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What are your top Canlit short fiction collections? (more recent and classics)

Mine would include:
Play The Monster Blind -- Lynn Coady
My White Planet -- Mark Anthony Jarman
Wilderness Tips -- Margaret Atwood (but largely because of "The Age of Lead")
one last Good Look -- Michael Winter
Marine Life - Linda Svendsen

I read short stories more for intensity of language & form/structure than anything else. This isn't a complete list, there're so many...

What do people think? Looking forward to seeing you lists.


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A.J. Well, My White Planet. Intensity of language it has, in spades.

Other than that, The Box Social & Other Stories by James Reaney kind of leaps out at me when I scan my bookshelves.

I want to say Once by Rebecca Rosenblum, but I don't have a copy yet, so I'd be lying ... but from what I've read from her so far, this one is high on my list to buy.

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Andrew wrote: "Well, My White Planet. Intensity of language it has, in spades.

Other than that..."

Never looked at The Box Social, I'll search it out.

I admired "Pleased To Meet You" by Caroline Adderson.

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Sylvain (odetothepillow) | 1 comments My Own Devices, Corey Frost

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Erin Derkatz | 1 comments A Bird in the House - Margaret Laurence

I read it in highschool on recommendation from my 10th grade English teacher. It was the first book of short stories that I ever read and remains one of my favorites.

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Julia Yann Martel's The facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios is worth a read
Any of the anthologies by Alan Maitland (from CBC's As It Happens) are wonderful. They feature selected short stories from Canada's best. I am currently reading Front Porch Al

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Maree Cox-Baker Open by Lisa Moore

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Shannon (sianin) | 25 comments Hmm, does Stories from the Vinyl Cafe count? I love reading Stuart McLean's work because they are short and so funny.

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Julia Stuart McLean's work absolutely counts!!!! He is a national treasure - so funny!!! Dave and Morley are such great characters.

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Gosh, I love Stuart McLean, and I look for to see if he's put out a new book every time I cross the border. Sometimes I'll have a Vinyl Cafe marathon and listen to all the latest episodes on CBC in one sitting. They are just precious characterizations of Canada and all its glory

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