Ten years, ten authors, ten critics. The Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne reached into its Brown Bag Lunch reading series to present a sampling of some of the most diverse and powerful voices in contemporary Canadian literature from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Each piece is accompanied by a concise critical essay addressing the author’s writerly preoccupations and practices. The literary selections and essays will be of interest to engaged readers who want direction in analyzing these authors’ work as well as to teachers and students of Canadian literature. The readings in English and in French have been recorded, and can be seen and heard in a digital archive titled Inside the Bag: Can Lit Alive! Authors: Ying Chen, Lynn Coady, Michael Crummey, Caterina Edwards, Marina Endicott, Lawrence Hill, Alice Major, Eden Robinson, Gregory Scofield, Kim Thúy Essayists: Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Kit Dobson, Daniel Laforest, Don Perkins, Joseph Pivato, Julie Rodgers, Winfried Siemerling, Pamela V. Sing, Maïté Snauwaert, Angela Van Essen
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"...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." - Brenna Clark Gray, Event Poetry and Prose, 46.1
"[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
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