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Write Now: English-Canadian Fiction in the Twenty-First Century
with Gary Draper
19 September : ENDURANCE
Some of the best Canadian fiction of the twenty-first century has been produced by writers who made their names in the twentieth
~Alice Munro. Dear Life (2012)
Other works by Alice Munro:
Dance of the Happy Shades (1968)
Lives of Girls and Women (1971)
Who Do You Think You Are? (1978)
Friend of My Youth (1990)
Too Much Happiness (2009)
~Michael Ondaatje. Cat’s Table (2011)
Other works by Michael Ondaatje:
Coming through Slaughter (1976)
In the Skin of a Lion (1987)
The English Patient (1992)
Anil’s Ghost (2000)
Recent books by some other enduring Canadian fiction writers
Margaret Atwood. Hag-Seed (2016).
Sandra Birdsell. Waiting for Joe (2010)
Bill Gaston. A Mariner’s Guide to Self-Sabotage (2017)
David Gilmour. Extraordinary (2013)
Katherine Govier. The Three Sisters Bar and Hotel (2016)
Barbara Gowdy. Little Sister (2017)
Elizabeth Hay. His Whole Life (2015)
Jack Hodgins. The Master of Happy Endings (2010)
Wayne Johnston. The Son of a Certain Woman (2013)
David Adams Richards. Principles to Live By (2016)
Jane Urquhart. The Night Stages (2015)
26 September: OTHER TIMES (the past)
Historical fiction offers many pleasures, from telling new things about past times to applying old templates to current issues.
~Margaret Sweatman. The Players (2009)
~Guy Vanderhaeghe. The Last Crossing (2002)
3 October OTHER PLACES
Unsurprisingly, in this nation of immigrants, much of the best writing in Canada is set far from our native shores.
~Helen Humphreys. Coventry (2008)
~Madeleine Thien. Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016)
10 October OTHER OTHER TIMES (the future)
Writing about the future is often writing about the present, invested with our best hopes, or, more frequently, our worst fears
~Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven (2015)
~Cherie Dimaline. The Marrow Thieves (2017)
17 October REGION
Ours is a land—and a culture—of great diversity; much of our best writing has a strongly regional flavour.
~Michael Crummey. Galore (2011)
~Lisa Moore. Caught (2013)
24 October VOICE
One of fiction’s pleasures is the opportunity to hear a variety of voices, and hear voice put to a variety of uses.
~Lori Lansens. The Girls (2006)
~Yann Martel. The Life of Pi (2001)
31 October FORM
When we say the word “fiction,” we often mean “novel,” but the short story form has its own special pleasures.
~Carleigh Baker. Bad Endings (2017)
~John Gould. Kilter (2003)
7 November AND ANOTHER THING….
In closing, we’ll consider the many splendid books we didn’t get to, and look especially at two recent novels, one by a writer at the beginning of her career, and one by a writer whose first novel appeared in 1990.
~Nino Ricci. Sleep (2015)
~Katherena Vermette. The Break (2016)