Most Wanted: Canadian Book Review’s Highly Anticipated CanLit of 2011

I have never done this before but I wanted to look into the literary crystal ball and select the books I am most looking forward to collecting and reading in the coming year. They are split almost 50/50 between fiction (both novels and short stories) and poetry with one each of non-fiction and graphic novels (yes, that’s right, a graphic novel). Below the list is sorted by release month with details of the genre and publisher. I am not going to put a synopsis of each book as this post would be a mile long. Please rush out and buy these titles when they are released at your local independent bookstore and share your recommendations with the world. Happy New Year my fellow readers.


The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie – HarperCollins – Fiction

Guesswork by Jeffery Donaldson – Goose Lane Editions – Poetry

By Love Possessed by Lorna Goodison – McClelland & Stewart – Short Fiction


Underground by Antanas Sileika – Thomas Allen – Fiction

Song of the Taxidermist by Aurian Haller – Goose Lane Editions – Poetry

Girlwood by Jennifer Still – Brick Books – Poetry

The Canterbury Trail by Angie Abdou – Brindle & Glass – Fiction

A Cold Night for Alligators by Nick Crowe – Knopf Canada – Fiction

The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich – Doubleday Canada – Fiction


The Blue Light Project by Timothy Taylor – Knopf Canada – Fiction

The Free World by David Bezmozgis – MacMillan – Fiction

Folk by Jacob Mcarthur Mooney – McClelland & Stewart – Poetry

Into That Darkness by Steven Price – Thomas Allen – Fiction

Tide Road by Valerie Compton – Goose Lane Editions – Fiction

Is by Anne Simpson – McClelland & Stewart – Poetry


Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuszi Gartner – Hamish Hamilton – Short Fiction

Methodist Hatchet by Ken Babstock – House of Anansi – Poetry

Monoceros by Suzette Mayr – Coach House Books – Fiction

Woods Wolf Girl by Cornelia Hoogland – Wolsak and Wynn – Poetry

Local News by Glen Downie – Wolsak and Wynn – Poetry

What We Talk About When We Talk About War by Noah Richler – Goose Lane Editions – Non-Fiction

Outskirts by Sue Goyette – Brick Books – Poetry

Oyama Pink Shale by Sharon Thesen – House of Anansi – Poetry

Up Up Up by Julie Booker – House of Anansi  – Short Fiction


Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul by David Adams Richards – Doubleday Canada – Fiction

Paying for It by Chester Brown – Drawn & Quarterly – Graphic Novel

Sharawadji by Brian Henderson – Brick Books – Poetry


The O’Briens by Peter Behrens – House of Anansi – Fiction

One response

  1. I’m really looking forward to Suzette Mayr’s new novel too! She’s brilliant – as a writer, an editor, and a teacher. I’ve heard her talk about this new one, Monoceros, and absolutely can’t wait to read it. She was involved in both of my novels – as the editor for The Bone Cage and as the dissertation supervisor for The Canterbury Trail (thanks, by the way, for including it on the list!).

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