Read Local. Read Canadian.

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As you might know, Canada is a large place. It’s full of seasons, full of forests and water, full of beautiful scenery and lush landscapes. It’s also full of AUTHORS. For me, I hadn’t really given a thought as to WHO I’m reading until this year, 2013. It was late in the year where I knew I needed more Canada. I wanted to read more books written by people in my city and by people living in my country.

I thought a fun way to document my journey would be by province and territory. As I review an author, I’ll be sure to link the review up according to where abouts in Canada they’re from. Hopefully it’ll help other people interested in reading Canadian find their next read!

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Note: These are all books I’ve read already. Books in italics are books I have in my possession and intend to read (and are still being updated!)

British Columbia

Bantock, Nick (Vancouver)

Griffin & Sabine (NO REVIEW)
Sabine’s Notebook (NO REVIEW)
The Golden Mean (NO REVIEW)

Cook, Eileen (Vancouver)

The Almost Truth
With Malice

Edugyan, Esi (Victoria)

Half-Blood Blues (NO REVIEW) (Signed Copy)
The Second Life of Samuel Tyne

Halle, Karina (Vancouver) (INTERVIEW)

Experiment in Terror series
Darkhouse (#1)

Red Fox (#2)
The Benson (#2.5)
Dead Sky Morning (#3)
Lying Season (#4)
On Demon Wings (#5)
Old Blood (#5.5)
The Dex Files (#5.7)
Into the Hollow (#6)
And With Madness Comes the Light (#6.5)
Come Alive (#7)
Ashes to Ashes (#8)
Dust to Dust (#9)

The Artists Trilogy
Sins & Needles (#1)
Shooting Scars (#2)

Devils series
The Devil’s Metal (#1)

Where Sea Meets Sky series
Where Sea Meets Sky (#1) (Review coming soon)

Langston, Laura (Vancouver Island) – INTERVIEW COMING SOON

The Art of Getting Stared At (Review coming soon)

Nielson, Susin (Vancouver)

Optimists Die First (Review coming soon)

Spires, Ashley (Ladner) (INTERVIEW)

Binky the Space Cat series
Binky the Space Cat (#1)
Binky to the Rescue (#2)
Binky Under Pressure (#3)
Binky Takes Charge (#4)
License to Scratch (#5)

Larf (NO REVIEW)
The Most Magnificent Thing (NO REVIEW)
Penguin and the Cupcake (NO REVIEW)
Small Saul (NO REVIEW)

Alberta

Babiak, Todd (Edmonton)

Come Barbarians (Signed Copy)
Just Getting Started: Edmonton Public Library’s First 100 Years, 1913 to 2013 (non-fiction)

Bass, Karen (Edmonton)

Graffiti Knight

Coady, Lynn (Edmonton — originally from Nova Scotia)

The Antagonist
Hellgoing

Davidson, Diana (Edmonton)

Pilgrimage (Signed Copy)

Gurtler, Janet (Calgary)

16 Things I Thought Were True (Signed Copy)
How I Lost You
The Truth About Us
Who I Kissed

Hingston, Michael (Edmonton)

The Dilettantes (Signed Copy)

Hooper, Emma (Edmonton)

Etta and Otto and Russell and James (NO REVIEW)

Kluthe, Jessica (Edmonton)

Rosina, the Midwife (non-fiction) (Signed Copy)
Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood (non-fiction)

Kozub, Mark (Edmonton)

Weird Edmonton (non-fiction)

Lee, Trina M. (Edmonton)

Alexa O’Brien, Huntress series
Huntress (#0.5)
Stunner (#0.75)

Lindhout, Amanda (Canmore)

A House in the Sky (non-fiction) (Review coming soon)

Martinez, Jessica (Calgary – now lives in Florida)

The Space Between Us
Virtuosity

Merrick, M. R. (Red Deer)

The Protector series
Exiled (#1)
(Signed Copy)
Shift (#2)
Release (#3)

Oke, Janette (Champion)

Canadian West series
When Calls The Heart (#1)
When Comes The Spring (#2)
When Breaks The Dawn (#3)
When Hope Springs New (#4)

Oxford, Kelly (Edmonton)

Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar

Quist, Jennifer (Edmonton)

Love Letters of the Angel of Death

Shea, Theresa (Edmonton)

The Unfinished Child

Sundaram, Ram (Calgary) (INTERVIEW)

I Am Me (Signed Copy)

Various Authors

40 Below: Edmonton’s Winter Anthology

Saskatchewan

Kirby, Mary-Ann (Prince Albert)

I Am Hutterite (non-fiction)

Kuipers, Alice (Saskatoon)

40 Things I Want to Tell You (Review coming soon)

Manitoba

Ontario

Armstrong, Kelley (Southern Ontario) (INTERVIEW COMING SOON)

Age of Legends series
Sea of Shadows (#1)
Empire of Night (#2)
Forest of Ruin (#3)

The Blackwell Pages series
Loki’s Wolves (#1) (Signed Copy)
Odin’s Ravens (#2)
Thor’s Serpents (#3)

Cainsville series
Omens (#1) (Signed Copy)
Visions (#2) (NO REVIEW)
Deceptions (#3)
Betrayals (#4) (NO REVIEW)

Casey Duncan series
City of the Lost (#1)
A Darkness Absolute (#2)

Darkest Powers series
The Summoning (#1)

The Awakening (#2)
The Reckoning (#3)

Darkness Rising series
The Gathering (#1) (Signed Copy)
The Calling (#2) (Signed Copy)  
The Rising (#3) (Signed Copy)

Nadia Stafford series
Exit Strategy (#1)
Made To Be Broken (#2)
Wild Justice (#3)
Double Play (#3.5)

Women of the Otherworld series
Bitten (#1) (Signed Copy)
Stolen (#2)
Dime Store Magic (#3)
Industrial Magic (#4)
Haunted (#5)
Broken (#6)
No Humans Involved (#7)
Personal Demon (#8)
Living With the Dead (#9)
Waking the Witch (#11)
Spellbound (#12)
Thirteen (#13) (Signed Copy)

Enthralled (Signed Copy)
The Masked Truth
Missing
The Unquiet Past

Undone (under pseudonym Katey Wolfe) (Review coming soon)

Atwood, Margaret (Ottawa)

The Door (Poems)

MaddAddam series
Oryx & Crake (#1)

The Handmaid’s Tale (NO REVIEW but this)

Beaton, Kate (Toronto)

Hark! A Vagrant
Step Aside, Pops!
The Princess and the Pony (NO REVIEW)

Becker, Helaine (Toronto)

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree

Boudreau, Helene

Real Mermaids series
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (#1) (Review coming soon)

Bunjevac, Nina (Toronto)

Fatherland

Carroll, Emily (Stratford)

Through the Woods

Christmas, Jane (now resides in England)

And Then There Were Nuns (non-fiction) (Signed Copy)

Donoghue, Emma (London)

Room
The Wonder

Fotheringham, Scott (Ontario)

The Rest is Silence

Goodman, Joanna (Toronto)

The Finishing School

Gowda, Shilpi Somaya (Toronto)

Secret Daughter

Gretzky, Wayne (born Brantford, resides in L.A.)

99: Stories of The Game (Review coming soon)

Harvey, Alyxandra (Ontario)

The Drake Chronicles series
Corsets and Crossbows (#0.1)

Hearts at Stake (#1)

Haunting Violet

Hill, Lawrence (Hamilton)

Any Known Blood (Signed Copy)
The Book of Negroes
 (Signed Copy)
Some Great Thing (Signed Copy)

Itani, Frances (Ottawa)

Deafening

Kaur, Rupi (Toronto)

Milk and Honey (poetry)

Kearsley, Susanna (Brantford)

Slains series
The Winter Sea (#1) (NO REVIEW)

Klassen, Jon (Niagara Falls – currently lives in Los Angeles)

I Want My Hat Back
This is Not My Hat

Landry, Marie (Ontario)

Blue Sky Days
Something In The Air (NO REVIEW)
The Game Changer
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Undressed

Angel Island series
Waiting for the Storm (#1)

Lansens, Lori (Chatham)

The Wife’s Tale

Leacock, Stephen (Toronto)

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

Livingston, Lesley (Toronto)

