Welcome to the "What are the best Canadian short stories" Babble Book Club thread!
Here we will discuss our latest book club topic as detailed in the books blog: What are the best Canadian short stories?
This thread will serve as the discussion board for our opinions on: (1) what defines a short story, (2) if we prefer novels to short stories, and any other opinions related to this topic; and will also provide a great resource for influencing other readers with your selections.
It's the "take a penny leave a penny" idea of book sharing: what authors or books have you previously read that you enjoyed? Let us know what they were and why you loved them and others will do the same. The goal is to provide a diverse selection of authors and stories beyond the Penguin Canada List, Century List and Salon Lists mentioned in the books blog post, and get everyone talking about Canadian authors, writing technique and form, and our favourite authors!
I'll lead off with my first selection: Pasha Malla's The Withdrawal Method, his collection of short stories. I am choosing to read this book because his latest novel People's Park is supposed to be phenomenal (he is quoted as the Canadian David Foster Wallace) and after researching him I found his previously publication of this book of short stories. I try to read authors chronologically (if possible)(I realize how nerdy and obsessive compulsive that is) and also prefer short stories, so this choice was a win-win!
Does anyone have any suggestions right off the bat?