I was going to review books for #IreadCanadian Day, but instead I am going to list some of my favourite Canadian authors, understanding I can’t possibility list them all.
If you look through Book Time, you’ll see the majority of my monthly author Q&As are from Canadians. Feel free to read through. Thank you to Canadian authors who opened up their lives for me and to Canadian publishers/distributors for bringing these amazing books out into the world.
And, in no particularly order…
I haven’t read all of Eric Walters‘ work – there is a lot – but everything I have read, I have loved from picture books to middle grade and young adult. I loved Regenesis and look forward to reading that to my guy now that he is a bit older. Read my Q&A with Walters, here.
Kathy Kacer is another prolific author whose work I love. I am not sure I could pick a favourite, although I did like Gabi’s Dresser, which shares her mom’s experience during the Holocaust. Kacer and Walters have teamed up to write a number of books, including their most recent book Broken Strings, which I haven’t yet read. Read my Q&A with Kacer here.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
You can’t offer a Canadian favourite list without including Lucy Maud Montgomery, the creator of Anne of Green Gables, which I loved, and a variety of other books including Emily of New Moon, which I didn’t like as a kid, but liked as a young adult, and Jane of Lantern Hill. I recently went to Montgomery’s home in Leaksdale, now a museum, as is the church where her husband preached. If you are ever in the neighbourhood, it’s worth the visit. One day I will read her journals. As a side note, Megan Follows, the original Anne in the CBC movies, and Amybeth McNulty, who played Anne Shirley in the CBC/Netflix show Anne with an E (recently cancelled. On a side note, we got a tour of the set of the show last summer at Rockwood Conservation Area. It was super interesting.) are in a movie called Maternal.
Another author who writes such a variety of books. I have also loved everything of Linda Bailey‘s that I have read. I just finished re-reading Seven Dead Pirates to my 11-year-old son, who didn’t like it as much as I thought her would. (As a note, there is magic destroying info in this book. I read over those parts.) He certainly didn’t like it as much as Stanley’s Party, which he received as an infant. That book made him laugh for years and while we enjoyed other Stanley books, that one was his favourite. We also love the On the Run series, where three siblings go back in time and survive various parts of history.
I always anxiously await Shari Green‘s books. Considered free prose, the books are quick reads and always so enjoyable. I particularly loved Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess,a book about book lovers. I love books about book lovers. They get me.
Thanks to the miniseries, most people have heard about Margaret Atwood and the Handmaid’s Tale, which I read years ago. I read a number of Atwood books in my younger years, including another favourite Onyx and Crake, which I highly recommend. I listened to Atwood speak. She is an interesting person.
I read Hawk years ago and it has stayed with me. I recently got to meet Jennifer Dance in my other life, and she is wonderful. She kindly gave me her book Red Wolf, which talks about residential schools. This book is in classrooms across the country. She is currently working on a new manuscript about Alzheimer’s disease, which I have had the pleasure read. Thank you for the opportunity.
I have read a number of books by Marina Cohen and they are all pretty fantastic. I actually stopped reading her latest book Box of Bones a number of times so I could comment out loud on her quality of writing.
Guy Gavriel Kay
Nancy Baker and Tanya Huff
Monica Hughes and Jean Little
As a kid, I read every Monica Hughes books I could get my hands on. I need to find these at the library so my guy can get pulled into her world as well. The same with Jean Little. I read out her entire collection at my local library. Still love her books and have biography, Stars Come Out Within.
There are other great books I have read by Canadians including:
Murder on the Canadian by Eric Wilson
The Mask that Sang by Susan Currie
The Hill by Karen Bass
Five Roses Alice Zorn
Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell Liane Shaw
There are no shortage of great Canadian writers, many of whom I have missed in this list. Not because I haven’t enjoyed their books, but simply as there is not enough space. Learn more about #IReadCanadian day here.