Canada Day is coming up! Celebrate all things Canadian with these ten great titles. Some have a Canadian theme, some are set in Canada, some are by Canadian authors, and all are just plain great, eh?. (You knew that was coming.)
Click on each title to learn more:
- 100 Photos That Changed Canada by Mark Reid: A collection of 100 images that have shaped what we are as a country, with in-depth commentary on each from over 30 writers.
- That Boy Red by Rachna Gilmore: The story of Red, a young boy growing up in Depression-era PEI. This YA read is filled with warmth, humour, and Canadian history.
- Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray: The story of the 1896 Yukon Gold Rush, told from six different perspectives, by one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers, Charlotte Gray.
- Clara Callan by Richard B Wright: This captivating story follows the lives of two sisters during the Depression. Callan’s award-winning epistolary novel has become a must read in classic Canadian Literature.
- Deafening by Frances Itani: Set in the years leading up to WWI, this amazing novel tells the story of a young deaf woman from Southern Ontario and her husband, who is shipped off to war. Itani’s gorgeous writing brings this historic romance to life.
- How The Scots Invented Canada by Ken McGoogan: With more than 5 million Canadians identifying themselves as Scottish, it is important to consider the influence of Scots on our history. McGoogan recounts how more than 60 Scots helped to build our country.
- Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau: There is no doubt that Margaret Trudeau is a true Canadian icon. Her moving memoir gives insight into what life was like for Canada’s youngest first lady – before, during and after her time at 24 Sussex Ave.
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill: This sweeping story of slavery in the nineteenth features a haunting look at a little-known aspect of Canadian history and stars one of the most memorable heroines of Canadian literature, Aminata Diallo.
- The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie: These nine finely-crafted short stories explore life in one of Canada’s most infamous neighbourhoods, Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Free of moral judgment, these stories offer an affecting look at life on the margins.
- Alice, I think by Susan Juby: Now a global sensation, Susan Juby’s debut novel is a heartwarming and hilarious take on the ups and downs of growing up in the small town of Smithers B.C. Every Canadian teen should get to know the quirky Alice Macleod.
Happy Canada Day!
- Lindsay, Kaitlin & Shannon
Contest alert: Want to win a beautiful, hardcover copy of 100 Photos That Changed Canada? Tell us your favourite Canadian author or Canadian book in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win!
Contest ends Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, and sorry Canadian residents only!