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10 controversial Canadian books you need to read

These 10 books pushed the envelope when they were released. You should definitely read them — if you haven't already.

Canadians have a global reputation for being polite and even deferential. But when it comes to our literature, our writers don't shy away from challenging the status quo, exploring taboos, and offering bold perspectives. We're highlighting 10 controversial Canadian literary classics that pushed the envelope when they were released, and that you should definitely read, if you haven't already.

Bear won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 1976. (Random House/HarperCollins/McClelland & Stewart)
Elaine Lui championed When Everything Feels like the Movies for Canada Reads 2015. (Douglas & McIntyre/Arsenal Pulp Press/Penguin Canada)
Fall on Your Knees won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book. (Penguin/Vintage)
Never Cry Wolf was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film. (Penguin/Emblem Editions)

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