Canada 150 Booklist

Canada 150 Booklist

Celebrate Canada 150 with these 150 titles from some of our nation's most celebrated authors!  With our Canada 150 booklist, you can soak up your sesquicentennial summer and dig deep into the Canadian literary canyon. 

You can also pick up the booklist at your branch, or click any of the links below! 

Bold items = featured on Canada 150 Map
Items in red = books for teens
Items in green = books for children

British Columbia

  1. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
  2. David Suzuki: The Autobiography by David Suzuki
  3. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  4. The Double Hook by Sheila Watson
  5. Generation X by Douglas Coupland
  6. The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon
  7. The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
  8. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
  9. The Invention of the World by Jack Hodgins
  10. Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
  11. Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
  12. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  13. The Parcel by Anosh Irani
  14. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  15. There is a Season by Patrick Lane
  16. Alice, I think by Susan Juby
  17. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray-Smith
  18. Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  19. The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  20. Wild Berries by Julie Flett


  1. 419 by Will Ferguson
  2. Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
  3. The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  4. Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
  5. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King
  6. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
  7. The Outlander by Gil Adamson
  8. Slick Water by Andrew Nikiforuk
  9. Comic Book War by Jacqueline Guest
  10. God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya
  11. I Love you Too, I Love you Three by Wendy Tugwood
  12. Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi


  1. 100 days of Cree by Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey
  2. Bearskin Diary by Carol Daniels
  3. A Beauty by Connie Gault
  4. Daddy Lenin by Guy Vanderhaeghe
  5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  6. Mr. Hockey by Gordie Howe
  7. Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell
  8. 40 Things I Want To Tell You by Alice Kuipers
  9. If You’re Not From the Prairie by David Bouchard
  10. Lullaby Berceuse by Connie Kaldor


  1. The Break by Katherena Vermette
  2. A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  3. The Matter with Morris by David Bergen
  4. Nightwatching by Méira Cook
  5. Put on the Armour of Light by Catherine Macdonald
  6. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence
  7. Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
  8. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
  9. The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
  10. Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois
  11. In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier
  12. Sugar Falls by David Alexander Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson (teen)
  13. This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


  1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  2. Canada by Mike Myers
  3. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  4. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis
  5. Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
  6. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  7. Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
  8. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  9. Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
  10. Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
  11. The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
  12. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  13. The Idea of Canada by David Johnston
  14. The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke
  15. The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
  16. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
  17. Fly Boy by Eric Walters (teen)
  18. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  19. Making Canada Home by Susan Hughes
  20. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki


  1. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
  2. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
  3. The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper
  4. Kamouraska by Anne Hebert
  5. Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
  6. Mad Shadows (La Belle Bête) by Marie-Claire Blais
  7. The Return (L’énigme du retour)by Dany Laferriere
  8. Ru by Kim Thúy
  9. Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan
  10. Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong
  11. The Right to Be Cold : One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-Cloutier
  12. Good for Nothing by Michel Noël, translated by Shelley Tanaka
  13. The Hockey Sweater (le Chandail de Hockey) by Roch Carrier
  14. Stella: Star of the Sea (Stella, étoile de la mer) by Marie-Louise Gay
  15. Susceptible by Geneviève Castrée

Newfoundland & Labrador

  1. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  2. February by Lisa Moore
  3. Cloud of Bone by Bernice Morgan
  4. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
  5. Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
  6. Creatures of the Rock : A Veterinarian’s Adventures in Newfoundland by Andrew Peacock
  7. Galore by Michael Crummey
  8. Sylvanus Now by Donna Morissey
  9. Brave Jack and the Unicorn by Janet McNaughton
  10. Dolphin SOS by Roy Miki
  11. Hold Fast by Kevin Major
  12. Baygirl by Heather Smith

New Brunswick

  1. The Acadians : In Search of a Homeland by James Laxer
  2. The Ballad of Jacob Peck by Debra Komar
  3. Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Jarman
  4. A Measure of Light by Beth Powning
  5. Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
  6. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong
  7. What is Government Good At? : A Canadian Answer by Donald J. Savoie
  8. My Two Grandmothers (Mémère et Nannie) by Diane Carmel Leger
  9. Sea Glass Summer by Heidi Jardine Stoddart

Prince Edward Island

  1. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
  2. The Reluctant Detective by Finley Martin
  3. Revenge of the Lobster Lover by Hilary MacLeod
  4. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
  5. Morgan’s Boat Ride by Hugh MacDonald

Nova Scotia

  1. The Birth House by Ami McKay
  2. The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre
  3. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  4. Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean Jobb
  5. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  6. Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
  7. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
  8. Ragged Islands by Don Hannah
  9. The Fifth Rule by Don Aker
  10. There Were Monkeys In My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch
  11. Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged by Jody Nyasha Warner


  1. The Players by Margaret Sweatman
  2. The Snow Walker by Farley Mowat
  3. Uqalurait: an Oral History of Nunavut compiled and edited by John Bennett and Susan Rowley
  4. Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails by Michael Kusugak
  5. Skraelings : Clashes in the Old Arctic by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
  6. Those That Cause Fear by Neil Christopher

Northwest Territories

  1. A Discovery of Strangers by Rudy Wiebe
  2. Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
  3. Night Moves by Richard Van Camp
  4. Porcupines and China Dolls by Robert Arthur Alexie
  5. Arctic Thunder by Robert Feagan
  6. Little You by Richard Van Camp
  7. Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat


  1. Close to Spider Man by Ivan Coyote
  2. Deepwater Vee by Melanie Siebert
  3. Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray
  4. #IDLENOMORE and the Remaking of Canada by Ken Coates.
  5. Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899 by Pierre Berton.
  6. Nostalgia: a novel by M.G. Vassanji
  7. A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison by Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson
  8. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  9. Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson
  10. One in Every Crowd by Ivan E. Coyote

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