Oct
17
Mon
Best Canadian Poetry 2023: Toronto Launch! @ Flying Books
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2023! The launch will feature several poets included in the anthology, who will be reading from their poems, as well as a Q&A. The event will take place at Flying Books on Thursday, November 17.

Time and details TBA.

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

ABOUT BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2023

Selected by editor John Barton, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Poetry showcases the best Canadian poetry writing published in 2021.

“My goal,” writes guest editor John Barton of his long career as a literary magazine editor, “was always to be jostled awake, and I soon realized that I was being jostled awake for two—myself and the reader … I came to understand that my job description included an obligation to expose readers to wide varieties of poetry, to challenge their assumptions while expanding their taste.” In selecting this year’s edition of Best Canadian Poetry, Barton brings the same catholic spirit to his survey of Canadian poems published by magazines and journals in 2021. From new work by Canadian favourites to exciting new talents, this year’s anthology offers fifty poems to challenge and enlarge your sense of the power and possibility of Canadian poetry.

ABOUT JOHN BARTON

John Barton is a poet, essayist, editor and writing mentor. His books include Polari, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems; Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets; We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos; and The Essential Douglas LePan, which won a 2020 eLit Award. Formerly the co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and editor of The Malahat Review, he now lives in Victoria, where he is the fifth poet laureate.

ABOUT ANITA LAHEY

Anita Lahey’s books include The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture and two Véhicule Press poetry collections: Spinning Side Kick and Out to Dry in Cape Breton. Anita is an award-winning magazine journalist, past editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and serves as series editor of the annual anthology, Best Canadian Poetry. A former resident of Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton and Victoria, she maintains fierce familial ties to Cape Breton Island and lives in Ottawa with her family. She grew up in Burlington, Ontario, in a house with a huge backyard a short bike ride from Lake Ontario.

Nov
10
Thu
Best Canadian Stories 2023: Toronto Launch! @ Queen Books
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come on out and celebrate the launch of Best Canadian Stories 2023! The launch will feature several writers included in the anthology, who will be reading from their stories, as well as a Q&A. The event will take place at Queen Books on Thursday, November 10.

Time and details TBA.

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

ABOUT BEST CANADIAN STORIES 2023

Selected by editor Mark Anthony Jarman, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Stories showcases the best Canadian fiction writing published in 2021.

A collection that takes us into a firey near-future and a notorious feminist’s personal past, from a near-drowning to a fake breakdown, through mothers who fail us to crummy jobs, to thieves, to grief, to revenge with a bottle of tabasco sauce. With work by established practitioners alongside that of lesser-known writers, this year’s Best Canadian Stories shows how the short form can evoke the experience of a person on the brink. Including 2023 Metcalf-Rooke Award winner Caroline Adderson, and featuring, in tribute, two stories by the late Steven Heighton, this year’s collection draws together beloved Canadian practitioners of the form and thrilling new voices to continue not only a series, but a legacy in Canadian letters.

ABOUT MARK ANTHONY JARMAN

Mark Anthony Jarman is the author of Touch Anywhere to Begin, Czech Techno, Knife Party at the Hotel Europa, 19 Knives, and the travel book Ireland’s Eye. He has published fiction and creative nonfiction in Europe, India, and North America. Jarman is a graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a fiction editor for The Fiddlehead literary journal in Canada.

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.

Nov
26
Sat
Best Canadian Poetry 2023: Vancouver Launch! @ Massy Books
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the launch of Best Canadian Poetry 2023! The launch will feature several poets included in the anthology, who will be reading from their poems, as well as a Q&A. The event will take place at Massy Books on Saturday, November 26.

Time and details TBA.

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

ABOUT BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2023

Selected by editor John Barton, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Poetry showcases the best Canadian poetry writing published in 2021.

“My goal,” writes guest editor John Barton of his long career as a literary magazine editor, “was always to be jostled awake, and I soon realized that I was being jostled awake for two—myself and the reader … I came to understand that my job description included an obligation to expose readers to wide varieties of poetry, to challenge their assumptions while expanding their taste.” In selecting this year’s edition of Best Canadian Poetry, Barton brings the same catholic spirit to his survey of Canadian poems published by magazines and journals in 2021. From new work by Canadian favourites to exciting new talents, this year’s anthology offers fifty poems to challenge and enlarge your sense of the power and possibility of Canadian poetry.

ABOUT JOHN BARTON

John Barton is a poet, essayist, editor and writing mentor. His books include Polari, For the Boy with the Eyes of the Virgin: Selected Poems; Seminal: The Anthology of Canada’s Gay-Male Poets; We Are Not Avatars: Essays, Memoirs, Manifestos; and The Essential Douglas LePan, which won a 2020 eLit Award. Formerly the co-editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and editor of The Malahat Review, he now lives in Victoria, where he is the fifth poet laureate.

ABOUT ANITA LAHEY

Anita Lahey’s books include The Mystery Shopping Cart: Essays on Poetry and Culture and two Véhicule Press poetry collections: Spinning Side Kick and Out to Dry in Cape Breton. Anita is an award-winning magazine journalist, past editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, and serves as series editor of the annual anthology, Best Canadian Poetry. A former resident of Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton and Victoria, she maintains fierce familial ties to Cape Breton Island and lives in Ottawa with her family. She grew up in Burlington, Ontario, in a house with a huge backyard a short bike ride from Lake Ontario.