Reading List 2017

January 2017

Patti Smith – M Train – memoir 

Stephen Bett – The Gross & Fine Geography: New & Selected Poetry

February 2017

Haruki Murakami – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman – short stories

 Carrie Fisher  – Wishful Drinking – memoir

Rebecca Gethin – All the Time in the World – poetry

March 2017

Sy Montgomery – The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness – non-fiction

Rebecca Gethin editor – A Poetry of Elephants – poetry anthology

Markus Zusak – The Book Thief – novel 

2017 League of Canadian Poets Challenge

  • Read (or re-read) a Dr. Seuss book
  • Read a book by a poet with the same first name as you
  • Read a debut collection published in the last 5 years
  • Read (or re-read) the debut collection of one of your favourite poets
  • Read a winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award (find a full list of winners at
  • Read a Griffin Prize-winning book
  • Read a Governor-General’s Award-winning book
  • Read a translated book of poetry
  • Read an international English-language book of poetry
  • Read a novel by a poet
  • Read a book of poetry by a novelist
  • Read a book of poetry from a publisher you’ve never heard of before
  • Read a new book of poetry from your favourite publisher
  • Read a book of poetry whose title is just one word
  • Read a book of poetry with a ridiculously long title
  • Read a book of essays about poetry
  • Read a literary journal
    • Arc Poetry Magazine (bought early Feb)
  • Read a book of poetry whose cover is your favourite colour
  • Read a book of poetry by a Nobel laureate in Literature
  • Read a book of prose poems
  • Read of a book of sonnets
  • Read a bpNichol Chapbook Award-winning chapbook
  • Read a book of poetry that you bought at a book launch or reading
  • Read a book poetry that you bought at a book, magazine, or other literary fair/market

*Bonus challenge: read a chapbook of poetry every month

*Bonus challenge: recommend a book of poetry to a friend

*Bonus challenge: attend a book launch or poetry reading