even real?

How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe

Explore the Mystique of Canada

Illustration of a Moose

Pick up this book and embark on a witty and nostalgic journey through Canada's unique quirks and idiosyncrasies. It offers an entertaining and educational read, infused with humour and a contemporary flair.

Curious about the inuksuk or the beaver's iconic status? "Is Canada Even Real?" provides enlightening answers. The book explores the cultural nuances contributing to Canada's enigmatic charm.

Despite waterproof currency and a charismatic prime minister, this book convincingly illustrates that Canada is a genuine and beloved place, even if it occasionally seems like a whimsical notion.


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Villamere knows her way around a story. Her brilliant writing is fast and funny one moment, sad and serious the next, but always rooted in the familiar, often hilarious, truth of self-discovery. Start, and you won’t stop."

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Villamere's writing is a literary spritz of the funny, sad and conflicted, with a frankness to give it the bite of hard candy, not forgetting its gooey heart.”

Dave Bidini,


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Villamere’s writing is funny and fearless, sweet and subversive ... with the balls to pull it off.”

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Mail arts reporter



The Quintessential Canadian Woman

JC Villamere, celebrated as the most Canadian woman in the world, is a two-time National Magazine Award winner with a distinguished career in media, including her role as a senior editor at Canadian Living magazine.

Her diverse writing portfolio spans The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Style at Home, Elle Canada, Flare, ET Canada, and many more.

Her unique Canadian experiences, from driving a Ski-Doo as a child to being a maple syrup connoisseur, infuse her work with authentic charm.

Villamere's debut book, "Is Canada Even Real: How a Nation Built on Hobos, Beavers, Weirdos, and Hip Hop Convinced the World to Beliebe," was heralded by Vulture as one of the best comedy books of the year, further solidifying her status as an emblematic figure of Canadian culture.


The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture

A Read on Canada Reads, by J.C. Villamere, Pages 83-91. Edited by Victoria Kannen and Neil Shyminsky

Canadian Scholars Press

An exclusively Canadian textbook, this collection investigates the relationships between identity, geography, and popular culture produced and consumed in this sprawling country.

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