Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting to Know You: Top Ten Authors That Deserve More Recognition

Hmm… The Broke and The Bookish have given us an interesting topic this week, but one I couldn't resist.  Though, I could probably tell you more easily authors who I think get too much recognition/hype. Anyway, here we go, in no particular order.

1. MaryJanice Davidson – She writes fun paranormal romance. There are currently nine books in her Undead series with two more on the way. I’ve read up to book seven. She also writes four other series and numerous short stories.

2. Helen Humphreys – Wrote a book I love, The Lost Garden. It’s a brilliant novel and something any Virginia Woolf fan or fan of World War II fiction should read.

3. Rabindranath Maharaj – I love his short story collection The Book of Ifs and Buts. I couldn’t resist a title like that. It’s a great collection for anyone interested in stories from an immigrant’s perspective.

4. Mercer Mayer – A great children’s author. My daughter loves I Was So Mad. He has tons of stories to his name and I’m happy to be reading them to my child(ren).

5. Gwendolyn MacEwen – She was a brilliant poet, novelist and playwright. My favourite of her works is her play, The Trojan Women. Her life was cut too short. There’s a great biography of her life called, Shadowmaker.

6. Hanan Al-Shaykh – Her novel, Only In London was powerful and moving. A large part of it is about escaping circumstance and finding yourself. I should read more by her.

Well, that’s it. It’s rare that I can’t come up with ten, but this was a difficult one for me.

Who do you think we should know better?


  1. Anonymous29/3/11 12:38

    Wow, lots of great new authors here I've never heard of, except MaryJanice Davidson. I started the Undead series but never finished the first book, maybe I should try it again. Definitely looking into some of the other authors, they sound amazing! :)

  2. I've not actually heard of any of these. My wishlist has just expanded considerably! :P

    And I really want to read The Time Machine. My next H.G. Wells will either be that or The Invisible Man.

  3. Thanks for these authors. The title The Book of Ifs and Buts gets me as well, so that may be something I pick up.

  4. I love Hanan al-Shaykh as well. I have read Women of Sandy and Myrrh and I Sweep the Sun off Rooftops - I must go back and re-read them at some point...

  5. booknympho, If you've read Charlaine Harris's books, I think you'd enjoy Davidson's.

    Sam, glad you found some new authors to try out. I haven't read The Invisible Man, but I've been meaning to.

    Red, I love the Book of Ifs and Buts. The title is what first caught me too.

    Kate, I've been itching to read Women of Sand and Myrrh, but I just haven't gotten around to it.

  6. Thanks for the recommendations. The Book of Ifs and Buts is a great title.

    Check out my post here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-check-um-out.html