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contemporary canadian female authors

February 4th, 2008, 10:48 PM
ok...who can recommend a book by a contemporary CANADIAN female author?? I need a book that's somewhat on the lines of female empowerment:rolleyes:

Kinda like Anne of Green Gables but a contemporary book. Because I'm going to compare it to Anne of Green Gables for my midterm and I can't think of anything.


February 4th, 2008, 11:06 PM
Anything by Margaret Atwood (is that too obvious a choice?), she always has some strong female characters.

Gail Anderson-Dargatz always has lady protagonists, and the stories are great to boot!!

February 4th, 2008, 11:16 PM
i can't use margaret atwood because she's already being discussed in the course. I have to find my own author.

i'll look up Gail Anderson-Dargatz though:thumbs up

February 5th, 2008, 12:12 AM
Try Alice Munro's short stories, way more readable than Atwood imo. Here's a sample:
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie McDonald

Following the curves of history in the first half of the twentieth century, Fall on Your Knees takes us from haunted Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, through the battlefields of World War I, to the emerging jazz scene in New York City, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters. The mythically charged family - James, a father of intelligence and immense ambition; Materia, his Lebanese child-bride; and their daughters: Kathleen, the eldest, a beautiful talent preparing for a career as an opera diva; Frances, incorrigible liar and hell-bent bad girl; Mercedes, obsessive Catholic and protector of the flock; and Lily, the adored invalid who takes us on a quest for truth and redemption - is supported by a richly textured cast of characters. Fall on Your Knees is a story of inescapable family bonds, of terrible secrets, of miracles, racial strife, attempted murder, birth and death, and forbidden love

February 5th, 2008, 07:55 AM
Fiction or non fiction?

Naomi Klein I think is Canadian, but she writes political non-fiction. She empowers others. :D

Here are some others, but not contemporary.

February 5th, 2008, 08:14 AM
My favorite Canadian female author: Margaret Laurence. I'm sure you'd enjoy Jest of God, The Stone Angel, and The Diviners. Actually, there wasn't a single book of hers I didn't enjoy.

February 5th, 2008, 03:30 PM
I personally think Barbara Gowdy is a great author too - Falling Angels is a great book.

I once took a course in University that only featured Female Canadian Authors Of Colour. :rolleyes: I figured all they needed was some disabled writers, and you'd have every minority down! It was a little much. (I didn't know that was the topic when I took it - the professors decide after you've already enroled).

I blocked it out a bit (the University of Guelph is a little feminist heavy) so I can't remember any of the authors we looked at, but surprisingly, there were a few!