I just wanted to send a very good friend of mine lots of hugs and best wishes on their special day:
Yes Canada I mean you. It’s your day today and I want to thank you for teaching me about great literature and for opening up all the possiblities of reading in both French and English that you have fostered in me.
I’ve put together of 10 great things I love about Canada and its literary leanings. I lived in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal and hope one day to go back and call one of them home.
- I discovered the world of Canadian Independent bookshops and discovered Toronto’s huge literary scene one Sunday morning in between Yonge and Spadina
- I delved into the world of Margaret Atwood and discovered her writing environment
- I read many books on the tram travelling along Queen Street West in Toronto on my way to work
- I laughed at Canadian wit thanks to the daily Morning Smile column in The Globe and Mail
- I spent hours and hours in Chapters and Indigo, ate there, read there and almost nearly slept there
- I quickly picked up the skills of reading with one hand and eating poutine with the other (Poutine is a dish of chips covered in gravy and cheese curds – the best ever!!)
- I lived in a house with a wooden porch and swing seat where I would sit and read- very Anne of Green Gables
- I got snowed in for 2 days and spent the time reading!
- I fell in love with Canada and its literary festivals : the Antiquarian Book Fair in Montreal in particular
- I know not of a greater pleasure than relaxing with a Tim Hortons, on a bench on Granville Island, Vancouver, whilst reading a book.