Never series
Once Every Never (#1)

Wondrous Strange series
Wondrous Strange (#1)
Darklight (#2)
Tempestuous (#3)

Lui, Elaine (Toronto)

Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When a Mother Knows Best What’s a Girl To Do?  (non-fiction)

Lunn, Janet (Ottawa)

The Root Cellar

Ondaatje, Michael (Toronto)

The Cat’s Table

Oppel, Kenneth (Toronto)

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series
This Dark Endeavour (#1)
Such Wicked Intent (#2)

The Boundless

Pyper, Andrew (Toronto)

The Only Child

Reaume, Marissa (Windsor)

Shallow Enough to Walk Through

Robson, Jennifer (Toronto)

Somewhere In France

Rotenberg, David (Toronto)

The Placebo Effect

Slean, Sarah (Toronto)

The Baroness (poetry)
Ravens (poetry)

Summers, Courtney (Ontario)

All The Rage (Review coming soon)
Cracked Up To Be
Some Girls Are
This is Not a Test

Tamaki, Mariko (Toronto)

Skim
This One Summer

Toten, Teresa

Beware That Girl

Tucker, K. A. (Toronto)

Ten Tiny Breaths series
Ten Tiny Breaths (#1) (Review coming soon)

Younge-Ullman, Danielle (Toronto)

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined (Review coming soon)

Quebec

Korman, Gordon (Montreal)

The 6th Grade Nickname Game

Martel, Yann (Montreal)

Beatrice & Virgil
I Am Me (NO REVIEW)
Self (NO REVIEW)

McKenzie, Catherine (Montreal)

Arranged
Forgotten
Hidden
Smoke
Spin
Spun

Michaels, Sean (Montreal)

Us Conductors

Mlynowski, Sarah (Montreal – now resides in New York)

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have)

Watt, Melanie (Trois-Rivieres)

Chester series
Chester (Chester, #1)

Have I Got a Book For You!

Scaredy Squirrel series
Scaredy Squirrel (#1)

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (#2)
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach (#3)
Scaredy Squirrel at Night (#4)
Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party (#5)
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas (#6) (NO REVIEW)
Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping (#7)
Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween (#8)

Winter, Kathleen (Montreal)

Annabel
Boundless

Newfoundland & Labrador

Doyle, Alan (St. Johns)

Where I Belong

Nova Scotia

Graham, Genevieve (INTERVIEW COMING SOON)

Promises To Keep 
Tides of Honour (Review coming soon)

Hicks, Faith Erin (Halifax)

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

McKay, Ami

The Birth House
The Virgin Cure

Witches of New York

Phillips, Rebecca (INTERVIEW COMING SOON)

Any Other Girl (Review coming soon)

Silver Slayter, Rebecca (Cape Breton)

In The Land of Birdfishes

Prince Edward Island

Montgomery, L. M. (Clifton)

Anne of Green Gables series
Anne of Green Gables (#1)

New Brunswick

Nason, Riel (Quispamsis)

All The Things We Leave Behind

Peacock, Kathleen

Hemlock series
Hemlock (#1)
Thornhill (#2)

Redekop, Corey (Fredericton)

Husk

Northwest Territories

Yukon

Brennan, Allie

Tight Knit

Holloway Farms
Under the Dusty Sky (#1)

Hannah, T. J.

The Truth About Us (Mills Lake, #1)

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Do you have a suggestion for an amazing Canadian author I might be missing out on? Be sure to let me know!

13 thoughts on “Read Local. Read Canadian.

  1. You don’t need more Ontario, and I don’t know how much fantasy you read, but Tanya Huff is one of my favourite Canadian authors–fantastic sense of humour and diverse characters.

  2. Isn’t Lucy Maude Montgomery from PEI? There’s Richard Van Camp from NWT. I’m trying to find the name of a really great MG book from either NWT or Nunavut…. I’ll have to keep looking

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  4. Miriam Toews is from Manitoba! You should definitely give her a chance, I really enjoyed “A Complicated Kindness,” and I know you have read a lot of authors from Ontario, but you should give Jane Urquhart’s “The Stone Carvers” a read – it was one of my favourite books I had to read in highschool.

My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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