lm-montgomery

Prince Edward Island author Lucy Maud Montgomery's most enduring work is Anne of Green Gables, which has been nominated as a Canada Reads choice. (National Archives of Canada/Canadian Press)

The choice of books for  the 2013 edition of Canada Reads is emerging as a regional turf war, with readers from five different geographic areas across the country putting forward their favourite local authors.

The choices range from established classics, like Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell and Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery to this year’s Giller nominees Ru by Kim Thuy and Inside by Alix Ohlin.

There’s been hot debate on CBC Books as readers submitted thousands of titles.

Just one book from each of the regions — British Columbia and Yukon, Prairies and North, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces – will be debated during Canada Reads 2013.

Now each region has whittled it down to 10 books, all works of fiction, as determined by online voting,

The top 10 were announced Wednesday on CBC Radio.

The top 10 from the Atlantic provinces:

  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Bay of Love and Sorrows by David Adams Richards
  • Come Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
  • February by Lisa Moore
  • Galore by Michael Crummey
  • Glass Boys by Nicole Lundrigan
  • No Great Mischief by Alistair McLeod
  • Ragged Islands  by Don Hannah
  • The Town that Drowned by Riel Nason

The top 10 from the Prairies and the North:  

  • Stolen by Annette Lapointe
  • Cool Water by Dianne Warren
  • Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson
  • The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak
  • Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
  • The Trade by Fred Stenson
  • The Age of Hope by David Bergen
  • The Diviners by Margaret Laurence
  • Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell
  • The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe

The top 10 from Ontario: 

  • The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  • Away by Jane Urquhart
  • Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright
  • The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Buchanan
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Far to Go by Alison Pick
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
  • Helpless by Barbara Gowdy
  • Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

The top 10 from Quebec:

  • The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny
  • The Darling of Kandahar by Felicia Mihali
  • De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage
  • How to make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired by Dany Laferrière
  • Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco
  • Inside by Alix Ohlin
  • Ru by Kim Thuy
  • Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordecai Richler
  • The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
  • Two Solitudes by Hugh McLennan

The top 10 from British Columbia and the Yukon:

  • The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou
  • The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  • Bow Grip by Ivan E. Coyote
  • Everything Was Good-bye by Gurjinder Basran
  • The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
  • Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  • One Good Hustle by Billie Livingston
  • Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson