So my American friends are celebrating their independance and we here in Canada celebrated Canada Day a few days prior (July 1). Canada became a nation on July 1st 1867, uniting Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia and PEI into a country. The CPR Railway connected east to west joining more British Colonies into this big, big nation.
There are many, many authours that do Canada justice. Some of those I recommend are Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, and L.M. Montgomery. My favorite reads if you really want a sense of who we are here in Canada (if you can take the humour, because that's really an important part of who we are) I recommend Why I Hate Canadians and How to Be Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson. One is by both, one is by just Will. I laughed my way through both. Very Enjoyable!