June 7, 2016

Celebrate Canada Day with a great Canadian read

As Canadians finally embrace the warmer weather it is certain that they will be on the lookout for their next great read. Canadians are lucky to have such a diverse range of literature to choose from, such as the stylistically complex world of Yann Martel in The High Mountains of Portugal, the candid musings of Bif Naked in her new memoir I, Bificus, or Elizabeth Hay’s melancholic His Whole Life.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a book Canadian since, as you can see from the list above, Canadians write widely about a huge range of subjects. At NoveList, we define a book as being Canadian if it was written by someone who was born in Canada or who has lived there for a significant portion of their life. There are over 19,000 books in NoveList that fit that description!

It can also sometimes be difficult to determine what makes Canada stand out as a nation. As a Canadian living in the States, I know that I often grapple with this, and as Canada Day approaches I find myself reflecting on that more often. I’m interested to pick up David Johnston’s The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation to see what his take on this question is.

Canadian books in NoveList
Download the infographic on finding Canadian books in NoveList.

At NoveList we do our very best to stay on top of what’s new and forthcoming in the Great White North. We scan bestseller lists weekly, and we track over 100 Canadian awards -- one of the reasons why we are so excited about Loan Stars, a monthly top 10 list of forthcoming titles voted on by Canadian library staff. Similar to LibraryReads, it gives Canadian librarians a chance to highlight their favourite up and coming titles.

Curious about these lists? The May and June iterations are available in NoveList now, and include titles written by Canadians as well as other international writers. If you are interested in participating in the vote, visit the Loan Stars website.

Kate Fletcher is a Cataloger and leads the Canadian team, ensuring Canadian materials are well-represented inside NoveList.

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