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Reading Across Canada – blog 1

This image shows a map of Canada with the chosen book covers for each province depicted in the blog post.

For Canada Day this year, we put together a list of 13 recommended books; one for each province or territory in Canada. In each book, the story takes place in the province or territory it was chosen for. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but it gives you a small glimpse into Canada’s diverse and far-reaching regions.

This is the first of three Reading Across Canada blog posts. This post will concentrate on the western provinces and territories.

Please comment below with your recommended reads that are based in the specific provinces or territories listed. Happy reading!


British Columbia

Bad endings by Carleigh Baker

For everyone who has ever had their heart broken (so, all of us), these stories all feature the end of a relationship. They are wry, insightful, sometimes dark, and also often quite funny. Set mostly on the Lower Mainland, they also feature everything from salmon farms to the SkyTrain.


Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

Set in a First Nations Blackfoot community in Alberta, Green Grass, Running Water established Thomas King as an Indigenous writer to watch for. Both comical and cosmic in scope and atmosphere, the characters grapple with balancing the modern with the traditional against a beautiful Alberta landscape.


Close to Spider-Man by Ivan E. Coyote

Ivan E. Coyote's literary debut of Yukon stories - the young and queer finding their unique way in the northern reaches of Canada - where intimacy and relations are as fraught and complicated and funny as more southerly climes.

Northwest Territories

Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay

Nostalgia for an earlier Yellowknife in the 1970s, Hay recreates a radio community in the land of the midnight sun, with housing stock struggling to stay upright in permafrost.  An arctic canoe trip furthers the arctic ambience, and the shifting bonds between the ragtag characters who have chosen exile in the north.

Image: Bad Endings

Bad Endings

By Baker, Carleigh
Image: Close to Spider Man

Close to Spider Man

By Coyote, Ivan E.


For Newfoundland I recommend Sweetland, by Michael Crummy.

Thank you for the suggestion, lhalbo!