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The Canada Reads advice contest

Last week, we asked you which Canadian author you would most like to meet. The answers you sent in were as varied and diverse as the authors themselves!

This week's winner is Bev Church. Bev chose a Canada Reads author, Terry Fallis!

I genuinely enjoyed his book The Best Laid Plans. Having heard radio interviews with him he sounds like someone I want to meet.

Bev picked up a Canada Reads prize pack. (You could win one too. Details at the end of the post.)

Canada Reads gift pack

We can't post all of the great entries you sent in, but here's a sampling:

Gord Turner chose E.J. Pratt:

E.J. Pratt had an ability to deal with human experience in such a way that you admire every word choice, every suggestion as the poem soars beyond our own limited lives. I particularly enjoyed the images he used such as the cat in the backyard catching a bird which he associated with Italy attacking Ethiopia in World War II. He had a sense of how to connect disparate items and extend how we think about our world. I'd enjoy sitting down with him and discussing one of his poems, maybe "The Truant."


Janet Long chose Richard B. Wright:

Each and every one of his 12 novels captivated me, all unique and different from the next. I love his style and the memories he provokes from my own life. I love the extensive vocabulary in drama or comedy, it was all great. I have to read them all over again. Also I wonder how he can be so sure of how women think and feel, referring to Clara Callan. He is a talented writer FOR SURE.


Mary Lou MacKenzie chose Johanna Skibsrud:

I would love to meet Johanna Skibsrud, the youngest winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and have her autograph her debut novel "The Sentimentalists." I bought two copies, both printed here in Nova Scotia by the Gaspereau Press, as this was very important to me. I would be absolutely delighted to meet her and congratulate her in person.


Nancy Layton chose Ann-Marie MacDonald:

Her novels are intense, even bleak at times, and character-driven which leads me to want to ask her what has inspired her to write them. When I have heard her interviewed, she has impressed me with her sense of humour and her love of life so that it would be delightful to spend an hour with her.


Liz Harvey chose Margaret Atwood:

Her ability to write in a variety of genres and her acerbic wit delight me. When I read one of her books, fiction, non fiction or poetry, I always feel as if I can hear her talking to me! I would love to be able to have a conversation with her.


Meredith Ball chose Timothy Findley:

Timothy Findley completely changed my view of Canadian fiction. Until I came across his writing, I was not overly fond of Canadian fiction, but through him I discovered that I had been looking at our country's writing all wrong. His passion for writing was so obvious in the ways he completely delved into his writing (going so far as to crawl in the sand with his eyes closed to get the insight of a blind cat!), and there is no way you can deny that this passion showed through in what he wrote.


Sharon Reiner chose Lucy Maud Montgomery:

I need to thank her. I cannot imagine getting through my childhood without Anne. Many friends came and went in my life, but she was always there. I've shared her with my daughter, my niece and many special friends. She is more real to me every day. I love Anne. Thank you for her.

Terry Lawrence-Tayler chose Douglas Coupland:

This was a hard choice, but ultimately, I chose Doug, I think, because everything I have read, watched or seen that he has created has touched me in some way. Picture books about Terry Fox, his Canadian House project and documentary, his fiction, non-fiction, 1812 statue, tv shows based on his books -- all brilliant. I love that he is of a similar age and often mindset. I guess that is why his "stuff" resonates so much for me. He is an artist who is able to work in seemingly any media, without being so "artsy" that he turns me off. I also feel like he would be a lot of fun to sit around with over a coffee or a beer. He is a fantastic representative of Canada (at least I think so!). Plus, he coined a phrase used throughout the world -- Generation X -- how cool is that?!


Rosemary Talbot chose Pierre Berton:

He was very knowable in a huge range of subject matters. I feel that he would have been able to enlighten me on why Canada is the way it is, culturally, historically and politically.


This week's question is:

 

Which Canada Reads 2011 panelist would you want to give advice to, heading into the debates? What would that advice be?


Submit your answer using the form here! Don't forget to join the conversation in our discussion forum. We'd love to hear your thoughts about all the books!


The best responses will be shared on the site next week. The contest closes on Friday, February 4, at midnight ET. The winner will be drawn randomly from all the entries.


The complete contest rules and regulations are here.

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