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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Canadian Book Advent Calendar (Day 20) - "T" is for Thien and Toews



For this year’s advent calendar, I am recommending Canadian authors/books found on Schatje’s Shelves.  Again, to make things more interesting/challenging, I will use the alphabet, skipping “X” and “Z”.  In total, I propose to focus on 50 Canadian writers, an early nod to Canada's 150th birthday next year.

“T” is for Madeleine Thien
Thien’s novels regularly make awards’ lists.

Novels (which I recommend):

Certainty
Do Not Say We Have Nothing (winner of 2016 Giller Prize and Governor-General’s Award, and shortlisted for 2016 Man Booker Prize)   See my review at http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/10/review-of-do-not-say-we-have-nothing-by.html. 

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“T” is for Miriam Toews
Toews’ novels also appear on awards’ lists.

Novels (which I recommend):
A Complicated Kindness (winner of 2004 Governor-General’s Award, shortlisted for 2004 Giller Prize, and winner of 2006 Canada Reads)
All My Puny Sorrows (winner of 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize, shortlisted for 2014 Giller Prize and longlisted for 2016 International Dublin Literary Award)   See my review at http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2015/07/review-of-all-my-puny-sorrows-by-miriam.html.