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Ten Canadian Writers in Context


Ten Canadian Writers in Context

Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie, Jason Purcell, Lynn Coady, Ying Chen, Michael Crummey, Jennifer Delisle, Kit Dobson, Caterina Edwards, Marina Endicott, Lawrence Hill, Daniel Laforest, Alice Major, Don Perkins, Julie Rodgers, Joseph Pivato, Eden Robinson,Gregory Scofield, Winfried Siemerling, Pamela Sing, Maïté Snauwaert, Kim Thúy and Angela Van Essen.

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

Winter 2015 Issue of Eighteen Bridges

Winter 2015 Issue of Eighteen Bridges available.



We had a spectacular night for Eighteen Bridges at the National Magazine Awards on June 10, 2016.

Eighteen Bridges won three Gold medals, in Essays (Lisa Gregoire for “Breathing Holes”), Investigative Reporting (Virgil Grandfield for “The Cage”) and Society (Carissa Halton for “A Different Kind of Simakanis”),  and Silver in Best Short Feature (Alissa York for “Soft Core”).

New Eighteen Bridges podcast: Beyond the Story can be found HERE.


Spring 2015 Issue

Eighth issue now available!

Spring 2015 issue of Eighteen Bridges is now on sale: CLICK HERE

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Get Back Issues of Eighteen Bridges

Eighteen Bridges is a modern in-touch magazine concerned with people, politics, culture, and ideas, its articles substantial, in-depth, and grounded in the narrative tradition. If you are looking for back issues of Eighteen Bridges, visit HERE for a complete list of past issues.

Spring 2013 Issue

Sixth issue now available!

EB6ThumbThe brainchild of two renowned local authors, Curtis Gillespie and Lynn Coady, is aimed at readers of The New Yorker and Granta, and is described by Edmonton Journal Books Editor Richard Helm as “a gathering of ideas from writers who think, and thinkers who write”. As a quarterly, Helm predicts that it will be “something to hope for every three months.” Read more herehere and here.
The fourth issue features the talents of Linden McIntyre, Timothy Taylor, Jonathan Garfinkel, and many more.
Read the U of A ExpressNews article by Michael Davies-Venn: Connecting Canada’s Cultural Landscape. Or download the article in pdf: Connecting Canada’s Cultural Landscape.

Winter 2013 Issue

Seventh issue now available!

Winter 2013 issue of Eighteen Bridges is now on sale

Esi Edugyan Nouvelle parution - La publication de la conférence Kreisel de Esi Edugyan est désormais disponible aux Presses de l’Université de l’Alberta.

Nouvelle parution

La publication de la conférence Kreisel de Esi Edugyan est désormais disponible aux Presses de l’Université de l’Alberta.

Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home

Esi Edugyans 2013 Kreisel lecture is now available, with Introduction by Marina Endicott.

Author: Esi Edugyan

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

Price: $10.95

ISBN: 978-0-88864-821-178-0-88864-821-1

Format: Trade paperback

Genre: Literature/Essay

About the book: Home, for me, was not a birthright, but an invention.… It seems to me when we speak of home we are speaking of several things, often at once, muddled together into an uneasy stew. We say home and mean origins, we say home and mean belonging. These are two different things: where we come from, and where we are. Writing about belonging is not a simple task. Esi Edugyan chooses to intertwine fact and fiction, objective and subjective in an effort to find out if one can belong to more than one place, if home is just a place or if it can be an idea, a person, a memory, or a dream. How “home” changes, how it changes us, and how every farewell carries the promise of a return. Readers of Canadian literature, armchair travellers, and all citizens of the global village will enjoy her explorations and reflections, as we follow her from Ghana to Germany, from Toronto to Budapest, from Paris to New York.

About the author: Esi Edugyan’s most recent novel, Half Blood Blues won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. It also won the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, the 2012 Orange Prize, the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and the 2011 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally to critical acclaim. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003. Edugyan has held fellowships in the U.S., Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Spain and Belgium. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and daughter.

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