Why Leah McLaren is smarter than me

October 28, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

It’s award season in book world. Short lists for the Triple Crown of Canadian literature – the Governor-General, the Giller and the Roger’s Writer’s Trust – have all been announced and the jury selections pored over like tea leaves in a mug. Ah, the comforting brew of Canadian literary culture. High in antioxidants, low in caffeine.

Like everyone else, I have followed the coverage and pondered the obvious: When exactly did Douglas Coupland find time to write another novel? Who does Annabel Lyon’s hair? Is Margaret Atwood pissed?

One thing I have not wondered, however, is which of the anointed books to add to my shelf, worthy efforts though I’m sure they are. You read that right: This fall, I won’t be reading any of the books that are nominated for Canadian literary prizes. And I don’t feel guilty about it either.

from The Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 24, 2009


2 Responses to “Why Leah McLaren is smarter than me”
  1. Andrew S says:

    Leah McLaren is also smart enough never to write something like “Leah McLaren is smarter than me.”

    I read that column with some amusement. When even Leah McLaren is saying that the Giller is calcifying literary taste (or at least, quoting someone else saying it), maybe it’s time for the Giller to take a long, careful look in the mirror.

  2. Panic says:

    All I got from that piece was “I totally read books that I’m not writing about for my column. Let me list them! I TOTALLY READ!”