The Next Big sto­ry­tellers

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Pow­er­ful, per­cep­tive prose? Cana­di­ans are raised on it (spe­cial shout-out to Robert Mun­sch’s Thomas’ Snow­suit). Our na­tion has a well-loved ros­ter of literary su­per­stars—and a fresh crop of tal­ent poised to take on the man­tle of great­ness.

Here are our picks to in­herit the crowns of some cur­rent CanLit giants.

If you Far­ley Mowat... read

The Moun­tain Story by Lori Lansens. It would be an ut­ter waste of our mag­nif­i­cent land­scape if Cana­dian au­thors like Lansens weren’t car­ry­ing on the tra­di­tion of wilder­ness lit. Thank­fully, Lansens’ sur­vival tale of four peo­ple stranded alone on a moun­tain­side is as ter­ri­fy­ing and grip­ping as it is an homage to the fear­some­ness of the nat­u­ral world.

If you Joseph Boy­

Higher Ed by Tessa McWatt. Cana­dian au­thors ex­cel at “hu­man dra­mas as a mi­cro­cosm for re­flect­ing uni­ver­sal truths,” es­pe­cially when they are paired with achingly lovely writ­ing. McWatt’s tan­gled tale of five flawed, frus­trat­ing peo­ple is more of the (amaz­ing) same and so vividly writ­ten that you’ll miss hang­ing out with her char­ac­ters well af­ter you’ve fin­ished the book.

If you L. M. Mont­gomery... read

Noth­ing Like Love by Sab­rina Ram­nanan.

Great Cana­dian literature doesn’t have to be all dys­func­tional fam­i­lies and bar­ren prairie abysses. This warm, funny novel, set in Trinidad, is a story of an 18-year-old girl’s mis­sion to do ev­ery­thing she can to win back the boy of her dreams... and dis­cover a des­tiny of her own.

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