Passing the Halfway Mark

Passing the Halfway Mark

I began this website in September of 2013. It has been a year and a couple of months since I posted my first blog, added book pages and uploaded images. Three hundred and fifty books later I can confidently state that I have reached the halfway mark. With dalliances into author pages and competition books, … Continue reading

Another Variation and Latest Book Purchases

Another Variation and Latest Book Purchases

It seems that the NCL is not lacking in variation covers. The inconsistency in design corresponds to its length of existence, that being over fifty years and counting, and its penchant for changing printing companies with each series or each decade. The main culprit is the Series Two covers. It seems the NCL went through two variations before settling … Continue reading

Welcoming Copp Clark Studies in Canadian Literature

Welcoming Copp Clark Studies in Canadian Literature

Around the time M&S were releasing their New Canadian Library Series Two Writers (1969-1970), Forum House, an imprint of Coles Book Publishers, began releasing Canadian Writers and Their Works, a series of books that Coles hoped would either steal some sales away from the NCL, or join the NCL in expanding the market for books of this … Continue reading

Another Variation and Latest Book Purchases

Another Variation and Latest Book Purchases

Stephen Novik, a reader of this blog, mentioned in a comment on the Variations & Errors Page another variation that occurred in 1979. The book is NCL’s N44 title Sarah Binks by Paul Hiebert. It seems that the NCL had a tie-in with, or was capitalizing on, a play that ran in the early 70s, that was having a … Continue reading

A Series Two/Series Three Hybrid

A Series Two/Series Three Hybrid

While out searching for books this week I went into a used bookstore owned by a friend of mine. I’m not one to buy NCL books from these establishments since titles are usually sold in the $4.00 to $8.00 range and I can find them elsewhere for between twenty-five cents and a dollar. But while talking … Continue reading

Street of Riches & The Stone Angel: Series One No-Shows

Street of Riches & The Stone Angel: Series One No-Shows

It has been over a year since I began this website in order that the New Canadian Library, one of the most important imprints in Canadian literature,  would have its proper presence on the internet. Reading the library for the past 25 years, collecting it casually since the mid-nineties, and seriously collecting it for the past … Continue reading

A Missing Book?

A Missing Book?

The New Canadian Library totals 247 books in its main series (that is without including the “O” or “W” series), 248 if you decide to include Canadian Poetry: From the Beginnings Through the First World War which was added to the NCL in Series Four after the numbering of the books was removed. On this website that book … Continue reading

The Author Pages and Latest Purchases

The Author Pages and Latest Purchases

It took a few weeks but NCL Collecting now has the complete list of every writer in the New Canadian Library. The 144 authors and editors now have their own page, portrait, biography and NCL book list. The Author Page is the place to start, it lists all the writers on one page and they link to their … Continue reading

A New Menu Item and Latest Purchases

A New Menu Item and Latest Purchases

If you have visited the site over the last couple of weeks you many have noticed a new menu item on the left of the pages. With some time on my hands, taking a break from uploading new acquisitions to my collection, and with an interest in expanding the site, I added The Authors to the … Continue reading

The NCL and CBC Books: The 100 Novels that Make You Proud to be Canadian

The NCL and CBC Books: The 100 Novels that Make You Proud to be Canadian

I was listening to CBC Radio a few weeks back and the host (I can’t recall his name) mentioned a list of books that relate somewhat to the New Canadian Library. The 100 Books that Make You Proud to Be Canadian is a way for CBC to promote Canadians to read Canadian books, which the NCL has … Continue reading