5 famous Canadian writers everyone should know about

Alice Munro

Looking to choose your next book for reading and wondering which one you should pick? While there are a good number of authors today, you might just want to try going a little offbeat and choose one written by a Canadian author.

Canadian literature is comparatively young, but it has already given the world many famous writers and poets. Who are these authors and what everyone should know about them?

1. Alice Munro

Alice Munro is the author of numerous touching, deep and critical short stories. In 2013 she received the Nobel Prize for Literature. The author narrates in a private and intimate way, entrusting the reader into the deepest corners of the character’s soul. All her works swirl around the balance between love and work. Alice Munro wrote many books about gender roles and social problems. Her most outstanding works are Boys and Girls, How I Met My Husband, The Moons of Jupiter, Free Radicals, A Wilderness Station.

2. Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock is famous for his subtle humor and keen observation of comic situations in everyday life. An inexhaustible inventor, he knows how to find the string of the acutely comic situation in the simplest, most ordinary event.

A clever and subtle psychologist, Leacock created a whole gallery of comic characters, showing remarkable observation and high artistic skill. The author has many collections of short stories.

His most popular books are Literary Lapses (1910), Nonsense Novels (1911),  and the Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912).

3. Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje wrote both poetry and novels. His collections of poems The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970) and There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do (1978) won the Governor General’s award.

Beside this, Michael is he first Canadian laureate of the Booker Prize (1992). Michael Ondaatje is the author of the famous novel “The English Patient “, which inspired the film with the same name. By the way, the film “The English Patient” won 9 of 12 nominated Academy Awards.

4. Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer and poet, one of the main figures in the world literary arena, a modern classic translated into dozens of languages. She is awarded many prestigious awards totaling more than fifty. She got recognized both in Canada and many other countries worldwide. Margaret Atwood won the Booker Prize in 2000 for the novel “The Blind Assassin”. Her most famous works are The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake and Surfacing.

5. Yann Martel

Yann Martel

Yann Martel is a famous Canadian fiction writer. He is the author of the famous novel “Life of Pi” which formed the basis of the cult film. This is a fantasy novel describing fantastic adventures of an Indian boy who found himself in one boat with wild animals out in the sea. The writers’ style is easy and playful, but the ideas he brings up are deep and mind stirring.

Which of these authors’ works are you planning to read about first?