The fact is this, suckers — I don’t have time this year to review all of these books in detail. So instead, I’m mostly just going to list books, with maybe a note or two. But I do plan to write longer, more substantial reviews from time to time — maybe late, maybe never, some of these books will get more substantial reviews, which will show up here as they do. At least three of these books will see published reviews later — when they do, I will link to the reviews, as I’ve now linked the title of Ross’s book to my review in the Winnipeg Free Press.
1. Unclutter Your Life in One Week (Erin Rooney Doland)
2. Getting Things Done (David Allen)
What can I say? New Year’s Resolutions….
3. The Disappointment Artist (Jonathan Lethem)
4. Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer (bpNichol)
5. Bardy Google (Frank Davey)
6. Consider the Lobster (David Foster Wallace)
Wallace’s essays are stunning, erudite, funny, poignant excursions into topics as diverse as lobster festivals, porn industry awards, Kafka, prescriptive grammar, and sports autobiographies. As hyped as this book is, it exceeds its hype.
7. The Hunt (Jason Dickson)
8. Fish Bones (Gillian Sze)
9. Update (Bill Kennedy & Darren Wershler)
10. Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg (Darren Wershler)
Don’t take my word for it — George Toles, screenwriter or co-screenwriter of many of Maddin’s movies, and Guy Maddin himself, have praised this book in conversation. In fact, Guy told me a story about being embarrassed to be recognized while buying this book from McNally Robinson. (Although he understood he’d probably be sent a copy, he likes to buy books to support writers.)
11. The Lateral (Jake Kennedy)
12. The European Roots of Canadian Identity (Philip Resnick)
13. Emergency Hallelujah (Jason Heroux)
14. Genesis (Bernard Beckett)
15. The Others Raisd in Me (Gregory Betts)
16. The Book Collector (Tim Bowling)
17. Parse (Craig Dworkin)
18. Execution Poems (George Elliott Clarke)
19. The Lost Books of the Odyssey (Zachary Mason)
If you liked Clockfire, and/or Homer’s Odyssey, then I guarantee you will LOVE this book.
20. The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
21. David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence (Bart Beaty)
22. Ravenna Gets (Tony Burgess)
23. People Live Still in Cashtown Corners (Tony Burgess)
If you aren’t reading Tony Burgess, you are missing out on one of Canada’s best authors, period, not to mention some of the most gripping, experimental horror in the genre.
24. Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew (Stuart Ross)
25. Literature and Evil (Georges Bataille)
26. Mother Superior (Saleema Nawaz)
27. The Captain Poetry Poems Complete (bpNichol)
28. Atom Egoyan’s The Adjuster (Tom McSorley)
29. A Lover’s Quarrel (Carmine Starnino)
30. Hagiography (Jen Currin)