Well it's that time of the year again. When I was little and growing up in Ottawa - the capital of this fine nation - Canada Day was often referred to as Dominion Day and our normally sedate city tranformed into a somewhat surreal Canuck-oriented bacchanalia. (Now I live in Toronto and every day is a bacchanalia.)
So it's a great time to check out some Canadian talent, including - wait for it - Canadian writers! Northwest Passages has some excellent Canadian lit links, including an index of Canadian authors. Take a gander at it and think about adding a new Canadian writer to your roster. I'd recommend that anyone who hasn't checked out the sharp and witty Will Ferguson take a look at some of his books on Canada, including Beauty Tips from Moosejaw, one of my faves this year.
So Happy (almost) Canada Day, all. To paraphrase the immortal words of the Simpsons; I hope you enjoy celebrating the independence of your country by blowing up a small part of it. Here's to clear skies, cold drinks, good friends and, of course, lots of fireworks.
...and to our neighbours to the south, a very happy (almost) 4th of July.