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Saluting Canadian authors

Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray has word today that

the group who organized the One Shot World Tour stop in Australia last August has decided to salute Canadian authors on March 26th. If anyone wants to participate you are more than welcome – this is 100% NOT a YA [Young Adult books] only event, so please feel free to post about your favorite Canadian author of fiction/nonfiction/picture books/comic books/whatever. I’ll run the master schedule here so just send me an email the night before with the url for your post – or drop it in a comment that day – and I’ll be sure to include you in the list of links.

Speaking of Canadian comic books, JoVE at Tricotomania and more has discovered a new and good one, which is in our library, too. (And if you Google “Canadian comic books”, you get this.)

Some possibilities for my March 26th post:

The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations by Alootook Ipellie with David MacDonald (Annick Press, 2007)

Woodcraft and Indian Lore: A Classic Guide from a Founding Father of the Boy Scouts of America by Ernest Thompson Seton

The Quirks & Quarks Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything by Jim Lebans, with an introduction by Bob McDonald (McClelland & Stewart, 2008)

And not out until next month so not a possibility, but definitely on my books to read list:

Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, the Toronto husband and wife team behind Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia and HomeBaking: The Artful Mix of Flour and Tradition Around the World

Finally, this seems a good time to post another reminder about John Mutford’s Canadian Book Challenge, over at The Book Mine Set. You still have time to read 13 Canadian books (by Canadians and/or about Canadians) by July 1, 2008. That would be Canada Day, eh?


8 Responses

  1. Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of Whale Song and Divine Intervention, is one of my favorite Canadian authors. She weaves a story that pulls the reader in to her world. Whale Song is a fantastic story of compassion- it’s about assisted suicide.
    Derek Armstrong is my other favorite Canadian author. He wrote The Game and The Last Troubadour. He’s got a new one coming out, called Madicine. Derek writes very tongue in cheek and makes social commentary through his stories.
    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse

  2. How nice to stumble across this site and read Beth’s comment about me and Whale Song. :)

    Thank you, Beth. I am very touched by your words.

    As a bestselling Canadian author with 3 novels out and a 4th hopefully out by next spring, it is great to read about this special tribute to Canadian authors. I know too many to even name them all here and I guarantee they all work very hard at creating a story worth reading.

    But I will share a new Canadian author with you. Her name is Kelly Komm and her young adult fantasy novel SACRIFICE is exciting and richly detailed. I highly recommend it!

  3. Becky, I’m so glad you saw this. I was going to tell you about it. And, oh, man, I have to get that Inuit book. Jr. and his class are currently learning about Alaska, the Arctic, and the Inuit. Thanks!

  4. Thanks, Beth and Cheryl, for stopping by. Your names and books are new to me, but I see that you’re all published by Derek Armstrong’s publishing company, Kunati Books, which is also new to me — always glad to discover something different.

    Susan, thanks for thinking of me and trying to keep me from falling through the cracks! “The Inuit Thought of It” has been a huge hit. I don’t know what else Junior has read, but you might also want to look at:

    “Very Last First Time” by Jan Andrews

    Just about anything you can find by James Houston, especially “Tiktaliktak”

    “The Inuksuk Book” by Mary Wallace and “The Gift of the Inuksuk” by Michael Ulmer (the inuksuk is the logo of the 2010 Olympic Games at Vancouver/Whistler, so Jr. will be ahead of the games…)

    I couldn’t remember the title and had to look up “Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun” by Deb Vanasse; we read this when the kids were little and complained that they couldn’t go to sleep in the summer when the sun is still up (till 11 pm — I told them it could be worse!). And one of my favorite books of all time is “The Year of Miss Agnes” by Kirkpatrick Hill; chapter book, not picture book, though, and a great readaloud.

  5. Canadian comics writers/illustrators: Seth. Not too familiar with his work though he did the liner notes for Aimee Mann’s Lost in Space album. I think his stuff is for adults but I like the style of illustration. There is more info on him and his work here: http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/artStudio.php?artist=a3dff7dd55a576

    If you run your mouse over the photo you get links to things.

  6. Oh and apparently the National Post does good reviews of comics. It had to be good for something though I can’t bring myself to actually buy it.

  7. I don’t know Seth. Will have to look this up.

    I do pick up the NP every couple of months or so, when I get the yen for a paper and print weekend paper. I still miss the Sunday NY Times, though. And no Globe anywhere in sight in our little town. But I’ve never run across a comics review. Hmm.

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