In no particular order, here are the year's favourites in the modes of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, with a single winner at the bottom of the list.
- Terry Glavin, The Last Great Sea
- Thomas King, The Truth About Stories
- Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon, The 100-Mile Diet
- Wallace Stegner, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
- Nancy J. Turner, The Earth's Blanket
- Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair
- Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness
- Craig Thompson, Blankets
Clearly, for me this was the year for Terry Glavin, whose 2003 The Last Great Sea was my favourite read of 2007. A couple of the other books on the year’s list give him credit for inspiration and/or advice, his blog has become a regular stop for me, and I keep bumping up against his name wherever I go.
We’ll see what 2008 brings, but I'm off to a good start with Harold Rhenisch's Tom Thomson's Shack underway, along with Giuseppe Pontiggia's Born Twice. Plus Douglas Coupland's JPod is staring at me from the ottoman, so I can without guilt watch the CBC series based on the novel....