Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart is celebrating 100 years and has put out their Essential 100 list of books: "Selected from the 700 plus M&S backlist titles currently available, our Essential 100 consists of those titles that should be on every Canadian's bookshelves."
I found it very interesting to check out how many I've read and how very many more I still want to read. How many of these have YOU read and which one is your favourite? Let me see, my favourite...there are so many.. Jane Urquhart's Away, Rohintron Mistry's A Fine Balance, Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient... it's impossible to choose and Canada has so many fine authors. And, if you are a Canadian resident, you may enter a contest to win these Essential 100 titles. I would need more bookshelves!
I don't buy many novels, preferring to use the library, but I do have a LOT of art books, including a few M&S publications on Canadian artists:
1. Tom Thomson:The Silence and the Storm, Harold Town and David Silcox, 1977.
2. Pellan, Germain Lefebvre 1973
3. Contemporary Canadian Painting, William Withrow 1972
4. The Group of Seven, Peter Mellan, 1970
5. Sculpture of the Eskimo, George Swinton, 1972 (George Swinton was one of my instructors at the University of Manitoba School of Art, and he was well-known for his large collection and his scholarship at a time when interest in Inuit art was barely beginning.)