Read Local. Read Canadian.


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

Nick Bantock (Vancouver)

Griffin & Sabine
Sabine’s Notebook
The Golden Mean

Esi Edugyan (Victoria)

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

Steven Galloway (New Westminster)

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Karina Halle (Vancouver)

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
On Every Street (#0.5)
Sins & Needles (#1)
Shooting Scars (#2)
Bold Tricks (#3)

Devils series
The Devil’s Metal (#1)

Love, in English series
Love, in English (#1)

The Pact

Cheryl Kaye Tardif (Vancouver)

Whale Song

Ashley Spires (Ladner)

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)

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


Todd Babiak (Edmonton)

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

Karen Bass (Edmonton)

Graffiti Knight

Lynn Coady (Edmonton — originally from Nova Scotia)

The Antagonist

Diana Davidson (Edmonton)

Pilgrimage (Signed Copy)

Will Ferguson (Calgary)

Hitching Rides with Buddha
How to Be a Canadian (non-fiction)

Judith Graves (northern Alberta)

Skinned series
Under My Skin (#1)

Janet Gurtler (Calgary)

16 Things I Thought Were True (Signed Copy)
How I Lost You
I’m Not Her
Who I Kissed

Michael Hingston (Edmonton)

The Dilettantes (Signed Copy)

Jessica Kluthe (Edmonton)

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

Chynna Laird (Edmonton)

Dark Water

Trina M. Lee (Edmonton)

Alexa O’Brien, Huntress series
Huntress (#0.5)
Stunner (#0.75)
Once Bitten (#1)

Amanda Lindhout (Canmore)

A House in the Sky (non-fiction)

Jessica Martinez (Calgary – now lives in Florida)

The Space Between Us
The Vow

M. R. Merrick (Red Deer)

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

Kelly Oxford (Edmonton)

Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar (review coming soon)

R. L. Prendergast (Calgary)

The Impact of a Single Event (Signed Copy)

Jennifer Quist (Edmonton)

Love Letters of the Angel of Death

Theresa Shea (Edmonton)

The Unfinished Child

Ram Sundaram (Calgary)

I Am Me (Signed Copy)

Various Authors

40 Below: Edmonton’s Winter Anthology

Sheree Zielke (Edmonton)

Martha’s Vine


Gail Bowen

Deadly Appearances (Joanne Kilbourn, #1) (Signed Copy)

Mary-Ann Kirby (Prince Albert)

I Am Hutterite (non-fiction)

Alice Kuipers (Saskatoon)

40 Things I Want to Tell You


Mirian Toews (Winnipeg)

A Complicated Kindness


Kelley Armstrong (Southern Ontario)

Age of Legends series
Sea of Shadows (#1)

The Blackwell Pages series
Loki’s Wolves (#1) (Signed Copy)

Cainsville series
Omens (#1) (Signed Copy)
Visions (#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)

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)

Margaret Atwood (Ottawa)

The Door (Poems)

MaddAddam series
Oryx & Crake (#1)

The Handmaid’s Tale (NO REVIEW but this)

Kate Beaton (Toronto)

Hark! A Vagrant (review coming soon)

Helaine Becker (Toronto)

A Porcupine in a Pine Tree

Nina Bunjevac (Toronto)

Fatherland (review coming soon)

Emily Carroll (Stratford)

Through the Woods

Jane Christmas (now resides in England)

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

Andrea Curtis (Toronto)

Into the Blue (non-fiction)

Emma Donoghue (London)

Frog Music

Scott Fotheringham (Ontario)

The Rest is Silence

Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Toronto)

Secret Daughter

Alyxandra Harvey (Ontario)

The Drake Chronicles series
Corsets and Crossbows (#0.1)

Hearts at Stake (#1)
Out for Blood (#2)
Bleeding Hearts (#3)
Blood Feud (#4)

Haunting Violet

A Breath of Frost

Elizabeth Hay (Owen Sound)

Alone in the Classroom

Lawrence Hill (Hamilton)

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

Frances Itani (Ottawa)


Ailsa Kay

Under Budapest

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

I Want My Hat Back
This is Not My Hat

Marie Landry (Ontario)

Blue Sky Days
The Game Changer
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Angel Island series
Waiting for the Storm (#1)

Lori Lansens (Chatham)

The Girls
The Wife’s Tale

Stephen Leacock (Toronto)

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

Lesley Livingston (Toronto)

Never series
Once Every Never (#1)

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

Elaine Lui (Toronto)

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

Janet Lunn (Ottawa)

The Root Cellar

Ann-Marie MacDonald (Toronto)

Fall On Your Knees

Natalie MacLean (Toronto)

Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines (non-fiction)

Colin McAdam (Toronto)


Rohinton Mistry (Brampton)

Family Matters

Alice Munro (Wingham)

Away From Her

Michael Ondaatje (Toronto)

Anil’s Ghost
The Cat’s Table
Coming Through Slaughter
The English Patient
In the Skin of a Lion

Kenneth Oppel (Toronto)

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

Matt Cruse series
Airborne (#1)

The Boundless

Marissa Reaume (Windsor)

Shallow Enough to Walk Through

David Rotenberg (Toronto)

The Placebo Effect

Sarah Slean (Toronto)

The Baroness (poetry)
Ravens (poetry)

Courtney Summers (Ontario)

Cracked Up To Be
Some Girls Are
This is Not a Test

Mariko Tamaki (Toronto)

Skim (review coming soon)
This One Summer (review coming soon)

K. A. Tucker (Toronto)

Ten Tiny Breaths series
Ten Tiny Breaths (#1)
One Tiny Lie (#2)

Jane Urquhart 



Christine Eddie

The Douglas Notebooks

Gordon Korman (Montreal)

The 6th Grade Nickname Game

Stuart McLean (Montreal)

Time Now For the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange

Yann Martel (Montreal)

Beatrice & Virgil

Catherine McKenzie (Montreal)


Sean Michaels (Montreal)

Us Conductors

Sarah Mlynowski (Montreal – now resides in New York)

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

Melanie Watt (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)

Kathleen Winter (Montreal)


Newfoundland & Labrador

Alan Doyle (St. Johns)

Where I Belong (review coming soon)

Jessica Grant (St. Johns)

Come, Thou Tortoise

Rick Mercer (St. Johns)

RMR: The Paperback Book (non-fiction)

Lisa Moore (St. Johns)


Nova Scotia

Sheree Fitch (River John)

The Gravesavers

Faith Erin Hicks (Halifax)

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

Ami McKay

The Birth House
The Virgin Cure

Rebecca Silver Slayter (Cape Breton)

In The Land of Birdfishes

Prince Edward Island

L. M. Montgomery (Clifton)

Anne of Green Gables series
Anne of Green Gables (#1) (review coming soon)

New Brunswick

Kathleen Peacock 

Hemlock series
Hemlock (#1)

Corey Redekop (Fredericton)


David Adams Richards (Newcastle)

Mercy Among the Children

Northwest Territories


Allie Brennan

Tight Knit

Holloway Farms
Under the Dusty Sky (#1)

T. J. Hannah

The Truth About Us (Mills Lake, #1)


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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