Once & Future

Charlotte Ashley – Book seller, collector, writer, editor, historian

October 26, 2012

Canada Reads 2013: By The Numbers

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Canada Reads 2013 Longlists!

So how does it shake down? Here’s some statistics:

Total Nominated Women: 30

Total Nominated Men: 20

Gold Star Goes To: British Columbia, with 9 women & 1 man nominated.

Total Nominees By Publisher:

Random House: 23
Penguin: 6
Harper Collins: 5
House of Anansi: 5
Douglas & McIntyre: 4
MacMillan: 2
Everyone Else: 5

Oldest BookAnne of Green Gables, 1908

Published in 2012: 8

Published 2001-2011: 25

Published 1993-2000: 6

Published before 1993: 11

MATH MOMENT!

Published in the last 10 years: 66%

Published in the last 20 years: 78%

Published 20 or more years ago: 22%

Lots of books I’d like to read among these finalists! Get your votes in by November 12th and on the 14th we’ll know who our finalists are!

5 Responses to “Canada Reads 2013: By The Numbers”

  • rpriske says:

    Gold star?

    There are 50% more women than men nominated – why would you get a gold star for perpetuating the imbalance? Has there been a lack of women in previous CanadaReads lists? (Honest question… I don’t know the answer.)

    In addition to that, your numbers may be off. At least one of the writers on your list does not go by the traditional gender binary system.


  • Charlotte says:

    Do you mean Ivan Coyote? She does identify as a woman…

    But yes, previous years have been weighted in favour of men – usually 3/5 nominees are men. Over the last 11 years, 34/55 nominees were men (62% ;)). BC’s gaggle o’ girls is a large contributor to what helped the pendulum swing the other way.


  • rpriske says:

    Cool then (correcting a previous imbalance).

    My encounters with Ivan have indicated to me not that she has a problem being identified as a woman, but that Ivan isn’t a big fan of the gender labels at all.

    That is my interpretation of a conversation we had and may not be a perfect portrayal of the situation.


  • Charlotte says:

    Fair enough, I’m just interpreting the website! Your experience is probably more authentic than mine. ;)


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