Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reading independently for Canada

Over at Pickle Me This, Kerry Clare has just announced the line-up for her 2011 Canada Reads Indies Picks. For those of you who don’t know, this is a campaign that Kerry first started on her blog last year where she gets a group of talented readers to discuss an eclectic mix of independently minded fiction titles. It’s a program intended to be a kind of mirror to the CBC’s Canada Reads initiative, which has left Kerry and others a bit underwhelmed in recent years. And for those of you who don’t know, Pickle Me This is a delightful books blog chock full of great reviews and other musings about the reading life. If you haven’t already checked it out, you totally should.

The lucky panelists for this year’s campaign have assembled some really fascinating picks. Myself, I’ll be rooting for Lynn Coady’s Play the Monster Blind, which remains one of my favourite Canadian short story collections of the last 15 years. Titles by Mavis Gallant, Thomas King, Stacey May Fowles and Darren Greer round out the excellent list. I’m really looking forward to the discussions in the coming months.

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