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The Canadian Book Challenge Three
Monday, July 06, 2009  6:35:00 PM

by Valdemar (Val) R Wake

Far north blogger choses Arctic novel for prize.

John Mutford is a teacher in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. John is a great reader. He must be because as he says he has 1,245,622 books tbr.

For the past two years John Mutford has organised the Canadian Book Challenge where participants are asked to read a required number of Canadian books (13) and post reviews over a period of 12 months to win book prizes with a Canadian setting.

There was a strong response to John Mutford's previous challenges. In 2008/2009 some 1,137 books were read and reviews posted.

Appropiately enough the 12 month challenge is started on Canada Day, July 1st.

The Third Canada Book Challenge which will run from July 1,2009 to July 1, 2010, has chosen Val Wake's novel White Bird Black Bird to represent the Northwest Territories in the prize list.

Other Canadian books offered as prizes listed by their geographical settings are:

Newfoundland, Death on the Ice by Cassie Brown
Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate Macdonald and illustrated by Barbara di Lella
Quebec, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
Ontario, Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford
British Columbia, Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor.
Nunavut, Treasury of Inuit Legends by James Houston.

This is not a complete list and more books will be added.

Val Wake, an Australian born writer, who spent four years in the Canadian Arctic was pleased by the choice of his title in the prize list.

" To be in the company of such a distinguished group of Canadian authors is an honour indeed. I hope Canadians will take the time to read my work and maybe gain an insight into the workings of the native rights movement during a critical time in its development," said Val Wake speaking from his retirement home in Port Macquarie, Australia.

John Mutford's online book discussion forum is called The Book Mine Set. John has lived in the north for seven years, he is married and he and his wife has two children.

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