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Canadian Writers

Books that reflect the diversity of Canada's land and people, from Nunavut to Newfoundland


"The truth about stories is that's all we are." This statement is repeated throughout Thomas King's radio lecture series turned book, The Truth About Stories. The works found under this tab tell stories that are as diverse as their writers. Hopefully, you'll find a book that suits your needs - whether you want to see your own life reflected, or wish to be swept away on someone else's journey. As King asserts, “Do with it what you will […] But don’t say in the years to come that you would have lived your life differently if only you had heard this story.”

Canadian classics

Monkey beach by Eden Robinson
Two solitudes by Hugh MacLennan
Fifth business by Robertson Davies
Halfbreed by Maria Campbell
Who do you think you are? by Alice Munro
The Wars by Timothy Findley
They shall inherit the earth by Morley Callaghan
No great mischief by Alistair MacLeod
Anne of Green Gables by  L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery
Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat

Governor General's literary award winners

Five wives : a novel by Joan (Sandra Joan) Thomas
The red word : a novel by Sarah Henstra
We'll all be burnt in our beds some night : a novel by Joel Hynes
Do not say we have nothing : a novel by Madeleine Thien
Daddy Lenin and other stories by Guy Vanderhaeghe
The back of the turtle by Thomas King
The luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The purchase by Linda Spalding
The mistress of nothing by Kate Pullinger
The law of dreams : a novel by Peter Behrens

Staff picks

What we all long for : a novel by Dionne Brand
Lullabies for little criminals : a novel by Heather O'Neill
The pemmican eaters : poems by Marilyn Dumont
The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
Celia's song by Lee Maracle
The polished hoe : a novel by Austin Clarke
Beautiful losers by Leonard Cohen
13 ways of looking at a fat girl by Mona Awad
Seven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city by Tanya Talaga
The sacrifice by Adele Wiseman
The student by Cary Fagan
Mercy among the children by David Adams Richards

Books to movies/tv

The sisters brothers by Patrick deWitt
Life of Pi : a novel by Yann Martel
Indian Horse : a novel by Richard Wagamese
Water for elephants : a novel by Sara Gruen
The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood
The English patient by Michael Ondaatje
The book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Barney's version by Mordecai Richler
Room : a novel by Emma Donoghue
Fugitive pieces by Anne Michaels

Book club kits

Birdie : a novel by Tracey Lindberg
Fifteen dogs by André Alexis
February by Lisa Moore
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
The origin of species by Nino Ricci
A house in the sky : a memoir by Amanda Lindhout
Broken circle : the dark legacy of Indian residential schools : a memoir by Theodore Fontaine
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Half-blood blues by Esi Edugyan
Cool water by Dianne Warren

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