100 Books Every Canadian Should Read

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Will Ferguson

A Complicated Kindness

Miriam Toews

A Fine Balance

Rohinton Mistry

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood


Kathleen Winter

A Season in the Life of Emmanuel

Marie-Claire Blais, translated by Derek Coltman

A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Gil Courtemanche, translated by Patricia Claxton


Jane Urquhart

Barney's Version

Mordecai Richler


Marian Engel

Beautiful Losers

Leonard Cohen

Bone and Bread

Saleema Nawaz

Brown Girl in the Ring

Nalo Hopkinson

Cereus Blooms at Night

Shani Mootoo


Madeleine Thien

Come, Thou Tortoise

Jessica Grant


Katherine Govier

Crow Lake

Mary Lawson

De Niro's Game

Rawi Hage

Elizabeth and After

Matt Cohen

Essex County

Jeff Lemire

Fall on Your Knees

Ann-Marie MacDonald


Lisa Moore

Fifth Business

Robertson Davies


Brian Francis

Fugitive Pieces

Anne Michaels

Funny Boy

Shyam Selvadurai


Michael Crummey

Generation X

Douglas Coupland

George & Rue

George Elliott Clarke

Half-Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan

How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired

Dany Laferrière, translated by David Homel

Indian Horse

Richard Wagamese

In the Skin of a Lion

Michael Ondaatje


Anne Hébert, translated by Norman Shapiro

Kiss of the Fur Queen

Tomson Highway

Kit's Law

Donna Morrissey

Late Nights on Air

Elizabeth Hay

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Lives of the Saints

Nino Ricci

Lost Girls

Andrew Pyper

Mercy Among the Children

David Adams Richards

Monkey Beach

Eden Robinson


William Gibson

No Great Mischief

Alistair MacLeod

No Time for Goodbye

Linwood Barclay


Joy Kogawa


Emma Donoghue


Kim Thúy, translated by Sheila Fischman

Secret Daughter

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Six Metres of Pavement

Farzana Doctor


Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki


Robert Charles Wilson

Still Life

Louise Penny

Swamp Angel

Ethel Wilson

Sweetness in the Belly

Camilla Gibb

The Amazing Absorbing Boy

Rabindranath Maharaj

The Antagonist

Lynn Coady

The Best Laid Plans

Terry Fallis

The Birth House

Ami McKay

The Bishop's Man

Linden MacIntyre

The Book of Negroes

Lawrence Hill

The Book of Secrets

M.G. Vassanji

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Steven Galloway

The Cure for Death by Lightning

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

The Double Hook

Sheila Watson

The Englishman's Boy

Guy Vanderhaeghe

The Golden Mean

Annabel Lyon

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Hero's Walk

Anita Rau Badami

The Jade Peony

Wayson Choy

The Lesser Blessed

Richard Van Camp

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches

Gaétan Soucy, translated by Sheila Fischman

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

The Mistress of Nothing

Kate Pullinger

The Orenda

Joseph Boyden

The Outlander

Gill Adamson

The Polished Hoe

Austin Clarke

The Romantic

Barbara Gowdy

The Sisters Brothers

Patrick deWitt

The Stone Angel

Margaret Laurence

The Stone Diaries

Carol Shields

The Time in Between

David Bergen

The Wars

Timothy Findley

The Wives of Bath

Susan Swan

Three Day Road

Joseph Boyden


Guy Gavriel Kay

Two Solitudes

Hugh MacLennan

Whale Music

Paul Quarrington

What the Body Remembers

Shauna Singh Baldwin

What We All Long For

Dionne Brand