21 July 2005

Penguin Modern Classics

For a while there I was reading only Canadian authors (I go yearly by theme, sorta), so I had picked up Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake, R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing, Michel Basilières's Black Bird, Michael Turner's The Pornographer's Poem, Ronald Wright's A Scientific Romance, Ian McGillis's A Tourist's Guide to Glengarry, Minister Fuast's The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, and with plans to really delve further into Canadian novels, like Douglas Glover's Elle and John Gould's Kilter: 55 Fictions, et al.

So on a little cyber-adventure today on Amazon.ca to order Chris Cunningham's Rubber Johnny DVD, I came across this news about Penguin re-introducing these Canadian classics, which kind of gives me enough initiave to pick them up. I am familiar with Findley, read his Headhunter but didn't like it at the time. Though Pilgrim has always been on my to-read list.
Alice Munro. Robertson Davies. Timothy Findley. Mordecai Richler. Canada has produced writers who are celebrated around the world, and for the first time, Penguin Modern Classics are being commissioned outside of the U.K. and the U.S.A.

Penguin is re-introducing these classics to Canadians with introductions by favourite contemporary authors, including David Bezmozgis, A.S. Byatt, Richard Ford, Wayne Johnston, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Alberto Manguel, Lorrie Moore, Annie Proulx, David Adams Richards, Jane Smiley, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and M.G. Vassanji.

Celebrate Canada Day with Penguin Canada's Modern Classics!

via Amazon.ca

Not only the great literature, but they are some of my most favouritest book designs out there. Them, and, obviously, Pentagram's work on the Pocket Canons Bible Series:—

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