring", but I absolutely loved the one novel (The Salt Roads) and the few short stories I read by Nalo Hopkinson. I look forward to your review if you get around to reading it.

  2. I haven't read Finley but I hear he's quite good. More for the TBR mountain.

  3. I own Brown Girl in the Ring now, but who knows when I will get the chance to read it!

    I already have a few Findley on the TBR pile, it is just a matter of reading them, which has not happened!

  4. I was impressed by Icefields as well. That would be my choice, but I've never read any of the other contenders this year so can't really compare.

  5. Yeah, same. I am reading "Brown Girl in the Ring" right now. It is okay, but not the best thing I have ever read.

  6. Anonymous12:01 AM

    I'm reading the Findley nomination right now. I am really enjoying it and I am glad to see it on the list.


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