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Biblioasis Fall 2021

Best Canadian Essays 2021
Edited by: Bruce Whiteman

Edited by :

Bruce Whiteman





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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 19, 2021
$22.95 CAD


8.25in x 5.25 x 0.42 in | 260 gr
Anthologies: general|Literary essays

A Winnipeg Free Press Top Read of 2021

The thirteenth installment of Canada's annual volume of essays showcases diverse nonfiction writing from across the country.

“The exceptional essay,” writes editor Bruce Whiteman, “derives from a passionate feeling, love and anger being perhaps its upper and lower limits, coexisting with a desire for truth, and it aims for the radiance of what is.” In the 2021 edition of Best Canadian Essays, Whiteman’s selections seek truth in all the places it may be found, from walks in brambled woods and ancient cities to memories of childhoods that shape a life; to analyses of artifacts both legislative and cultural that advance equality long overdue; to reports from the field that articulate the poetry of the present, the invisibility of the poor, the social contours and consuming mental contagions of the ongoing pandemic. Drawn from leading magazines and journals published in 2020, the fifteen essays gathered here brilliantly illuminate what is.

Featuring work by:

Neil Besner
Catherine Bush
Yvonne Blomer
Jenna Butler
Elizabeth Dauphinee
Eva-Lynn Jagoe
Mark Kingwell
Frances Koziar
Hilary Morgan V. Leathem
Stephanie Nolen
Kevin Patterson
Soraya Roberts
Ian Waddell
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Joyce Wayne
Rob Winger

  • Annual collection of the long-running and well-respected series.
  • Biblioasis acquired the series in 2019, and it joins Best Canadian Stories and Best Canadian Poetry under a comprehensive series showcasing the best writing in Canada across three genres.

Bruce Whiteman is a poet, translator, culture historian, and book reviewer. His reviews appear regularly in Canadian Notes & Queries, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Recent poetry collections include Intimate Letters (2014), Tablature (2015), and The Sad Mechanic Exercise (2019). His translation of Fanny Daubigny's study Proust in Black: Los Angeles: A Proustian Fiction was published in 2019.

  • Print run: 2,000 copies
  • Co-op available
  • Advance reader copies
  • Edelweiss digital review copies
  • Online and social media campaign
  • E-book available at same time as print edition
  • Virtual launch and festival appearances

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Praise for Best Canadian Essays

“A superb collection of national thinkers, crackling with insight on the issues of the age.”—Chatelaine

“The individual contributions in Best Canadian Essays transcend simple reportage and reach the level of art. Each one has something distinctive and informative to say. Take heed.”—Quill & Quire

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