Canadian Literature

By Lynn Bornath | News, interviews, articles, everything from the CanLit world.

Halifax author Kris Bertin wins $10K Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Award honours debut collection of Canadian short fiction in English<p>Halifax writer Kris Bertin has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.<p>Bertin was …

Kai Cheng Thom wins LGBTQ Emerging Writers Prize

The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced yesterday, June 3, 2017 that <b>Kai Cheng Thom</b> was the winner of the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging …

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia

<b>2017 East Coast Literary Award Winners Announced</b><p>HALIFAX, NS – The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) announced the winners of the 2017 East …

Bonnie Burnard dead at 72

Bonnie Burnard, a London resident and one of Canada’s most beloved authors, has died at the age of 72.<p>She is best known for her first novel A Good …

Southwestern Ontario

Awards: Wesley King nominated for 2017 Edgar Award

Ontario children’s book author Wesley King is the sole Canadian contending for this year’s Edgar Allan Poe Awards, administered by…

Fish

CBC Books

Host Shelagh Rogers speaks with iconic Canadian authors and rising literary stars about the stories and ideas that intrigue and inspire them.

Spring Preview 2017: Non-fiction

On a personal note Style journalist Karen von Hahn is best known for her reporting on the material world. But…

Behind The Script: How Pedro Almodóvar Turned Alice Munro Short Stories Into “Julieta”

The director’s latest movie tells the story of a woman who can’t get over being abandoned by her only child.<p>Pedro Almodóvar’s visual imagination ran wild while he was reading Alice Munro’s short story “Chance” during a vacation in the Dominican Republic seven years ago. The story, which is featured …

Alice Munro

The Best Canadian Poet You’ve Never Heard Of

A lukewarm review of Karen Solie’s third poetry collection, <i>Pigeon</i>, once ran in <i>The Fiddlehead</i>, followed by an exceedingly long footnote. In the …

New Brunswick

CBC Books

Host Shelagh Rogers speaks with iconic Canadian authors and rising literary stars about the stories and ideas that intrigue and inspire them.

Canadian lit scene saw a change in 2016

Canada

Announcing the Longlist for the Inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize

We’re so pleased to announce that the following twelve poems by ten poets have been longlisted for the first-ever Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. We …

Poetry

Ice hockey helps professor boost literature study in Canada

With his bifocals teetering at the end of his nose, his face fringed by white hair and a white beard, Michael Kennedy seems the quintessential …

Education

CBC Books

Host Shelagh Rogers speaks with iconic Canadian authors and rising literary stars about the stories and ideas that intrigue and inspire them.

Personal Essay: Alice Munro’s fiction charts a course to addressing trauma with grace, writes Kerry Lee Powell

I read Alice Munro for the first time when I was living in a semi-abandoned cottage near an open-cast coal mine in Wales.

Alice Munro

Canadian author hides message of hope in bleak landscape

A native of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards, 66, has drawn extensively on his often-hardscrabble life experience in the rustic Miramichi region of …

Flannery O'Connor

2016: The Year in Review

Our 2015 Year in Review suggested there was reason to feel cautiously optimistic heading into 2016. That prediction was not…

Predictions

Vancouver Jewish Book Festival for those ‘who loves the written word’

What is JewAsian? What is Yiddish for Pirates? What is an existential psychiatrist?<p>The answers to these questions and many more can be found at the …

Books

CBC Books

Host Shelagh Rogers speaks with iconic Canadian authors and rising literary stars about the stories and ideas that intrigue and inspire them.

Jim Munro, co-founder of Munro’s Books, dies at age 87

Jim Munro, co-founder of Munro’s Books, a cultured, gregarious and dapper man-about-town, has died at age 87.<p>“He was at home, in his favourite chair, …

Literature

Award-winning Canadian novelist returns to poetic roots

Giller Prize shortlisted author Michael Crummey releases first collection of poetry in 20 years<p>Newfoundland writer Michael Crummey says it is just in …

Mariko Tamaki tries to diversify the graphic novel scene

Mariko Tamaki, Toronto-born graphic author and comic book writer, knows what it’s like to be the odd one out. <i>Skim</i>, her best-known and award winning …

Graphic Novels

Canadian's war-time letters reveal good times and heartache

BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter<p><b>A Canadian author has drawn on more than 300 letters written by her grandfather to help her tell the story of his experiences in Scotland during World War Two.</b><p>Melynda Jarratt says the letters provide accounts of good times in Scottish Highlands, but also …

Scottish Highlands

Canadian writer explores his OCD through performance

Brendan McLeod takes one-man show across country<p>"If I don't do 30 in a row that are perfect, my mom will get hurt, my dad will get hurt, or my dog …

For Leonard Cohen and the bridging of divides

As a songwriter, as a novelist, as a singer — above all, and always, Leonard Cohen was a poet. Not a word, not a syllable, not a breath wasted. No …

Poetry

Rejection, Risk-Taking and the Art of Being Ribald: An Interview with Heather O’Neill

Interview by Anjalika Samarasekera Heather O’Neill is the bestselling, Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Girl …

George Eliot

50 Books Written By 50 Canadian Women of Colour

More often than not, when Roomies gather, we talk about books. Books we can't put down, books we couldn't put up with, and books that make us talk. …

Books

Turtle Island Reads helps spread word about Indigenous literature

Inaugural event at Kahnawake Survival School highlights stories written by and about Indigenous Canadians<p>Sofia Danna stayed up until the early hours …