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The Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Alice Munro, the first Canadian woman to be granted the distinguished award since it began in 1901. If you are a collector of Nobel Prize winners, you may wish to check out the collectible, signed, and first edition Alice Munro titles listed by Biblio sellers before they disappear!
There is a wealth of literature penned by Canadian authors, and many female authors have earned their places in the spotlight. Read on to learn about a few award-winning Canadian authors, and see a selection of their writings.
Born in Manitoba, Margaret Laurence became a well-known novelist and short story writer. Laurence also contributed to the literature of Canada by being a founding member of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit that supports the Canadian writing community of Canada. Her humanitarian and peace work also earned her the Order of Canada and 14 honorary degrees from Canadian universities. Browse the collectible and first editions of Margaret Laurence books here.
“I can’t change what’s happened to me in my life, or make what’s not occurred take place. But I can’t say I like it, or accept it, or believe it’s for the best. I don’t and never shall, not even if I’m damned for it.”
—Margaret Laurence, The Stone Angel
Anne Hébert was born in Quebec in 1916. The novelist and poet came from a long family tradition of writers who encouraged her creative side. Hébert’s works are often themed around rebellion, alienation, and psychological torment, and had difficulty reaching a receptive audience at first. However, she eventually won acclaim and respect in the field of literature. You can browse signed and first edition copies of books by Anne Hébert here.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lucy Maud Montgomery, or “Maud” to her family, was a Canadian author best known for her Green Gables series. The first book in the series, Anne of Green Gables, was published in 1908. Her books and poetry were mostly set on Prince Edward Island. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935. Here are collectible and rare copies of Lucy Maud Montgomery books.
“Well, we all make mistakes, dear, so just put it behind you. We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.”
—L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea
Margaret Atwood is one of the most famous Canadian authors. She is from Ottawa and now resides in Toronto. Margaret Atwood has penned over 35 internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Browse signed, collectible copies of Margaret Atwood titles.
“Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”
What other Canadian women authors do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite who should have made this list? Leave a comment and let us know who and why!
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