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16 Links for the Writer and Book Lover This Christmas

“More Books In The Home!” poster, Jessie Willcox Smith, 1924


Pour yourself a cup of tea (or Christmas cheer) and settle yourself somewhere comfy to meander through these websites, some useful, others simply fun; some specific to the season, others not. I’ve collected here links to everything from unique gift ideas for writers and readers to the world’s most spectacular bookstores, from Canadian writers’ favourite read-aloud Christmas tales to alluring international literary pilgrimages for your bucket list.

Believe me, I could have made the list longer and kept you glued to your computer — but you do, after all, want to spend time with your family over the holidays.

Number 1 can’t help but put you in a festive spirit. It’s a charming video from Chapters/Indigo in which authors share what would make their Christmas season magical. I hope you enjoy it, as well as the rest of your tour. If you do, please let me know in the Comments.

Best wishes, fellow writers and readers, for a love- and laughter-filled holiday season.


1. What Would Make Your Holiday Magical? (December 2012, Chapters/Indigo)



2. A Book Lover’s Christmas Tree (

3. Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers (

4. Best Christmas and Holiday Books for Kids (

5. Imaginary Getaways: Some of Canada’s best writers introduce you to their fictional haunts (Literary Review of Canada)

6. 9 Pilgrimages for the Lover of Western Literature and Leaping Off the Page: 10 Literary Locations to Visit with Kids and 10 Places to Drink Like Your Favorite Writer (

7. 10 of the Best Literary Memoirs of All Time (

8. 100 Notable Books of 2012 (The New York Times)

9. The Globe 100 (The Globe and Mail)

10. Project Bookmark Canada

11. The Joys of Reading Aloud: 10 Canadian authors share their favourite books to read aloud during the festive season (2009, Canadian Living)

12. The Lure of the Writer’s Cabin, by David Wood (The New York Times)

13. The 2o Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World (

14. ‘Tis the Season to Learn – family literacy tips (ABC Life Literacy Canada)

15. 12 Holiday Gifts that Writers Will Actually Use (2011,

16. 10 More Holiday Gifts that Writers Will Actually Use (2012,

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012