Sunday, December 9, 2012

BW 50: Oh Canada!

As I mentioned last week, we have a Canadian Books mini challenge as well as a readalong  in the works for 2013 and I'm putting together a list of authors and books with the help of a few folks over at Well Trained Mind.  In my online wanderings I came across The Canada Council for the Arts 2012 Governor General's Literary Awards.  Awards in both English and French in seven categories: fiction, poetry, drama, non‑fiction, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation.

 It reminded me of something Yann Martel (author of Life of Pi) did back in 2007 when he attended the 50th Anniversary celebration for the council. He was quite unimpressed with Stephen Harper's disinterest in the event and went on to start a project which lasted until 2011 -- What is Stephen Harper reading?  Which is where Life of Pi caught my attention as well as a few other books on the list.  As long as Harper was Prime Minister, Martel vowed to send him a book every two weeks to read expanding on the virtue of stillness.  There are 101 books on the list which is just going to add to your TBR piles and wishlists, because quite a few are well worth reading.

Which brings me back to the 2012 Award Winners.  Click here to find the French winners and list of nominees.

Fiction: The Purchase by Linda Spalding

 Monkey Ranch by Julie Brock
Drama:  It is Solved by Walking by Catherine Banks

Non Fiction: Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

Children Text: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen

Children Illustration:  Virginia Wolf

Translation:  Mai at the Predators' Ball by Nigel Spencer

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  1. So if you are going to do a Canadian books challenge - which I will not be taking part in since I am swearing off ANY and ALL reading challenges - you will have to add Ondaatje's The Cat's Table and The English Patient, Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers (my fave of 2011), and Margaret Atwood. I almost forgot ... The Outlander by Adamson (based on one of the most depressing historical events ever in Canada.

    1. Thank you - making sure they are on the master list of authors. Are you not joining us for another round in 2013?


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