Monday, July 4, 2011
CanLit - sort of
Bearing in mind that I usually read (although not exclusively) mystery, fantasy or science fiction, and historical novels (quite often mysteries), my range of authors is narrow.
Recently I discovered Giles Blunt and fortunately the local library had all of his John Cardinal books in stock and I was able to get all of them except the very first so that I can read them in order - something I generally prefer to do with a series.
If you are Canadian, or are interested in life in Canada, Blunt is, well, blunt, about things like politics, current events and cultural references.
Other Canadian authors who unabashedly set their stories in Canada are, in no particular order, and not close to a complete list:
L. R. Wright (who died much too young) with two series set mostly on the Sunshine Coast
Laurence Gough - Vancouver and environs mostly
Gail Bowen - Saskatchewan
Louise Penny - Montreal area
Maureen Jennings - Toronto area, late 1800's - series was turned into a tv series although the movies made with Peter Outerbridge are truer to the flavour of the novels
Then there are cultural icons like Farley Mowat, Mordecai Richler, Stephen Leacock, Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies.
Other Canadian authors with a more universal 'voice' - Guy Gavriel Kay, Spider Robinson (actually an American ex-pat, living in the Vancouver area last I heard), William Gibson, Alan Bradley, Kelley Armstrong.
These are just some of the names I remember off the top of my head. I know there are many, many more but these I enjoyed enough to remember and watch for new books as they become available.