Tag: Canadian

Oryx and Crake

Added on October 25, 2016

Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2003 Oryx and Crake is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. The novel is set in the future. Atwood has argued in the media against the label of science fiction, preferring speculative fiction, because the novel [...]

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The Year of the Flood

Added on October 25, 2016

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2009 Canadian literary superstar Margaret Atwood wrote The Year of the Flood as a sort of sequel to Oryx and Crake, but it is actually more of a companion novel. Her tour to promote the book included a choral group singing some of the [...]

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Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment

Added on October 5, 2016

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment James P. Reynolds Crack the Spine Literary Journal, U.S.A. August 2012 Inner Voices, Outer Lives, New York, 2014 Having so far written over 300 posts about other people’s fiction, I am now going to showcase a little of my own.¬† Life Shrinkage, one of my flash fiction stories, [...]

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Canadian Poetry Magazine

Added on March 29, 2016

Canadian Poetry Magazine Volume II Numbers 1 and 2 Malcolm Lowry Canadian Authors’ Association, Canada, 1947 These two old magazines both contain poems by Malcolm Lowry. Number 1 has Sestina in a Cantina. Number 2 has Old Freighter in an Old Port, Port Moody, and Indian Arm. These magazines were very cheaply manufactured; mimeographed on [...]

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Alias Grace

Added on November 19, 2015

Alias Grace Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1996 Margaret Atwood is one of the names Canadians bring up whenever there is talk of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her ninth novel, Alias Grace, is a compelling and well-researched work of historical fiction. It tells the story of Canadian Grace Marks, who was convicted of murder [...]

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Us Conductors

Added on September 11, 2015

Us Conductors Sean Michaels Random House, Canada, 2014 Us Conductors, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize, is a fictional account of the life of Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Termen, known as Leon Theremin in the United States, was a Russian engineer and inventor of the theremin, an unusual musical instrument that uses electrical current to create [...]

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October Ferry to Gabriola

Added on April 25, 2015

October Ferry to Gabriola Malcolm Lowry World Publishing, New York, 1970 This is such an interesting book for a number of reasons. For one thing, it includes a somewhat shocking history of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood in the decade between 1937 and 1947. For another, it was published by World Publishing, and as you can [...]

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The Blind Assassin

Added on July 13, 2014

The Blind Assasin Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2000 The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize. It was nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was Time magazine’s best book of 2000 and they added it to their list of the 100 Greatest English language novels [...]

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Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid

Added on July 5, 2014

Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid Malcolm Lowry New American Library, New York, 1968 This is the true first edition of this posthumously published novel. Jonathan Cape of London published it one year later, in 1969. In December of 1945 Malcolm Lowry and his wife Margerie flew from Vancouver to Mexico City. [...]

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Who Has Seen The Wind – Illustrated

Added on June 2, 2014

Who Has Seen The Wind W.O. Mitchell MacMillan, Canada, 1976 W.O. Mitchell’s 1947 Canadian classic novel about a boy growing up on the Saskatchewan prairie was re-issued in 1976 in this large format illustrated edition. The illustrations were done by award winning Alberta artist William Kurelek. This signed copy is the first printing of this [...]

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