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Ten Canadian Writers in Context

contributions by Maïté Snauwaert; Ying Chen; Angela Van Essen; Julie Rodgers; Caterina Edwards; Michael Crummey; Lawrence Hill; Alice Major; Gregory Scofield; Eden Robinson; Marina Endicott; Joseph Pivato; Winfried Siemerling; Daniel Laforest; Kit Dobson; Don Perkins; Lynn Coady; Pamela Sing; Jennifer Delisle; Kim Thúy, edited by Marie Carrière; Jason Purcell & Curtis Gillespie

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Ten years, ten authors, ten critics.

The Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne reaches into its ten-year archive of Brown Bag Lunch readings to sample some of the most diverse and powerful voices in contemporary Canadian literature.

This anthology offers readers samples from some of Canada’s most exciting writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Each selection is introduced by a brief essay, serving as a point of entry into the writer’s work. From the east coast of Newfoundland to Kitamaat territory on British Columbia’s central coast, there is a story for everyone, from everywhere. True to Canada’s multilingual and multicultural heritage, these ten writers come from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds, and work in multiple languages, including English, French, and Cree.

Ying Chen | essay by Julie Rodgers Lynn Coady | essay by Maïté Snauwaert Michael Crummey | essay by Jennifer Bowering Delisle Caterina Edwards | essay by Joseph Pivato Marina Endicott | essay by Daniel Laforest Lawrence Hill | essay by Winfried Siemerling Alice Major | essay by Don Perkins Eden Robinson | essay by Kit Dobson Gregory Scofield | essay by Angela Van Essen Kim Thúy | essay by Pamela V. Sing

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Maïté Snauwaert holds a PhD in French Literature from Université Paris 8. In Canada since 2004, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre de recherche sur le texte et l’imaginaire Figura at the Université du Québec à Montréal, at the CRILCQ/Université de Montréal, and at McGill University (Marie-Thérèse Reverchon scholarship). She is an assistant professor at the Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta.
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Ying Chen left her native Shanghai and settled in Montreal in 1991. Her first novel, La mémoire de l’eau was published by Leméac in 1992. Subsequent novels include the award-winning Les Lettres chinoises (Leméac, 1993); L’ingratitude (Leméac, 1995), Immobile (Boréal, 1998) which won the Prix Alfred-DesRochers 1999), Un enfant à ma porte (Boréal, 2008) and La rive est loin (Boréal, 2013). Chen lives in Vancouver.
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Angela Van Essen is a PhD candidate in the English and Film Studies department at the University of Alberta where she is writing a dissertation on contemporary Cree bilingual literature. She has taught English courses at The King’s University and at the University of Alberta and published on Indigenous writers in Canada.
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Julie Rodgers is a lecturer in French at Maynooth University, Ireland. She teaches and publishes on contemporary women’s writing and film in French. She has published two articles on Ying Chen to-date, with a third forthcoming in a special issue of Quebec Studies in 2015.
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Caterina Edwards was born in England of an English father and an Italian mother. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Alberta and has taught Canadian literature and creative writing at post-secondary institutions in Edmonton, where she currently lives. In 1997-98, she was the writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta. Her books include the short story collection Island of the Nightingales.

