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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Influential Canadian Books

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Literary Review of Canada (LRC) has released its list of the 25 Most Influential Books published in Canada since 1991.  Six fiction titles made the list:

The Book of Negroes, by Lawrence Hill
A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood
Generation X, by Douglas Coupland
The Love of a Good Woman, by Alice Munro
Kiss of the Fur Queen, by Tomson Highway

“The jury established several benchmarks by which to measure influence. We compiled statistics on prize nominations and wins from 1991 to 2016. We looked at the number of academic citations a book received or its inclusion on university reading lists. We examined sales, both domestically and internationally. And we argued long and hard about the more subjective measure sticks: what books moved public opinion, affected policy debate, or challenged political or cultural schools of thought”  (http://reviewcanada.ca/the-lrc-25/).  A this site, you can find the complete list and further explanation of how the list was compiled.

Back in 2007, for its 15th anniversary, the LRC compiled a list of 100 Most Important Books in Canada:  http://archive.reviewcanada.ca/downloads/The_LRC_100_2007.pdf