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150 Books that Tell the Story of Canada

By Kobo • July 01, 2017

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Happy 150th Birthday CANADA!

In celebration of this sesquicentennial, and in true Canadian giving spirit, we wanted to share with you our meticulously crafted list of 150 books (of course) that tell the story of Canada. However, we know that everyone’s narrative of Canada is different. Please share with us the books that tell the story of YOUR Canada.

  1. Roughing It In the Bush by Susanna Moodie, Susan Glickman
  2. The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke
  3. The Black Creek Stopping House by Nellie L. McClung
  4. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
  5. Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan
  6. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
  7. Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O Mitchell
  8. Walsh by Sharon Pollock
  9. Thirty Acres by Ringuet
  10. As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
  11. Forever Yours, Marie-Lou by Michel Tremblay
  12. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
  13. Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
  14. The Moccasin Maker by E. Pauline Johnson
  15. Kamouraska by Anne Hébert
  16. The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
  17. The Clockmaker by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  18. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
  19. Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  20. Montreal Stories by Mavis Gallant
  21. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
  22. Canada Made Me by Norman Levine
  23. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  24. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  25. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
  26. From Room to Room by Eli Mandel
  27. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
  28. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  29. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  30. Perfection of the Morning by Sharon Butala
  31. The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  32. Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens
  33. A Good House by Bonnie Burnard
  34. Nights Below Station Street by David Adams Richards
  35. Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright
  36. The Wives of Bath by Susan Swann
  37. Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
  38. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
  39. The Bishop’s Man by Linden McIntyre
  40. Fallen Angels by Barbara Gowdy
  41. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie Macdonald
  42. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  43. Judging Bertha Wilson by Ellen Anderson
  44. Cataract City by Craig Davidson
  45. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
  46. Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
  47. Where She Has Gone by Nino Ricci
  48. The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  49. Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety by Ann YK Choi
  50. All That Matters by Wayson Choy
  51. The Temptations of Big Bear by Rudy Wiebe
  52. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
  53. Disappearing Moon Café by Sky Lee
  54. Elizabeth and After by Matt Cohen
  55. The Electrical Field by Kerri Sakamoto
  56. Waiting for Joe by Sandra Birdsell
  57. Leaving Earth by Helen Humphreys
  58. Sweetland by Michael Crummey
  59. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  60. The Birth House by Ami McKay
  61. Another Place, Not Here by Dionne Brand
  62. The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke by Steven Hayward
  63. The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
  64. All the Way by Jordin Tootoo
  65. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
  66. The Time In Between by David Bergen
  67. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
  68. February by Lisa Moore
  69. Canada by Richard Ford
  70. The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson
  71. Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat
  72. Angel Square by Brian Doyle
  73. A Child in Prison Camp by Shizuye Takashima
  74. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  75. From Anna by Jean Little
  76. The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter
  77. The Shadow in Hawthorn Bay by Janet Lunn
  78. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
  79. Black Robe by Brian Moore
  80. The Canadians of Old by Aubert de Gaspe
  81. Wacousta by John Richardson
  82. Burning Water by George Bowering
  83. A Discovery of Strangers by Rudy Wiebe
  84. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  85. The Concubine’s Children by Denise Chong
  86. Glengarry School Days by Ralph Conno
  87. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
  88. The Sacrifice by Adele Wiseman
  89. All Else is Folly by Peregrine Acland
  90. God’s Sparrows by Philip Child
  91. The Wars by Timothy Findley
  92. Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison
  93. The Danger Tree by David Macfarlane
  94. The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
  95. Waste Heritage by Irene Baird
  96. Such is My Beloved by Morley Callaghan
  97. Turvey by Earl Birney
  98. Storm Below by Hugh Garner
  99. Obasan by Joy Kowaga
  100. Balconville by David Fennario
  101. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  102. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
  103. The Favourite Game by Leonard Cohen
  104. Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway
  105. The Wreckage by Michael Crummey
  106. Deafening by Frances Itani
  107. What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
  108. Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
  109. An Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  110. King Leary by Paul Quarrington
  111. Kit’s Law by Donna Morrissey
  112. Cockroach by Rawi Hage
  113. Consolation by Michael Redhill
  114. The Game by Ken Dryden
  115. Essex County by Jeff Lemire
  116. Bride of New France by Suzanne Des Rochers
  117. River Thieves by Michael Crummey
  118. Fall on Your Knees by Anne-Marie MacDonald
  119. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto
  120. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
  121. Ru by Kim Thuy
  122. Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  123. George & Rue by George Elliott Clarke
  124. Woods Runner by Rejean Giguere
  125. The Break by Katherena Vermette
  126. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  127. Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz
  128. Certainty by Madeleine Thien
  129. Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso
  130. The Double Hook by Sheila Watson
  131. Diamond Grill by Fred Wah
  132. When She Was Queen by M.G. Vassanji
  133. Bear by Marian Engel
  134. Settlers of the Marsh by Frederick Philip Grove
  135. Icefields by Thomas Wharton
  136. Klee Wyck by Emily Carr
  137. Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson
  138. The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler
  139. Next Episode by Hubert Aquin
  140. In the Village of Viger by Duncan Campbell Scott
  141. Rites of Spring by Modris Eksteins
  142. Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hemon, Michael Gnarowski
  143. The Fire-Dwellers by Margaret Laurence
  144. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  145. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  146. Still Life by Louise Penny
  147. Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
  148. The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray
  149. Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee
  150. A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay

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