Canada Day Books

We’ve been taking a literary tour of the United States. To celebrate Canada Day, we’re taking a quick detour to visit the bookish offerings of our northern neighbor.

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx


Experience the beauty of the Newfoundland coast and the power of nature as Quoyle journeys back to his family home where the town and his family help him rebuild his life. Get a copy.

Death on the Barrens by George James Grinnell


Experience the Canadian Arctic through this true tale of a doomed canoe voyage and the struggle to survive. Get a copy.

Village of the Small Houses by Ian Ferguson


Ferguson’s memoir of growing up in the poor, remote, northern area of Fort Vermilion is exuberant and funny. Get a copy.

How to be a Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson


If you’re Canadian, this should be a hilarious look at life in your country. If you’re outside of Canada. If you one of the many Americans threatening to move to Canada depending on election result, this might be a funny guide to your new homeland. Get a copy.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel


This may seem like an odd choice for a Canadian book, but that is the destination Pi set out to reach. And the story is told from Canada after it takes place. It’s an adventure that takes you around the world. Get a copy.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery


Any book in the series is a great book to read for Canada Day, but if you haven’t read the first one, we suggest you start there. Follow Anne as she grows from a spirited girl of Green Gables to a strong woman. And don’t forget to swoon over Gilbert Blythe. Get a copy.

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  1. Great books…I read Life of a Pi by Yann Martel and this is just awesome to read…I wish I would have a copy of all of these books 🙁

  2. Lee Ann Kinzer says:

    All wonderful books. I’d add Joan Clark’s An Audience of Chairs and her Latitudes of Melt. Also A Forest for Calum by Frank MacDonald. And also anything by Alistair MacLeod.

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