Oct
20
Thu
Best Canadian Essays 2023: Toronto Launch! @ Flying Books
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2023 (November 1, 2022)! Mireille Silcoff, the editor for this year’s edition, will be hosting the event at Flying Books in Toronto, which will include readings and a Q&A. The launch will take place on Thursday, October 20 at 7PM ET.

Order your copy of Best Canadian Essays 2023 here!

ABOUT BEST CANADIAN ESSAYS 2023

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

ABOUT MIREILLE SILCOFF

Mireille Silcoff is the author of four books, including most recently, the award-winning story collection Chez L’arabe. Mireille’s work often appears in the New York Times Magazine and other publications, where she writes about culture and society. She has been a columnist at many publications, notably the National Post, where she was a weekend columnist for 14 years. Mireille is the founding editor of literary journal Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly and is the editor of Best Canadian Essays 2023. She has been called “one of the best essayists in the world” by the New York Times, and for many years, ran a raucous discussion salon in Toronto. She lives in Montreal with her two young daughters.

Nov
1
Tue
Ordinary Wonder Tales: Kitchener Book Launch! @ Kitchener Public Library - Central
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ordinary Wonder Tales: Kitchener Book Launch! @ Kitchener Public Library - Central | Kitchener | Ontario | Canada

Come on out and celebrate the launch of Ordinary Wonder Tales by Emily Urquhart (November 1, 2022)! Emily will be reading at the Kitchener Public Library, followed by a discussion, audience Q&A, and signing books provided by WordsWorth Books. The launch will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 7PM ET.

Order your copy of Ordinary Wonder Tales here!

ABOUT ORDINARY WONDER TALES

A journalist and folklorist explores the truths that underlie the stories we imagine—and reveals the magic in the everyday.

“I’ve always felt that the term fairy tale doesn’t quite capture the essence of these stories,” writes Emily Urquhart. “I prefer the term wonder tale, which is Irish in origin, for its suggestion of awe coupled with narrative. In a way, this is most of our stories.” In this startlingly original essay collection, Urquhart reveals the truths that underlie our imaginings: what we see in our heads when we read, how the sight of a ghost can heal, how the entrance to the underworld can be glimpsed in an oil painting or a winter storm—or the onset of a loved one’s dementia. In essays on death and dying, pregnancy and prenatal genetics, radioactivity, chimeras, cottagers, and plague, Ordinary Wonder Tales reveals the essential truth: if you let yourself look closely, there is magic in the everyday.

ABOUT EMILY URQUHART

Emily Urquhart is a journalist with a doctorate in folklore. Her award-winning work has appeared in LongreadsGuernica, and The Walrus and elsewhere, and her first book was shortlisted for the Kobo First Book Prize and the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. Her most recent book, The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, my Father and Me, was listed as a top book of 2020 by CBC, NOW Magazine and Quill & Quire. She is a nonfiction editor for The New Quarterly and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

Nov
17
Thu
Best Canadian Essays 2023: Montreal Launch! @ Ursa
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2023! The launch will feature several contributors included in the anthology, who will be reading from their essays, as well as a Q&A. Books will be provided by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. The event will take place at Ursa on Thursday, November 17.

Time and details TBA.

Order your copy of Best Canadian Essays 2023 from Biblioasis here!

ABOUT BEST CANADIAN ESSAYS 2023

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.”

ABOUT MIREILLE SILCOFF

Mireille Silcoff is the author of four books, including most recently, the award-winning story collection Chez L’arabe. Mireille’s work often appears in the New York Times Magazine and other publications, where she writes about culture and society. She has been a columnist at many publications, notably the National Post, where she was a weekend columnist for 14 years. Mireille is the founding editor of literary journal Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly and is the editor of Best Canadian Essays 2023. She has been called “one of the best essayists in the world” by the New York Times, and for many years, ran a raucous discussion salon in Toronto. She lives in Montreal with her two young daughters.