The Canadian short story - widely recognized as a distinctive and unusually strong genre in the creative literature of the country - was celebrated in 1986 with the publication of The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English. Published to great acclaim, the original collection has been a great commercial success. It is here revised and updated to reflect the increasing diversity of the genre, and the growing reputation of a new generation of writers. Of the original inclusions, eight were dropped and thirteen replaced. Eighteen writers (among them Margaret Atwood, Matt Cohen, Timothy Findley, W.P. Kinsella, and Audrey Thomas) are represented by different stories. Writers appearing for the first time include Caroline Adderson, Ann Copeland, Bonnie Burnard, Cynthia Flood, Barbara Gowdy, Thomas King, Rohinton Mistry, Diane Schoemperlen, and Linda Svendsen.
Author of more than 40 books, Margaret Atwood has won as many awards, including the Union Poetry Prize (Chicago), the Bess Hoskins Prize (Chicago), the Radcliffe Graduate Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Welsh Arts Council International Writers Prize, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Writers Award, the Ritz Hemingway Prize (Paris), the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction, the John Hughes Prize of the Welsh Development Board, and a Centennial Medal from Harvard University. Her work has been translated into more than sixteen languages. Robert Weaver, now retired from his 30-year career as executive producer of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation literary radio show "Anthology", has edited more than a dozen anthologies.
"A show of extraordinary imaginations that just happens to be Canadian." - Financial Post
"A rich and lively selection." - Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"Will stand as a text if not a monument for the next number of years." - Saskatoon Star Phoenix
"An admirable addition to the series of short-story anthologies published by Oxford University Press" - Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement
"Bite-sized treasures will fill many a winter evening and summer afternoon. This anthology should be in every English-language library in Canada and abroad." - Canada Book Review Annual