I blog about CanLit simply because I love it. Canadian Literature has, for over a decade now, been of deep personal interest to me. It was my academic speciality in university; collecting Canadian literature is my primary hobby; and reading books from the Great White North is one of my favourite ways to wind down after a long day.
I was not a reader growing up; when I was 19 I was attending a small college and decided I wanted to attend university. Problem: my English mark from grade 12 was nowhere near high enough to get into a reputable school. I took a correspondence grade 12 English course through the Nova Scotia department of education and the first assignment was to read Margaret Laurence’sThe Stone Angel. This was like a light switch going off. 7 months later I was attending the University of Prince Edward Island immersed into the world of literature.
After graduating with a BA in English literature, I have been exposed to literature from all over the world, but CanLit has been always been closest to my heart. I made it my mission to build a first class library of Canada’s best.
My book collecting has focused on different aspects of CanLit over the years. Initially, my focus was to build a formidable collection of New Canadian Library titles from M&S. This eventually expanded and expanded to where I have a huge collection of over 700 books from Samuel Hearne to whatever title was released last week. Currently, I am working building a comprehensive collection of Canadian literary award winners.
So why do I post reviews? Because I think CanLit still has a long way to go to make its way into the popular culture of the Canadian consciousness and I want to try to play a very small part in pushing this important part of our nation out there.
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