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Read Local: A Literary Map of Canada

Read Local

Over the last week, we've appreciated all the excitement surrounding the Toronto Public Library's map of Toronto books by neighbourhood and how it is inspiring readers to think about connections between their books and the world. In his opening essay on today's episode of Q, Jian Ghomeshi called out for a national version of the TPL map, and we're pleased to remind him (and you!) that such a map is already in existence. Our own coast-to-coast-to-coast Read Local Map was launched almost two years ago and remains an ongoing project.

Our site also features a variety of reading lists with regional themes, compiled by our editorial team in conjunction with readers, authors, publishers, librarians, and others in every region of the country and, like the TPL map and our own Read Local map, these are all works in progress. They are also a community effort, so please feel free to get involved. Revisit the map, pin new books to places, or make a list of regional reads of your own.

For inspiration, we're happy to share some of our favourite lists with a regional focus.

Book Cover Come Thou Tortoise

ATLANTIC CANADA/MARITIMES

Reading Newfoundland and Labrador: Fiction and Poetry: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-43/Reading-Newfoundland-Labrador-Fiction-Poetry

10 for 10: Newfoundland and Labrador http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Guest-Contributors/10-for-10-Newfoundland-and-Labrador-Kerri-Cull

History from Atlantic Canada: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-44/History-from-Atlantic-Canada

Atlantic Canada 2014 shortlists: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-12/2013-Atlantic-Book-Awards-Shortlists

Food and Travel in Atlantic Canada: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-43/Food-and-Travel-in-Atlantic-Canada

Saints of Big Harbour

Books from Atlantic Canada for Young Readers: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-45/Books-from-Atlantic-Canada-for-Young-Readers

Children’s Books from Atlantic Canada: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-45/Children-s-Books-From-Atlantic-Canada

Kids’ Books from PEI and New Brunswick: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-20/Kids-Books-From-PEI-and-New-Brunswick

Fiction Set in PEI and New Brunswick: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-20/Fiction-Set-in-New-Brunswick-and-PEI

Nova Scotia Fiction Picks: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-36/Nova-Scotia-Fiction-Picks

Nova Scotia: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-23/Nova-Scotia

Airstream Land Yacht

ONTARIO/QUEBEC

Reading Ontario: Poetry: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-48/Reading-Ontario-Poetry

Reading Ontario: Fiction: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-47/Reading-Ontario-Fiction

Quebec Writers Federation 2013 Awards: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-41/Quebec-Writers-Federation-Awards-2013-Shortlists

English Quebec Fiction: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Guest-Contributors/English-Quebec-Fiction-by-Elise-Moser

Trillium Award 2014 Shortlist: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2014-21/Trillium-Awards-Finalists-2014

Summer of my Amazing luck

MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan Book Awards 2014 shortlist: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2014-07/Saskatchewan-Book-Award-shortlists-2014

Books by Saskatchewan Writers: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-22/Books-by-Saskatchewan-authors and http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-08/Saskatchewan-writers

E-Books from the Prairies: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-13/eBooks-From-the-Prairies

Books Set in Winnipeg: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2011-27/Books-set-in-Winnipeg

Manitoba Book Awards 2014 shortlists: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2014-13/2014-Manitoba-Book-Awards-Shortlists

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ALBERTA/BC

Fiction Set in Alberta: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-17/Fiction-Set-in-Alberta

Alberta Literary Awards 2014 shortlists: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2014-15/2014-Alberta-Literary-Awards-Shortlists

Reading BC: Non-Fiction: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-41/Reading-British-Columbia-Non-Fiction

Reading BC: Fiction & Poetry: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-41/Reading-British-Columbia-Fiction-Poetry

Oh Vancouver, My Vancouver!: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2014-04/Oh-Vancouver-My-Vancouver

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THE NORTH

E-Books from Quebec and the North: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-13/eBooks-from-Quebec-and-the-North

Read Across Northern Canada: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2013-16/Read-Across-Northern-Canada

Books on Inuit and Indigenous Cultures: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Guest-Contributors/Inuit-Indigenous-Cultures-history-of-the-West

Talonbooks’ First Nations Booklist: http://49thshelf.com/Lists/Members/2012-47/Talonbooks-First-Nations-Booklist

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