The special theme for this year is French-Canadian literature. That includes any books written originally in French or set in a French-Canadian settlement. I have decided to allow any of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache books since they all involve life in Quebec with interactions between Anglos and Francophones. If you don't have any books that fit the special theme do not despair as there are many opportunities to win prizes. See below.
Here are the rules for the challenge:
1. Books written by Canadian citizens or landed immigrants count.
2. Books set in Canada even if they are not written by Canadians count.
3. Books must be wild-released but I will allow OBCZ releases as well. Also books sent for the Canadian Literature sweepstakes count.
5. Anyone can join.
6. There will be prizes distributed as follows:
a) Prize for most books released in Canada
b) Prize for the most books released outside of Canada
c) Prize for best release location
d) Prize for most books reflecting the special theme released by one releaser
e) Prize drawn at random from the Canadian participants
f) Prize drawn at random from the non-Canadian participants
g) Prize drawn one month after end of challenge for best catch
h) Some just because prizes
Over 600 books were released this year, 476 by Canadians and 144 by non-Canadians. Here's the final chart: https://docs.google.com/---/pub