My last post focused on favourite Atlantic Canadian reads of 2017.
Here’s everything else…
Best Books (in addition to Best of Atlantic Canada 2017, in no particular order):
% CanLit: 82% (last year, 67%)
Out of the 82% Canlit, 40% is from Atlantic Canada
Bookish Highlights of the year:
2) My second year being a part of the Giller Prize Shadow Jury.
3) Being asked to adjudicate for the Hamilton Literary Awards, fiction category. I had a lot of fun reading through the list; there were some great books. But for me there was a clear winner, and the rest of the jury agreed… Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin (which I wrote about last year when it was on the Giller shortlist).
4) Attending Project Bookmark Canada‘s unveiling of Bookmark #19; a passage taken from Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan. The site of the Bookmark is on Citadel Hill overlooking the harbour, and much of the part of Halifax that was most devastated by the explosion.
I also got the chance to see the Bookmark for Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief while in Cape Breton this summer. And there is an upcoming Bookmark for L.M. Montgomery in Prince Edward Island in June 2018.
I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year! What was a favourite book, highlight, or event for you in 2017?