Canada Reads 2008

And the winner is...

King Leary

The story of Percival Leary transcends the label "hockey book." Paul Quarrington's 1988 novel, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, tells the often touching, often hilarious story of a once-great hockey hero. Now largely forgotten and sharing a room in a nursing home with an alcoholic reporter, Leary looks back on the highs and lows of his professional and personal life as he sets out on one final quest to reclaim his title of "King of the Ice."

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Brown Girl in the Ring

The rich and privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it to crumble. With nowhere to turn, a young woman must open herself to ancient truths, eternal powers, and the tragic mystery surrounding her mother and grandmother. Read more »

From the Fifteenth District

Set in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War, the nine stories in this glittering collection reflect on the foibles and dilemmas of human relationships. Read more »


Presented within the frame of a tourist guidebook, this novel records life in the mountains, as time and the coming of the railroad slowly transform the settlement of Jasper from a place of myth and legend to a modern tourist town. Read more »

Not Wanted on the Voyage

Not Wanted on the Voyage is the story of the great flood and the first time the world ended.  Read more »

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