If you thought hockey, award-winning musicians, maple syrup, and polar bears are the only things Canada has to offer, then you couldn’t be more mistaken. Canada has some of the best-selling authors in the world. Surprising, right?
The following Canadian authors are recommended because we’re sure you’ll love their books. So, if you’re interested in the best of Canadian literature, jump right into the list of 10 of the best Canadian authors.
1. Margaret Laurence
This novelist and short story writer is regarded as one of the giants of Canadian literature. Part of her notable works includes The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966) and The Diviners (1974). The Stone Angel is her most famous novel; the fictional story was adapted to the screen in 2007, directed by Kari Skogland and starring Ellen Burstyn.
2. Yann Martel
He is best known as the author of the award-winning novel Life of Pi (2001). The work was an international bestseller in more than 50 territories with over 12 million copies sold. The fantasy-adventure novel was adapted to the screen and directed by Ang Lee, winning four Oscars (most for the event). His other books include Self (1996), Beatrice and Virgil (2010), and The High Mountains of Portugal (2016).
3. Margaret Atwood
The literary critic and inventor, has published about 60 books including poetry, novel, non-fiction among many others. Her most remarkable works include Surfacing (1972), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Cat’s Eye (1988), Alias Grace (1996), The Blind Assassin (2000), and The Year of the Flood (2009).
4. Joseph Boyden
This novelist and short story writer is famed for his works on First Nations culture and Canadian-oriented activist concerns. His Bird family trilogy with the novels Three Day Road (2005), Through Black Spruce (2008), and The Orenda (2013) have won him several accolades and awards.
5. Heather O’Neill
The Montreal born novelist, poet, and screenwriter issued her debut novel titled Lullabies for Little Criminals back in 2006. This book won the 2007 edition of Canada Reads and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction apart from being shortlisted for eight different awards. She followed up with another book The Girl Who Was Saturday Night published in 2014.
6. Rohinton Mistry
The Indian-born Canadian author specializes in Historical fiction, realism, Postcolonial literature and Indian Literature. Some of his famous works are Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1995), and Family Matters (2002). His first novel was adapted for the 1998 film Such a Long Journey.
7. Eden Robinson
The Kitimat born award-winning author is known for her genre of Speculative Fiction and Gothic Fiction. Her notable works include Traplines (1995), Monkey Beach (2000), Blood Sports (2006), and Son of a Trickster (2017) – the first of a trilogy.
8. Trevor Ferguson
He is regarded as Canada’s best novelist in a couple of publications including the Toronto Star. He has written thirteen novels (six under the alias of John Farrow). His famous works are Onyx John (1985), The Kinkajou (1989), City of Ice (1999), and River City (2011).
9. Miriam Toews
The Manitoba born novelist is famous for her novels A Complicated Kindness (2004) and All My Puny Sorrows (2014) with which she has won some awards including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction plus the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
10. Michael Ondaatje
He has been recognized as one of Canada’s most renowned authors alive. The 75-year-old poet, novelist, editor and fiction writer has received numerous literary awards for some of his works such as, In the Skin of a Lion (1987), The English Patient (1992), Divisadero (2007), and Warlight (2018).
These authors have come a long way since the release of their first books. So, what are you waiting for? Go to the nearest shop or go online to get a copy of one of these books, if possible, get all.