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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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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

"[A] compilation of excerpts of creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry.... Each of the ten featured works is preceded by a critic’s essay, giving sharp insight into this transcultural anthology and further contextualizing individual works for the reader. The selections...are...preoccupied...with the relationship between spatiality, geography, and Canadian identity. Displacement and journeying—the impulse to search for the self—are most clearly seen in the anthology’s latter works." Canadian Literature 233 (Summer 2017) [Full review at http://canlit.ca/article/landscapes-of-the-mind]

— Rachel Lallouz

"...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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About the Authors

Marie Carrière

Marie Carrière is the Director of the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne and teaches French, English, and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on contemporary women's writing and the theory and history of feminism.
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Joseph Pivato

Joseph J. Pivato is a professor of Literary Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University. He is the founding professor of the Master of Arts Integrated Studies program. His research has helped to establish the academic recognition of ethnic minority writing in Canada, particularly the Italian-Canadian literature.
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Jason Purcell

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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Ying Chen

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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Jennifer Bowering Delisle

Jennifer Bowering Delisle is the author of the lyric family memoir, The Bosun Chair, and a book of literary studies, The Newfoundland Diaspora. Her poetry and prose have been published in magazines and anthologies across North America. She is a settler living in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton).
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Caterina Edwards

Caterina Edwards’ latest book, a work of creative non-fiction, Finding Rosa: A Mother with Alzheimer’s/ A Daughter’s Search for the Past (Greystone 2008), won the 2009 Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction. The Island of the Nightingales (Guernica 2000) won the Writers Guild of Alberta Award for Short Fiction. She has co-edited two books of life writing by women.
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Marina Endicott

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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Lawrence Hill

LAWRENCE HILL is the award-winning and internationally bestselling author of The Book of Negroes, which was made into a six-part TV mini-series. His previous novels, Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, became national bestsellers. Hill’s non-fiction work includes Blood: The Stuff of Life, the subject of his 2013 Massey Lectures, and Black Berry, Sweet Juice, a memoir about growing up black and white in Canada. Lawrence Hill volunteers with Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and Project Bookmark Canada. He lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario, and Woody Point, Newfoundland.

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Curtis Gillespie

Curtis Gillespie has written four books, including the memoir Playing Through: A Year of Life, Links Along the Scottish Coast, and the novel Crown Shyness. He has won numerous awards for his fiction and non-fiction, including the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and three National Magazine Awards. His journalism has been widely published, and he is the editor and co-founder of Eighteen Bridges magazine. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and two daughters.

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Daniel Laforest

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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Don Perkins

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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Julie Rodgers

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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Eden Robinson

Eden Robinson is the internationally acclaimed author of Traplines, Monkey Beach, and Blood Sports. Traplines was the winner of the New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Britain's Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. Monkey Beach was nominated for the Giller Prize, the 2000 Governor General's Award for Fiction, and was selected as the Globe and Mail's Editor's Choice. Robinson is a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk First Nations.
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Alice Major

Alice Major emigrated from Scotland at the age of eight, and grew up in Toronto before coming west to work as a weekly newspaper reporter. She served as the City of Edmonton’s first poet laureate from 2005–2007. A widely-published author, she has won many distinctions. Her most recent book, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science, received the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for non-fiction as well as a National Magazine Award gold medal. Her website is www.alicemajor.com.
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Gregory Scofield

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Winfried Siemerling

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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Pamela Sing

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Maïté Snauwaert

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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Kim Thúy

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Kit Dobson

Kit Dobson is Professor of Literature in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures at Mount Royal University.
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Michael Crummey

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Lynn Coady

Lynn Coady now lives in Edmonton, though she was born and raised in Cape Breton. She has published a collection of short stories, Play the Monster Blind, and four novels. Her first novel, Strange Heaven, was nominated for the 1998 Governor General's Award for Fiction, while her latest novel, The Antagonist, was shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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Angela Van Essen

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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