Thursday, October 28, 2010

Drive-by Saviours is Essential Read

Exciting news all - Drive-by Saviours made the Canada Reads longlist of "Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade."

And we the people will decide which books make the top 10 list. You only get one vote.

If you want to vote Drive-by Saviours, just go to Canada Reads and click the circle next to Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin, scroll down and click the vote button. You have until Nov 7 - but really why wait until Nov 7 what you could do right now?

Btw, here is the Top 40 list, and there are some damn fine books there. What say you, dear reader? What books should have made the list but didn't. Any on the list that you don't think are so hot?

A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall

Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright

Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant

Conceit by Mary Novik

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Drive-by Saviours by Chris Benjamin

Elle by Douglas Glover

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Far to Go by Alison Pick

February by Lisa Moore

Galore by Michael Crummey

Heave by Christy Ann Conlin

Inside by Kenneth J. Harvey

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

Moody Food by Ray Robertson

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Room by Emma Donoghue

Shelf Monkey by Corey Redekop

Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Fallen by Stephen Finucan

The Girls Who Saw Everything by Sean Dixon

The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald

The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden

Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.

Unless by Carol Shields

Chris Benjamin

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Way to go Chris!! Seeing as I am a Canadian poet I am going to vote again. And as an American I am going to vote twice.
Thanks TWM, much appreciated!
Thanks Ivan!
Wll, now that I'm commenting on the board of theBenjibopper, I'll be sure to be mroe respectful:-).

This is excellent news. I'm hoping that it at least makes it into the top-10. Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes sounds like something that's going onto my reading list.

You've done us proud, you know.
Thanks X, sometimes I feel a bit like a party crasher...but then, nah, I'm proud of the book and I'm glad it's getting a bit of exposure.
I'm not surprised,,,,,and big thumbs up!

Thanks Babs! Much appreciated.
KUDOS and Congratulations to you Benji times one quadrillion!!!!!!!!!!
You deserve it and I cannot wait to read your book (hopefully finally can order this month)!!!!!!!!!!
Because I was kind of in bed a lot in October (not for the good reason:-) I read a lot but don't have a "superb" book --some very good but just not quite to excellent.
I did read two wonderful short story collections by Skip Horack
"The Southern Cross" and Karen Joy Fowler "What I didn't See" --thank God for libraries!!!!!!!!
Again congrats my friend and I am so happy for you and your family and so anxious to read your book!!!!!!!
I'm not familiar with any of those, I feel so out of touch, but would like to read the Essex County book. I'm reading the Jimmie Corrigan: Toughest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware, and Abandon The Old in Tokyo by Yoshihiro Tatsumi. I can hardly stay current on anything though...
@%$&* ....... Too late!

Sorry about hat
Thanks Devin, I hope Drive-by Saviours lives up to the hype for you!

El Vox: So many great books, so little time.

MD: s'alright, thanks for good intentions ;-)

All: Didn't make the top 10 list, but honestly it was an over-achievement for a brand new book by an unknown author to make the Top 40!
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