I've been brooding on my choice of books for this challenge for a couple of weeks now. I'd have liked to read something from each province but, while authors from Ontario are over-represented in British bookshops, it can often be hard to find books from anywhere else in Canada. The easy route is to choose 13 Canadian books more or less at random, as I did in the first challenge (though I only managed to read seven), but I thought it would be fun to try something a little different this time. "New Canadians" was tempting, and would have offered the chance to re-read a book I liked very much: Van de Graaff Days by Ven Begamudré, a writer who came to Canada from Bangalore, but now lives in Regina.
In the end, though, I decided to take advantage some of the un-read books from the first challenge, and go for The McClung, 13 books by women. I haven't chosen all of them yet, but here is the core list:
The Tent by Margaret Atwood
The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
The Green Library by Janice Kulyk Keefer
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Unless by Carol Shields
A Boy of Good Breeding by Miriam Toews
The Last Stronghold by Margaret Bennett (about the Gaelic diaspora to Newfoundland)
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
That leaves me with five books to find, perhaps from new works published during the course of the year or – and I like this option - chosen from reviews by fellow participants from either the first or second challenge.