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2016 CLC Kreisel Lecturer Margaret Atwood on CBC Radio One Ideas

CBC Atwood

… we young writers of Canada?”  That’s a question Margaret Atwood asked during a Canadian Literature Centre talk in Edmonton.  In excerpts from the talk and in conversation with Paul Kennedy, she considers the accidental but sometimes intentional creation of a culture and a tradition.  Some things were unimaginable decades ago, like the diversity and strength of Canadian literature today…or the PowerPoint she uses to help tell the tale.

Friday September 16, 2021
CBC Radio One at 9:05 pm, 9:35 in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Hear it online: cbc.ca/ideas

Fall 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Schedule



This reading will be both in French and English
Poète, romancière, nouvelliste et essayiste, Dupré a publié une vingtaine de titres, qui lui ont été maintes fois récompensés. Parmi ses recueils de poésie comptent Noir déjà, Tout près, Une écharde sous ton ongle et Plus haut que les flammes, qui en 2011 lui a mérité le Prix du Gouverneur général du Canada et le Grand Prix Québecor du Festival International de la Poésie. Récipiendaire, entre autres, du prix Alfred-Desrochers et du prix Ringuet, Louise Dupré a été reçue dans les rangs de l’Académie des lettres et des sciences humaines de la Société royale du Canada et dans ceux de l’Académie des lettres du Québec.



Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The book received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award. Excerpts from her first play, my upside down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots. Richardson has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She lives in Brampton where she serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD).



Larissa Lai is the author of When Fox Is a Thousand, Salt Fish Girl, sybil unrest with Rita Wong, Automaton Biographies, Eggs in the Basket, and Slanting I, Imagining We: Asian Canadian Literary Production in the 1980s and 1990s. She is a recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers Award and has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, the bpNichol Chapbook Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary and directs The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing.

Who Needs Books? Reading in the Digital Age

Lynn Coady’s new book, Who Needs Books, from her 2015 CLC Kreisel Lecture is available in February 2016 from the University of Alberta Press.

Who Needs Books? Reading in the Digital Age

Introduction by Paul Kennedy.

Author: Lynn Coady

Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre9781772121247

Price: $10.95

ISBN: 978-1-77212-124-7

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Literature/Essay

About the book:“More people play games than read books. More people watch porn than read books. More people watch sports and TV and movies than read books.”

What happens if we separate the idea of “the book” from the experience it has traditionally provided? Lynn Coady challenges booklovers addicted to the physical book to confront their darkest fears about the digital world and the future of reading. Is the all-pervasive internet turning readers into web-surfing automatons and books themselves into museum pieces? The bogeyman of technological change has haunted humans ever since Plato warned about the dangers of the written word, and every generation is convinced its youth will bring about the end of civilization. In Who Needs Books?, Coady suggests that, even though digital advances have long been associated with the erosion of literacy, recent technologies have not debased our culture as much as they have simply changed the way we read.

About the author: Lynn Coady is an award-winning author and journalist whose work has
consistently drawn critical and public attention. Her first novel, Strange Heaven, was a Governor General’s Award nominee. Her subsequent books, Play the Monster Blind, Saints of Big Harbour, and Mean Boy were each recognized by the Globe and Mail as a “Best Book” in 2000, 2002, and 2006 respectively. In 2011, her novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, an award she won in 2013 for her short story collection Hellgoing. Her journalism has been published in such publications as Saturday Night and Chatelaine, and Coady is also a founding editor of the Edmonton-based magazine Eighteen Bridges.


A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism

Tomson Highway’s new book, A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance, from his 2014 CLC Kreisel Lecture is now available from the University of Alberta Press.

A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism

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Introduction by Christine Sokaymoh Frederick.

Author: Tomson Highway

Publishers: co-published by the University of Alberta Press and the Canadian Literature Centre

Price: $10.95

ISBN: 978-1-77212-041-7

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Literature/Essay

About the book: “Fasten your chastity belts, ladies and gentlemen, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.” From his legendary birth in a snowbank in northwestern Manitoba, through his metamorphosis to citizen-artist of the world, polyglot, playwright, pianist, storyteller, and irreverent disciple of the Trickster, Tomson Highway rides roughshod through the languages and communities that have shaped him. Cree, Dene, Latin, French, English, Spanish, and the universal language of music have opened windows and widened horizons in Highway’s life. Readers who can hang on tight—Highway fans, culture mavens, cunning linguists, and fellow tricksters—will experience the profundity of Highway’s humour, for as he says, “In Cree, you will laugh until you weep.”

About the author: Tomson Highway enjoys an international career as a playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. He is considered one of this country’s  foremost Indigenous voices. He is best known for his award-winning plays, The Rez Sisters (1986), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (1989), Rose (2000), and Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout (2005) as well as his critically-acclaimed novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998). His most recent play is a one-woman musical called, “The (Post) Mistress.” Highway has won four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Chalmers Award, and a Wang Festival Award. In 1994, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada, the first Indigenous writer to be inducted. He holds ten honourary doctorates and has been writer-in-residence at universities across Canada. He has travelled extensively around the globe as a speaker and performer, having visited 55 countries to date.  www.tomsonhighway.com




CWILA: Canadian Women in the Literary Arts

The Canadian Literature Centre is a strong supporter of CWILA: Canadian Women in the Literary Arts.

CWILA is an inclusive national literary organization for people who share feminist values and see the importance of strong and active female perspectives within the Canadian literary landscape. Check out the website at cwila.com.

The 2014 CWILA Count is circulating! Canadian Women in the Literary Arts is an “inclusive national literary organization for people who share feminist values and see the importance of gender equity in Canadian literary culture.” CWILA is commited to unpacking literary review culture in Canada in order to draw attention to the persisting gender gap. You can read the 2014 CWILA Count  here.

Read CWILA’s Chair of the Board Erin Wunker talk about the CWILA Effect. “Our focus this year – the story – is not just the numbers we have counted. The story is the review culture itself. Without a rich culture of reviewing in Canada we lose public forums in which to think critically and discursively about literature. And so, while we are presenting data that tells an important story, we want to draw attention to and celebrate the small and vibrant group of people doing the hard work of reviewing. Just as CWILA is a small organization that may appear more sturdy and institutionalized than it is, many of Canada’s most prolific reviewers are individuals doing the work because they love it and because it matters.”

“The organization collected 5,866 book reviews from 32 publications in 2014, and concluded seeing an overall improvement in gender equality, but added that ‘gender discrimination persists in certain areas.'”
Read more about CWILA and the 2014 Count in this piece from CBC Books.


New Media Page

Check out the CLC’s exciting new media page HERE for all the latest news and videos from our events!


“ The CLC is a thrivingCoady
and inspiring nerve-centre
of cultural and
intellectual engagement,
a nexus unlike any other
in Canada for people who
read, think and create in
both official languages.”
- Lynn Coady, author of Hellgoing 

“As long as the CLC keeps creating exciting
sparks between creators, scholars and
community members, Canadians and others
gathering at the University of Alberta will
continue to cross new bridges of understanding
and challenge each other in vital ways. I am
honoured to support the CLC enthusiastically
today and I will be doubly honoured to
continue doing so tomorrow.”
- Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes




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- Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach





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but while we may not have tulips in March,
we have instead the Canadian Literature
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deep in the boreal forests of imagination. The
CLC cauldrons ebullient energy around the
sparking fire of Canada’s great literature.”
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