Earlier today I tweeted a reminder that Selah March’s contest was still open (it will be until Sunday Sept 4, 9 p.m.) and Lex Cade tweeted back that she was actually from the town Selah’s book is set in — Harlan, Kentucky. We started chatting, and she mentioned she’d love to read more Canadian set books.
(I’ve been asked that before, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard Canadian writers mention that an agent or editor was interested in their manuscript but had suggested they change the location from its Canadian city/town to somewhere in the States. But that’s a whole ‘nother issue.)
It got me thinking about what Canadian-set novels (or novellas) I could recommend to Lex. The first one that leapt to my mind was Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. They take place out in Prince Edward Island, one of the few provinces I’ve never visited, yet I feel like I have been thanks to reading those books as a child. There are also familiar names such as Farley Mowat, Robertson Davies, W.O. Mitchell, Mordecai Richler…there is a whole list, most of whom, I’m embarrassed to admit, I haven’t read since high school. But what about more recent stories, I mused. Robert J. Sawyer, the author of Flash Forward and numerous other award winning books, has set quite a few of his books in Canada, as has Kelley Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje. (I discovered after I started this list that someone has done my work for me by starting a “Books Set in Canada” list over at Goodreads.)
But what about contemporary romances? Well, there’s Lynsay Sands‘ vampires, the Argeneau family is based in Toronto (though some of the books have been set in NY, LA and Europe.) Vivian Arend’s Granite Lake series and her Takhini Gold series are set in Canada. (**Edited** Vivian has tweeted me, reminding me that her cowboy series, her Pacific Passion series, as well as her Freestyle series are also all set in Canada.) Donna Alward‘s cowboys are set in Alberta Canada. Ellora’s Cave even created a series of “O Canada” books for those who like the idea of red hot action in the great white north. (Although with today’s temps around here, we’re no where near thinking of snow–the humidity is brutal!)
New York or US published internationally available books have you read that have been set in Canada, and how did the location influence you? Did it make you want to visit Canada? Did you get an idea of who the people are? Tell me!
I’ll give away $10 gift certificate from All Romance eBooks/OmniLit Books to one lucky commenter. (I’ll leave the contest open until Saturday, September 10th 9 p.m. to give you time to think about this…it doesn’t have to be a romance, but don’t ignore them either.)