Canada day post – books with ties to canada

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What is this, 2 blog posts in one day? Who am I? I hope those reading don’t get sick of me.

I already posted earlier, because I wanted to take part in WWW Wednesday but I had another blog post in mind that I really wanted to write so I figured “Why not just do both?” So that is what I’m doing.

If you didn’t already know, I am Canadian. Today also happens to be Canada Day so I thought it might be fun to compile a list of book recommendations with ties to Canada. Either books that were written by Canadian authors, or ones that are set – even partially – in Canada.

Now, I should mention, these are only the books that I found on my own shelf and are in no way a very encompassing list of Canadian authors. I also very very rarely pay attention to where the authors of my books come from, and so some of these books actually surprised me a little because I didn’t realize the author was Canadian. If you’ve been following along with the recent posts on this blog, you’ll probably recognize some of these because I’ve mentioned some of these on my list of most recommended books and things like that.

Keep reading for a list of books I own and would recommend by Canadian authors, or with stories set in Canada!

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The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson – Andrew Davidson was born in Manitoba and if I recall correctly parts of the Gargoyle did also take place in Canada. It has been years since I read it so I’m not 100% sure about that part, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the author of my favorite book of all time is Canadian.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth – Laura E. Weymouth -who has a really beautiful website that is basically my dream aesthetic – was born in Ontario. Her website says she now lives in New York but still.

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong – This isn’t actually the only book I own that was written by Kelley Armstrong, but it was the only one I could locate on my over stuffed shelves. Fun fact, she was born in Sudbury Ontario, which is a town about an hour away from the town I grew up in!

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood – Margaret Atwood was also born in Ontario! It seems if you want to be a Canadian writer who finds their way onto my bookshelf you can greatly increase your odds by being born in Ontario. I’m just saying.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – We’ve got a BC author! And another Canadian author who seems to have relocated to New York. I know from the description of this book that part of it takes place in British Columbia as well, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it all yet.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Yann Martel was born in Spain but now lives in Saskatchewan and his Wikipedia page calls him a Spanish-born Canadian author, so I’m accepting it. I also haven’t read Life of Pi in years but I vaguely remember (I think) that parts of it might have been set in Canada. Again, I could be remembering wrong though.

Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson – I think this may be sort of an honorable mentions kind of thing because I can’t confirm that Tyrell is Canadian (he was born in Washington actually, but so was I and now I have dual citizenship so he may as well) but I do know he lives in Kelowna, BC. The reason I know this (other than his website says so) is that I bought this book specifically because I heard them talking about this new author on the local radio when I myself lived in Kelowna, BC. They said he lived in Kelowna, was born in Washington, and had a husky and I thought…”Oh that’s 3 things we have in common, I should buy his book!” Because, logic.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you have any Canadian authors I should check out. Do you ever specifically seek out books by authors from a specific part of the world?


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