Finally, after making us wait forever, the fabulous guys at National Post Books have unveiled their Canada Also Reads list. It was worth the wait—they’ve come up with a great looking list, with lots of variety.
Like Canada Reads, each book has a defender. Each defender will write a short essay making a case for why we should read the book. These will be posted starting on March 1, and on March 8 NP Books will host a live chat with the panellists and authors (I’ve already marked my calendar).
I’m tickled pink that my nominee, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, is on the list (it will be defended by Andy Maize, lead singer of The Skydiggers). It was one of my favourites of 2008, and I’ve told everyone who will listen to read it. It’s a fresh and very funny political satire, starring a crusty Scot, Angus McLintock, an honest, outspoken, reluctant Liberal MP. It’s a timely read, given our current PM, who has inspired the Facebook group, “can this onion ring get more fans than Stephen Harper?” (yes, it can and did). Read it, dammit, read it! And check out Terry’s blog here.
I’m also a huge fan of Jessica Scott’s Come, Thou Tortoise, one of the 2008 Knopf Canada’s New Face of Fiction books. This quirky, charming story is narrated by both the “IQ-challenged” Audrey (Oddly) Flowers, and Winnifred, Audrey’s 100-year-old tortoise (I know what you’re thinking, but trust me it works!) And I love that Neil Smith is defending this one (Bang Crunch is one of my favourite short story collections ever).
I liked The Day the Falls Stood Still. The rest I have yet to read, and I’ll be posting my thoughts here as I do.
Now, tell me what YOU think about the list. Any favourites yet?