Build a Library and We'll Guess Which Canadian Author You Are

By: Ashley Linkletter

Build a Library and We'll Guess Which Canadian Author You Are
Image: National Centre for Writing

About This Quiz

Are you someone who thinks about what their perfect library might look like? Would it be a place to curl up with a good book on a lazy afternoon? Or would your library be better suited to writing your latest literary masterpiece? Consider the details: What would the flooring look like? Or the shelving? What kind of natural environment would your library be found in? Wall hangings, desks and who might show up in your biography section — your unique choices will reveal the overall ambiance and aesthetic of your ideal library.

Once you've built your dream library, you'll find out which Canadian author you are in terms of work values, ethics and interests. You might be familiar with this author, or you may even discover a new favourite based on your answers to this quiz. Because there is such a diverse Canadian literary culture, you'll find there's an author for every region of Canada and every personality type. Pragmatism, kindness, creativity and loyalty are just some of the inspiring traits these authors possess. 

So what are you waiting for? Grab your favourite books, get inspired and build the library you've always wanted! Which Canadian author will you end up being after you design your fantasy library?

Home Library What is your system for organizing books?
The Dewey Decimal system
By colour and size
In stacks on the tables and floor
By the author's last name, alphabetically

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Man Reading Book A library isn't complete until it contains at least one biography. Whose story are you most interested in?
Robert Burns
George Orwell
Morrissey
Agatha Christie

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Modern Library There's nothing better than a good reading spot in a library. Where would yours go?
Right in the middle of my book collection
On a porch overlooking the Atlantic ocean
By a fireplace
By a window with a clear view of the mountains

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Drink Tea Read What kind of tea would you drink in your library?
Lapsang souchong
Irish Breakfast
Matcha
Orange Pekoe

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Library Your surroundings are everything, literally. What would the library walls be made of?
Glass
Wood
Brick
Stone

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New York Public Library Which of the following famous structures would you model your library after?
Parliament of Canada
Louvre Pyramid
Notre-Dame
Buckingham Palace

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Reading at Library Out of the following options, what kind of weather do you think provides the right kind of ambiance for reading?
Heavy snow
Rain
Sunny
High winds

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Library Shelves Your library is known for its vast collection of books from a specific genre. What genre are you famous for?
History
Cozy mysteries
Social commentary
Science fiction

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Hermione Granger - Deathly Hallows You've commissioned a portrait of your favourite fictional literary hero. Who do you pick?
Hermione Granger
Jo March
Jay Gatsby
Hercule Poirot

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Snack Read Book You're in the middle of a gripping book and suddenly realize you're famished. What kind of snack would you reach for?
Protein bar
Maple syrup candy
Potato chips
Seasonal fruit

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Plants Home Library It's always nice to add a touch of greenery to your surroundings. What kind of houseplant would you choose for your library?
Snake plant
Succulents
Jade plant
Pansies

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Library Shelves What is the shelving made from in your library?
Birchwood
Oak
Mahogany
Steel

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Read on Couch What do you like to sit on while you're reading?
Worn leather sectional
Overstuffed corduroy couch
A bay window bench
A sleek Danish Modern love seat

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Author Event at Library Your library is hosting a book launch; what kind of food do you serve your guests?
Tourtière
Sushi
Crudités and hummus
Lobster rolls

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Woman Take Notes When you need to jot down notes as you're reading, what kind of writing utensil do you reach for?
White chalk
HB Pencil
Fine tip marker
Black pen

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Library Ladder You might need something to climb on for those books on the top shelf. What do you use?
Step stool
Sliding wooden ladder
Stainless steel step ladder
Ottoman

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Library Windows What kind of windows does your library have?
Shaded windows with bamboo blinds
Heavy paned glass windows with shutters
Floor to ceiling glass windows
Bay windows with curtains

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University Library What year was your library built?
1874
2002
1912
1955

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Library Your library has one defining characteristic that separates it from all other libraries. What is it?
A modern art installation
A blackberry cordial distillery
A time capsule
A collection of rare CBC merchandise

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Librarian Dog What kind of pet lives at your library?
A cat
A Golden Retriever
An iguana
A rabbit

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Organized Library What kind of flooring will you choose for your library?
Wood
Marble
Tiled
Concrete

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Prague Library Ceiling Murals You're at an art gallery thinking of buying some art for your library (money is no object.) Which artists have you been looking at?
Mark Rothko
Claude Monet
Andy Warhol
Georgia O'Keeffe

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Utrecht Library What is the overall colour scheme of your library?
Grey and green
Red and white
Blue and yellow
Orange and purple

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Gorgeous Library The interior of your library is based on the look of your favourite movie. Which of the following films would you choose as your inspiration?
"The Incredibles"
"The Royal Tenenbaums"
"Ex Machina"
"Little Women"

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Beijing Library What area of study does your library focus on?
Economics
Canadian history
The arts
Francophone culture

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Library Desk What kind of desk do you like to sit at when you're working at your library?
Roll-top desk
Minimalist metal desk
Drafting table
Oak desk with drawers

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Read next to fireplace How do you keep your library warm during the winter?
Wood stove
Radiator heater
Electric heater
Fireplace

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Childrens Books You have a collection of books by children's authors in your library. Which book do you find yourself reaching for the most often?
"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
"The Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

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Library Chandeliers What do you have hanging from the ceiling in your library?
The planetary system
Seashells
Modern art
A Tiffany lamp

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Public Library What kind of tree would grow in the front yard of your library?
Douglas fir
Oak tree
White spruce
Maple tree

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