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Canadians don’t know Canadian authors

According to this article in the National Post nearly half of Canadians can’t name a Canadian author…

Findings of the survey of 1,502 Canadians, aged 15 and older, suggest young Canadians are the most ignorant about Canada’s writers. Almost two-thirds (62%) could not name a Canadian author in an unaided exercise.

Among respondents who could name an author, Margaret Atwood was most often mentioned (22%). Among the 400 others, Pierre Berton (8%), Farley Mowat (8%) and Michel Tremblay (5%) received numerous mentions; no other author was cited by more than 4% of respondents.

Hopefully some of these people just thought some of Canadas super sellers like Eckhart Tolle, Robert Munsch, and William Gibson were of actually another nationality… much in the same way some people are surprised to find out film stars like Mike Myers, John Candy and Jim Carrey are all Canadian

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