UPDATE: This contest is now closed.
Congratulations to chuey603, who took home a Sony e-Reader. They wanted to invite Douglas Coupland to their BBQ. Here's their winning comment:
"I would love to have Douglas Coupland to my bbq. I read his books growing up and have lately discovered his design projects. I'd love to discuss with him both worlds and how, for him, they work together or come about. :)"
The results are in! The Historica-Dominion Institute has shared the findings of its Canada Day CanLit Survey, which we first posted about last week. For Canada Day, the institute surveyed Canadians about the role Canadian literature should have in our schools and asked some fun open-ended questions that had respondents imagining they were writing their own great Canadian novel.
These imagined novels are as diverse as this great country of ours. Stories took place across the country — in urban centres, the Rocky Mountains and cottage country, to name a few. There was a wide range in terms of choice of subject, but in the two leading categories, 18 per cent of respondents opted to write about famous figures, including Pierre Trudeau and Wayne Gretzky, while 17 per cent chose to write about themselves. In terms of the genre, the most popular category was history (23 per cent), followed by adventure (18 per cent) and "real life" (12 per cent), with comedy and nature claiming 10 per cent apiece. The rest was split between 11 other categories.
The CanLit Survey showed overwhelming support for Canadian literature: 95 per cent of respondents agreed (55 per cent strongly, 40 per cent somewhat) that "it is important that students read Canadian literature in school," while 89 per cent agreed (48 per cent strongly, 41 per cent somewhat) that "Canadian literature should be mandatory in all high school curricula across Canada." As we expected, CBC Books fans felt even more strongly about Canadian literature's importance in schools than the rest of the population: 80 per cent strongly agreed that "it is important that students read Canadian literature in school" and 73 per cent strongly agreed that "Canadian literature should be mandatory in all high school curricula across Canada."
CBC Books fans also made us proud by indicating that you read much more Canadian literature than the average Canadian. In the Historica Dominion Institute's survey, almost half of those polled (48 per cent) indicated that they don't read Canadian literature on a regular basis. In the CanLit survey we posted last week, more than three-quarters of CBC Books fans who responded (79 per cent) indicated that they do. A big high five to all of you!
Finally, Canadians were asked to name one Canadian author they would invite to a Canada Day barbecue. The top picks were Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat, Margaret Atwood and Robert Munsch.
Remember, you can still let us know who you would invite — and why — for a chance to win a Sony e-Reader! Leave a comment on the CanLit Survey and Contest! post or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1 at midnight ET to be included in the random draw. (Read the rules and regulations.)