You have to help me out, please. I have an embarrassing admission. I know almost nothing about Canadian literature.
When I say “almost nothing,” I mean that literally. How is that possible? Growing up, in English classes, we were exposed to mountains of English literature, meaning from England. And scores of American writers in American Lit classes. In college, I took many English courses including a Shakespearean class.
It’s possible, of course, that in the course of my life I have read novels by Canadian authors and didn’t realize that they were Canadian. Which means there were no embedded clues. I would have picked up on those.
So what do I know? I know and love Louise Penny and her Armand Gamache series. I love crime fiction and her books go way beyond that. They capture your heart, tear at your heart, beg you to solve the crime and empathize with the fallout. I check my Barnes & Noble list frequently, hoping the next novel will be published soon.
I also have read a bunch of Kathy Reich’s books. I don’t know if those count because while they are set both in the US and in Canada, she is an American author.
My first introduction to Canada and books featuring Canadian life and people,
boy do I sound stuffy was in 2nd grade when I read the biography of “Lydia Longley, The First American Nun.” American as in from North America. She was born in the US but eventually went to Canada and became a nun. I immediately wanted to be a nun and spent 2nd grade, which was also the year of my First Holy Communion, trying to act nun-like. Unfortunately, or fortunately (I think my kids would vote for fortunately), it didn’t stick. I still love the book.
On one of my trips to Canada with my husband, we went to a fort and heard about a battle from the Canadian point of view. I looked down to be sure I didn’t have on a shirt with the American flag, and considered slinking away unnoticed or screaming I’M SORRY. I thought this would be a good opportunity to have my high school students read about history from two points of view, so I bought “Laura Secord, The Heroic Adventures of a Candian Legend” by Cheryl MacDonald.And that, ladies and gentlemen and my LGTB friends, is the extent of my knowledge of Canadian literature and authors. Please give me recommendations of any genre and any author you enjoy. Thank you!