canadian ~ twenty-first century literature since 1999



Shiny and New (Recent articles)

Reading and Ranking: Reflections on The New York Times "Best Novel List: 1980-2005"
by Michael Bryson

My love affair with DH Lawrence
by Alexandra Leggat

St. Petersburg, Russia: June 2006
by Amy Reiswig

Dani Couture visits ... 

Top Pages on TDR (The stats are in)

[July 2006]

  1. The Danforth Review
  2. Submissions
  3. The Short Story 101
  4. Links
  5. Jonathan Bennet interview
  6. Anne Simpson interview
  7. Search
  8. The Jill Kelly Poems review
  9. Misc Links
  10. Poetry Reviews
  11. Contributors
  12. Dani visits ...
  13. Edge by Melia McClure
  14. Little Bugs by Corin Cummings
  15. Best Online Fiction feature


Old and Worn (In case you missed it)

Canada's micro publishers

Biblioasis: Short story series

The online guide to writing in Canada

Literary Press Group

M is for Magazine: Nathaniel G. Moore interviews 3 CanLit editors about the state of lit rags

Metcalf: A Counterblaste (or Italics Everywhere: A Cautionary Tale)
by Gordon Phinn

Space for Creating
by Susan Ioannou

The ‘Two Solitudes’ Illusion: Reflections on the role of Toronto in the nation's literary culture
by Shane Neilson

Public Hanging: The Death of the Book Review
by Shane Neilson

Micro press generalizations: US and Them
by Matthew Firth

The Short Story 101: 27 writers tell TDR what short stories they would make the world read, given the chance

Critics in Disarray: On Don Quixote
by Douglas Glover

FICTION SITED: A Look at Fiction Online
by Corin Cummings

Where are the short story collections? TDR investigates

How to write sex fiction (not erotica)
by Matthew Firth

The lowdown on the loser class - Jason Camlot on Jon Paul Fiorentino's The Theory of the Loser Class

The Griffin 2006 - Short-lists - Coach House Wins!

Poetry For Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us
by Shane Neilson

Lobsters and Threadworms: Canadian Poetry in the Undertow
by J. Mark Smith

Poetry Readings - Stand Up and be Counted
by Tom Henihan

Comfort and Canadian Poetry
by Alex Boyd

Whither People’s Poetry? A report on the Controversy of Poets at the Junction Cafe (Hamilton, Ontario - June 1, 2002)
by Terry Barker

Beyond Bethune: Thomas D’Arcy McGee’s Recovery of the Trail to the True North
by Terry Barker

Solway the Sad Balladeer: an open letter to the (Unofficial) Laureate of ‘This Sucks’
by Shane Neilson

Against a League of Cowering Persons: Biased Gender Jurisprudence in the League of Canadian Poets
by Shane Neilson

Political Poetry and the Canadian Tradition
by Shane Neilson

May 2006 marked the ten year anniversary for Montreal’s Conundrum Press. To mark this anniversary, the press released the PORTABLE CONUNDRUM. Read the introduction by editor and publisher Andy Brown

No more prizes, no more contests! by Matthew Firth

Selected by Terence M. Green

THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT WORKS  by First Nations Authors (So Far)
According to Richard Van Camp

FAVORITE BOOKS: A dozen Montreal high school students reveal what and why

Teaching Canadian literature: In April 2002, the Canada Council published a report on the state of English-language Canadian literature in high schools. The results were not encouraging. Read responses to this report

Remembering Hubert Selby Jr.
by Matthew Firth

An Approach to the Work of Ted Plantos
by Terry Barker

Writers tell TDR what they find grand or ghastly about the work of Mordecai Richler

Terry Barker talks to James Deahl about Al Purdy: Canada's 'Voice of the Land'


Editorials & Misc. Comment

by Michael Bryson

Reading and Ranking: Reflections on The New York Times "Best Novel List: 1980-2005"
(September 2006)

Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas
(May 2006)

Commentary & Response on "What Makes A Short Story" [with Harold Hoefle]
(January 2006)

What Makes A Short Story
(January 2006)

"The Short Story in Canada" – The top 20 links returned by Google
(December 2005)

Short Fiction in Canada, 2004/05: The State of the Nation
(May 2005)

Publishing: What the &%!@ is going on?
(April 2005)

Goodbye Saul Bellow
(April 2005)

The Fiction of Douglas Glover: An Essay in Three Parts
(December 2004, February 2005, June 2005)

Update to 1984 essay
(November 2004)

TDR: Five Long Years
(September 2004)

Mea Culpa II: Free Speech, Editorial Practice & Poets Fighting
(June 2004)

Canada is a huge nature reserve, UK headlines insist
(April 2004)

When life gives you lemons, listen to Mary Prankster
(April 2004)

Let's talk, eh? A contemporary response to Orwell's 1984
(January 2004)

Mea Culpa: I review books
(November 2003)

Canadian Writers Beg for Your Support
(December 2001)

The Death of the (Canadian) Novel
(January 2001)

Educating the Clients - Readers
(March 2000)

On Becoming an Editor - An Act of Betrayal?
(December 1999)








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