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Crazy for Canlit 2020


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Phil, Queen's Square | June 30, 2020

There are many reasons to celebrate Canadian literature beyond the obvious connection with Canada Day on July 1.

To say that 2020 has been challenging in a variety of ways seems almost clichéd and beyond the point.

So what better time than now to take stock of where we are, who we are, and what we want to be. To me, fiction is a great way to delve into the multitudes that exist in all of us, and it is that complexity that makes for a dynamic and invigorating body-public.

Now, I’m not saying fiction has a job to do but, I am saying that fiction, due to its nature, can facilitate a discussion both within ourselves and with others about who we are, and who we want to be.

To that end, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious fiction prizes, is promoting recent Canadian fiction published between October 2019 and today to highlight Canadian fiction and graphic novels, in their Crazy for Canlit 2020 promotion.

Many of these titles are available to borrow from Idea Exchange! See the list below for available titles:

Alone in the wild by Kelley Armstrong

Every Step She Takes by K.L. Armstrong

Woman on the edge by Samantha M. Bailey

Honey by Brenda Brooks

Recipe for a perfect wife by Karma Brown

Library of Legends by Janie Chang

Broken man on a Halifax pier by Lesley Choyce

Watching you without me by Lynn Coady

The inquirer by Jaclyn Dawn

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Bone black by Carol Rose GoldenEagle

The shape of family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The forgotten home child by Genevieve Graham

Swap by Robyn Harding

Last High by Daniel Kalla

No Going Back by Sheena Kamal

Obsidian by Thomas King

When we were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald

Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Sister Dear by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Never Forget by Martin Michaud

Polar vortex by Shani Mootoo

Baudelaire Fractal by Lisa Robertson

Many rivers to cross by Peter Robinson

Little fortress by Laisha Rosnau

Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

Misconduct of the Heart by Cordelia Strube

Match Made for Murder: A Lane Winslow Mystery by Iona Whishaw

Clyde Fans by Seth