It’s Canada Day! Just in time for the 6th Canadian Books Challenge to start. What a coincidence! Have you signed up yet? I have, like I do every year with varying degrees of success. I just squeaked over the finish line this year.
Serendipitously, I received some catalogues from local Canadian publishers this week. Quite a few things caught my eye. I thought I’d share my finds with you and maybe inspire you to read them yourself.
Kin by Lesley Crew. I actually had this one for review for a long time but I like to read things closer to publication date (September) so I haven’t gotten to it yet though I’m looking forward to it. She’s so good at writing of the complicated family dynamic and this looks like it’s in the same vein. (Nimbus)
Blood Brothers in Louisbourg by Philip Roy. First, I’m a sucker for a great cover and I love this one. The peoples- they have faces! No headless ladies on this YA cover. A historical fiction set in 18th century Louisbourg about two brothers, who don’t know they are brothers, brothers from another mother- one is from France and the other Mi’kmaq. I hope it’s as good as it looks. (Cape Breton University Press)
My Grandfather’s Cape Breton by Clive Doucet. This is a new edition of a classic book. I read this pre-blogging and I loved it. It’s a charming story of a boy’s summer visit to his grandfather’s farm. (Nimbus)
Chasing Freedom by Gloria Ann Welsey. Another YA historical fiction. This one has been out awhile but it reminds me that I must get it. This one features a young Black Loyalist in 18th century Nova Scotia. (Roseway)
All Is Clam by Hilary MacLeod. Another Shores Mystery from Hilary MacLeod. This time The Shores have a murder at Christmas. Although set at Christmas it’s available in July. (Acorn Press)
The Christmas Secret by Various. Another one for your Christmas reading. Christmas stories from twenty Atlantic Canadian writers. (Nimbus)
So there you go! Some potential Canadian Books Challenge reads from a couple of small Canadian presses. (Find all the Nimbus Publishing books at http://www.nimbus.ca/)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make potato salad.
Happy Canada Day!