I’ve had the pleasure to listen to Douglas Gibson speak at a number of events and it’s really something to see. Not only has he been an editor to many of the great Canadian books we’ve come to know and love on our bookshelves, but he’s developed friendships with these authors. In his book Stories About Storytellers he gives the reader a behind the scenes look at what it was like to publish the likes of Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Alistair MacLeod and many others.
As many of you know, I work in the Canadian publishing industry, so I have a huge soft spot for Canadian literature. I think this work sheds light on a country is filled with stunning landscape and intriguing people. That’s why I was thrilled to hear that Douglas Gibson and ECW have created a Stories About Storytellers Book Club. To learn more about the book club, this quote is from Douglas Gibson’s website:
Always wanted to tackle some CanLit classics but feel a little hesitant to go it alone? Douglas Gibson is here to be your guide. The esteemed editor has worked with some of the country’s finest wordsmiths, and, as any reader of his memoir, Stories About
Storytellers, will tell you, is filled with enthusiasm and insight when discussing his authors and their work. In fact, many SAS readers have found themselves drawn to the books he describes: returning to old favourites or tackling classics for the first time.
With the Stories About Storytellers Book Club, Doug Gibson has prepared twenty intriguing questions (laced with his own analysis and behind-the-scenes insight) about five celebrated Canadian works of fiction: Alice Munro’s The Progress of Love, Mavis Gallant’s Home Truths, Hugh MacLennan’s The Watch That Ends the Night, Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone, and Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief.
If you’re someone who enjoys CanLit or if you’re someone who’s always wanted to tackle the genre, but have yet to get around to it, there’s noone better to guide you. Here is additional information about the challenge and how YOU can win a fabulous CanLit Prize Pack.
These are five books Doug thinks everyone should read, and he urges you to do so with the Stories About Storytellers Reading Challenge. Here’s how it works: Read Stories About Storytellers as an introduction, then read one or more of the five selected novels. Share an online review (on a blog, Goodreads, Facebook, or anywhere you choose) of Doug’s memoir and your chosen novel(s) and for every review link you send to ECW Press, they will give you one entry to win a CanLit Prize Pack featuring all five featured novels and some new and exciting Canadian fiction. Review links can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contest closes September 30, 2013.
So join me, because I’ll be doing it too and join this fun challenge of reviving Classic CanLit with one of the most esteemed editors of our time, Douglas Gibson.