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.
What’s especially interesting here is that DOUG GIBSON EDITED ALL OF THESE BOOKS…..apart from this particular Hugh MacLennan title (although he worked with his friend Hugh on other books, and is able to let us know what he might have done to shape this book as its editor).
Find the discussion questions and leave comments or questions for Doug to answer about the specific books here:
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 December 31, 2013.
This summer, cast off the beach reads and challenge yourself to commit to CanLit.