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20 Canadian novels you should read if you want to be a writer

The best way to become a writer? Read great writing.

The best way to become a writer? Read great writing. With that in mind, here are 20 Canadian novels that exemplify the craft of writing at its best.

Lullabies for Little Criminals won Canada Reads 2007, when it was championed by John K. Samson. (HarperCollins Canada/Emblem Editions/HarperCollins)
A Complicated Kindness won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 2004. (Vintage Canada/Emblem Editions/McClelland & Stewart)
The Polished Hoe won the Giller Prize in 2002. (Biblioasis/Emblem Editions/Dundurn)
Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011. (HarperCollins/Vintage Canada/House of Anansi Press)
The Antagonist was a finalist for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize. (House of Anansi Press/Vintage Canada/Anchor Canada)
Green Grass, Running Water was defended by Glen Murray for Canada Reads 2004. (Vintage Canada/Vintage Canada/HarperCollins)
Room was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award in 2010. (HarperCollins/Press Gang)

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