Follow Friday: Pickle Me This

I feel it’s a book-blogger-Follow-Friday kind of day. You?

Pickle Me This is a literary blog written by Torontonian Kerry Clare, and is also home to Canada Reads 2011 Indies competition — an alternative reading list to CBC Canada Reads. This blog mainly consists of insightful book reviews (many of which are of Canadian books), interviews with authors (her most recent being Zoe Whittall), and other interesting literary reflections, including her newest blog feature “Wild Libraries I Have Known”. With a great title like that, how can you resist?

I enjoy this blog for its quirky nature. Her posts range in topic from great books to commentary on the literary world to exploring her love of all things pickling (a topic also explored in her twitter bio @kcpicklemethis). She is a fabulous writer and often her posts are quite humourous as she adds glimpses into her own life.

I first found this blog last year because I was googling CBC Canada Reads and it brought Canada Reads 2010 Indies to my attention. Clare created her own competition because she loved the concept of Canada Reads but wanted to shed more spotlight on alternative Canlit — books that she might never have picked up otherwise — versus the big players that were showcased in Canada Reads 2010. She enlisted her own celebrity panel: Steven W. Beattie (review editor at Quill & Quire), Rona Maynard (writer, used to be an editor at Chatelaine), Melanie Owen (writer, editor, social media consultant), Patricia Storms (cartoonist, illustrator, author, host of our Children’s Reading Tent in 2010) and Dan Wells (bookseller, editor, publisher). They, in turn, chose their own books to champion:

  • Moody Food, by Ray Robertson, defended by Steven W. Beattie
  • How Happy to Be by Katrina Onstad, defended by Rona Maynard
  • Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso, defended by Melanie Owen
  • Hair Hat by Carrie Snyder, defended by Patricial Storms
  • Century by Ray Smith, defended by Dan Wells

I thought this was a brilliant idea and  followed along with the entire competition — Century was the winner. I am now patiently waiting for her to start 2011’s competition. I love it when  shortlists are announced.

So to keep yourself entertained this fine Friday afternoon — and for many afternoons to come — check out Pickle Me This!

Enjoy.

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