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Jerome Stueart's all-Canadian reading list

Our Yukon Reads panellist Jerome Stueart is a transplanted American. He grew up in Texas, but Jerome is on his way to becoming a Canadian citizen.

But he feels there are a few gaps in his knowledge of his soon-to-be country, mainly in the area of Canadian literature. Jerome figures he hasn't read enough Canadian books.

We've put out a call to our listeners, asking them to suggest a few books for Jerome to read, books that will help learn about our country.

Click on the link below to hear Jerome talk about the final list with Dave.

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And here is the list itself. Thanks to everyone who made a suggestion.

Clara Callan - Richard Wright

Dance Me Outside - W.P. Kinsella

The Bear's Embrace - Patricia van Tighem

A Journey Beyond - Erna Maria Pruckl

Maps and Legends - Hugh Brody

Alpine Quest - Farley Mowat

The Bishop's Man - Linden McIntyre

The Golden Spruce - Jean Vaillant

The Stone Angels and/or The Diviners - Margaret Laurence

The Village of Small Houses - Ian Ferguson

The Barren Lands - Kevin Kragick

The Trade - Fred Stenson

The Birth House - Ami McKay

Who Has Seen The Wind - W.O. Mitchell

Lightning - Fred Stenson

The Hockey Sweater - Roch Carrier

Kiss Of The Fur Queen - Thomson Highway

Galore - Michael Crummey

A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews

Soloman Gursky Was Here - Mordecai Richler

The Warriors Of Talverdin - K.V. Johansen

Bear - Marian Engel

The Cage - Audry Shulman

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town - Stephen Leacock

anything by Margaret Laurence

almost anything by Roberston Davies

Stephen Leacock and Paul Hiebert

Mavis Gallant

Scott Young

Yann Martel

Nicholas Dickner

The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill

Lady Oracle - Margaret Atwood

Love You Forever - Robert Munsch

The Adventures of Sajo and Her Beaver People - Grey Owl

Halfway Man - Wayland Drew

Waiting For The Whales - Sheryl McFarlane

Two Solitudes - Hugh MacLennan

Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson

Restlessness - Aritha van Herk

Daughters of Copper Woman - Anne Cameron

Beautiful Losers - Leonard Cohen


Elaine Schiman made several suggestions for Jerome, a booklist in itself.

Who Has Seen the Wind - W.O. Mitchell

Idoru - William Gibson

The Englishman's Boy - Guy Vanderhaege

A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews

Fifth Business - Robertson Davies

Not Wanted On The Voyage - Timothy Findlay

Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood

The Stone Angel - Margaret Laurence

Come, Thou Tortise - Jessica Grant

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams - Wayne Johnston

Clara Callan - Richard Wright

Acension - Stephen Galloway

A Student of Weather - Elizabeth Hay

Larry's Party/The Stone Diaries - Carol Shields

Traplines - Eden Robinson

Elle - Douglas Glover

The White Bone - Barbara Gowdy

How Insensitive - Russell Smith


Several people have suggested some non-fiction as well;

The Dog That Wouldn't Be - Farley Mowat

Owls In The Family - Farley Mowat

Souvenir of Canada - Douglas Coupland

Freewheeling - Ian Brown

Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw - Ian Ferguson

How To Be Canadian - Ian and Will Ferguson

Why I Hate Canadians - Will Ferguson

Alpine Quest - Farley Mowat

Borderlands; How We Talk About Canada - W.H. New


You can track Jerome's progress as he works through these books on his blog,


There's still time for you to add your favourite to Jerome's reading list. Send your selection to dave.white@cbc.ca and I'll enter your name in a draw for a complete set of Canada Reads 2011 books.

And don't forget to listen to the national Canada Reads debates beginning February 7.