Edited by :Mireille Silcoff
Dimensions:8.25in x 5.25 x 0.5 in | 240 gr
Page Count:288 pages
Selected by editor Mireille Silcoff, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Essays showcases the best Canadian nonfiction writing published in 2021.
“Our current, tumultuous age” writes editor Mireille Silcoff, “is an important time for essayists, because in moments of great change, it’s good to have chroniclers with the presence of mind to step back and assess.” Silcoff’s selections for Best Canadian Essays 2023 do just that. In examinations of identity—personal, familial, racial, and cultural—and investigations of the far-reaching shockwaves of war; in mediations on illness and health, belonging and alienation, parents and children; in unexpected arguments about novel-writing, Donald Trump, and the Filet-O-Fish sandwich, the essays gathered here chart all kinds of boundaries, comprising, as Silcoff terms it, “a small bid for understanding that a border, a line drawn, need not be only the beginning or the end of something. That a frontier can be a place—indeed is the best place—for a conversation between sides to begin.”
Featuring works by:
Jamaluddin Aram • Sharon Butala • Kunal Chaudhary • Christopher Cheung • Emma Gilchrist • Michelle Good • Paul Howe • Jane Hu • Heather Jessup • Chafic LaRochelle • Stephen Marche • Kathy Page • Tom Rachman • M.E. Rogan • Allan Stratton • Sarmishta Subramanian
Key selling points
Mireille Silcoff is the author of four books, including the award-winning story collection Chez L’arabe. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and was a Weekend culture columnist at the National Post for over a decade. Mireille is the founding editor of literary journal Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly and for many years, ran a raucous discussion salon in Toronto. She is currently finishing her next work, the book-length essay about our souls and our homes, called On Interiors. She lives in Montreal with her two young daughters.
Praise for the Best Canadian Series
“The wide range of writers, forms and themes represented here make it a great jumping-off point for readers who might be interested in Canadian poetry but are unsure about where to start.”
—Globe and Mail
"Earnest essays offer some serious insight ... some of the essays, as stand-alones, are worth the price of the entire book."
—Winnipeg Free Press
“A superb collection of national thinkers, crackling with insight on the issues of the age.”
“The arrival, late in the fall each year, of [this] collection is always cause for fanfare.”
—Quill & Quire
“The legacy for Canadian literature in the Best Canadian Stories series can’t be overstated. For years the collection has been the place to discover Canadian writers.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“Best Canadian Stories … combines both emerging and established voices for a fascinating glimpse at the most exciting short fiction coming out of this country.”
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