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The Beguiling Contest Results - A List of Fictional Consorts and Companions

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The Beguiling Contest Results - A List of Fictional Consorts and Companions

Thanks to the readers who entered Open Book’s February contest, and congratulations to Cali Hoffman, the winner of the draw for a gift certificate for the Beguiling (601 Markham Street). To enter the contest, readers had to tell us which character from Canadian fiction they would like to spend Valentine’s Day with. From the entries, we’ve compiled quite an interesting list, with characters ranging from the "nun who blew off the Bloor Viaduct" in Michael Ondaatje's In The Skin of a Lion to the title character of Marian Engel's Bear. Any explanations offered by readers for their choices are posted below the listings. The list is in alphabetical order by author.

  • The underwriter from the story "Falling" in Pleased to Meet You by Caroline Adderson (Thomas Allen)
    "He quotes poetry during intercourse!"

  • Madison Weiss from The Garneau Block by Todd Babiak (McClelland & Stewart)

  • Isabelle-Marie from Mad Shadows by Marie Claire Blais (New Canadian Library)

  • Detective John Cardinal from the John Cardinal mystery series by Giles Blunt (Seal Books)
    "He's such as sad character, but a brilliant investigator."

  • Geryon from Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson (Vintage Canada)

  • F from Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen (New Canadian Library)

  • The talking dog from the story "Good Faith" in Whatever Happens by Tim Conley (Insomniac Press)

  • Tyler Johnson from Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland (Pocket Books)

  • Dunstan Ramsay from Fifth Business by Robertson Davies (Penguin Canada)
    "Because I love him so gosh darn much - Dunstan Ramsay from Fifth Business. And maybe Libby Doe, too."

  • Liesl from The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies (Penguin Canada)

  • Paul, aka Magus Eisengrim, from The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies (Penguin Canada)
    "Even David Staunton from same work has sex appeal."

  • Tania from I, Tania by Brian Joseph Davis (ECW)

  • The Bear from Bear by Marian Engel (New Canadian Library)
    "I was going to say Gilbert Blythe, but due to the glut of Green Gables related answers, I'll settle for the Bear of Marian Engel's Bear."

  • Geohacker Bobby Chombo from Spook Country by William Gibson (GP Putnam And Sons)

  • Al Yothers from Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy (HarperCollins Canada)
    "A fascinating character marked by sexual complexity."

  • Sam Slick from The Clockmaker: The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville by Thomas Chandler Haliburton (New Canadian Library)
    "Sam Slick of the old (and probably one of the original) canadian classics ‘The Clockmaker.’ ‘Its Raining Cats and Dogs’ - who couldnt love that!!"

  • Maggie Kyle from The Invention of the World by Jack Hodgins (New Canadian Library)

  • Waitress X from Salvage King Ya! by Mark Jarman (Anvil Press)

  • Tom from All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman (Coach House Press)

  • Bertrand from A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada)

  • Frank Fencepost from The Fencepost Chronicles by W.P. Kinsella (HarperCollins Canada)

  • Ruby and Rose Darlen from The Girls by Lori Lansens (Vintage Canada)

  • Christie from The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (New Canadian Library)
    "He would make me something romantic collected from the trash heap."

  • Rose from Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald (Vintage Canada)

  • Dora Rare from The Birth House by Ami Mackay (Vintage Canada)
    "I think it would be a Valentine's Day like no other!"

  • Hank from The Haunted Hillbilly by Derek McCormack (ECW)

  • Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Viking Canada)
    "In a completely non-sexual way, Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables. I'm sure she'd know how to make the day memorable!"

  • Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Viking Canada)
    "Cheesiest and most truthful answer I can come up with: Gilbert Blythe. Lucky Anne Shirley!"

  • 9/3, the robot from Angry Young Spaceman by Jim Munroe (Four Walls Eight Windows)
    "9/3 is defective yet versatile. If his robot body is too cumbersome he can just leave his robot body behind. Fun. He's a human brain in a robot head. Freaky."

  • The Cinnamon Peeler from The Cinnamon Peeler by Michael Ondaatje (McClelland & Stewart)

  • Hannah from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Vintage Canada)

  • Kip from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Vintage Canada)

  • The nun who blew off the Bloor Viaduct from In The Skin of a Lion by in Michael Ondaatje (Vintage Canada)
    "Its all good - someone caught her...."

  • The Hooded Fang from Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler (Tundra Books)
    "... a secret romantic"

  • Inspector Alan Banks by the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)

  • John Gray from Smoke by Elizabeth Ruth (Penguin Canada)
    "I'm not really into Valentine's Day, but I would love to spend a day with John Gray from Elizabeth Ruth's novel, Smoke. He's full of queer mystery, right to the very end...."

  • Biological Jake from Mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor Books)
    "Not only would I get to hang out on the moon (which would be cool in itself) But he was a man with a new lease on life. (Ok.. pre-break down at least)."

  • Ruthie from It’s a Good Life, If you Don’t Weaken by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
    "....Or, maybe more appropriately for a Beguiling contest, the lovely female lead from Seth's It's a good life if you don't weaken."

  • Rachael from Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall (Cormorant Books)

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