Terry Fallis' Canada Reads Dream Line-Up
Welcome to "Canada Reads... and Laughs." CanLit is often criticized for
being too dark and tragic, but there's a lighter side to Canadian literature
that is no less powerful, compelling, and moving. I think it's time we
recognized Canada's strength in comic novels. So here's the line-up:
Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler, defended by Charlie Foran, author of
Mordecai, the award-winning biography of the late great writer.
Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby, shortlisted for the Leacock
medal, defended by Martin Short, the hilarious Canadian comic actor.
Three Cheers for Me by Donald Jack, the Leacock-winning first instalment of
what has come to be known as the Bandy Papers, defended by Rick Mercer, who
really needs no introduction.
Home Game by Leacock-winning writer, Paul Quarrington, defended by Andrea
Martin of Second City fame.
Happiness Economics by Shari Lapena, another Leacock short listed novel,,
defended by Megan Follows, the wonderful Canadian actor.
Be moved to laughter. Read these books.
Terry Fallis was the Canada Reads-winning author in 2011 for his book The Best Laid Plans.