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Eighty-three published books read this year. Not bad, I suppose. I wasn't trying to read heaps or anything, just have fun and learn something (which I think I did). My favourites this year include Arthur Miller's Collected Plays, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen, and Michel Tremblay's Hosanna. I've realized I think Miller was brilliant. Moore and Gibbons were my first exposure to graphic novels, and I've got to say I'm impressed. Maybe not enough to write a graphic novel myself, but I'm sure enjoying reading them. And finally, Michel Tremblay blew me away with Hosanna. The play requires a certain smell to affect the audience, and it's the first time I've encountered that sense being exploited in a play. It's a dangerous ploy (it could backfire or limit audiences so easily), but I'm awed by the fact Tremblay tried it.

Arthur Miller's Collected Plays by Arthur Miller
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Hosanna by Michel Tremblay
  1. Alexis, André, Derek McCormack, and Diane Schoemperlen (jury). The Journey Prize Anthology 14.
  2. Beckett, Samuel. Endgame.
  3. Behn, Aphra. The Rover.
  4. Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth.
  5. Chabon, Michael. The Yiddish Policemen's Union.
  6. Chehov, Anton. Three Plays.
  7. Clarke, George Elliott. Beatrice Chancy.
  8. Coady, Lynn, Heather O'Neill, and Neil Smith (jury). The Journey Prize Stories 20.
  9. Coetzee, J. M. In the Heart of the Country.
  10. Cook, Michael. Jacob's Wake.
  11. Cornwell, Bernard. Azincourt.
  12. Defoe, Gideon. The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists.
  13. Doctorow, Cory. Eastern Standard Tribe.
  14. Doctorow, Cory and Holly Phillips (editors). Tesseracts Eleven.
  15. Doyle, Roddy. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
  16. Dürrenmatt, Friedrich. The Visit.
  17. Elyot, Kevin. My Night With Reg.
  18. Field, Syd. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting.
  19. Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary.
  20. Foote, Horton. The Young Man From Atlanta.
  21. Foster, Norm. The Melville Boys.
  22. García Lorca, Federico. The Public & Play Without a Title.
  23. García Márquez, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera.
  24. García Márquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
  25. Gaston, Bill. The Cameraman.
  26. Gaston, Bill. Tall Lives.
  27. Goetz, Ruth and Augustus. The Heiress.
  28. Golding, William. Rites of Passage.
  29. Gonsalves, Marc, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes with Gary Brozek. Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle.
  30. Hodgins, Jack. Broken Ground.
  31. Hsu, Ray. Anthropy.
  32. Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's House and Other Plays.
  33. Ibsen, Henrik. Four Major Plays: Volume II.
  34. Kilian, Crawford. Icequake.
  35. Lewis, C.S. The Horse and His Boy.
  36. Lewis, C.S. The Last Battle.
  37. Lewis, C.S. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
  38. Lewis, C.S. The Magician's Nephew.
  39. Lewis, C.S. Prince Caspian.
  40. Lewis, C.S. The Silver Chair.
  41. Lewis, C.S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  42. Mamet, David. Speed-the-Plow.
  43. Miller, Arthur. Arthur Miller's Collected Plays.
  44. Miller, Walter M., Jr. A Canticle For Leibowitz.
  45. Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas.
  46. Mitchell, David. Ghostwritten.
  47. Mitchell, David. number9dream.
  48. Moore, Alan and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen.
  49. Moore, Alan and David Lloyd. V for Vendetta.
  50. Munro, Alice. Runaway.
  51. Nichols, Peter. Joe Egg.
  52. Panych, Morris. Girl in the Goldfish Bowl.
  53. Pinter, Harold. The Birthday Party & The Room 2 Plays by Harold Pinter.
  54. Pinter, Harold. Other Places.
  55. Rostrand, Edmond. Cyrano de Bergerac.
  56. Ryga, George. The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.
  57. Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis.
  58. Scieszka, Jon. Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories About Growing Up Scieszka.
  59. Scott, Munroe. McClure.
  60. Shaw, George Bernard. Arms and the Man.
  61. Shaw, George Bernard. Bernard Shaw's Plays.
  62. Shaw, George Bernard. Pygmalion.
  63. Sinclair, Lister. The Blood is Strong.
  64. Smith, Jeff. Bone.
  65. Smith, Jeff. Bone: Out From Boneville.
  66. Smith, Jeff. Bone: Rose.
  67. Spiegelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor's Story: My Father Bleeds History.
  68. Spiegelman, Art. Maus II: A Survivor's Story: And Here My Troubles Began.
  69. Stoppard, Tom. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour & Professional Foul.
  70. Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
  71. Traviss, Karen. Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  72. Tremblay, Michel. Albertine in Five Times.
  73. Tremblay, Michel. Bonjour, lá, Bonjour.
  74. Tremblay, Michel. Hosanna.
  75. Tremblay, Michel. Les Belles Soeurs.
  76. Vanderhaeghe, Guy. The Last Crossing.
  77. Voaden, Herman (editor). Four Plays of Our Time.
  78. Wasserman, Jerry. Modern Canadian Plays: Volume I.
  79. Weiss, Peter. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade.
  80. Wilde, Oscar. An Ideal Husband.
  81. Williams, Tennessee. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  82. Williamson, David. Travelling North.
  83. Wilson, Lanford. Burn This.

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