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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Canadian Book Advent Calendar (Day 4) - "D" is for Davies and Donoghue

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.

“D” is for Robertson Davies
Robertson Davies was one of Canada's best known and most popular authors.  He wrote a number of trilogies; all are great reads but the one I would most recommend is The Deptford Trilogy.


The Salterton Trilogy
        Leaven of Malice (winner of 1954 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour)
        A Mixture of Frailties

The Deptford Trilogy
        Fifth Business
        The Manticore (winner of 1972 Governor General’s Award)
        World of Wonders
    The Cornish Trilogy
        The Rebel Angels
        What's Bred in the Bone (shortlisted for 1986 Man Booker Prize)
        The Lyre of Orpheus
    The "Toronto Trilogy" (incomplete)
        Murther and Walking Spirits
        The Cunning Man


“D” is for Emma Donoghue
Most readers will have heard of Emma Donoghue because of her novel Room.

Novels (which I recommend):
Room (shortlisted for 2010 Man Booker Prize, winner of 2010 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, shortlisted for 2010 Governor General’s Award, shortlisted for 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction)
The Wonder (shortlisted for 2016 Giller Prize)   See my review at