The Storytellers Book Club


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:

Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone
Hugh MacLennan’s The Watch That Ends the Night
Mavis Gallant’s Home Truths
Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief
Alice Munro’s The Progress of Love

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 Contest closes December 31, 2013.

This summer, cast off the beach reads and challenge yourself to commit to CanLit.


14 comments on “The Storytellers Book Club

  1. […] The Storytellers Book Club […]

  2. Terry Fallis says:

    What a fantastic idea, Doug. I’ll help spread the word…

  3. Leslie Nadon says:

    I’d like to join. First, I’ll have to go buy myself another copy, since one of my sisters borrowed my book {autographed by you} and I ll have to trade her to get it back. Have been planning on buying another copy for her anyway. Thanks for doing this Doug. What do I have to do next? Hmmm! Maybe I’ll have her join your book club too.

  4. […] 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: […]

  5. lauratfrey says:

    I’m in.

    I love Munro, but have only read Too Much Happiness. I read Davies (Fifth Business) in high school and hated it, but think I need to revisit him. I’ve heard great things about McLeod and confess I hadn’t heard of the others.

    Blog post coming soon!

    • Douglas Gibson says:

      You’re in luck! I can promise you some very enjoyable hours with these books, and I think you’ll learn a lot about your teenage self when you have another go at Fifth Business (which. by the way, I did not edit).
      Good luck!
      Doug Gibson

  6. […] Watch that Ends the Night by Hugh MacLennan: From publisher ECW Press. ECW contacted me about their Storytellers Book Club. They’re sending me the books in exchange for participating and talking about it on the blog […]

  7. […] For all the details, check out the Storytellers Book Club! […]

  8. […] Storytellers Book Club: Intro post coming soon. I’m about to get legit into CanLit. (Sorry, that was awful) […]

  9. […] The Storytellers Book Club is fascinating to me, because while it’s a blatant marketing ploy for Douglas Gibson’s book Stories about Storytellers, it’s also a great idea and very well executed (and remember, I work in marketing, so I have nothing against marketing ploys, blatant or otherwise.) […]

  10. […] For all the details on The Storytellers Book Club, see my introductory post or Douglas Gibson’s website. […]

  11. […] while back I posted about Douglas Gibson’s  Storytellers Book Club.  At Gibson’s website, choose one of five seminal CanLit classics and read along with others, […]

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