With the recent announcement of Through Black Spruce as the winner of the Scotiabank-Giller Prize, I thought we could do with a thread for Canadian Literature, especially since much Canadian literature, especially looking at the names on the linked list, seem to pass under the radar. No doubt it happens regularly.
A year or so back, when I was buying up as many silver Penguin Modern Classics as I could, I looked in awe at this Canadian list, unavailale in the UK, and still have never got round to ordering them. But it added some more names to the list of writers to one day get to know:Timothy Findley, Robertson Davies, Mordechai Richler, and Joy Kogawa.
Obviously it goes without saying that there's Margaret Atwood, sitting near the top of the Canadian literature pyramid, with Alice Munro, both scribbling away in English. But let's not forget that there's Canadian books written in French, too. Ga?tan Soucy springs to mind, who I only know because one of his novels, once translated, shares the name Atonement with Ian McEwan's novel.
So, what's everyone's experience of Canadian literature?