Sunday, January 23, 2011 |
One of the favourite topics of conversation in the Canada Reads offices is our favourite bookish places: great places to read, our cherished library nooks, an undiscovered bookstore or friendly bookseller. Literary landmarks are all over this great country, so in last week's contest we turned to you to discover a few more from coast to coast to coast by asking for your favourite bookish place.
The winner is Leanne Shirtliffe, and her favourite bookish place in Canada is the McNally Robinson bookstore in Winnipeg:
I no longer live in Winnipeg, but every summer when I visit my parents I spend afternoons there, browsing, sitting, watching, and buying. I always discover something new.
Leanne picked up a Canada Reads prize pack. (You could win one too. Details at the end of the post.)
We can't post all of the great entries you sent in, but here's a sampling:
Wahkuna Lisik chose the Ralph Pickard Bell Library at Mount Allison University:
5 hexagonal floors of books, books, and more books. Each floor has its own character, composed of the books it houses, the people they attract, and the artwork that compliments it all. It's the perfect place to read for fun or study.
Joy Walker chose the Eden Mills Writers Festival:
For an entire afternoon in late summer, you can lounge on a grassy hill and listen to authors read from their books. I've discovered many authors this way and gone on to read their work. I look forward to this event every year.
Jake Garrett chose the abandoned railroad tracks that run through the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver:
They appear in Michael Turner's book The Pornographer's Poem. They're like this hidden, wonderful, blackberry bush-filled gem that threads its way through the city. There's a great sense of disconnection and connection at the same time, which is great fodder for stories.
Heather Dooks chose Trident Booksellers and Café in Halifax:
It is a little piece of heaven for book lovers and coffee/tea or cocoa lovers. Trident is small, independent, with a great choice of gently read or new end of publishing run books. One can bring a favorite book and grab a cuppa and read while taking in a very quiet, peaceful energy, library-like hushed setting. Even better you can grab a few books you are thinking of buying and have a read through to make a choice, all while sipping the perfect latte. The owners are helpful and welcome readers with magazines and newspapers if you want to just catch up on news. Can't quite afford that new book yet? It's ok to read a bit everytime you come in for a coffee, or have it put on hold till payday. On Tuesdays, smell the roasting of the fair trade coffee from the back room. Can it get any better?
Colleen Easter chose the Green Gables House in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island:
I loved all L.M. Montgomery's books as a child and I just love to walk through the woods and sit on the grass and think of Anne coming to life in Lucy Maud's mind. I love to read there on a bench in the woods and imagine life a century ago.
Jennifer Williatte-Battet chose the St. Joseph du Moine Satellite Library on Cape Breton Island:
It may not be fancy, it may not be big, but it lacks in pizazz it makes up for in the unrestrained attendance to every patrons need. The staff are wonderful in their eagerness to help find any book one would desire. As this wonder is only available once every two weeks, myself and my children make ample use of it when it is open. The biggest and newest reason that this little treasure is at the top of my list is because just last week my 7 year old son told me it was the absolute best place in the world. It is in part due to this place that he says he loves book so much, but only "good books" as he put it so distinctly.
Marie Chartrand chose her open kayak:
Just imagine, you choose that special book, put it in a plastic bag to row to the middle of the lake, and slowly settle in, all alone in the world with your book, out of reach, rocked so sweetly by fathomless waters, abandoned to the summer winds, suggestively aroused by the odors of vast spaces, It's the ultimate book bliss experience that every year impregnates me with the life of the chosen books with a special glow.
Doreen Isaak chose the Canadian Prairies:
I grew up near Saskatoon in a large Mennonite family. I am interested in my heritage, which began in Russia. Many Mennonites, including my own parents, immigrated to the Canadian prairies from Russia. My favourite authors include Sandra Birdsell, Rudy Wiebe and Miriam Toews, all of whom have written stories that take place in the prairies and give insight into the life of Mennonites. My parents died when I was in my early 20's. These books provide me with the answers that I can no longer get from my own parents.
Angela White chose Scheherazade Books & Music in Saint John, New Brunswick:
Scheherazade is a cozy, friendly, and most importantly local! They carry used books and music and this is the place to go if you are looking for a unique or hard to find book. The selection is great and if you are ever looking for a book they will try their hardest to find it for you. It's a great place to find something different.
Denise Lortie chose her deck looking out over Lake Okanagan in Kelowna, B.C.:
This is a heavenly place to read because if the book you are reading is taking you to another place that you really don't want to leave — you can just push the deck door closed and pretend that you didn't just hear that dryer buzzing or telephone ringing — for a while it is just you, your book and the sailboats drifting by...add a glass of wine from the local winery and you just may have achieved (at least for a little while) perfect bliss!
Linda Wells chose the Kindale Public Library in Stephenville, Newfoundland:
No matter what type of day I am having as I walk up the steps to the library, I feel the tension and worries of the day begin to peel away and entering the reading area I can almost feel the words of the books welcoming me home to an hour of contentment and excitement. The feeling lingers long after I return to the stresses of the day. It continues to remind me that for that brief period of time, there are people around the globe sharing the same feeling that I am experiencing and perhaps even the same book.
This week's question is:
Which Canadian author (alive or dead) would you most like to meet?
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, January 28, at midnight ET. The winner will be drawn randomly from all the entries.