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jiorji February 4th, 2008 11:48 PM

contemporary canadian female authors
 
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.

:D

Stacer February 5th, 2008 12:06 AM

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!!

jiorji February 5th, 2008 12:16 AM

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

badger February 5th, 2008 01:12 AM

Try Alice Munro's short stories, [I]way[/I] more readable than Atwood imo. Here's a sample:
[url]http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2008/02/11/080211fi_fiction_munro[/url]
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie McDonald

[QUOTE]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[/QUOTE]

CearaQC February 5th, 2008 08:55 AM

Fiction or non fiction?

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

[url]http://www.naomiklein.org/main[/url]

Here are some others, but not contemporary.

[url]http://famouscanadianwomen.com/famous%20firsts/authors.htm[/url]

[url]http://books.google.com/books?id=s_xIap0GDbwC&pg=RA1-PA20&lpg=RA1-PA20&dq[/url]

luckypenny February 5th, 2008 09:14 AM

My favorite Canadian female author: Margaret Laurence. I'm sure you'd enjoy [B]Jest of God[/B], [B]The Stone Angel[/B], and [B]The Diviners[/B]. Actually, there wasn't a single book of hers I didn't enjoy.

phoozles February 5th, 2008 04:30 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!


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