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Jul. 26, 2006, 12:27pm

Love the name! I'm looking forward to seeing where this group goes.

Oddly, although I have plenty of books tagged "Canada", I only have three tagged as "Canadiana" - and they're all by people with the surname Ferguson :-)

Jul. 26, 2006, 4:25pm

I love the name too. I noticed the Canadian books in your library tagged eldercare, caregiving, caregivers, chamekke. There's more to a Canuckistan library than Can Lit.

That said, it's been interesting watching the changing most commonly shared book list as new member are joining. For a moment I saw one of my "you and none other" books listed. Only in Canuckistan.

Jul. 26, 2006, 5:31pm

Hello all... It's nice to see a group for Canada :)

Jul. 26, 2006, 8:01pm

I'm ashamed that I don't own as much CanLit as I should...

Jul. 26, 2006, 10:27pm

I don't think we have to be embarrassed about not owning tons of CanLit. I for one have bought many CanLit classics over the years - and have just as often sold them to secondhand bookshops (e.g. when moving overseas, or into smaller living quarters). Since then I have learned to rely on the library for most of my CanLit needs. Alice Munro may not appear in my LT catalogue, but I think I've read most of her fiction all the same.

I'm wondering: if you had to choose one Canuckistani book (fiction or non-fiction, doesn't matter), not your favourite perhaps but the one you think is most interesting or distinctive... and that you'd never, ever sell or let go of... what would it be?

Jul. 27, 2006, 6:50am

Definitely How to be a Canadian by Will Ferguson and Ian Ferguson. That book cracks me up just thinking about it! It shows the cute idiosyncracies of Canadians in such a fun, humourous way that you can't help but love it!

Jul. 27, 2006, 6:45pm

One Canuckistani Book? George Parkin Grant's English-Speaking Justice without a doubt- the Red Tory answer to American philosophical liberalism. And what's more Canadian than Red Toryism?

Jul. 28, 2006, 12:18pm

I'm having trouble answering my own question... I may have to think carefully about this one.

It's not in my library yet, but I'm very fond of Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton. It's a charming book about three boys who explore woodcraft in a semi-wild area north of Toronto. Among other things, it makes you realize what a powerful thing the (Woodcraft Indians youth movement might have been if Baden-Powell hadn't ripped off his ideas, added more than a dash of militarism, and created Scouting.

Bearbeitet: Aug. 8, 2006, 10:11pm

Expat Canadian here joining the fray!

I have what I think is a decent collection of Canadian books, but it by no means forms the majority of my personal library.

Hmmm ... I always have trouble with these 'pick one book' scenarios, but I'll give it a go. I would have to say ... (oh, the pressure!) ... Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage. It's irreverent, original and one of my favorite novels, Canadian or otherwise.

Aug. 3, 2006, 2:00am

Ooh, Not Wanted is a wonderful book. I caught a CBC reading (excerpt) years ago when in a small Lebanese grocery store, and was so fascinated that I went right away to buy a copy. Then I devoured it in a single sitting. It's the only Canadian novel I can think of, off the top of my head, that left me in tears. (Although of course it's also very funny!)

Aug. 3, 2006, 2:56pm

I like it Angaangaq.
True North strong and free and all that!

Aug. 3, 2006, 5:02pm

Hi! Non-Canadian here. Actually, I'm from the Southern US and am pretty used to people telling me that so many of their favorite authors are from my part of the US. So here I am in the same position as all of those people who have told me how lucky I am to have been steeped in the culture that gave us Williams, Welty and Faulkner.

It would be hard to pick one author or one book as a favorite. Findley is a new discovery having read "The Piano Man's Daughter" and "Telling of Lies" a couple of months ago. I've also always loved reading Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood.

Aug. 3, 2006, 5:08pm

We appear to be inverses of a type- I've never been a fan of much of CanLit (bibliographically, my Canadian interests run to non-fiction), but quite enjoy Percy, O'Connor and Toole.

Apr. 25, 2007, 2:04pm

Seems this group has been quiet lately. How steroetypically Canadian of us! I've just finished a collection of essays called What is a Canadian? edited by Irvin Studin. I'd like to see the book re-done with the restriction that no comparisons to Americans be made. Now, that would be interesting!

Apr. 28, 2007, 12:04am

There is another group called Canadian Bookworms which has a lot more active discussion threads, if anyone is interested.

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