This is our collection of expert recommended books on Canada. Covering Canadian literature, culture and famous people.
Bestselling, multi-award-winning Canadian author Margaret Atwood has been recommended many times on Five Books. Sri Lankan-born Canadian poet Michael Ondaatje won the 1992 Booker Prize with The English Patient. Fellow author Esi Edugyan spoke to us about books that have influenced her. Other recommended Canadian authors include Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, Joseph Boyden and Emma Donoghue.
Canadian journalist Tanya Talaga's book All Our Relations focuses on the legacies of colonialism on Canadian First Nations. Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan’s latest book War: How Conflict Shaped Us is one of our best nonfiction books of 2020.
For Canadian history, Commissions High looks at the relationship between Canada and Britain. Canadian philosopher Paul Thagard has put together a reading list on the meaning of life.
The Best Quebec Books, recommended by Miléna Santoro
“I’ve been reading Quebec literature since the 1980s. I can tell when I’ve found a voice that I resonate with, when something is really beautiful or when it’s just trash.” Georgetown University Professor Miléna Santoro picks her favourite Quebec writers and showcases some of the region’s best contemporary fiction and poetry translated from the original French.
The best books on Ice Hockey, recommended by Bruce Dowbiggin
Fast, violent and with a passionately political history, hockey is the sport that defines Canada. The sports columnist tells us how this came to be, and why hockey, still a thrilling spectacle, has also become more dangerous to play. He picks the best books on ice hockey.
The best books on The Meaning of Life, recommended by Paul Thagard
Finding meaning in life is not the same as finding happiness, argues Canadian philosopher Paul Thagard. He picks the best books on the meaning of life.