Ten Canadian Writers in Context

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

Table des matières

Table des matières
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 8
Introduction | Carrière, Gillespie & Purcell 10
1 Ying Chen 16
Experiment and Innovation| Rodgers 18
Le Mangeur (excerpt) 25
L’Ingratitude (excerpt) 29
2 Lynn Coady 34
A.K.A. The Wit | Snauwaert 36
The Antagonist (excerpt) 42
3 Michael Crummey 52
The Presence of the Past | Bowering Delisle 54
Sweetland (excerpt) 61
4 Caterina Edwards 72
History Lost in Forgetfulness | Pivato 74
Finding Rosa (excerpt) 80
5 Marina Endicott 88
Lights and Shadows across the Continent | Laforest 90
Close to Hugh (excerpt) 96
6 Lawrence Hill 108
History and the Truth of Fiction | Siemerling 110
Meet You at the Door (excerpt) 117
7 Alice Major 128
Metaphors, Myths, and the Eye of the Magpie | Perkins 130
The Office Tower Tales (excerpt) 137
8 Eden Robinson 154
Reading for B’gwus | Dobson 156
The Sasquatch at Home (excerpt) 162
9 Gregory Scofield 172
kistêyihtamowin êkwa sâkihitowin (Honour and Love) | Van Essen 174
kipocihkân: Poems New & Selected (excerpt) 179
10 Kim Thúy 194
A Gentle Power | Sing 196
Ru (excerpt) 204
Essay Contributors 210
Permissions 216