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On the New Generation of CanLit

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Recently, Finnish journalist Verna Kuutti contacted me to ask a few questions for a story she’s doing on “contemporary Canadian literature and the generational shift that seemed to take place this fall.” Her story will appear in Finland’s largest newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. Verna wrote, “Canadian literature, and especially the more recent writers & works are still quite unknown in Scandinavia, so it would be great if you could help me spreading the word by answering a couple of questions.” Because some of these questions have arisen here in Canada, too, I thought I’d…read more


Esi Edugyan Takes Home 2011 Giller Prize

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The CBC invited me to participate in the Giller chat this evening from 7–10 and it was my pleasure, even more fun than I had anticipated. Discussion was mostly focused and everyone remained cool (I’ve seen some heated awards talks!). The shortlisted books on the menu tonight were: David Bezmozgis’s The Free World Lynn Coady’s The Antagonist Patrick deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers Zsuzsi Gartner’s Better Living Through Plastic Explosives Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues  Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table While I have read only two and a half books on the shortlist…read more


LitBits 21

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The weekday after a long weekend is always extra hard for me, and I imagine it is for others, too. So let’s start off with some amazing news! 1. The Governor General Literary Award nominees were just announced today, and the fiction nominees are: Patrick DeWitt, for The Sisters Brothers, Esi Edugyan, for Half-Blood Blues, David Bezmozgis, for The Free World, Marina Endicott for Little Shadows, and Alexi Zentner, for Touch. This is only the second time ever that two authors have been nominated for all three major Canadian literary…read more