Top 10 Canadian Authors

Canadians have certainly left their marks on the literary world, whether it’s been with fiction, poetry, science fiction, or more. Here are the top 10 Canadian authors.

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10- Margaret Avison

Poet Margaret Avison received accolades for two different poetry collections that received the honours of winning the Governor General’s Award.

9- Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen wasn’t just an author but he’s also a musician, poet, songwriter, and artist. His most well-known published work is “Beautiful Losers.”

8- Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland’s 1991 book “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture” became an international bestseller. He’s currently working on another novel, “Generation A,” as well as a biography of Canadian scholar Marshall McLuhan and a new TV show called “Extinction Event.”

7- Robert James Sawyer

Science-fiction writer Robert James Sawyer has penned 18 books, one of which, “Flash Forward,” was sold to ABC for a primetime drama. It’s amongst this fall’s line-up of new programs, and premieres on September 24th.

6- Michael Ondaatje

Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje moved to and then became a Canadian citizen in the early ‘60s. His work “The English Patient” not only won the Booker Prize but it was also adapted into an Academy Award-winning movie.

5- Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat is known for authoring two types of work – gritty memoirs and children’s literature. His novel “Never Cry Wolf” was adapted into a big-screen flick, and the kid’s book “Lost in the Barrens” won the Governor General’s Award.

4- Alice Munro

Fiction writer Alice Munro has racked up three Governor General’s Awards and received the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her literary work.

3- Mordecai Richler

Montreal native Mordecai Richler was known for his honest, witty satire, and is the name behind well-known works like “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” and “Barney’s Version.”

2- Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies wore a variety of “hats” – playwright, reporter, teacher, novelist – and in his 82 years, he earned a well-respected literary reputation with an incredible 23 honourary degrees as well as countless literature awards.

1- Margaret Atwood

Ottawa-born Margaret Atwood is the most well-known Canadian author, in Canada as well as south of the border. She wrote “The Edible Woman,” “The Blind Assassin,” which won the Booker Prize, and “Oryx and Crake.”

Photo: Leonard Cohen



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