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MICHAEL CRUMMEY is an author of fiction and poetry. He has published four collections of poetry: Under the Keel, Salvage, Hard Light, and Arguments with Gravity. His novels include Sweetland, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, a national bestseller, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year; Galore, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book; and River Thieves, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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MICHAEL CRUMMEY is an author of fiction and poetry. He has published four collections of poetry: Under the Keel, Salvage, Hard Light, and Arguments with Gravity. His novels include Sweetland, a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, a national bestseller, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year; Galore, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book; and River Thieves, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including Some Great Thing, Any Known Blood, and the award-winning national bestseller The Book of Negroes. He also wrote the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada and co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq.
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Lawrence Hill is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, including Some Great Thing, Any Known Blood, and the award-winning national bestseller The Book of Negroes. He also wrote the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada and co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq.
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Jason Purcell is a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Department of English and Film Studies. He is the Communications Officer for the Canadian Literature Centre/ Centre de littérature canadienne at the University of Alberta, the Circulation Coordinator for Eighteen Bridges magazine, and the Manuscript Coordinator at NeWest Press.
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Jason Purcell is a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Department of English and Film Studies. He is the Communications Officer for the Canadian Literature Centre/ Centre de littérature canadienne at the University of Alberta, the Circulation Coordinator for Eighteen Bridges magazine, and the Manuscript Coordinator at NeWest Press.
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Jason Purcell is a graduate student at the University of Alberta in the Department of English and Film Studies. He is the Communications Officer for the Canadian Literature Centre/ Centre de littérature canadienne at the University of Alberta, the Circulation Coordinator for Eighteen Bridges magazine, and the Manuscript Coordinator at NeWest Press.
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Marina Endicott was born in British Columbia and worked as an actor and director before going to London, England, where she began to write fiction. Her novel Open Arms was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and her second won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Canada and Caribbean region.
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Marina Endicott was born in British Columbia and worked as an actor and director before going to London, England, where she began to write fiction. Her novel Open Arms was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and her second won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Canada and Caribbean region.
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Winfried Siemerling is a professor in the department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. His current research includes African Canadian writing, literary history, and the presence of the past. He is co-researcher of "International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation: A Partnered Research Institute," funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant.
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Daniel Laforest is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta where he teaches Quebec and Canadian literatures, as well as French literature, cultural studies and critical theory. He has been Fulbright fellow at the Centre for Cultural Studies of the University of California Santa Cruz. He serves as associate editor for the academic journal Canadian Literature.
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Curtis Gillespie won the Henry Kreisel Award and the inaugural Danuta Gleed Literary Prize for The Progress of an Object in Motion, and was a finalist for the Grant MacEwan Prize for Playing Through. His magazine writing on politics, sports, travel, science and the arts has earned him three National Magazine Awards from twelve nominations. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and their two daughters.

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Kit Dobson is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University.

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Don Perkins is a lecturer in the department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and has also taught for the Drama department and the Faculty of Native Studies. He teaches and publishes in the areas of non-fiction writing, Canadian drama, popular culture, literature and history, and Native literature.
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Lynn Coady (b. 1970) grew up on Cape Breton Island and lived in New Brunswick before moving to Vancouver. Her first novel, Strange Heaven (Goose Lane, 1998), won the Dartmouth Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. "Batter My Heart" appeared first in the Fiddlehead and is included in her second book, the story collection Play the Monster Blind (Doubleday Canada, 2000).
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Pamela V. Sing est professeure titulaire à la Faculté Saint-Jean, Université de l’Alberta. Ses recherches portent principalement sur les littératures franco-canadiennes et québécoise.
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Pamela V. Sing est professeure titulaire à la Faculté Saint-Jean, Université de l’Alberta. Ses recherches portent principalement sur les littératures franco-canadiennes et québécoise.
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Pamela V. Sing est professeure titulaire à la Faculté Saint-Jean, Université de l’Alberta. Ses recherches portent principalement sur les littératures franco-canadiennes et québécoise.
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Awards
  • Runner-up, Independent Publisher Awards, Anthology
Editorial Reviews

#6 on the Edmonton Journal's Non-fiction Bestsellers list for the week of October 28, 2016 The Edmonton Journal

— The Edmonton Journal

"...the collection is ideal for students and teachers of Canadian Literature at the high school or undergraduate levels, but would also be a useful resource for any active, engaged reader.... Overall, it imparts the impression of a vibrant, lively Canadian literature ranging widely in interests and preoccupations. The editors have been careful to select a diverse range of writers.... The net impact of this slim volume is to force a reconsideration of who in the world of Canadian literature is canonical and worthy of sustained, thoughtful examination. Every writer selected lives up to this standard.... [the] collection functions as something of a sampler pack of some of the most interesting writers working in Canada today."

— Event Poetry and Prose, 46.1

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