Get To Know These Canadian Authors

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You might not even realize it, but chances are your favorite books are written by a Canadian author. Since not all might be as well known as the iconic Margaret Atwood, easily the most famous Canadian author in North America, read our curated guide to some of the best living Canadian authors and their top works:

1) Alice Munro: 82-year-old short story writer and nobel prize winner for literature, Alice Munro published her first book of stories in 1968. Since then, this legendary literary lady has added another 15 titles to her name. We’re impressed by her longtime dedication to her craft, not to mention the fact that this Canadian author was recently awarded with her own Royal Canadian Mint coin. Munro’s 2012 publication, Dear Life, tells a series of personal and passionate tales about inner struggle, relationships, love, loss and much more.

2) Joseph Boyden: As the 2014 winner of CBC’s annual Canada Reads for his latest book, The Orenda, 47-year-old author Joseph Boyden is another top choice on our list. His first novel, The Three Day Road, was published in 2001. With an emphasis on Aboriginal storytelling and adventurous plots, this Toronto-born Canadian author will keep you hooked with a host of vibrant characters and vivid descriptions.

3) Kathleen Winter: The 54-year-old author of Annabel was raised in Newfoundland. Her 2010 read Annabel takes us into the lonely yet fascinating world of a young intersex child born in Labrador in 1968. In fact, the book was also a contender in this year’s Canada Reads. Winter also wrote a 2007 book of short stories called boYs, which takes readers into the ever-confusing world of gender clashes.

4) Esi Edugyan: Award-winning Canadian author Esi Edugyan was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011 and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize all in the same year for her novel, Half Blood Blues. The Victoria, B.C.-based writer just released her new poetry collection, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home on March 1. We’re looking forward to reading Edugyan’s latest tome this spring.

5) Andrew PyperAndrew Pyper is known for his thrilling horrors. The Guardian was selected as a Globe and Mail 100 Best Books of the Year. Born in Stratford, Ontario, this Canadian’s new novel, The Demonologist, is already making waves. Its film rights have been sold to Universal Pictures with Robert Zemeckis’ company, ImageMovers, producing and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Robert Schenkkan, is adapting.


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