canadian ~ twenty-first century literature since 1999


Congratulations on finding this website! Now, sit up straight and pay attention!

Just kidding.

Gawd, doesn't English suck. Thick books, weird language, ancient history, odd customs. And that's just what your teachers are telling you is the latest and greatest in Canadian literature. ... All published before 1980.

No, TDR is not here to tell you The Stone Angel by Margaret Lawrence will be good for you. No, we're not going to sneak it past you that W.O. Mitchell's Who Has Seen The Wind is more enlightening that 16 hours of MuchMusic back-to-back. We're most certainly not here to tell you that Margaret Atwood represents the best that Canadian scribblers have to offer.

What we want you to know is that Canadian literature -- hell, any old literature -- is constantly renewed. And it's being renewed right now. And you can be a part of it.


a) Hang out. Go to events. Drink coffee. Feel literary all over.

b) Do research. Search out new authors. Find someone who's doing something that startles you. You can start by reading the interviews on this site.

c) Read. Lots of different things. Ask your librarian for books they've never heard of. Print off reviews from this site and ask, "How come you're not ordering books like this?"

d) Write. Experiment. Take risks. Tell stories in new and brilliant ways.

e) Submit. Not just here, everywhere.

f) Do more research. Do more reading. Do more writing. Rinse and repeat.

We're counting on you. 

We really are.

Events to hang out at

If you're in the Toronto area, here's links to events to check out:

Other events across Canada:







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