This year there are 15 Canadian books on the International Dublin Award Longlist, and I was surprised to see that I have read many of them. So, here’s a little round-up…
10 Canadian books on the list that I’ve read and reviewed:
(Click on the book titles to see my reviews.)
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis – winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – previous nominations for this award include The Blind Assassin (2002), The Penelopiad (2007) and The Year of the Flood (2011)
If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie – longlisted for the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize
The Birthday Lunch by Joan Clark – An Audience of Chairs was nominated for this award in 2006.
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill – 2016 Canada Reads winner, The Book of Negroes was longlisted for the IMPAC in 2008.
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg – 2016 Canada Reads contender
A Measure of Light by Beth Powning – winner of the New Brunswick Book Award 2015
The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel – 2016 Trade Fiction Book of the Year Award
Ledger of the Open Hand by Leslie Vryenhoek – Finalist for the 2016 Winterset Award
5 Canadian books on the list I haven’t read:
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt – review at Reading in Bed
The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys – review at Rosemary and Reading Glasses
Duke by Sara Tilley – winner of the 2016 Winterset Award – review by Chad Pelley in The Overcast
The Orange Grove by Larry Tremblay – review by Arielle Aaronson at Québec Reads
4 non-Canadian books I’ve read from the list:
Most excited about: A Measure of Light and Ledger of the Open Hand.
Have you read any of these? Any thoughts on the list? Books that should have been included, but weren’t? Books that shouldn’t have been included, but were?
For another review round-up, check out Kim’s list at Reading Matters where you’ll find several Irish and Australian book reviews from the Award list.