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CBC Short Story Prize

Read like a writer: The 6 Canadian writers you should be reading

We asked the finalists of the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize who their favourite living Canadian authors are and got some great suggestions—as well as some fascinating insights into what great writers look for when they read.

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1. Tom Rachman and his first novel The Imperfectionists—for his astute and compassionate observation of his characters, the seeming minutiae that ends up defining who we truly are. I cannot wait to see what he does next.

— Annie Reid, author of "Longshot"

2. Currently, in short fiction, my go-to author is Alex Leslie from Vancouver who does everything right and leaves me agog. I love the way she builds evocative BC atmospheres, in particular our rural atmospheres. I keep waiting for her to step wrong in her stories and she never does, which is quite thrilling. 

— Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of "Smiley"

3. Anne Carson is the coolest weirdo. She’s like Ricardo Tubbs in Miami Vice where I just always picture her walking in slow motion with some super rad song by Rockwell playing. No? Just me? I admire how she skirts expectation in every way. Hers is a completely singular voice, and one that has always stunned me.

— Laura Legge, author of "Tukisiviit?"

4. I'll go with Thomas King on this. The music in his writing appeals to me, as does the way his voice is so compelling whether he's writing short fiction, novels or non-fiction.

— Trent Lewin, author of "Saad Steps Out" 

5. (and 6.) I am sad that Mavis Gallant is no longer in this category. I love Alice Munro as much, though, for her vast, calm understanding.

— Alix Hawley, author of "Jumbo"

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