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CBC Short Story Prize

Canadian short story writers reveal their must-read books

Looking for some new favourite books? We asked the finalists for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize about that one book that they keep recommending to friends.

Annie Reid, author of "Longshot"

"For a time our household did buy multiple copies of Jessica Grant’s Come, Thou Tortoise, just so we could just on the spot give it to people who had the misfortune of not having read it yet."

Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of "Smiley"

"Currently I seem to be recommending Ellis Avery’s novel The Last Nude because I am so art-obsessed; it’s from the perspective of Raphaela, the muse of the Paris artist Tamara de Lempicka. We see a lot of models in figurative art, and I love that Avery had intense interest in the woman behind the painting, and of course I also love her novel because it’s intelligent and lesbian."

Laura Legge, author of "Tukisiviit?"

"In the last month I have been recommending A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind by Alfred Starr Hamilton over and over. There’s a material grace to his poetry. Imagine someone kneeling in the mud, in the rain, writing perfect calligraphy."

Trent Lewin, author of "Saad Steps Out" 

"The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie. I have never read anything where language is used so forcefully and confidently. Also, anything by Robert Munsch; this happens when you have kids."


Alix Hawley, author of "Jumbo"

"I don’t know that my friends care for my recommendations, but anyone looking for a how-to on not wasting words might try Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending."



We'll announce the winner of the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize on Monday, March 24.


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