In honour of Canada Day (Happy 145!), I thought I’d celebrate all the amazing Canadian authors I’ve had the unbelievably fortunate opportunity to have met. There’s something about being a Canadian writer that just exudes a great vibe, to me. Everyone that I’ve met has been so friendly, so gracious and so down-to-Earth that it really puts some truth to that Canadian stereotype.
Actually, the first author I met was Eric Wilson, a Canadian author who wrote children’s books set around Canada. I loved his Tom and Liz Austen Mysteries series. I distinctly remember him visiting our elementary school and doing a reading, with little ol’ me sitting right up near the front to get the best spot.
- Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure
- Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels
- Charles de Lint, author of Under My Skin (and many more)
- Chris Daniels, author of Sid the Mad Little Bad Little Dragon
- Gurjinder Basran, author of Everything Was Good-Bye
- Joanne Levy, author of Small Medium at Large
- Leah Bobet, author of Above
- Lena Coakley, author of Witchlanders
- Lesley Livingston, author of Once Every Never & the Wondrous Strange trilogy
- Megan Crewe, author of The Way We Fall
- Vikki VanSickle, author of Words that Start With B & Love is a Four Letter Word
I love reading books set locally in Toronto, or within Canada, and celebrating authors from this great country is no different. It’s fantastic that there are more and more Canadians in the market with mainstream titles now when, many years ago, it personally felt like most Canadian books were set in rural places, “required” reading in school and not necessarily very engaging. This upswing is an amazing direction to be on.
And of course, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out my Canada Day Blog Hop giveaway (ends tonight at 11:59pm EST) where I’m giving away 1 out of 12 books, many of them listed above!