Happy Canada Day! and a New Round of ROW80

Happy Canada Day!

Why not celebrate by reading a Canadian author?

Talli Roland's Construct a Couple is out now!

Or join the Canadian Book Challenge:

"The Canadian Book Challenge is an online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants. Canadian books can include any genre or form (picture books, poetry, novels, non-fiction, plays, anthologies, graphic novels, cookbooks, etc), can be written by Canadian authors (by birth or immigration) or about Canadians."

Why 13? One book for each province/territory! Not that you need to divide your reading by province, of course. Let me see if I can, off the top of my head:

Newfoundland and Labrador: Apparently John Wyndham's The Chrysalids is partially set here. I don't remember that!

Prince Edward Island: Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (well, all her books, really)

Nova Scotia: Acadian Star by Helene Boudreau

New Brunswick: I'm sorry, I can't think of one! If anyone has recommendations, please feel free to share in the comments. Meanwhile, I have been to this lovely bookstore in Fredericton.

Quebec: anything by Michel Tremblay or Mordecai Richler or Leonard Cohen or Jacques Poulin...

Ontario: anything by Jean Little, the Booky and Margaret books by Bernice Therman Hunter, Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson (there are piles more Ontario books, but these are the first that came into my head)

Manitoba: Who is Frances Rain? by Margaret Buffie (she's on Facebook! It's such a thrill to chat with the author of one of your favourite stories.)

Saskatchewan: Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

Alberta: Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

British Columbia: The Daring Game by Kit Pearson

Yukon: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Northwest Territories: Er...

Nunavut: Uh oh, haven't got one for this territory, either. I hope someone can offer suggestions!

I realise most of the above are children's books and authors - I guess that's where my favourites lie, in Canadian literature. I also discovered a new website, Books Set In...

Thanks to everyone that's been commenting this week. I've been away, but hope to make it round to all your blogs in the next few days.

And now, Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days!

I'm still on my writing schedule, so on my two writing days I hope to start entering all the edits for Rome, Rhymes and Risk. And keep up with my morning pages! I've only missed one weekend to date, since I started in the first week of June. I tallied this morning, and I've already written nearly 10,000 words on the shiny new idea! Guess I was doing a mini-NaNo without even noticing.

I'd recommend morning pages to everyone!

Comments

DL Hammons said…
Happy Canada Day to you Deniz! :)
Raelyn Barclay said…
I like the way you celebrate :) Don't suppose you plan to do US authors/books for the 4th of July?

You know, I've tried morning pages before without much dedication. I really should give it another go.

Wishing you a fabulous Round 3 Deniz!
Nadja Notariani said…
Happy Canada Day, Deniz!

I don't know how you all celebrate, but here, fireworks/firecrackers are nearly constant as Independence Day nears! My boys get so excited during this build up...what is it about boys and fireworks? Ha!
S.P. Bowers said…
Happy Canada day!

Maybe I need to start morning pages now that I'll be drafting again.
Jamie Gibbs said…
Happy Canada Day! I had bacon, pancakes and maple syrup last week at breakfast, does that count as an early celebration?
Happy Canada Day!

That sounds like a great reading challenge.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks DL!

Good luck on your round 3, Raelyn! Celebrating US books is not a bad idea :-)

I've been hearing fireworks all weekend, Nadja, as we travel up through the US!

Yay for drafting, Sara!

That sounds like an awesome breakfast, Jamie. Can't beat maple syrup!

Thanks Eagle!

And thanks guys for not calling me on my typos - that's the first time I've ever edited a published post, first to add an 'a' to Canada in the title (oops!) and then, even worse, to add Newfoundland to the list. Eek!
Talli Roland said…
Great round up! I've been trying to think of an author from NB and failing...
Jemi Fraser said…
happy Canada Day! Hope you've had a great long weekend. We did the family bbq thing today - lots of fun :)

I really have to go back and re-read the Chrysalids. It's come up a lot lately. I remember loving it, but I don't remember much about it...
Vicki Tremper said…
Happy Belated Canada Day! I got to spend part of Canada Day in Canada, after a wonderful weekend eating amazing food and listening to Jazz in Montreal.

I don't think Kathy Reichs is Quebecoise, or even Canadian, but her Temperance Brennan novels are often set in Montreal. And Arthur Slade's Dust is set in Saskatchewan (that one's a kids book and definitely worth the read).
Ravens said…
My mornings are a battle with editing lately. Used to be for writing my novel - during NaNowriMo I set a target of 2000 a day. Now my writing is Flash Fiction - I find I can fit that in easily throughout the day.
Shah Wharton said…
Hope you enjoyed the celebrations and well done on your goals. Sounds like you're whipping butt! I love you're challenge to read all those fabulous books by 2015. I should so read more classics.

Re morning pages - I followed the link and it didn't mention morning pages? I'm confused. I'll search Google.

Shah. X
Shah Wharton said…
Hope you enjoyed the celebrations and well done on your goals. Sounds like you're whipping butt! I love you're challenge to read all those fabulous books by 2015. I should so read more classics.

Re morning pages - I followed the link and it didn't mention morning pages? I'm confused. I'll search Google.

Shah. X
Deniz Bevan said…
I still feel guilty, Talli.

I hardly remember it either, Jemi. But my TBR pile is already huge!

Aww, too bad I was in the US, Vicki. We could have met up in Montreal!

I'd love to write more flash fiction, Ravens. It must be fun to have so many little stories!

Uh oh, sorry about that link, Shah. It's really just what it sounds like - writing a few hundred words every morning before you do *anything* else and get distracted...

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